Posted by shuchi on November 20th, 2009
Mudd gives us many amusing clues today with his trademark tongue-in-cheek definitions. Lots of fun.
Favourite clue: GLADSTONE (14a)
1 PETER SELLERS The actor best known for his role as Chief Inspector Clouseau in the original Pink Panther series. A clever cryptic second half of the clue – buyers requiring security would probably not approach ‘peter’ ie. dwindle-and-stop sellers. A great clue I thought, marred slightly by the shift in singular/plural form on the surface.
8 UNNERVE hidden in ‘rUNNER VErtically’
9 HOODLUM HOOD (cover) LUM (Scottish word for ‘chimney’)
11 ON THE GO [m]ONTH EGO
12 ROE DEER sounds like ‘row, dear’
13 ARRAY ‘ARRY (‘Harry’ in an East End accent) around A
14 GLADSTONE GLAD (happy) STONE (administer biblical justice). What a creative way of clueing ‘stone’.
16 REMBRANDT R.E.M. (pop group) BRANDT (German chancellor, Willy Brandt)
19 MAGOG M[onster] AGOG (all ears)
21 ORATORS (ROSTRA)* around [fl]O[or]
23 INSULAR RANI (Indian queen) reversed, around half of SULtan. I don’t think ‘standing’ works too well as reversal indicator for an Across clue, but it does lead to a lovely surface.
24 TADPOLE TAD (little) POLE (support)
25 DIOCESE (ICE DOES)*. ‘See’ is the jurisdiction of a bishop. A crisp, clever clue.
26 PRETTY-PRETTY dd
1 PUNSTER PUNTER (better) around [joke]S
2 TURNERY TURNER (artist, the English painter) Y (variable). Since ‘turner’ is also someone who operates the lathe, I’m not quite a fan of the way the charade is assembled.
3 REED ORGAN REGAN (Lear’s daughter) around RODE (carried), reversed.
4 ETHER ER (face on stamp) around THE. ‘number’ in the sense of ‘that which causes numbness’. I like the ‘face on stamp’ bit!
5 LIONESS L[uncher] IS around ONES
6 RELIEVO LIE (place, as in animal’s haunt) in OVER (above), reversed. ‘outstanding style’, because in the RELIEVO style of sculpture, the modelled form is raised from a plane surface.
7 LUTON AIRPORT (TRAIN LOU)* PORT (left). ‘virtually’ => almost, ‘abandoned’ indicates the anagram.
10 MARKET GARDEN (GERMAN RAKED)* around T (tons)
15 ATTAINDER A + TINDER (means of lighting fire), around TA (thanks). The surface made me laugh.
17 MEANDER MENDER (repairman) around A (area)
18 ROOT OUT ROO (Australian native) TOUT (spiv)
19 MISS OUT SOU (money) in MIST (haze)
20 GALLERY R in GALLEY (kitchen)
22 SUETY SUE (girl) T[ubb]Y