Posted by Eileen on April 21st, 2009
Apologies for the delay: I’m a late substitute, so apologies, too, for any typos, etc.I thought this was a delight, though I’m quite prepared for some to say it was more appropriate for a Saturday – with a number of interlocking clues based on Tony Benn and some lovely surfaces.
[ ]* anagram
[ ] < reversal
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
1 POPULACE: P[OPULent]ACE
2 PATHOS: P + ATHOS, one of The Three Musketeers
3 LET ME SEE: dd
10 UTOPIA: U +TOPI + A[dults]: [edit; addition: 'covered by' doesn't quite seem to work here.] ’More’ work, because written by Sir Thomas More in 1516.
12 CHOLESTEROL: sCHO[LESTER]OL: a very neat surface, I thought.
15 SWISS: cd
17 ROOTPRUNE: [OUR PROTE[i]N}* – a nice surface, because of the double meaning of ‘radical’ Chambers has this word hyphenated.]
18 OPERATIVE: OPERA + [EVITa] < edit: OPER[a] + [EVITA]< thanks, Gaufrid.
19 SIGHT: in expressions like ‘a jolly sight better’
20 SELF-STARTER: dd
24 ONE-WAY: NEW inside O AY [nothing ever]
25 FILIGREE: FILI ["FILLY"] + GREE[k]
26 YONDER: [RODNEY}*
27 WEDGWOOD: dd: china, of course, and Tony Benn [22,23] was formerly Anthony Wedgwood Benn.
1 POLICE STOP: dd [Edit: POLICE SLOW: much better - thanks, Ian]]
2 PATRONISED: [NOT PRAISED]*: a very clever surface, referring to Lord Chesterfield’s tardy and meagre patronage of Samuel Johnson for the writing of his dictionary. This entails a third interpretation of 4dn!
3 LIEGE: dd: Liège is a town in Wallonia
4 CHESTERFIELD: dd: a chesterfield is a tightly-stuffed sofa, and thus a seat, and the town in Derbyshire which was Tony Benn’s Parliamentary seat
6 ANTELOPES: ANT [hill-dweller] ELOPES
7 HOPE: dd: Philip Stan[boy in 16dn]hope was the name of Lord Chesterfield
8 SEAT: dd
11 CROOKED SPIRE: [PIERS}* The parish church of Chesterfield has a crooked spire, clearly visible from the train.
13 PURGATORIO: [A RIOT GROUP]* – or, strictly, [A RIOT]* in [GROUP]* ‘Purgatorio’ is the third cantica of Dante’s ’Divine Comedy’.
14 LETTERHEAD: cd?
16 STANSGATE: ST[SNAG]*ATE: a wonderful surface: Tony Benn was originally 2nd Viscount Stansgate but renounced his title in 1963, in order to be eligible to sit in the House of Commons
21 AWING: dd
22,23 TONY BENN: Spoonerism: Boney Ten