Posted by smiffy on April 23rd, 2009
A few clues in here where the wordplay or structure seem to be a bit too forced, in order to make the idea work (e.g. 19A, 2D). However, the impressive device at 3D is a first-of-a-kind sighting for me; is it unprecedented?
1 HOSTESS – sets in soh (all rev). Fortunately the typo in the definition part of the clue (a rogue hyphen) is blatant enough not to confuse.
5 BIG SHOT – Sh in bigot.
9 REPRO – rep + r.o.
10 PETULANCE – (planet cue)*. I’ll second that emotion; I get really ticked off when those planets become misaligned.
11 EARTHWORK – E + (throw)* in ark.
12 MAYBE – a+y(Yankee = radio sign) in MBE.
13 TIFFS – [-s]tiffs
15 TURNDOWNS – down in turns. “Feeling(s) of distaste” = down(s) is new to me.
18 VICEVERSA – v + (service)* + a
19 LINKS – I think this should be “Couple” rather than “Couples”, to avoid a duplicate “s”. But I imagine the opportunity to allude to Freddie C. was too strong to resist?
21 NEVER – revenue (rev) – EU. I defy you not to have at least smirked at this one.
23 PRINTABLE – prin[-k] + table
25 GALLIVANT – villag[-e] rev + ANT (Aussie Nat’l Theatre). Does the latter full under Sir Les Patterson’s auspices?
26 BREAM – BoRdEr ArMy
27 ROMANCE – ANC in Rome.
28 CRACKER – double def’n. But why the interjecting exclamation mark?
1 HARVEST – (saver)* in h + t
2 SOPORIFIC – so[-a]p + orific[-e]. The definition here seems to be nounal rather than adjectival.
3 EPOCH – cop in he (all rev). “Quite the reverse” here is (intentionally) doing triple duty, by my reckoning (i.e. the container/contents, the direction AND the definition)! These “on the contrary” type devices are, in my opinion, the one sphere where double duty is more than acceptable. So this is especially astute.
5 BATIK – BA(once the world’s favourite airline) + kit(rev)
6 GOLD MEDAL – double def’n (/allusion)
7 HANDY – double def’n
8 TEETERS – tee + ters[-e]
14 SOVEREIGN – [-m]isgoverne[-d]*. This clue put me in mind of Merlin’s excellent Listener puzzle (Royal Flush) from a few years back. One of my all-time favourite puzzles.
16 REALISTIC – (article is)*
18 VINEGAR – vin + rage (rev)
20 STEAMER – a.m. in steer
22 VELUM – rather than vellum.
23 PHASE – has in PE
24 TIBIA – A1 + bit (all rev)