Posted by shuchi on June 5th, 2009
An entertaining puzzle from Viking.
The theme (six answers form a group relating to a recent bicentenary) eluded me till the end, thanks to Gaufrid for help with this. The bicentenary is the death of Joseph Haydn (31 May 1809). The group of words is SURPRISE, MIRACLE, MILITARY, CLOCK, DRUMROLL and LONDON – these are all titles of works which form part of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies.
1 MOBILE MO (short time) BILE (resentment). The ‘cell’ is nicely deceptive.
4 DRUMROLL DROLL (amusing) around RUM(-p)
10 LITHESOME (TILES + HOME)*
11 SPECS cd. I’m reading this as wordplay on specifications (type) and spectacles…or is there another explanation? [See Gaufrid's comment for a simpler parsing.]
12 TIER TI(-g)ER
13 ADMINISTER I MD in RETSINA (wine), all reversed. Very well-constructed.
15 RUN DOWN dd [A neat triple definition, actually. See Viking's comment#4.]
16 GENDER GEN(-t) RED reversed
19 STUDIO STUD (boss) I O
21 MIRACLE MILE (athletic event) around RAC(-e) (short run)
23 RESPECTING (CREEP + ISNT)* G
25 QUAD (-s)QUAD
27 CLOCK CROCK (clapped-out car) -R +L. clock = notice (verb) was a new meaning for me; Chambers lists it as slang.
28 PRAGMATIC P (power) (MAGIC + ART)*
29 SURPRISE PR IS in SURE (certainly).
30 COARSE OARS (rows) in CE (church)
1 MILITARY (IMMORALITY – MO)*
2 BUTTERNUT BUT (save) TERN (bird) UT (old musical note for ‘DO’)
3 LIEU Alternate letters of ‘LoIsEaU’. Quite easy to spot this one.
5 REELING EEL (fish) in RING (loop)
6 MISSIONARY (NO SIR SAY IM)* Brilliant! My favourite clue of the day.
7 OVERT (-c)OVERT
8 LUSTRE LURE (entice) around ST (abbrev. for stone, the unit of mass)
9 LONDON LOON (diving bird) around ND
14 WOODPECKER WOOD (deal = fir or pine wood) PECKER (one kissing)
17 ENCOUNTER EN (opponents in bridge) (TROUNCE)*
18 HEADACHE H(EA(DA)CH)E. I was pleased that ‘he’ did not translate to a random proper name.
20 OCTOPUS OCT (month) OPUS (work). Very amusing!
21 MANIAC MA CAIN (murderous son) reversed
22 BRACES dd
24 SCOUR C (first letter of ‘cleaner’) in SOUR (acidic)
26 AMMO Hidden in cOMMAnd, reversed