Posted by Gaufrid on July 1st, 2009
Not a good start to the second half of the year for me as there are two clues I’m unable to parse (9a & 12a). I also think one of the clues is wrong (5d). However, this didn’t detract too much from what proved to be an enjoyable solve, though I am not sure that concatenating various clues added much to the puzzle except to indicate which answers were anagrams of each other. The 1d/10d anagram has been seen before methinks!
Edit: many thanks to Eileen for supplying me with the ‘Hereward’ part of the parsing for 12a. History never was my forte. That just leaves 9a to be resolved.
1 POMPOUS homophone of ‘pom’ (little dog) ‘puss’ (cat)
5 DAWDLE W[orl]D in DALE (valley)
8 ENGLANDER GLAND (hormone supply) in ENER[gy] – part of the definition (‘usually new’) giving an indication to New England.
9 NEGEB ??? – Negeb is a region in Israel (more usually spelt Negev) but I cannot see the wordplay. If ‘gen’ is an abbreviation for ‘genuine’ (authentic) then it could be BE GEN reversed but I can find no support for this.
11 BEADY hidden in ‘descriBE A DYnamic’
12 WHERE WAS I W[ake] ??? IS reversed – my initial thought was that the middle section was [t]HE WA[ke] but this does not account for the ‘RE’ in the middle. W[ake] HEREWA[rd] (the Wake) IS reversed – Hereward the Wake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hereward_the_Wake
13 THEOGONY *(THEY GO ON)
15 AVALON NO LAVA (volcano quiescent) reversed
17 ROMNEY dd – Romney Marsh in Kent and George Romney, painter
19 CYCLEWAY CYCLE (series) WAY (method)
22 ARGONAUTS ARGON (gas) *(AT US)
23 MET UP ME (setter) TUP (sheep)
24 SENNA dd
25 ANGOSTURA STU[ff] in ANGORA (wool)
26 WADDLE DL (a tenth of a litre) in WADE (walk in water)
27 TACITUS TACIT (quiet) US (American) – Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Roman historian
1 PRESBYTERIANS BYTE (computing space) R (take) IAN (Scot) in PRESS (papers)
2 MAGNATE GNAT (insect that bites) in MAE (West)
3 OVARY O (nothing) VARY (change)
4 SIDE WIND SIDEWIND[er] (snake)
5 DORMER – I assume this was meant to be a dd but ‘sleep’ in French is ‘dormir’ (or sommeil) not ‘dormer’.
6 WINTERVAL WIN (get yourself) *(TRAVEL) – I cannot find this in any of the usual references but see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winterval
7 LEG BAIL *(I BALL EG)
10 BRITNEY SPEARS BRIT (UK) NEY (marshal) SPEARS (weapons)
14 GREENLAND EEN (even) L (pound) in GRAND (thousand)
16 EYESIGHT YES (agreement) in EIGHT (number)
18 MAGENTA AGENT (spy) in MA (master)
20 WET SUIT WET (feeble) SUIT (appeal)
21 HUMANE MAN (island) in HUE (colour)
23 MUSIC homophone of ‘mews’ I C (see)