Posted by Ciaran McNulty on February 26th, 2009
An interesting theme today, and luckily for me something I managed to guess early on – I suspect it’d be somewhat impenetrable if you can’t guess what BG stands for (I’ve assumed British Game [It's been pointed out in the comments that 'ball game' is more likely]), and there’s precious little else to help you along until you get there!
d.d. = double definition
* = anagram
< = reversed
(X) = inserted
(x) = removed
1. AUTOGENIC. AU + TOG + CINE<. Autogenic means ‘from within’ and can apply to various taught relaxation techniques.
6. RUGBY. RU(G)BY.
9. SUPPLEMENTARIES. SUPPLE+MEN+T+ARIES.
10. POOL. d.d.
11. FOOTBALL. You need a FOOT to dance + BALL.
14. BILLIARDS. B(ILL + I)ARD’S.
15. NESTA. (marylebo)NE STA(tion).
16. GUSTY. GU(ST.)Y. I put in GU(ST)S initially, which made 12dn a bit harder.
18. CRITICISE. Spoonerised ‘City Cries’.
20. TWO-EDGED. T + W(O)EDGED.
21. POLO. POOL*
25. LIKE THE CLAPPERS. d.d.
26. ERROR. E.R. + R + OR.
27. STEAMBOAT. STE(AM+BOA)T. Not seem AM for american before. ‘Stet’ is proofreading jargon for ‘leave this as it was’.
1. AESOP. A + POSE<
2. TOPSOIL. T(OPS)OIL. Op. and Toil both mean ‘work’.
3. GOLF. FLOG<. The first of the BG clues I got, which gave the theme.
4. NUMB. NUMB(ER). ‘One or more’ as def for ‘number’ isn’t technically that correct.
5. CENSORSHIP. PINCHROSES*. Censors and editors in general traditionally used blue pencils.
6. REAL TENNIS. SINN(TALE*)ER<
7. GUITARS. GUI(d) + TARS. Not sure about ‘guid’ (Scots for ‘good’), but it’s my best guess at the wordplay.
8. YES PLEASE. Guessed from the checked letters, I can’t see the wordplay. [Consensus in the comments seems to be YE + SP(elling) + LEASE, with 'defective' being a slightly unsatisfying indicator for spelling being cropped ].
12. CITY EDITOR. COYTRIEDIT*. Is coy an appreviation for company?
13. CRICKETERS. CRICK + STEER*.
14. BAGATELLE. d.d.
17. SNOOKER. S(NO)OKE + R. The Soke of Peterborough is an historical area of England.
19. I HOPE SO. POISEHO*
22. ONSET. d.d. ‘ON SET’.
23. BLUE. One can aquire a ‘blue’ at Oxbridge by competing in a varsity game.
24. SPAM. ‘Spam’ as ‘rubbish’ is fairly recent.