Posted by Ciaran McNulty on June 25th, 2009
A really enjoyable grid today, with a couple of royal references. There are some very clever clues in here, with distinctively misleading surfaces – I nearly stood up to applaud 20dn, it was so clever.
I’m not sure what the word is for a double definition where one of the defs is a cryptic definition, but it seems to be one of Paul’s specialities.
I couldn’t quite explain 18ac, so look forward to being told in the comments how obvious it is
* = anagram
“” = homophone
< = reversed
1. SICK BED. SICK + BED. ’Invalid here’ might be too loose for some purists.
5. SACKBUT. SACK + BUT. An ancient brass instrument.
9. DWELL. (roa)D + WELL.
11. STEP-PARENT. SET* + (a)PPARENT. The surface manages to allude to the step-ness (‘not originally’).
14. SPACEHOPPER. S(PACE)HOPPER. Famously smiley-faced.
18. PANDEMONIUM. “PANDA” + ? Not sure about how this works.
21. NEWS . N + E + W + S.
22. GARGANTUAN. GA(R)G + (m)ANTUAN.
25. HARMONICA. HARM + ON + 1 CA(t)
26. AMBLE. (r)AMBLE.
27. PASTERN. PA + STERN. A new word for me, part of a horse’s leg.
28. THYSELF. T + FLES(Y)H<
1. SADIST. SAID* + ST.
3. BILL POSTER. BILL + POST E.R. Glorious! When Prince Charles becomes Charles III, his mother’s reign will have ended.
4. DOVER SOLE. DO(VERSO)LE. Verso is a term for the left-hand page of a book.
5. SERENGETI. SEREN(G)E + IT<
6. CREW. double def, alternate form of ‘crowed’.
7. BAR GRAPH. GRAB< + RAP + H.
8. TELEPORT. (ROPE + LET)< + T.
13. COMMENTARY. COMM(A RENT*)Y. ’Commy’ a less common variant of ‘commie’.
15. ADORATION. ADO RATION.
16. OPEN SHOP. O + PENS + HOP.
17. UNAWARES. U + ANSWERA*.
19. BUBBLE WRAP. B(l)U(r)B + BLEW + RAP. ’Pop fans’ certainly love it.
20. ANNE OF CLEVES. This clue is seriously good. ELEVENCANSOF*, plus the def of ‘plain wrong choice for Henry’ is fantastic, as poor Anne’s marriage was arranged based on a painting, and when she arrived Henry VIII pretty much immediately divorced her for not being as good looking as advertised!
23. GIANT. G.I. + ANT