Posted by shuchi on July 24th, 2009
A characteristically challenging, well-crafted offering from Viking.
1 AMBLER [g]AMBLER (better). Ref. to Eric Ambler, English author of spy novels.
4 TWO PIECE CE (church), after (POW)< (internee) in TIE (restraint)
10 BEACHWEAR EACH WE (separately, you and I) in BAR (pub). Liked this clue.
11 ROOST ROT (go off) around OS (huge)
12 RAPT R (right) APT (proper)
13 LIE IN STATE (ELITE SAINT)*
15 ACETONE AC (accountant) + (E NOTE)<. Clever play on “solvent”.
16 ENERGY cd. Think Einstein’s formula of mass-energy equivalence: E = mc2. Very inventive!
19 METEOR O in METER
21 MADEIRA (MARINADE – N)*
23 MISCELLANY IS CELL (current source) in MANY (a lot)
25 AFRO A F (fine) + R (Romeo) + O (love)
27 EXERT EX[p]ERT (authority – p)
28 EYEBALLED sounds like “I bawled”
29 DEMARKED D.E. (doctor of engineering) MARKED (about to become known). Update: See Gaufrid’s comment#3.
30 ENZYME hidden in ‘frENZY MErits’
1 ARBOREAL BOR[e] (drill) in AREA (space) L (left). A word I knew hazily and it took all the crossings to recall it.
2 BLASPHEME (M HAS BLEEP)*
3 ECHT [me]C[ca] in (THE)<. Didn’t know the word but with the wordplay and crossings it couldn’t be anything else.
5 WARLIKE (RAW)< (harsh) LIKE (relish)
6 PARASCENDS PAR (standard) AS C[ar] ENDS (dies). Is this a neologism? Chambers 2000 lists the noun ‘parascending’, not its verb form.
7 EBOLA E (drug) BOL[t] (swallow) A. Apt imagery in the wordplay.
8 ESTEEM [s](EMESTE)*[r]. Simple, elegant clue.
9 REVIVE V (victor) + I, in (EVER)<. “I follow victor” is good for the surface but doesn’t it make the wordplay ungrammatical?
14 BONESETTER ONES in BETTER (improved). Great clue I thought.
17 GAINFULLY (FALL GUY IN)*. Subtle definition: “getting payment”. I was looking for a word meaning “payment” at first.
18 CANOODLE OO (pair – abbrev for spectacles?) in CANDLE (light)
20 RELIEVE REVE[l] around LIE (press). “pen” = c/c indicator, and “lie” as in “These things lie upon my mind.” It took me a while to parse this.
21 MINUET MI (note) (TUNE)*
22 IMPEND I MP (politician) END (ambition)
24 STEAM STEM (stop) around A (article). I like “stocking” as c/c indicator. “using old technology”, as in steam engine.
26 PAWN PAW (handle) on N (new). PAWN = tool, as in someone/something used to further a purpose. The last one entered into the grid after much pondering, I hope I have this right!