Posted by Uncle Yap on January 12th, 2010
The Chinese character for double happiness would have been appropriate to headline today’s entry … for the second week running, I got to blog The Master and what a lovely experience. Some new words and some unfamiliar names but all fairly clued.
1 GISCARD DISCARD (scrap) with G substituted for D. Valéry Marie René Georges Giscard d’Estaing (born 1926) is a French centre-right politician who was President of the French Republic from 1974 until 1981.
5 MIASMAL Rev of LAMS (strike’s) AIM (target)
9 LUNAR rha from RANULPH FIENNES said to be the “greatest living adventurer in the world today”
10 STEVENSON Ins of EVENS (50% chance) in STON (rev of NOTS, negatives) Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer who wrote ….
11 TREASURE ISLAND Gold and silver must be treasure even though Long John (the other Silver) proved to be quite too much. Hispaniola is also an island in the Caribbean
13 INNS dd Apart from the pubs, there are also the Law Inns where barristers (or members of the bar) are trained
14 HAWARDEN Cha of HAW (fruit from hawthorn) ARDEN (forest) a village in Flintshire, North Wales, approximately 5 miles (as the crow flies) from the city of Chester.
17 PRISONER Cha of PR (little prince) IS ONE R (right). Very clever definition “I’m inside”
18 ANTE Stake is quite obvious but AND + ANTE will give you andante which is a musical term for moving with moderately slow
21 NUCLEAR PHYSICS NU (sounds like new or modern) CLEAR (evident) PHYSICS (remedies)
23 OBBLIGATO cd for a musical accompaniment that cannot be done without
24 THETA THE TA (Territorial Army or volunteers or Dad’s Army or Home Guards)
25 ABYSMAL (B) ABY SMAL (L) which describes Matthew, my grandson in the picture above who was born two weeks premature in late March, 2009
26 TRIESTE Ins of E (English) in TRISTE (French for unhappy)
1 GOLD Cha of GO (attempt) L & D (50 and 500 in Roman numerals)
2 SAN FRANCISCO BAY Apart from Bay (horse) I do not seem to be able to fully parse this clue, anyone?
3 AIRMAN A + IRMA (sweet girl) + N (name) Irma La Douce is a 1963 film starring Shirley Maclaine and douce is French for sweet
4 DUST-UP This is a reversed kind of clue where the answer appears to be the clue. Thus, UP (reversal indicator for this down clue) T (time) SUD (French for south)
5 MAECENAS MA (mother) + *(a scene) a rich patron of art or literature, after a Roman knight who befriended Virgil and Horace
6 AMERSHAM AMER (much of AMERICA, new world) SHAM (bogus)
7 MUSTARD AND CRESS *(DAMASCUS + DRS for doctors + RENT)
8 LINE DANCER *(celandine) + R (river) Line dancing in which participants form rows without partners and follow a set pattern of steps to country-and-western music.
12 HISPANIOLA *(a ship) + *(a lion) the name of the schooner featured in Treasure Island
15 TOKENISM Ins of KEN + IS (one boy is) in TOM (another boy)
16 BEERHALL *(harebell)
19 THROAT THRO (cast or throw minus w, with) + AT. What a quaint def, channel of speech
20 TSOTSI T (first letter of The) SOTS (drunkards) I (one) A new word to me meaning a member of a black African street gang, a young hooligan or thug.
22 GATE Allusion to Golden Gate Bridge in SF
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram