Posted by shuchi on July 31st, 2009
Usual great stuff from Bradman. In particular I liked PRONOUNCE, COLORADO, LOTUS-EATER.
The left of the grid came together slower than the right. APOGEE was not so familiar, and the incomplete 13a in the online puzzle added to the confusion (it turned out to be only a missing enumeration after all). The parsing for a couple of clues is still foggy, I’m sure someone will soon enlighten me.
9 PRONOUNCE PRONOUN (you or I, possibly) CE (church)
10 CLEAN E (drug) in CLAN (fraternity)
11 GROUPIE sounds like ‘grew pea’
12 DENTURE DENT (pit) URE (river). Well-concealed definition here, with the deceptive ‘river mouth’. One of the last to get solved.
13 ETA ATE (had) reversed
14 ARTICULATED dd
17,18,19 CLOSE-RUN THING d&cd. ‘close’ = enclosed grounds around a cathedral. Another great clue.
21 MONOTHEISTS (THOSE INMOSTS)*
23 FIT I (current) in FT (our paper)
25 FLANNEL dd. Overdone praise (soft soap), and a washcloth (something commonly found in bathroom).
27 STAINER STAIN (mark) ER (the Queen). Refers to Sir John Stainer.
28 RICIN RIC(e) (food) IN (because of). I was trying to equate ‘in’ with ‘because’ at first, then realized it had to be ‘because of’.
29 NUMBER TEN That’s center of government (10 Downing Street), how does the rest work? Update: Ingenious bit of wordplay – ‘noxious at the outset’ is NO X or NUMBER TEN. Thanks, Gaufrid (comment #2).
1 APOGEE EGO (self-importance) reversed, in APE (beast)
2 COLORADO COLOR (issue with American racists, i.e. ‘color’ written the American way) ADO (fuss)
3 COMPLACENT COMPLIMENT (a bit of flattery) – IM + AC (bill)
4 ANNE A N (o)NE. Bradman creates great clue surfaces; this one is a case in point – basic wordplay for a simple word, used to lovely effect.
5 MENDICANTS MEN (fellows), + DIS (hell) around CANT (hypocrisy)
6 SCAN SCAN(t)
7 RESULT (ULSTER)*
8 UNDERDOG UNDER (working for) COOK (do) G (first letter of ‘Gastropub’)
15 TORTELLINI TORT (wrong) ELL (length) IN I (Italy, from the international vehicle code)
16 LOTUS-EATER (AUSTERE LOT)* &lit. A brilliant anagram.
17 CAMP FIRE CAMP (extravagant) FIRE (launch)
20 INFINITE IN (at home) FINE (excellent wine) around IT (being).
22 NUANCE NU(is)ANCE
24 THRONG R in THONG (very scanty attire)
26 NONE The last one to go into the grid and I’m not sure if I have got it fully. NONE is “a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM”, a new meaning of the word for me.
27 SHMO Hidden in ‘fooliSH MOments’ &lit.