Posted by shuchi on August 14th, 2009
I was pressed for time today and so I’m happy there is an easyish Friday puzzle for a change. The RHS came together very quickly; the LHS took longer as I had a couple of words (GUILLEMOT, AUSTER) to look up and I wrongly entered AFTER (AFT + ER) at 21D.
Pretty good overall, with some outstanding ones like AVIATOR (24A).
1 PLAYGROUP PAY (shell out) around L (fifty) GROUP (band)
6 SCRAP S[now] CRAP[s]
9 PASTIME cd. PA’S TIME
10 LOOK OUT dd
11 STEAL (TALES)*. I liked this one for its cogent surface.
12 AXMINSTER X in A MINSTER (large church)
14 ACE dd. In golf, ‘ace’ is a hole-in-one.
15 MIDDLEMARCH cd. The fictional town is from Eliot’s novel of the same name.
17 STRETCH LIMO (MERC THIS LOT)*
19 VIM VI (six) M (miles)
20 CHARLATAN homophone of ‘Charlotte’ + AN
22 SCRUB dd
24 AVIATOR I in A VAT (tub) + OR. ‘Crate’ is slang for a decrepit aeroplane.
26 IMITATE I (yours truly) + MATE (friend), around IT
27 EDGAR (GRADE)*
28 BEEFEATER cd
1 PEPYS PE (SPY)*. Refers to Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), English naval administrator who is now most famous for his diary.
2 AUSTERE AUSTER (wind) E[verest]. From Wikipedia, AUSTER in Roman mythology is: “the embodiment of the sirocco wind, who brought heavy cloud cover and fog or humidity”.
3 GUILLEMOT GULL (aquatic bird) around I, + (TO ME)<
4 OPEN AND SHUT cd
5 PAL LAP<
6 SHORN [bras]S HORN (instrument)
7 ROOSTER (TOREROS)*
8 PETERSHAM PETER (boy) SHAM (put on)
13 MILLIONAIRE (MINERAL OIL I)*
14 ASSOCIATE dd
16 MOONSHINE dd
18 READING dd
19 VARIANT VA (Virginia) (TRAIN)*
21 LATER LATE (behind) [mothe]R
23 BLEAR B (British) LEAR (British humorist Edward Lear, I think)
25 RUB RU (game i.e. Rugby Union) B (key)