Posted by Ciaran McNulty on April 23rd, 2009
Medium difficulty today, I’d say. No obvious theme aside from maybe 11ac and 1dn! I like Shed normally, and this was no exception – the unknown words all seem to somehow be etymologically possible, if that makes sense.
(X) = inserted
(x) = removed
* = anagram
< = reversed
d.d. = double definition
1. PODCAST. POD + CAST.
5. PLAUDIT. P(LAUD)IT.
9. INFERBO. INFER + NO. I liked how the surface obscures the def.
10. ENCLOSE. SCE(LO)NE*.
11. PENALISES. PEN(AL)ISES !!. The Guardian always hides rudeness in the solutions, never the answers. I presume the theory is that if you’re old enough to do the crossword you can take it.
12. SMART. d.d.
13. SWEEP. d.d.
15. EXTIRPATE. ATEXTRIPE*. New word on me.
17. DEBENTURE. DEBEN + T + URE. Two fairly obscure rivers.
19. LYMPH. L ((stick)Y) M.P.H. ‘A ton’ is slang for 100 m.p.h. so half of that is L MPH.
22. PASHA. P(ASH)A.
23. THACKERAY. T(HACKER)AY.
25. SPANGLE. S.P. + ANGLE. “Sine Prole” is used in medieval genealogy to mean ‘childless’.
26. REPLICA. RE(P)LIC + A.
27. LIDLESS. L(otu)S around IDLE.
28. SPARTAN. SPAR + TAN.
1. PRIAPUS. SU(PAIR)P<.
2. DEFENCE. NE(F)ED< + C.E.
3. AURAL. AURA + L.
4. TROUSSEAU. T + ROUSSEAU. The garb of a bride.
5. PRESS. d.d.
6. ANCESTRAL. LANCASTER*.
7. DIORAMA. D(IO)RAMA. Referring to Io as ‘cowgirl’ is a reference to her being turned into a white heifer!
8. TRESTLE. SETTLER*.
14. PENTANGLE. P + ENTANGLE.
16. THESAURUS. T(HE’S)AURUS.
17. DEPOSAL. DE(SOP<)AL.
18. BASTARD. BA(STAR)D.
20. MARXIST. T(SIX)RAM<.
21. HAY WAIN. “WEIGH HAIN”. Brilliant. I can easily forgive a Spoonerism when it’s that good.
23. TRESS. (for)TRESS. ‘For’ is cut.
24. KAPPA. K + A P(political) + P.A.