Posted by shuchi on August 21st, 2009
A toughie today! Lots of clever wordplay, deliciously misleading definitions. A treat to solve.
1 SALMAN RUSHDIE &lit. Wonderful anagram to start the puzzle with.
9 MUSTARD STAR (the Sun) in MUD (slander), ‘in case of’ being the container indicator.
10 RESPITE RITE (traditional procedure) around ESP (sixth sense)
11 ROAST R (right) OAST (oven)
12 CONCEITED sounds like ‘con seated’
13 IMMOBILE This made me laugh. I’M on MOBILE (phone).
15 DAMPER MP (member) in (READ)<
18 CASTLE (TACKLES – K)* &lit. From the chess move which involves the king.
19 CARDAMOM CARD (diamond, maybe) A MOM (a relative in US). Amusing definition . I alternate between ginger and cardamom flavouring for my tea, and I never knew that both belong to the same family.
22 EXCHEQUER EX (examined) CHEQUER (sounds like ‘checker’). ‘auditor’s auditor’ – wow.
24 BOAST BOA’S (fur’s) T (start of ‘trouble’)
25 GRATING R (resistance) in GATING (punishment)
26 IGNEOUS LIGNEOUS (woody) – [rol]L
27 STAY THE COURSE (YOUTH AT CREASES – A)* Deviously crafted clue. ‘shot’ is the anagrind, ‘last out’ (i.e. persevere till the end) the definition.
1 SAMURAI (ASIA)* around (RUM)<
2 LAS PALMAS LASS (young girl) around PALMA (a Spanish city). Here’s more on Palma, and on Las Palmas.
3 ABAFT T (time) F (following) A BA (graduate), all reversed
4 RADICALS dd. ‘radical’ means root as in original, and in mathematics it is ‘not exactly a square’ but its opposite.
5 SARONG SIGNORA’S (Italian lady’s) – SI (‘yes’ in Italian), all reversed.
6 DISREGARD (IS RED RAG)* D (duke)
7 EVICT E (European) VICTOR – OR
8 FENDER hidden reversed in ‘uncoveRED NEFarious’
14 BALLERINA ALLER (‘to go’ in French) in BIN (trash) + A (start of ‘aubergine’). Refers to Anna Pavlova, the Russian Ballerina not the gymnast.
16 POMPADOUR POMP (ostentation) ADO (fuss) UR (prefix meaning ‘primitive’). Look here for illustrations of this ‘shock treatment’.
17 HAIRLINE H (drug i.e. heroin) AIRLINE (cryptic def. for ‘company whose assets are constantly soaring’). Note to self: Don’t automatically assume drug = E. Combining that with ‘soaring’ I was trying to parse this as a reversal clue and getting nowhere.
18 CLERGY ALLERGY (antipathy) + C[abinet] – A L (student)
20 MATISSE MATE (ship’s officer) around I SS
21 BUDGET BUD (friend) GET (obtain)
23 CLASS LA (US city) + S[licker], in C.S.
24 BANJO OJ (Simpson) NAB (arrest), reversed. Incidentally, there’s another instrument SONAR hidden in ‘Simpson arrest’.