Posted by smiffy on January 7th, 2010
This was something of a rope-a-dope experience for me, as I played Foreman to Bradman’s Ali. After charging through the first half – thinking the setter to be unusually tame today – I toiled through the latter stages and was finally defeated by a couple (lucky guess at 1A, wrong guess at 18D, hopeful guess at 29A). I’ll consider myself well and truly “stung by a butterfly.”
1 CRAMBO – cram + OB<. An old game, unbeknown to me, which involves coming up with rhyming words.
4 SLUGGARD s + lug + drag<.
9 CABLED – cab + led.
10 DOORSTOP – (The) Doors + top. The irony being that it was Jim Morrison & Co’s relatively fluffy material (e.g. Light My Fire) that actually topped the charts.
12 AUTOCRAT – auto + c + rat.
13 DEGREE – (loose) cryptic def’n.
15 EROS – sore<
16 GRITTINESS – (strings tie)*
19/23 WASTEPAPER BASKET – cryptic de’n.
20 ORAL – hidden.
25 STRAW HAT – arts< + what.
27 THOROUGH – tho’ + rough.
28 RAPIER – RA + pier.
29 REPLACED – rep + laced (=”associated with Apple”??). Correction: my hopeful guess was barking up the wrong (apple) tree. It’s rep + eater (see comments)
30 BERGEN – hidden. A nice surface. Fortunately, I have a colleague who hails from there – so this one rather jumped off the page at me.
1 COCKADE – cock (friend) + homophone of “aid”.
2 ALBATROSS – cryptic indication re: a score of three-under-par for a golf hole.
3 BREACH – r(iver) in beach.
5 LOOM – [-g]loom.
6 GARDENIA – (drainage)*. I assume that the “is OK” is merely padding for the surface reading.
7 ASTER – [-m]aster.
8 DEPRESS – PE< in dress.
11 FAIRFAX – re: Lord Fairfax (a Roundhead, although his pic here would seem to contradict that). I got the fair (“reasonable”) part readily enough, but took an inordinate amount of time to spot fax (“communication”) element.
14 STREWTH – St + (threw)*.
17 EARTHLING – ear + (l in thing).
18 DENEBOLA – (bed alone)*. From the Leo constellation. I erroneously plumped for NEBELODA.
19 WEBSTER – web + ster[n]. Re: the lexicographer of that name.
21 LATERAN – later + an.
22 GARAGE – rag< + age. For the longest time, I tried to justify the answer PARADE (via rap<), but eventually manged to recall a type of music that ended in …age.
24 STOMP – m in stop. “Dance”, as in the stage show that involves people wielding trash cans and other “street percussion”.
26 OGLE – [b]ogle.