Posted by Eileen on November 6th, 2009
A rather mixed bag today, with one or two nice clues but also several doubtful double / cryptic definitions and a couple of unusual anagram indicators.
! SANDWICH COURSE: double / cryptic definition, with an added reference to ‘sandwich’ in ’round': I quite liked this one.
8 CACTI: cryptic definition
9 UNRESTED: anagram of RENTS DUE
11 ELECTRO: ELECT [opt for] + RO [reversal of OR - gold] Chambers says this is short for electroplate.
12 NON-SLIP: NON [French 'no'] + SLIP [one in the [cricket] field]
13 PROVO: ‘is’ out of ‘proviso’ [condition]
15 BIRDBRAIN: anagram of BARD IN RIB [poked?]
17 LIBATIONS: anagram of BASIL INTO; I wasn’t keen on this: I know ‘libation’ as ‘the pouring forth of wine or other liquid in honour of a god or goddess’ but Chambers does have ‘alcoholic drink’ as a ‘facetious’ meaning, which was new to me, I think.
20 TIDAL: reverse of LAD IT
21 CHIANTI: double definition – but is it really?
23 MAESTRO: well, this one certainly is – a rather nice one.
25 BANKROLL: BANK [save] ROLL ]bread]: a reference to the ‘angels’ who provide financial backing for e.g. theatrical productions.
26 CORFU: COR! [Good Lord!] + FU ‘few’??] A different kind of ‘homophone’ for me to complain about! I have recently had a holiday in Corfu, where I didn’t hear a single person pronounce it this way. The Corfiots call it Kérkyra but, when speaking to us, they pronounced it, as we did, ‘Corfoo’.
27 JOB DESCRIPTION: double / cryptic definition: a reference to the biblical Job, who was noted for his patience.
1 SECRET POLICE: cryptic definition
2 NICHE: cryptic definition
3 WAISTCOAT: cryptic definition
4 COULOMB: another dodgy ‘double definition': it’s a unit of electric charge, which gets its name directly from the French physicist, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. My objection to this is the same as to 21ac.
5 CORONER: cryptic definition
6 URSON: hidden in yoURS ONly: [the Canadian porcupine]
7 STEELYARD: anagram of DEAL and TYRES: this was a new word for me.
10 SPINAL COLUMN: cryptic definition
14 OBBLIGATO: anagram of GOBBI A LOT: I liked the surface of this. The word always looks odd to me with a double ‘B’ – ‘obligato’ is the alternative spelling.
16 BUTTERCUP: double definition – ‘Buttercup’ as a traditional name for a cow.
18 OMINOUS: a rather neat hidden answer in roOM IN ‘OUSe
19 SAMPLER: double definition
22 NAKED: double definition?
24 TARSI: anagram of RAT IS: [gnawing?]