Posted by rightback on May 9th, 2009
Solving time: 33:34
Probably two-thirds of that time was spent trying to untangle the long phrase starting at 1dn, together with a few other crossing answers (especially 22ac and 23dn). If you knew the song below you probably found this puzzle a lot easier than I did!
I can’t fathom 22ac or 23dn, so explanations welcome.
Music of the Day: Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s [sic] Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight? by Lonnie Donegan.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||DON’T BET ON IT; DO, + (TB + ETON) in NIT – very difficult breakdown: ‘do’ is short for ‘ditto’ (hence ‘The same’), consumption is TB (tuberculosis), ‘school’ is ETON, ‘egg’ is NIT and ‘spread’ is used in the sense of ‘spread apart’, so TB and ETON ‘spread’ NIT (i.e. go inside it).|
|9||ENERGID; rev. of (DIG RENE) – RENE always looked a likely candidate for the Frenchman but I didn’t know this word (according to Chambers, ‘a protoplasmic unit; the nucleus and active cytoplasm of a cell’). If I had I’m sure I’d have seen BEDPOST in the long phrase more quickly.|
|10||ANTIGEN; (GET IN A)* + N – another biological answer.,|
|11||KEYSTROKE – I think this is just a cryptic definition but there may be more to it. Whatever, I was very slow with it, even with ‘K-Y…’ in place.|
|16||MOCK ORANGE; (GERMAN COOK)*|
|19||MESS (2 defs)|
|21||E + VERY – a Very light is a coloured flare fired from a pistol, such as those used to signal to aircraft that have lost radio communications. I’ve often seen it spelt ‘Verey’ but they were invented by US naval officer Edward Very so I think that’s just wrong.|
|22||TIMESHARE – I don’t understand the ‘bodysnatcher’ reference in this clue (‘Property periodically inhabited by bodysnatcher’)…|
|24||ASININE – …or this clue (‘It’s expansive swapping cards – and silly’). Something to do with substituting words for ‘card’, such as ‘nine’, perhaps? ‘Asia’ becomes ‘asinine’ if you swap the A[ce] for a nine, but that seems too far-fetched.|
|25||OILSKIN; (IN KILOS)*|
|26||GREEN PEPPER; PER (= ‘a’), after GREEN (= ‘go’) + PEP (= ‘go’) – very clever.|
|1||DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOUR ON THE BEDPOST; (FUSS OVER OLD GLORY WHITE HOUSE BUDGET COMPENSATION)* – an extraordinary anagram which took me absolutely ages to solve. ‘Does your’ and ‘flavour on the’ were clear enough but I just couldn’t see ‘chewing gum’; I had ‘get some’ pencilled in at 18dn for a while.|
|2||NIGHT; (THING)* – referring to the last bit of the song title.|
|4||TEA LEAF (2 defs) – rhyming slang for ‘thief’.|
|5||NOTIONAL; (NOT I) + (LOAN)*|
|6||TIGHTROPE-WALKER (cryptic definition)|
|7||JERK + IN|
|8||IN GEAR (2 defs) – ‘gear’ in the sense of ‘clothes’.|
|15||BODYLINE; (I + LED ON BY)* – a reference to the ‘bodyline’ Ashes series.|
|16||MAENAD; ENA in MAD (&lit) – nice.|
|17||ACT + AEON – a hunter that Artemis transformed into a stag. Very good clue.|
|23||SHLEP – this is a Yiddish word meaning ‘to drag’. A 50/50 guess for me, since ‘hip’ and ‘hep’ can both mean ‘fashionable’, but this looked more likely that ‘shlip’.|