Posted by Gaufrid on December 4th, 2009
It looks like another no-show so you will have to put up with me again. I’ve mixed views about this puzzle. Some clues I liked (eg 9a & 23d), some were too obvious, some rather obscure (13a, 3d and particularly 4a) and some downright wrong (14d, 16d & 19d). I am sure that other solvers will also have qualms about a few more.
1 SOLACE SOL (notable fifth) ACE (brilliant service)
4 RINGER d&cd – a reference to Ringer’s solution, a solution containing the chlorides of sodium, potassium, and calcium, used to correct dehydration and, in physiological experiments, as a medium for in vitro preparations (Collins)
9 MIST homophone of ‘missed’ (unseen)
10 MAIN STREET MAINS (public utility infrastructure) homophone of ‘treat’ (deal soundly)
11 LAUNCH A in LUNCH (meal)
12 TESTATOR *(TREATS TO) – was this intended to be an &lit?
13 THE BOWERY *(WEB THEORY) – ‘as applied’ as an anagram indicator?
15 TIFF TIFF[anys] – reference to the novella and film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
16 RAVE hidden in ‘gloucesteR AVEnue’
17 DESDEMONA *(END MADE SO)
21 ALFRESCO *(COAL F[i]RES)
22 ACCEPT CEP (fungus) in ACT (legislation)
24 WARDRESSES WAR (battle) DRESSES (clothing)
25 PITY PIT (mine) Y (unknown)
26 TREATY EAT (take sustenance) in TRY (attempt)
27 FABRIC FAB[ulously] RIC[h]
1 SPINACH *(CHAPS IN)
2 LATIN LAT[ely] IN (be fashionable)
3 CUMSHAW CUM (with, in Latin) SHAW (playwright)
5 INSIST *(ITS SIN)
6 GERMANIUM M (many) in GERANIUM (bloom)
7 REEL OFF d&cd
8 BITTER REMORSE BITTER (drink) RE (in the case of) MORSE (a detective)
14 BEVERIDGE homophone (not really) of ‘beverage’ (drink) – reference to the Beveridge Report, a Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Social Insurance and Allied Services chaired by William Beveridge – the clue indicates that the answer should be a homophone of ‘old reporter’ so the answer should have been ‘beverage’.
16 RELIANT *(EL TRAIN) – ‘reliable’ (the adjective derived from ‘rely’) means ‘trustworthy’. Unless my schooling was incorrect, ‘reliant’ (the adjective derived from ‘reliance’) does not.
18 DEAD SEA AD (notice) in *(EASED)
19 NEPOTIC *(NICE TOP) – ‘job’ as an anagram indicator? – presumably intended as an &lit but ‘nepotic’ is an adjective so the definition cannot be ‘job for …..’
20 ASSERT R (right) in ASSET (property)
23 CAPER – Capability Brown was a [lands]CAPER