Posted by shuchi on June 12th, 2009
Many clues raised a smile (14A, 22A, 27A to name a few). There are a couple of mythological references (Oleander, Atalanta), which have been clued inventively. Alberich is topnotch as ever.
1 MYOPIC MY (fancy!) O (Oscar) PIC (short film). Mr. Magoo is famously nearsighted. My confident first answer here was BIOPIC, with ‘fancy’ as the definition and the slang term ‘BI’ from magoo. Redid this only when nothing would fit into 2D.
5 SMIDGEON SON (a little boy) around MIDGE (insect)
9 UMBRELLA UM (hesitation) R (first of ‘roles’) in BELLA (girl)
10 SLOPPY LOP (cut) in SPY (agent)
11 SEAMER S(-t)EAMER For the cricket novices, ‘seamer’ is a type of fast bowler. (Is this an obscure word? I notice while posting that WordPress does not recognize it!) ‘steamer’ for ‘mugger’ was unfamiliar to me, Wikipedia describes one as a robber on trains/buses.
12 DATELESS D ATE LESS Smooth surface, though not exactly PC!
14 UNDERSCORING a lazy composer may be ‘under scoring’.
18 BATTLEGROUND is where people fight, and tablet = ‘BATTLE, ground’
22 GATEPOST GATE (spectators) POST (mail). The expression ‘between you, me, and the gatepost’ was new to me. I didn’t quite get the ‘shares secrets’ bit at first, a web search for ‘gatepost + secret’ helped.
25 DALLAS (LHOSWALDA – WHO)* Dallas is where the shooting happened. Ingenious to use the name as anagram fodder.
26 TATTOO dd. The military performance, and the decorative art on skin.
27 OLEANDER O LEANDER (Hero’s lover). ‘oleander’ is a poisonous evergreen shrub.
28 PEERLESS PEERESS (noble woman) around L (student)
29 TETHER TET (the famous Tet Offensive) HER (woman)
2 YAMMER Y (say, why) EMMA reversed, R (right)
3 PARAMOUNT PARA (serviceman) MOUNT (stage)
4 COLERIDGE (DOGGEREL – G + I C)* &lit. I liked the reverse style of definition.
5 SLANDER (-i)SLANDER, where ‘islander’ is a native (son) of Isle of Man.
6 INSET IN (fashionable) SET (group)
7 GHOUL ? I get the ‘macabre sort’ but not the Yorkshire reference. I’m sure the comments section will provide help.
8 OPPOSING OP PO (works, back to back) SING (perform)
13 EGO E.G. (say) O (love)
15 CRUDDIEST Take away DI and you get CRUDEST. Very nice.
16 RED PLANET R (‘bar’ finally) (EATEN + PLOD)* – O
17 CARAPACE CAR (vehicle) APACE (fast). It took me a long time to solve this one, I was trying hard to find a 9-letter word for ‘fast’.
19 LAP dd. Circuit, and what a breaker (wave) does
20 RATIONS RATIOS (relations) around N (first letter of ‘nepotism’)
21 RACEME RACE ME. Atalanta promised to marry the man who could win a foot race against her.
23 EATEN hidden in ‘oeuvrEATERrine’
24 OZONE OZ (Australia) ONE (you?). OZONE is, informally, ‘fresh bracing air’