Posted by Uncle Yap on October 6th, 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
Quite an interesting puzzle with some varied devices. However, I think the double definition in 23Across is dubious, notwithstanding that it has a beautiful surface. Calling and work are both the same kind of synonyms for occupation; thus, more a duplicate definition than a double definition or water from the same well.
Bound to jump (6) is similarly a flawed dd for SPRING,
whereas Season well (6) is legitimate
7 ORNAMENT Cha of OR (Other Ranks for soldiers or men) + ins of AMEN (last word) in NT (New Testament or scripture)
9 COUSIN Ins of US (we, the Guardian) in COIN (money)
10 IMAM Nice play of I’M (setter is) A M (first letter of Muslim, indicated by Muslim leader which also plays double duty as def)
11 VETERINARY *(vary entire)
12 UNDIES Can be said to be an &lit *(nude is)
14 EVENSONG A melodic cha of EVEN (plain) SONG (chant)
15 LEAN TO Ins of ANT (worker) in LEO (Zodiac sign)
17 MYRIAD rha
20 FREE REIN Cha of FREE (complimentary or without charge) REIN (sounds like to reign or lead)
22 AUGURY A *(guru) + Y (variable) Would have preferred “at end of day”
23 OCCUPATION Dodgy dd. I think they are water from the same well.
24 RANK dd Remember the man hitting a huge gong?
25 WRITHE Ins of H in WRITE (record, answer for 21)
26 TAX HAVEN TA (thanks) CUXHAVEN (German port) minus CU (copper)
1,21 CRIMINAL RECORD A tichy cryptic definition but, seriously, such infringement of copyright should be a civil rather than a criminal matter.
2 HARM This is my most shaky answer today as the crossing letters can also support MIAM. If I am correct, then it is the insertion of A (an, indefinite article) in HRM which can stand for Human Resources Manager or Management, rather a stretch for labour politician.
3 PELVIS Cha of P (piano or soft) ELVIS (The King)
4 SCARCELY *(as cycle r)
5 FURNISHING Ins of URN (vessel) in FISHING (maritime industry)
6 MICRON *(C minor)
8 TITTER TWITTER (Internet feature) minus W (west)
13 INADEQUATE *(a Dane quite) Isn’t Viagra available in Denmark?
16 TEENAGER Cha of TEE (support for golf ball when driving off) NAG (horse) ER (Elizabeth Regina, the Queen)
18 DERANGED Ins of N (name) in RAG (newspaper) -> RANG inserted into DEED (indicated by indeed)
19 ENLIST Cha of EN (space in the printing trade) LIST (inclination)
22 ANNEXE Ins of EX (old flame) in ANNE (girl)
24 ROAD Sounds like ROWED (gone by water)