Posted by nmsindy on August 7th, 2009
Excellent puzzle, solving time 27 mins. A mini-theme perhaps with symmetrically placed 4 down and 13 down similar.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 COWL (th)ICK thick hiding half of that = thick less th
5 BE (L) AR US Excellent clue
9 POLITESSE E (last letter in marriage) in (stop lies)*
10 RA (P) ID Heart of company = middle letter
11 OC CUR co<
12 AU (men)DACIOUS
14 A BOUT DE SOUFFLE nmsindy feared this as very weak on films, then found he not only knew it but had seen it. Directed by Godard (1960) about = describing de = odd bits (letters) of diet.
17 NINETEENTH HOLE golf, pun on shots (drinks and golfing shot). Traditional name for a pub resorted to after the eighteen holes of a golf match.
21 A QU (AR) ELLE(d) RA<
23 That ACHE
24 ON I(r)ON
25 F RIGHTFUL
27 T (IDEa) – RIP
1 CAP TO R Tricky
2 WOLF CUB (buc flow)<
3 INTERRUPT (purer tint)*
4 KISS-AND-TELL (led sin talks)*
5 B YE(t) cricket
6 LYRIC Hidden, with an excellent surface.
7 REPROOF Double definition (this is not correct: see Gaufrid’s comment below – comment 4 – thanks to him for explaining it)
8 S (IDES) TEP pets<
13 DISH THis E DIRT (tried)*
15 UNHA (CH)TED unhated!
16 INF AMOU(r)S
18 N (OUR IS)H
19 L (U C) IFER My favourite clue
20 S (ELL) UP definition: dispose of all
25 FUR(y) PETA = People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals