Posted by nmsindy on July 29th, 2009
Usual excellent offering from Dac, solving time, 24 mins. I found SE quarter the toughest.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 HOPPING hopping mad – double definition
5 BAGH DAD “Bag”
9 POor ME GRAN ATE gran = nan
10 SOU(p) Proverbially small amount of (French) money ie bread.
11 ISSUE Double definition
12 FINANCIAL SECURITY Easy definition (in France, Italy, US, CI)*
16 M ASCOT m = mare is in Collins
18 GREE(n) CE EC<
19 TICKLISH SITUATION Cryptic definition
23 PINTA hidden
25 GLOVE PUPPET Cryptic definition.
27 TREADLE (altered)*
28 STEPS ON
1 HIP (PIE) S &lit pi = very good (diminutive of pious, I think) – a quick look in dicts gives pie = pi in the sense of a mixture but not in that sense – I don’t have the ODE just now. Or maybe I’ve misread it all. (Thanks , NealH for explaining this below – comment 2 – my analysis took no account of the word ‘drug’ in the clue – I knew in my bones that Dac would have been most unlikely to have slipped up.)
2 POM mop<
3 IN G(a)LE
4 Steffi GRAF FIT (match) I (one)
5 John BRAINE “Brain” One of those writers who emerged with a new type of novel in the late 1950s Angry Young Men era.
6 GREEN BACK
7 DI ( S TIN) CTION s = son tin = can
8 DO (UBLE)T (blue)*
12 S (sugary topping – 1st letter) AC (HER TORT) E &lit ace = one tort = wrong (in a legal sense)
17 GIANTESS (in stages)*
18 GO SPO(R)T
20 HEAR TEN The Top Ten
21 NI (CO)LE
23 PAUSE “paws” = handles clumsily
26 PAS means ‘not’ in French ie in the Moulin Rouge, famous dance venue in Paris.