Posted by Ciaran McNulty on May 11th, 2009
A fairly straightforward puzzle, but with a few clues I wasn’t happy with – some very tortured defs in 12ac, 15ac, 18dn, for instance. I did like some of the shorter simple clues, as it makes me feel really smart to be able to just wizz through them. I guess that’s how proper solvers feel the rest of the time! I wouldn’t want it this simple every day though.
d.d. = double definition
c.d. = cryptic definition
* = anagram
< = reversed
(X) = inserted
(x) = removed
1. STAUNCH. AUNTS* + CH.
5. ON CALL. ON + CALL.
9. CLANGOUR. A loud resonant noise, also ‘drop a brink’ and ‘drop a clanger’ are both phrases for making a faux pas.
10. AGATES. A(GATE)S. Presumably AS is being used to mean ‘when’, but the phrase ‘as and when’ would seem to imply they’re slightly different.
12. FIDDLESTICKS. d.d. A fiddlestick is the bow, so violins are played with it – doesn’t quite fit the def.
15. PHONE BOXES. c.d.
17. LIE. L(I)E.
19. OFT. 0 + FT. ‘coming’ doesn’t seem to be doing much here.
20. BILLPOSTER. c.d.
22. SECOND TO NONE. SECOND + TON + ONE.
26. LYRICS. CYRILS*.
27. AT NO TIME. IMEANTTO*.
28. SPOUSE. OP’S< + USE.
29. EFFECTS. d.d. Had me looking for an anagram of CARRIES.
1. SACK. d.d. means ‘to fire’ and also a type of wine.
2. AWAY. A + WAY.
3. NEGLIGEE. c.d. I think? The defining quality of a negligee is that it’s loose.
4. HOUND. d.d.
6. NEGATE. AGENT* + E.
7. ARTICULATE. d.d.
8. LOSES HEART. d.d.
11. CEREAL. C.E. + REAL.
13. EPSOM SALTS. EPSOM + SALTS.
14. MONTE CARLO. CLEANMOTOR*.
16. OPIATE. PIETO+A*. I wondered for a while about a variant spelling of PEYOTE.
18. GOING OFF. d.d.
21. KNOCKS. d.d. When the bearings on a wheel/axel are going, it makes a distinctive knocking noise.
23. NITRE. INERT*. Old term for certain nitrates.
24. DISC. D.(1S)C.
25. LEGS. L + EG. + S(tate).