Posted by shuchi on August 7th, 2009
A fun challenge from Mudd with some creative indicators.
Many clues had me entertained, and I picked up some new slang along the way.
9 SCARLATTI CARL (Nielsen) in SAT (day) + T[ranscribe] I[nformation]. Ref to Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti.
10 PEACH A hundred ‘P (penny) EACH’ will make a quid (pound sterling).
11 FLAT CAP Spoonerism of ‘cat flap’. ‘flat cap and whippet‘ are stereotypical accessories of a Yorkshireman.
12 CHECK UP HECK (hell) in CUP (mug). One of my favourite clues today. [The surface is especially resonant on a personal level as I have to face a hellish dental appointment in the evening.]
13 LOO dd
14 MELANCHOLIA (CALL HOME IN A)*
17 ELDER dd. ‘sap’ is the vital fluid of a tree in the surface, and simpleton in the wordplay. An awesome double-definition, I think.
18 GOA Homophone of ‘goer’. Had to look up ‘goer’ in Chambers.
19 ARGON AGON[y] (pain) around [ai]R. ‘inspiring’ (i.e.breathing in) is the c/c indicator.
21 GENEALOGIST (EAGLE ON)* GIST (meaning). Lovely misleading surface.
23 END dd
25 TOPSAIL hidden reversed in ‘dahLIAS POTentially’
27 TREASON (RATE)* SON (issue)
28 EVENT E[ngland] VENT (opening)
29 NEWS STAND NEW (novel) + ST (way) in SAND (beach). ‘access’ = enter.
1 USEFUL Middle letters of ‘pUSh lEFt pULl’. A fresh twist to letter selection.
2 VAGABOND D (died), after VA (the state of Virginia) + GABON (an African country)
3 BLACK MARIA dd. ‘Black Maria’ is another name for the card game of Hearts, and also slang for a police van used to transport ‘cons’ (i.e.convicts).
4 STOP (POTS)<
5 CINCINNATI C IN twice (doubly cold in), NATI[on] (country, not ‘on’).
6 APSE A PS (further thought i.e. postscript) E
7 JACKAL JACK (left) A LEG – EG (say). I spent some time looking for a homophone here.
8 CHAPLAIN CHAPLIN (Charlie) around A. A good clue but ‘inspires’ is a noticeable indicator, I wish there weren’t two of versions of it (19A, 8D) in this puzzle.
15 LOGROLLING LOG (record) ROLLING (going)
16 HEARTSEASE (THESE AREAS)*
17 EIGHTEEN [h]EIGHTEN (lift) around E (European). Well-concealed definition, it took me ages to solve it.
20 GREY SEAL (LARGE YES)*
22 NIPPER dd
24 DENUDE DUN (horse) reversed, in DEE (river). ‘surfacing’ (i.e. rising up) indicates reversal.
26 ANTE hidden in ‘mAN TErrifying’
27 TOWN TO W N (as opposed to E S). The latter half of the clue adds a touch of drama to the otherwise easy wordplay. A nice close to the puzzle.