Posted by HolyGhost on October 2nd, 2009
Samuel’s first puzzle as an Inquisitor, but he’s a setter familiar to Listener solvers, notably with #3975 and more recently with #4038.
Twelve thematic clues are of the “Definition & Letter-Mixture” sort. In the remaining clues, the wordplay leads to a superfluous letter, and these spell out the primary reference, the unclued entry at 1a being a related name.
With about a quarter of the regular clues solved, the first part of the primary reference seemed to be Oxbridge and the last part Dictionary, with English maybe fitting in between. Of course, no such book exists, but the Uxbridge English Dictionary does, and the theme was soon confirmed by RETARD at 10d and BATHOS at 23d.
As the late Humphrey Lyttelton might have said: “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” – and indeed, HUMPH was the unclued entry.
PS I have a problem at 22d: the wordplay needs to produce a superfluous N, but at best I can generate I from IS.
This problem is now resolved – the wordplay should have indicated the odd letters of CANNY, instead of the extreme ones; see Comment 4 by Mike Laws.
PPS The published solution gives 16d as CHILIAST instead of CHILIASM; see Comment 6 by Dave Hennings.
|Wordplay, Answer (~Definition)|
|5||SMOTHER||U||SUM (=chief points) + TO rev. + HER (=woman’s)|
|12||HIRSUTE||[…IT USHER]*, HER SUIT (~ladies’ clothing)|
|13||TALL MEN||X||TAX (=charge) + (wi)LL + MEAN – A(mateur)|
|14||CAPUT||B||CAB (=taxi) + PUT (=drive)|
|15||PHAEIC||R||[(ma)I(den) + CHAP + (h)ER]*|
|17||EMBELLISHER||I||EMI (=record company) + BELL (=ring) + [HIRES]*|
|18||TWO-EDGED||D||T (=160) + W(omen) + DODGED around E(cstasy)|
|21||KIND||G||KING (=ruler) + D(ied)|
|22||SCUM||[…CUS M…]*, ‘S COME (~has arrived)|
|23||BORDELLO||[…ORD BELLO…]*, BORED ‘ELLO (~blasé greeting)|
|25||CURIALISTIC||E||[EU IS CRITICAL]*|
|28||SEDATE||[…E STADE]*, SAID EIGHT (~meant nine)|
|32||EMBOSOM||N||EM (=space) + BOSON (=particle) + M(ass)|
|33||LACTOSE||[COATS LE…]*, LACK TOES (~frostbite)|
|34||ATTESTS||G||ATT(orney) + GESTS (=exploits, obs.)|
|35||TOMAN||L||T(he) + OLD MAN (=gaffer) – D(iamonds)|
|Wordplay, Answer (~Definition)|
|1||HOTPOT||[…T PHOTO…]*, HOT POT (~stolen drugs)|
|3||PILE||[…IL PE…]*, PAIL (~bucket, Australian pronunciation)|
|4||HOMIE||S||HO (=stop) + MISE (=payment to secure certain privileges)|
|6||MINGLER||H||MIN(ister) + HAGGLER (=negotiator) – A(ttorney)-G(eneral)|
|7||ORCHID||[…IRDO CH…]*, OUR KID (~son, Brummie accent)|
|8||TSATSKE||D||[T(wo) + T(ruro) + S(ynagogues) + ASKED]*|
|9||ÉTUDE||I||[DUET + IE]*|
|10||RETARD||[TRADE R…]*, RIGHT HARD (~very difficult, Yorkshire dialect)|
|11||GLAMOURS||C||G(overnment) + CLAMOUR (=uproar) + S (=$, dollar)|
|16||CHILIASM||T||I + LIT (=followed) in CHASM (=hollow)|
|19||EMIRATE||I||I(ndo)-E(uropean) + MIR (=commune) + ATE (=upset)|
|20||GOLDEST||O||GO (=to be spent) + OLD + EST(ate)|
|22||SCYLLA||?||(i)S + C(ann)Y + ALL (=completely) rev.|
|23||BATHOS||[SHOT A B…]*, BATHOS [portmanteau BAD ATHOS] (~unsuccessful musketeer)|
|24||ONE-MAN||A||O (=0, love) + MEAN (=poor) rev. + AN (=if)|
|26||U-BOAT||R||RUB OUT (=murder) around A(ctive) – U(ranium)|
|27||SEBAT||Y||[BEASTLY – L(uck)]*|
|29||DODO||[…OOD D…]*, DOH DOH (~ref. The Simpsons, repeated)|
|30||TOGA||[…O GAT…]*, [GOAT]* (~goat, dyslexic)|