Posted by smiffy on March 19th, 2009
I hope that my appraisal of this puzzle is not jaundiced by having solved it in something of an already bleary-eyed mood. I found this to be an balanced blend of innovative ideas, intermixed with some clearly-telegraphed anagram fodder. The NW corner proved to be a mini-battle of attrition at the end for me.
1 RED FACED – Re + face in d,d
5 BOO-BOO – boo(-b) twice. I would imagine – not of course that I’ve dwelt on the matter – that cosmetic breast reduction surgery is rarely an either/or procedure.
10 DEAD SET
11 IRON AGE – ON (Old Norse) in I rage.
12 CREED – Cree + [ignore]d
13 ABHORRERS – (Arab horse)* with r(un) for a.
14 BODY LANGUAGE – pretty imaginative stuff.
18 DRESSING DOWN
21 UNSETTLED – double def’n.
23 IRATE – (fire at)* – f. A niftily assembled piece of deception.
24 AMOROUS – A(dult) + U in moros[-e].
25 ENEMIES – (seem nice)* -c. I enjoyed this clue, without really being to point ot any particular structural brilliance.
26 TALENT – tale + NT
27 ISOSTASY – (So stay is)*.
1 REDUCE – double def’n. The culinary context, again, proving a troublesome blind spot for me.
2 DRAWER – (reward)=”pay” rev
3 ASSIDUOUS – Ass + (duo,u) in is.
4 ESTUARY ENGLISH – Punning def’n. I vaguely recall encountering a similar treatment of this phrase somewhere else recently.
6 ODOUR – homophone of “Oder” (German river).
7 BRAKE PAD – This seems like a clue of wafer-thin transparency, so I’m probably missing a clever subtlety. Is it also alluding to “taxi” in the sense of an aircraft moving while on the ground?
9 HIGH-HANDEDNESS – handed in Highness.
15 GAWKINESS – (wages sink)*
16 ADJUTANT – Double def’n. A military rank, and a type of (one might say, gawky) bird.
17 CESSPOOL – (cope + loss)*. Even with checking letters and an obvious anagram indicator, I didn’t fathom this one too quickly.
19 FARINA – far in (“v. much involved”) +a. A “meal” in the sense of the foodstuff itself, rather than a repast.
20 FEISTY – F + (is yet)*. “Excitable” didn’t strike me as the most natural definition (I tend to the word as a synonym for spirited); tant pis.
22 THORN – (Roth)* + n.