Posted by rightback on May 23rd, 2009
Solving time: 11:50
A fairly gentle offering from Paul, I thought – only 2dn (FUTILITY) and 9ac (BORING) really held me up in this. My favourite clues were probably 2dn (OMIGOD) and 7/20dn (JACK-IN-THE-BOX).
It was very nice to meet some of you at Thursday night’s ‘Sloggers and Betters’ gathering in London – many thanks to Peter Biddlecombe for having organised it.
Music of the day should probably really be something by CHOPIN (5dn) but I wouldn’t know what to pick, so suggestions for our general musical education would be welcome.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||C + RUMMY|
|6||THE RAJ; HE in TRAJ[an] – Trajan seems to be a generally well-thought-of emperor. He was succeeded by Hadrian.|
|9||BORING (2 defs) – I struggled on this because I didn’t split the clue in the right place (between ‘Woodworm’s work’ and ‘routine’) and spent a lot of time thinking that ‘work’ = ‘go’ would give the first two letters (e.g. ‘godrag’, ‘go’ + ‘drag’, looked feasible for a while).|
|10||INSTANCE; ST (= ‘way’) in [f]INANCE (= ‘back’) – I couldn’t parse this when solving but it had to be right.|
|11||KIWI (2 defs)|
|12||DOMINATRIX; ([lembi]T in SARI) in MINX, all after DO – a wordy but rather splendid clue, referring to Lembit Opik, Liberal Democrat MP and one-time lover of one of the Cheeky Girls. What amazes me about the expenses “scandal” is not the revelations per se but the fact that anyone considers them revelatory. Anyway, Lembit supports Leicester City so can’t be all bad.|
|13||SYSTEMATISE; (A MESS IT’S YET)* – nice anagram.|
|18||HIGH PRIEST; HIGH (= ‘on coke, perhaps’) + PRIES + T (= ‘top of table’)|
|21||AGED; DEGA[s] – a somewhat hackneyed reversal.|
|22||D(IS + T)ANCE|
|24,15||IMELDA STAUNTON; I MELD + AS (= ‘while’) + TAUNTON (= ‘location in Somerset’) – not a name I could remember and ‘Imelda’ was a rather unsure guess. She won the ‘Best Actress’ Bafta for Vera Drake a couple of years ago.|
|1||F + UTILITY – very slow on this, ‘strong’ = ‘F’ didn’t occur to me for some reason.|
|2||OMIGOD – brilliantly hidden in ‘slalom, I go downhill’. I imagine this “word” is a chick lit neologism.|
|3||CHESTNUT (2 defs)|
|7,20||JACK-IN-THE-BOX; Spoonerism of “BACKIN’ THE JOCKS” – marvellous.|
|8||DISMEMBERED; (M + M + BE DESIRED)*|
|14||THRENODY; (TRENDY HO[me])*|
|16||RIMINI; rev. of IR, + MINI – referring to the Minis in The Italian Job.|
|19||HAT + RED – a clever one to finish.|