Posted by Eileen on September 25th, 2009
I found this quite tough going, both solving and parsing, and was pleased to have finished without recourse to the ‘cheat’ button – but irritated to have been completely beaten by the explanation of one clue. There were several penny-dropping moments along the way.
1 PTOLEMY: PTO [please turn over] + LE[m]MY [Kilmister, of Motorhead]. Ptolemy was a 2nd century astronomer but I can never see his name without thinking of the lines from the song ‘Cleopatra’, from ‘Salad Days:
“They tried to make her marry her brother P-tolemy;
She said: ‘I won’t p-tolerate P-tolemy to collar me.’”
5 SHEBEEN: HEBE [daughter of Zeus and Hera, who poured out nectar for the gods] in SEN [State Enrolled Nurse].
10 TSAR: hidden in geTS ARound, losing more letters on the right.
11 NEAR MISSES: double / cryptic definition: a reference to the saying, ‘A miss is as good as a mile’.
12,13 QUICHE LORRAINE: anagram of LIQUORICE + HER + AN. It seems there are two anagram indicators here.
14,16 TOMORROW’S WORLD: insertion of L [boxed] in TOMORROW’S WORD [promise in future]. I could find ‘L’ as an abbreviation of ‘length’ but not ‘long’ – and I’m not sure what ‘details’ is doing.
17,19 CHASE THE DRAGON: the best I could do with this was C[H]ASE ['harden case', which seems rather weak] + THE DRAG ON [having got supply?] I wasn’t familiar with this phrase [it's my sheltered life] but it means ‘to smoke heroin by heating it and inhaling the fumes’, making the definition ‘inhaling H’, which is then the wrong part of speech. I’d be more than happy to be corrected on this.
23,24 BATHROOM SCALES: anagram of MOST BACHELORS + A.
25 CHAUFFEUSE: anagram of USE A CUFF EH.
27 TO A ‘T‘: [s]TOAT [source of ermine].
28 INFERNO: INFER [suppose the answer is] NO [not a positive].
29 STOPPER: S[outhern] + TOPPER [a long-running comic featuring Beryl the Peril].
2 TESTUDO: E[astern[ + STUD [boss] inside TO [shut - as of a door] Testudo is Latin for tortoise-shell, or something shaped like it, hence the protection the Romans formed against missiles from above by interlocking their shields over their heads – an air-raid shelter!
3 LYRIC: hidden in JoeLY RIChardson.
4 MYNHEER: homophone of MINE HAIR: this is about the only Dutch word I know – from childhood reading of ‘Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates’.
6 HOMBRE: BR[others] in HOME [in].
7 BOSSA NOVA: it’s a ‘measure from Rio, say’, but I can’t make head or tail of the rest. Over to you!
8 ETERNAL: ET AL [and others] around ERN[ie] [the premium bond computer] minus I[d] E[st].
9 GALLOWS HUMOUR: cryptic definition.
15 OASTHOUSE: the parsing of this seemed to take as long as the rest of the puzzle put together. It’s THOU inside [to seal you in] OASES [moist places] with the last two letters transposed [little adjustment at last].
18 HEATHEN: HEAT HEN!
20 DESSERT: reversal of TRESSED [with hair].
21 OVERAGE: O [nothing] + A[rea] in VERGE [limit]: a reference to time as ‘the enemy’.
22 BOFFIN: OFF [departing] in BIN [vessel].
25 ACT UP: double definition.