Posted by shuchi on December 4th, 2009
An easy, rather predictable one with many double definitions. The clue surfaces are good but a few clues like 19a, 25a don’t seem entirely satisfactory.
1 DEFECT dd
4 THICKSET THICK (stupid) SET (group)
9 BANGER B[oil] ANGER (rage)
10 DOWNPLAY DOWN (county) PLAY (drama)
12 NEARSIDE NEAR (mean) SIDE (team)
13 QUANGO QU (question) A N (new) GO
15 SATS dd. SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test. I don’t recall seeing an abbreviation as the answer before. Is this considered valid?
16 ABLE-BODIED dd, more like a straight definition. Seaman = AB (able-bodied) is the first abbreviation any crossworder learns.
19 DECATHLETE DEC (winter) ATHLETE. The definition ‘Those taking part…’ leads to a plural answer, which should have been DECATHLETES, surely?
20 USER dd
23 CITING CITIN? G (good). Need help with the explanation. // Update: CI (Channel Islands, of which Jersey is one) TIN (can) G (good). Thanks Rishi.
25 CANNABIS CAN (is able) (BANISH – H)*. Missing anagrind?
27 DAMNABLE (BAD MAN)* LE (‘the’ French)
28 HOOTER cd
29 RAINDROP RA (artist) IN (at home) DR (doctor) OP (work). ‘Spot’ is questionable as definition for ‘raindrop’, I think.
30 RETYPE RE (engineers) TYPE (sort)
1 DEBUNKS d&cd
2 FANTASTIC (FAT CATS IN)*
3 CREASE CR (credit) EASE (facility)
5 HOOK cd
6 CONJUROR CON (cheat) JUROR (one in twelve)
7 SALON (ALSO)* N. ‘Also redecorating’ doesn’t work perfectly as the ‘redecorating’ action has to be performed on ‘also’. ‘Also redecorated’ would have been more effective.
8 THYROID (HYDRO IT)*. If ‘treatment at’ is the anagrind then ‘helped with’ is superfluous.
11 ODDBALL ODD (not even) BALL (dance)
14 BESTIAL (STABLE)* around I
17 ITSY BITSY ITS Y(BITS)Y
18 STANDARD dd
19 DECIDER DE(CID)ER
21 RESERVE dd, but not really, since ‘book’ and ‘keep’ are identical in meaning.
22 ENCORE (ONCE)* RE. One of the few clues I enjoyed in this puzzle.
24 TEMPI TE (note) MP (politician) I
26 ALTO A L (number) TO. ‘end it with’ is somewhat loose for the cryptic reading.