Posted by Eileen on May 5th, 2009
A typically enjoyable Paul puzzle, with several witty clues and a couple of cheeky ones. 4ac is a nice reference to his Marathon run – well done, Paul!
cd: cryptic definition
dd: double definition
[ ]* anagram
[ ] < reverse
1 TOMATO: TO + T[urning] in [Chairman] MAO
4 STITCH: cd
9 ONYX: rev. hidden in foXY NOblewoman
10 ROYAL FLUSH: ROYAL [blue] FLUSH [turn red]: a royal flush is a poker hand of a sequence of five cards of the same suit, headed by the ace.
11 FIDDLE: dd – and a cd reference to the 70s / 80s band OMD [Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark]
13 PROBATION: PRO [for] + BA[s]TION
15,22: FLEA MARKET: FLE [A MARK] ET: flea markets don’t have to be in the street, so I think this must be a dd reference to Fleet Street
16 PAWN: dd
17 SPACESUIT: SPACE [opening] SUIT
21 FRUITION: [FOR UNIT I]*
24 WUNDERKIND: a lovely clue. W [UNDER K] IND. Mozart’s works are chronologically listed in the Köchel catalogue ['under K'] – and he was certainly a WUNDERKIND!
25 SNAP dd
26 BOWLER: dd
27 SCARCE: CAR inside de[SCEnt]
1 TANGIER: dd
2,12ac: MIXED BLESSING: [GLIBNESS]* – a typical Paul clue, which you either like or not – I do!
3 TORRENT: TO [R] RENT
5 TALLER: hidden in wheaT ALLERgy – as in ‘a tall story’
6 TELESALES: TE[L]ES + ALES I loved the ‘undesirable calling’ definition
7 HOSANNA [SO H] < + ANNA
8 EYEBROW PENCIL: [NEW POLICY BEER]*
14 BOW WINDOW: IN D inside BOW WOW [Man's best friend is his dog, so...]
16 PERTURB: P[embrokeshir]E + R + [BRUT] <
18 COMEDIC: CO-MEDIC: dd – another nice one
19 ITERATE: I + T + ERA + TE[n]
20 PIERCE: PIE [cutteR] CE
23 RISER: R + IS ER? [= should queen be?]