Posted by Eileen on February 20th, 2009
What a delight to see Pasquale back – fully recovered, I hope. There are several slightly unusual words but they are scrupulously well-clued and there are some lovely surface readings. A highly enjoyable puzzle.
[ ]* anagram
[ ] < reversed
dd double definition
1 MOLARS: MORALS, with L and R reversed
5 RIDDANCE: RID[e] + DANCE
9 HELLENIC: ELLEN inside HIC [Latin for 'this']
10 ALARMS: AL [Capone] + ARMS
11 WATERING HOLE: [WHERE A LOT + GIN]*: a nice &lit.
13 DAWN: D[ad's] + AWN [the 'beard' of barley, or other bristly growth]
14 LEFT BANK: dd
17 FORELIMB: [F[lie]R + MOBILE]*
18 TASH: T[he] + ASH: short for ‘moustache’
20 ENRICO CARUSO: [OR CORSICAN +EU]*: a famous Italian tenor [1873-1921]
23 TISHRI: [THIS]* + R[abb]I: Tishri [or Tisri] is the first month of the Jewish civil year and the seventh of the ecclesiastical, falling in September and October
24 IN ITSELF: NIT inside IS ELF
25 TEARLESS: EARL in TESS: another outing, cleverly clued, for this hardy tragic heroine.
26 TIPPER: PP in TIER: I liked this witty clue
2 OVER: [h]OVER: not exactly a double definition but I don’t know how else to classify it
3 ALLOWANCE: LO + WAN + C inside ALE
4 SENATE: S[tate] E[nrolled] N[urse] + ATE: it is no longer possible to gain the S.E.N. qualification. These days, S.E.N. is more usually an abbreviation for Special Educational Needs.
5 RECORD LIBRARIES: [EARLIER CDS I BORR(ow - 'last two not in')]* another very elegant clue
6 DRAWN OFF: [FF [very loud] ONWARD] <
7 ABASH: A BAS [down with] + H[enry]
8 COMELINESS: LINES inside COMES
12 MAYONNAISE: reverse hidden word in robES I ANNOY A Methodist: sheer brilliance – and the surface made me smile, too
15 BOTTOMS UP!: B[l]OTTO + M + SUP
16 LIMONITE: [MINE + TOIL]*
19 QUAINT: [Mary] QUANT around I; there was a similar clue for this word in yesterday’s Independent puzzle. I think this is the cleverer
21 ICHOR: I + CH + O + R: as well as being colourless matter oozing from a wound, ichor is the ethereal fluid supposed to flow through the veins of the gods
22 CLUE: CuLtUrE: a nice neat one to end with