Posted by shuchi on April 24th, 2009
Pleasing puzzle from Mudd as usual.
Some nifty definitions (especially liked 2D, 21D) and more than one define-by-example style of clue (23A, 3D, 8D). I have two small questions about the wordplay (1A, 5D). (Updates to 1A, 5D, 6D based on comments below. Thanks!)
1 HANDLE HALE (well) around ND (state – North Dakota)
4 ORGANISM ORGASM around IN reversed
9 NOTIFY OT (books) IF in NY (Queens is a county of New York). I was a little late in solving this, was thinking of cards for “Queens etc.” initially.
10 SOFT SPOT our prize = FT’S POT
12 SOHO O (nothing) in SHOP – P
13 GREEN dd Isn’t a golfer’s aim the hole and not the green?
14 BRIE BRIEF (ephemeral) – F (strong)
17 MULLIGATAWNY While solving I had parsed this as: GA (a bit of the fish GAr) I MULL , word order reversed, plus TAWNY (brown). The better explanation strikes me now as I write: A GILL (bit of fish) UM (let me think) letters reversed, plus TAWNY
20 BLATHERSKITE KITE (bird) follows B(L)ATHERS (swimmers round lake). New word for me.
23 OPEN O (zero) PEN (shut in, the imperative verb form), and this is an open question.
24 STERN dd, means both hard and back. The last one entered into the grid. I had almost written in STORE instead (hard-disk backup of computer data)
25 FINE dd
28 ILLUSION ILL US I ON
29 DENIER dd
30 CO-WORKER CORKER (very good thing) around OW (cry of pain). Deft use of ‘smother’ as c/c indicator.
31 MAYHEM MAY (girl) HEM (edge)
1 HANDSOME Nice dd, brought Rufus to mind.
2 NUTSHELL dd “in here, concise” and “location of Brazil (nut)” both lead to nutshell.
3 LEFT ‘pushed to one side’ = LEFT, and LEFT is one side.
5 RIO DE JANEIRO R (one of the 3 R’s) I (single) ODE (poem) JANE (girl) IRO (biro – b)
6 ALTO WALTON (English composer) with ends removed.
7 IMPART IMP (monkey) ART (talent)
8 MUTTER M UTTER
11 BREASTSTROKE (STREAKER’S + BOT)*
15 BILLY dd a metal can used in camp cooking, and a male goat.
16 GNASH N in GASH
18 DIMINISH MINI in DISH. I had misread the clue as ‘drop card into …’ in the first pass – that is the more intuitive surface in my view.
19 TELEGRAM ELEG (short of elegy) in TRAM
21 ZODIAC cd
22 YELLOW dd
26 TSAR S (penguins ultimately) in TAR. Another well-crafted c/c clue, neat surface.
27 LEDA LED (ruled) A