Posted by shuchi on April 3rd, 2009
Some well-concealed hidden words (21A, 26A) and amusing wordplay (1A, 12A, 17D) in this one. I was very entertained with the puzzle overall. A couple of clues look a little questionable to me (14D, 18D), maybe they have better explanations than what I gathered.
All the pudding/fruit references have made me hungry. Off for lunch now.
1 DESIRE cd DE-SIRE. LOL!
4 SHORT CUT SHOUT (call) around RTC (‘erotica’ with odd letters removed)
10 CURRANT sounds like ‘current’
11 NOVELLA NOV (a month) ELLA (girl)
12 MOPE MOP (cleaner) E (energy)
13 SCHOOLROOM S (half ‘so’) H (hot) inside COOL ROOM (walk-in freezer)
15 TRIFLE cd
16 VERTIGO VERT (green) I GO (move off)
20 UGANDAN (-m)UG (face defaced) AND A (with a)
21 HONEST Hidden in brusH ONE’S Teeth. Lovely clue.
24 ANTIMATTER A NATTER (talk) about TIM (boy)
26 ETON Hidden in camE TO Nothing. It took me a while to spot the hidden word even after I’d thought of the answer, and was marvelling at the boldness of the cd till then.
28 TROUNCE (COUNTER)*
29 BEOWULF (WEB FOUL)*
30 ESPRESSO. ESSO (petrol company) around PRES(-s) (battle without the lead of ‘such’). I’m guessing battle=press in terms of pushing forward, is that what the clue is looking for? The surface is a bit convoluted. [Edit: The inner word is (-y)PRES (battle to remove lead). Thanks Geoff.]
31 BETTER dd
1 DECIMATE MICE (animals) reversed in DATE (fruit)
2 STRAPPING dd
3 ROAN RAN (galloped) around O (circuit)
5 HANGOVER HAN (dynasty) GOVER (govern – n)
6 REVOLUTION dd. An easy one that gave a gentle start on the NE side of the grid.
7 CELLO CELL (little room) O (ring).
8 TRAUMA RA (artist) in TUM (stomach) A. Very nicely constructed clue.
9 STICK dd
14 BLANCMANGE BLANC (from Mel Blanc, the voice of Elmer Fudd) MANGE (skin disease). Is it OK to define BLANC as “creator of wabbit”? Seems debatable to me. [Please see Agentzero's comment#2, which I think resolves the debate.]
17 GREAT AUNT GRUNT (comment from pig) about EAT (devour) A
18 WAITRESS IT (computer technology) in WARES (items for sale) S (second). ‘second server’ is nicely deceptive but put together the surface doesn’t make logical sense.
19 STAND FOR dd
22 CASTLE cd
23 DERBY dd
25 TROOP O (nothing) in PORT (left) reversed
27 ROSE dd