Posted by shuchi on October 16th, 2009
Solid, satisfying challenge from Alberich as always.
Clarifications needed for 18A, 29A. // Updated with clarifications. Thanks to Gaufrid.
9 GUATEMALA (MET AUG)< A LA (city)
10 ABUSE AE (Scots word for one) around BUS (public transport). ‘Perth’ threw me off-track at first, I was thinking of Australia.
11 CHURNED CHUR[l] NED (Scottish slang for a young hooligan)
12 EPITHET E (English) PITT (prime minister) around HE (the man)
13 PET ([s]TEP)<
14 CRESTFALLEN (CALL CENTERS – C + F)*
17 SIEGE S (special) E (European) around IE (that is) G (good). ‘stock’ = c/c indicator.
18 SAG SAG[e] (herb). ‘Sag’ is the Hindi word for green leafy vegetables, does ‘spinach’ refer to that? I can’t find this meaning of ‘sag’ in any of the online English dictionaries. // Update: Chambers lists this as a Hindi word for spinach.
19 EYRIE EYRE (Jane) around I
21 HARRY POTTER HARRY (pester) POTTER (one at the wheel). Really nice. It’s good to see contemporary fictional characters in crosswords.
23 TAT Palindrome
25 AUBERGE AUBERGINE (vegetable) – IN (popular)
27 GATWICK TAG (label) reversed, WICK (Scottish town). Gatwick is London’s international airport.
28 TESTY TEST Y = penultimate exam
29 EXTROVERT EX (former) TRO? VERT (green). I tried to fit in RED for communist out of habit, without success. // Update: ‘communist finally gone’ is TRO[t].
1 EGGCUP EG (for instance) + PUG (dog) reversed around C (cold)
2 BAGUETTE (BUT GET A)* E (drug). ‘pain’ is French for bread.
3 PERNICKETY PER (a) NICK (prison) (YET)*
4 LARD LAD around R
5 WATERTIGHT WATER (soft drink) TIGHT (drunk)
6 MAGI Magi are the ancient priests. MAG 1 = first publication. Quite similar to 28A.
7 BUSHEL US H in BEL (unit of sound, 1 bel = 10 decibels)
8 SENTENCE SENTIENCE (consciousness) – I
15 EAST OF EDEN (SENT A DEFOE)*. John Steinbeck’s novel, quoted often for its gems like “Eventlessness has no posts to drape duration on. From nothing to nothing is no time at all.”
16 ABERRATION A + RATIO (relation) in BERN (capital of Switzerland)
17 SCHMALTZ (MATCH S + L)* Z (last character) // Update: ‘S’ included in the anagram. Thanks, Sil van den Hoek.
20 RETAILER dd with a tongue-in-cheek second definition – docker cuts short or de-tails, retailer undoes that or re-tails.
22 ROBUST ROB (chap) U’S (university’s) T[homas]. Hardy = ‘robust’ would be familiar to old hands, but this was clever in weaving in the full name into the clue.
24 TAKE TO TAKE T[w]O. The definition blends so smoothly, I didn’t get this one till almost the end.
26 RHYL R[o]Y[a]L around H. One of the first to get solved, from the wordplay alone. Rhyl is a seaside resort on the north-east coast of Wales.
27 GOTH hidden in ‘upsettinG OTHers’