Posted by shuchi on May 8th, 2009
What a fine puzzle. A balanced mix of easy and tough clues. Bumpy ride, but a most enjoyable one.
9 YOU’VE GOT ME THERE
10 EXERT EXPERT – P
11 BATTALION TA (group of soldiers) in BAT (club) LION (hero)
12 BLUE MOVIE M (millions) O (old) VIE (half of capital Vienna), need help explaining the BLUE! [Update: ‘to blue’ means ‘to squander’. Thanks Gaufrid.]
14 EDICT CT after E D I
16 LOOK BACK IN ANGER AIR reversed in FURY. I didn’t know the play but it was simple to work out from the fodder.
19 CITES CITIES – I
21 BAGATELLE BELLE around A GAT(-e)
23 AMARYLLIS A, SILLY RAM (foolish memory) reversed
25 FIGHT FRIGHT – R
1 HYPERBOLIC (POLIC + BY + HER)* cosh = the mathematical function
2 JUNEAU capital of Alaska. Homophone of JUNO, Roman queen of Heaven
3 RENT-A-MOB (MEANT)* in ROB. Nicely deceptive and smooth surface. Pertinent phrase in the current times, web search throws up alarming results for it!
5 SMATTERING S MATTERING For a long time I was looking for a synonym of ‘relevant’. Nice!
6 AT EASE A TEASE
7 DESIRING (INSIDER + G)* Well-concealed anagram.
8 PEON O in PEN (compound, as in enclosure). The definition is slightly vague I think, a peon is not necessarily a hard worker. The past tense seems to be there for no specific reason either. [Update: Anax points out that Chambers supports the idea of “hard” (peon being a farm labourer / one working in bondage to pay off a debt), and the clue works when read as “one (who is) worked hard”. See comments below for more.]
13 VOCABULARY cd
15 TURPENTINE TURN (spell) around PE (exercise), TIN (can) E (point)
17 OUTWARDS OUT (unfashionable) WARDS (parts of city)
18 ARTIFICE I F (one fellow) in ARTIC (lorry) E (Spain)
20 SAYERS S (star’s heading) AYERS (The Rock from Australia). Nice touch to evoke The Wizard Of Oz in the clue’s surface.
22 LIGNIN (-a)LIGNIN(-g)
23 AGUE (-pl)AGUE
24 SIDE homophone of ‘sighed’