Posted by Ciaran McNulty on March 9th, 2009
Apologies for being a bit later than normal, I didn’t get a chance to look at today’s puzzle until around lunch. Lots of cryptic definitions today.
(X) = inserted
(x) = removed
c.d. = cryptic definition
d.d. = double definition
< = reversed
* = anagram
“” = homophone
1. CAROUSAL. CARO(U.S.A.)L. As in ‘carousing’.
9. TROWEL. c.d.
10. NICK. d.d. Not sure a nick is a cut.
11. COVER DRIVE. COVER + DRIVE. A shot in cricket.
12. STABLE. d.d
14. EMIGRATE. EMI(G.)RATE.
15. BROTHER. B(R)OTHER.
17. INSPIRE. d.d. Literally breathe in.
20. ENCLOSED. EN(CLOSE)D.
22. HUSSAR. RASH< around US. Finally reading the Flashman books pays off.
23. POINSETTIA. PETITIONSA*.
24. LAMB. L.A. + M.B. Any one of a number of writers.
25. PENCIL. c.d. Although there’s no actual lead in a pencil.
26. RED CROSS. RED + CROSS.
1. BANISTER. c.d.
2. ROCK. (f)ROCK.
3. PSYCHE. She was a ‘mate of Eros’. Def is ‘soul’.
4. STAR SIGN. ASTRINGS*.
5. SOUR GRAPES. d.d. Unsure about the ‘dismissive attitude’.
6. VELVET. Unclear about this one, a flourish might be a type of decoration you do to velvet.
8. LEVIED. LE + VIED. Archaic word for ‘conscripted’.
13. BOTTLENECK. Amusing!
16. EASTERLY. SET* in EARLY.
18. REARMOST. ARE* in STORM*.
19. EDITOR. A leader is a lead article in a paper.
21. NOOSED. SODONE*. ‘For it’ is an odd anagrind.
22. HOARDS. “HORDES”.
24. LARD. LA(R.)D.