Posted by Eileen on May 12th, 2009
A welcome return from Brummie, who always entertains. After solving the puzzle, I spent a while staring at the answers, since Brummie often gives us a theme. I thought there might be one based on 18ac but, if there is, I can’t see it. I was misled [or rather misled myself] for a while by putting in a wrong answer for 5ac but eventually got back on the right track. An enjoyable puzzle.
1 SUBTEND: SUB [advance] + TEND: a geometrical and botanical word
5 BESTREW: [WEBSTER]* I think I’ve done enough crosswords to know that ‘broadcast’ indicates an anagram, but [flagrantly ignoring the repeated 'broadcast'] I put in NETWORK, as a dd/cd. As it was so early in the puzzle, it did cause a delay!
9 LOCUS: LOCUS[t]: I’d thought of this as a mathematical word [and only Collins gives a legal context] but, of course, it appears in ‘locum tenens’ and ‘in loco parentis’
10 FUNGOIDAL: [A FOLDING U]*: plastic is a nice anagram indicator here
11 ALPENSTOCK: [PLANE]* + STOCK [standard]
12 SHAH: [HAS]* + H
14,23: TEARING OFF A STRIP: double definition
18 RIPPING YARN: a reference to Jack the Ripper and the Michael Palin / Terry Jones TV series
21 NECK: double definition
22 CRYSTAL SET: CRY S[LEAST*]T ‘broadcast’ again!
26 NICHE: NIC[H]E
27 LUMP SUM: LUM [Scottish chimney] + sweeP + SUM
28 PASS OUT: an easy double definition
1 SALIAN: [ALIAS] reversed + N – Edit; move the S from the end of ALIAS to the beginning and add N[ame] Thanks, Neil.
2 BICEPS: BI[CEP]S
3 EISENSTEIN: SE in [NINETIES]* – another nice anagrind in ‘naughty’
4 DEFAT: DEF[A]T
5 BONE CHINA
6,24: SPOTLESS: a reference to ‘How the leopard got his spots’ from Kipling’s Just So Stories
7 RED SHIFT: I got this from the wordplay, not being a physicist. I’ve seen ‘red’ for wine several times lately in crosswords and have been uneasy about it. However, I find it’s in Chambers
8 WELLHEAD: WELL [I say!] HEAD: I don’t like this one very much. HEAD = ‘educator’ is rather vague – especially these days, when head teachers do very little, if any, teaching. I originally wondered about WOODHEAD [Chris, Chief Inspector] along the lines of ‘should’ sounds like ‘would’ ['I say']
13 AGONY AUNTS: [TO UNSAY NAG]*
15 ALGORITHM: sounds like AL GORE RHYTHM – a nice one!
16 WRONGFUL: [FURLONG Width]*
17 SPECTRUM: S[PEC]TRUM
19 PSYCHO: CH[ain] in [SPY]* + O
20 AT REST: cleverly hidden in theATRE STage