Posted by Eileen on June 5th, 2009
An enjoyable puzzle from Orlando, who’s always good value, I think. There are some very cleverly constructed clues and several to raise a smile.
1 REGAL: REG and AL, two male names
10 DUDE RANCH: anagram of A HUNDRED containing [corralling] C [head of 'cattle'] – great surface
11 AS IT COMES: A SITCOM [TV programme] + SE ['outer' letters of 'space'] reversed [about]. The usual reply to, ‘How do you like your tea?’ Another good one
12 BAIRD: A [initially active] in BIRD [slang for prison] John Logie Baird [1888-1946] the Scottish engineer who invented the first working television system
13 UNEATEN: U [posh] NEATEN [groom]
15 PRESENT: double definition
17 PISTE: homophone of ‘pieced’
18 SAD: hidden in pillS A Doctor
20 GECKO: OK [very well] C[aught] EG [say] all reversed
22 RELAYED: [approximate] homophone of ‘real aid’
25 PIERROT: PILOT with the L replaced by ERR [stray]
26 LISLE: L[last letter of 'mill'] IS LE [first and last letters of Lancashire]: lisle is a cotton yarn, originally manufactured in Lille.
27 ON THE WING: ONT[ario] HEWING [chopping]
30 TRIANGLES: anagram of ELGAR ISN’T: perhaps not quite an &lit – he probably included triangles in some compositions
33 SIGHT: TH['the' short] GIS [soldiers] reversed
1 AREA: homophone of ‘airier’ [allegedly ]
2 UGLINESS: G [beginning to get] LINES [wrinkles] in US
3 ALEC: hidden in mALE Character: &lit
4 ODDMENTS: ODD MEN [eccentrics] TS ['empty tins']
5 ADDS UP: A DD [Doctor of Divinity] SUP [drink]
6 ARAB LEAGUE: ARABLE [farmland - it can be a noun as well as an adjective] + AGUE [fit] – a neat construction
7 ON FIRE: FIR [tree] inside ONE
8 SHED: double definition [to slough is to shed [a skin], like a snake]
13 UPPER: [s]UPPER
14 TEENY WEENY: the definition is ‘what rhymes’ and it goes ‘with’ itsy bitsy in the 1960 song ‘Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. [Several youtube versions available!]
18 TROUT: R [last letter of 'finger] in TOUT [solicitor]
19 DEPUTISE: PUT [place] IS [islands] in [River] DEE
21 CARRIAGE: AG [silver] in CARRIE [abbr. of Caroline] A victoria was a four-wheeled carriage with a folding hood
23 LASSIE: ASS [animal] in LIE [fiction LASSIE is a young female but, of course, LASSIE was also a female animal in fiction - nice one!
24 DOODLE: the penultimate part of 'Cock-a-doodle-doo'
26 LOTS: PLOTS minus P: very topical, we hear!
28 EASE: [yet another] homophone of ‘Es’
29 GOTH: GOT [saw - as in 'understood'] + H [capital of Hungary] The Goths were an East Germanic tribe thought to have migrated from modern Sweden