Posted by shuchi on August 28th, 2009
On the easy side today, though I did have to look up UZI and BERG. All the long clues were specially good.
Favourites: 10A, 12A, 3D and the little one at 25D.
1 CORSELET (SELECTOR)*
6 SEURAT SEAT (car from the VW group) around UR (old city). It was only last night that I read about Georges-Pierre Seurat, in a tutorial for “pointillize” effect in an image processing tool. Wonder of wonders, he’s there in the crossword today. A painting of his using pointillism: Seurat’s La Parade de Cirque.
9 ACTION dd
10 AT A PINCH A TAP (knock) INCH (move slowly)
11 TREK T[h]R[e]E K (thousand)
12 SCHOENBERG (CHOSEN)* BERG (Austrian composer Alban Berg)
14 PLANTAIN ANT (social worker) in PLAIN (simple). A multi-purpose plant, the plantain fruit and shoot are eaten and the leaf used as a plate in traditional south Indian meals.
16 IMAM I’M A M[uslims] &lit. This must be the most quoted example of &lit. It’s brilliant but seen so many times before.
18 ANNE hidden reversed in ‘ogdEN NAsh’
19 FORELAND FOR (in quest of) ELAND (antelope)
21 CONTROLLED CON (prisoner) TROLLED (went fishing). I had half-forgotten that ‘trolling’ literally meant fishing, the internet-related meaning comes to mind first.
22 NIGH (H GIN)<
24 ESPRESSO [w]ES[t] PRESS (journalists) O[hio]
26 TATTLE TALE (story) around TT (refusing alcohol, teetotalling)
27 KEEPER KEEP (last) ER (queen)
28 SUDANESE SUE around DANES. I like “entertaining” as c/c indicator.
2 OCCUR OUR (FT’s) around CC (cricket club)
3 STICK INSECT STICK IN SECT (keep faith)
4 LANDSMAN LANDS (alights) MAN (Isle)
5 TEACHING FELLOW (A WELL CHOSEN GIFT)*
6 SHADES dd
7 UZI sounds like ‘oozy’
8 ASCERTAIN A S (small) CERTAIN (firm)
13 BRIDLINGTON BRIDLING (showing annoyance) (NOT)<
15 LANGOUSTE (EAT NO SLUG)*
17 CREDITED CITED (quoted) around RED (revolutionary)
20 DOSSER DOSSIER (collection of documents) – I
23 GALAS G[erman] ALAS (unfortunately)
25 RIP dd