Posted by Ciaran McNulty on August 29th, 2009
A very entertaining theme for this prize crossword, and nicely hidden in the relevant surface(s).
My only real problem was an explanation for 28ac
1. VASECTOMY. V(ery) + A SEC + TOM + (surger)Y. About as delicate as it gets I imagine.
6. MUG UP. MUG(w)U(m)P.
9. TAMPA. “TAMPER”.
10. BON VOYAGE. Not clear if this is more than just a cryptic definition.
11. HITCH-HIKER. HITCH + HIKER + R.
12. BLUE. Double definition.
14. AVIGNON. AVI((desi)GN(ated))ON. Confused me for a while because Bleriot’s planes were normally called ‘the Bleriot’.
15. SINE DIE. INSIDE* + E(xcavations). Literally ‘whithout a day’.
17. DIGRESS. TIGRESS with a different ‘lead’.
19. HATEFUL. HAT(E)FUL.
20. ORGY. (hol)YGRO(und)<
25. FULMINANT. MALFUN(c)TI(o)N*.
26. OBESE. (b)O(o)B(s)E(a)S(i)E(r).
27. RIDGE. RID((le)G)E.
28. ENCRYPTED. CENT(Y + P)RE* + D. Not quite sure how D = half of roundabout?
1. VETCH. V + ETCH.
3. COAT HANGER. C(OAT)HANGER.
5. YANKEES. SEEK NAY<
6. MOON. Double definition. I foolishly put MUSE at first.
8. PIECEMEAL. “PEACE” + MEAL
13. AND THE HOLY GRAIL. REALLYHOTGANDHI*, MP being Monty Python.
14. AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. DOWNINGSTMELANCHOLYTOOFREE* Suggested refers to the fact that the anagrind is in the answer.
18. STORAGE. S(TOR)AGE.
19. HEPATIC. C(I TAPE)H<.
21. GELID. GEL(1)D.
23. YIELD. Double definition.
24. LIFE OF BRIAN. N(IF + FOE< + B(arriste)R)AIL<