Posted by nmsindy on July 8th, 2009
Top quality puzzle from Dac, great variety, subtlety and no loose ends. Solving time, 28 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 TO PIC “pick” ‘to’ appearing as itself in the wordplay actually made it harder as I was looking for a five-letter homophone until the penny dropped.
4 BILL (GATE) S
9 1′S (IS) ADORA “adorer” Duncan, famous dancer and personality (originally US) – died in the 1920s
10 SULLIED (ill-used)* & lit
11 DOT hidden reversal
12 The Secret Life of W (ALTER M) ITTY Character originally created by James Thurber that has passed into general use.
14 AIR (PLAN)E US given as that’s a mainly US usage – aeroplane in UK.
15 A STRID(e)
18 EUC LID cue<
20 L (AY)OVERS I got this from the wordplay, another US usage meaning stops on a journey, and not other possibilities that had come to my mind.
23 GREEN SHOOTS (Gets on horse)* A cliché of our times.
24 RUE Je ne regrette rien – her famous song. rue = regret and rue = street in French (=place) is what is meant here, I think. (It occurred to me to be later that the reference in the clue “where she began” is that she began as a street singer)
25 D RUMMER ‘Buddy’ Rich, jazz drummer I think is the reference here.
27 L (bARGES)T
28 TE (RM AGA) NT
29 EATER last letters (‘finishes’) of the last five words in the clue.
1 THIRD-RATE (ride that r) * r = traveller ultimately (last letter) This was very good.
2 PLATTER Cleverly hidden 29 = EATER
3 CROMWELLIAN (Cameron will)* Great misleading surface
4 B RAW LING war<
5 LA (SHE) D She is a Charles Aznavour song
6 GEL Double definition
7 T (W) ITTER
8 S (AD) LY Stallone nicknamed ‘Sly’
13 MIS (CON)S TRUE
16 DISSENTER (residents)*
17 W A GO N L IT &lit 5 parts for 8 letters
19 CHE (QU) ER
21 EAR NEST regularly = alternate letters of rEpAiRs
22 SHA RIA (has)* air<
23 GOD OT (to dog)< Vladimir from Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’
26 MO (Missouri) A (area) Extinct bird i.e.’no longer found’