Posted by Ciaran McNulty on April 6th, 2009
An auspicious puzzle number to start the week with. Very satisfactory Monday fare, with a couple of puzzlers but no real complaints and a lot of enjoyment! I especially liked 15ac, I’m not sure what these clues are called but like them when they come up.
* = anagram
< = reversed
c.d. = cryptic definition
d.d. = double definition
1. ABRIDGE. A + BRIDGE.
5. ALWAYS. LAWSAY*. The anagrind is separated from its fodder with ‘the’, which somehow makes it harder to spot (I think it’s perfectly valid, mind you).
9. EMPHASIS. HIPSEAMS*.
10. ORATOR. c.d.
12. CONGREGATION. GOONCREATING*.
15. APRON STAGE. A pinafore is an apron, and it’s a type of stage that projects into the audience.
17. GUT. TUG<. Gut is apparently a term for fishing line sometimes?
19. ERA. ARE<. The surface hides this construction quite well (or I’m quite slow).
20. RESTRAINED. RE(STRAIN)ED. ‘checked’ in the less common sense of ‘stopped’.
22. ACCOMPLISHED. d.d.
26. INVENT. IN+VENT.
27. FAREWELL. FARE + WELL. Water=well maybe is a bit weaker.
28. EARWAX. EAR + WAX. Organ=ear seems to come up a lot in crosswords, I’m only really familiar with wax=swell in the instance of the cycles of the moon.
29. RESERVE. d.d.
1. AGED. AG + D + E. Notes meaning ‘any letters from A-G’ tends to feel a bit unsatisfactory, but is OK with short clues and lots of checked letters in my opinion.
2. RAPE. d.d. A plant grown for its seeds/oil.
3. DRAGOONS. d.d. I wasn’t aware of it’s verb usage but it makes sense.
4. EYING. Hidden in (mon)EY IN G(ovnerment). Stocks is an intersting indicator.
6. LARVAE. c.d. LARVAS would also work, as it’s a valid plural.
7. ASTRINGENT. STRAIN* + GENT.
8. SPRING TIDE. c.d. The spring tide is the highest tide of the year.
11. WEIGHT. THEWIG*.
13. MAKES A PILE. d.d.
14. BREAK COVER. A ‘break’ is a turning ball and a ‘cover’ is a fielder, both cricket terms. Surprised to see the surface and the wordplay both referring to the same sport.
16. TREBLE. d.d.
18. CARELESS. CAR(E)LESS.
21. AMANDA. A + MAN + DA(ys).
23. STAIR. STA(1)R.
24. BEAR. d.d. I half-thought WEAR for a long time but it didn’t work for ‘stand’. Bear means display in the sense of ‘carry visibly’.
25. FLEE. F(L)EE.