Posted by shuchi on March 27th, 2009
I found this puzzle tough to start with but it got better when then the anagrams fell into place. 9A and 21A were my favourites, also enjoyed the reversals at 28A and 31A.
The parsing for a couple of clues eludes me, help is welcome.
1 REPOSE RE (about) POSE (claim) (Thanks nmsindy for the anno)
4 BARBADOS Cryptic definition, and I think the “stiff doubles” points to BAR, but I don’t see yet how it all adds up.
4 WAXWORKS cd (Thanks Gaufrid)
9 PAUNCH A in PUNCH (drink) &lit. Very neat way of using the c/c indicator “consumed by” to also imply habitual drinking.
10 OPERABLE (PROBE + LEA)*
11 OUTCRY (COUNTRY – N)*
12 DERELICT DER (the German) ELI (priest) CT (court)
13 ROT dd
14 FACTOR FACTORY (works) – Y
17 MAN MADE MAD (absurd) in MANE (hair)
21 EARFUL After an earful, one would be TEARFUL (upset).
25 ONE Unsure of the cryptic part. I’m reading this as: I = definition, start (ON), left (E?). GONE – G. (Thanks CGR for the anno)
26 BOOKREST BOOK (reserve) REST (silent period)
27 SPHERE dd
28 EMANATES SET (arrange) A NAME (celebrity), reversed
29 COHERE HE (her/his Excellency) in CORE (main)
30 TINSELLY TIN (can) SELL (promote) Y (unknown)
31 BERYLS S (soprano) LYRE (instrument) B (bass), reversed
1 REPROOFS REP (theatre) ROOFS (limits)
2 POULTICE (TILE UP CO(-st))*
3 SICKROOM C in (RISK)*. OOM, how? (OOM = moo (low), reversed. Thanks CGR)
5 APPLET PLE (short request i.e. plea) in APT (suitable)
6 WARREN RE (about) inside WARN (caution)
7 RABBIT dd. Links to WARREN. (Thanks Gaufrid for explaining 6 and 7d)
8 SCENTS CENT (little change) in SS (ship)
12 DORMANT DO (once more i.e. ditto) RANT (storm) about M (male)
15 RAG RAGA (eastern musical piece) – A. In its language of origin, “raga” is the pattern on which musical pieces are based, not the piece itself…though Chambers allows for the sense in which it’s used in this clue.
16 ODE hidden in yODEller
18 EARPHONE (CHAPERONE – C)* Nice deceptive definition.
19 EFFETELY F (fine) + FETE (fair) in ELY (see). My learning of the day, that “see” also means jurisdiction of a bishop.
20 CLUELESS cd
22 OBJECT dd
23 DOMAIN DO (work) MAIN (leading)
24 CREATE E (English) in CRATE (case). This kept me thinking of synonyms for money, till the penny dropped.
25 OSTEAL OS (huge) TEAL (bird)