Posted by shuchi on May 1st, 2009
Good fun puzzle from Bradman, with great surfaces to most of the clues. Not too tough by Bradman standards – though I’m still scratching my head over 1A.
1 WEAVER? [Update: WEAVER it is. dd, Bottom= Bottom the Weaver, AMND. Thanks Bradman for clearing that up.]
5 DISGUISE (I GUESS I’D)*
9 TRYSAILS TRY (test out) SAILS (homophone of ‘sales’). Sensible advice in these times of recession.
10 PRIORY PRY (nose) around RIO
11 STRAIN ST RAIN (fall)
12 PLANKTON PLANK (political principle) NOT reversed
14 ANTINEUTRINO (AN ION NUTTIER)* ‘nutty you could find’ is the anagrind, ‘this particle’ the definition. I didn’t see the breakup immediately, was wondering first if ‘nutty’ pointed to something irregular about the antineutrino’s motion.
18 TRADE DEFICIT (FRED I ACTED)* IT. The grammar looks somewhat off in the clue’s surface.
22 IN THE BAG IN (home) THE (bag) B (bit of Best) AG (silver)
25 UMLAUT cd mark over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound
26 TOERAG TOG(-a) around ERA. Got this from the wordplay and looked up Chambers. Unfamiliar word for me.
27 TALLOWED T (the last letter of meaT) ALLOWED (ok). I wasn’t happy with the way to get T, is there a better explanation?
28 STUMBLER Get S (son) from the end of TUMBLERS (glasses) to the front. Very neat, it’s tricky to get a nice surface in letter transpose clues.
29 DEFAME F AM in DEE
2 EGRETS EG(-gs) (REST)*
3 VISUAL AID IS U A L in (AVID)*
4 REIGNITED REIGN (rule) I TED
5 DUSTPAN (SAND PUT)*
6 SEPIA PI (religious) in SEA (deep)
7 UMIAK AIM (end) reversed in UK
8 SURROUND U (superior) RR (bishop) in SOUND (adj., holding approved beliefs)
13 NUT dd NUT for National Union of Teachers, usual crosswordese
15 UNCOUPLED UN (‘a’ foreign) COUP (takeover) LED (was first). I had slowed myself down in the bottom-right part of the grid by thoughtlessly entering UNCHAINED here.
16 RATTLE OFF dd
17 BRING OUT RING (venue for fight) in BOUT (fight)
19 EXE homophone of EX (no longer)
20 FIGHTER (FREIGHT)*
21 MUSEUM USE in MUM
23 HAREM HARE (run quickly) M. Easy to solve, but it made me smile.
24 BAGEL LEG (on, from cricket) AB (sailor), reversed