Posted by C G Rishikesh on December 29th, 2009
A none-too-easy puzzle. I had a slow start but managed to complete it. Among the last to go in were 4ac, 29ac, 1dn and 14dn. The very last was 30ac, which I understood only after looking up the dictionary.
1 BATTER – double definition – basis of pudding/buffet (v.)
4 COCONUTS – cryptic definition – ref to a fair game called “coconut shy”. (Though similar games are known in India also and though coconuts are aplenty, I don’t think we use coconuts as targets.)
10 GRATIFIED – (weddin)G + RATFIED (authorised)
11 DRUID – RU (Rugby Union) in DID (cheated)
12 RASE – (“raise”) – Good homophone clue.
13 ON THE ROPES – (shot opener)*
15 ANOTHER – (on earth)*
16 PURIFY – I (one) in PURFY (fryup)* –
19 STARVE – (averts)* Several anagrams or part anagrams in a row.
21 FREIGHT – RE (about) in FIGHT (battle)
23 ORIGINATED – I (single) GIN (drink) in ORATED (made a speech) – Clever definition delayed the answer even after I saw part of the wordplay.
25 AREA – reversal of A(a) ERA (long time)
27 REAPS – (spare)*
28 PREDATORY – (portrayed)* – Nice clue.
29 DIOGENES – cryptic definition – Greek cynic philospher who lived in a tub.
30 BATTEN – double definition – Light / beam – cf. BATTER in the symmetrical position (Sometimes setters become puckish.)
(On edit) 1 BIG BREAK – With thanks to Eileen for the answer. I had entered BIG TREAT.
2 TRANSPORT – double definition – entrance/ vehicles
3 EMIT – reversal of time (given gratis)
5 OLD CHAP – OLD (former) CHAP (roughness)
6 ORDER ORDER – Calls in house, such as parliament, to bring quiet; duplicate of what a salesman aims for. – Enjoyed this clue.
7 USURP – cryptic definition
8 SADISM – cryptic definition
9 SIGNOR – SIGN (notice) OR (alternative)
14 SHARE ISSUE – double definition – Stock / allusion to case in which Solomon suggested a child be cut in half when it became known who the real mother was
17 FIGURE OUT – cryptic definition
18 STEADY ON – ST (way) + EADY ON (one day)*
20 EXAMPLE – EX (no longer) AMPLE (enough)
21 FLEXES – cryptic definition
22 CONRAD – CON (study) R(e)AD (one [study] non-English) – ref. to English novelist Joseph Conrad. – Good wordplay.
24 IDAHO – ID (I’d from I had), A (a) HO (abbr. of house, small property)
26 GALA – GAL (miss) A (a)