Posted by shuchi on January 22nd, 2010
Straightforward stuff today, with a mini-theme of furniture. Many cryptic and double definitions but none that truly sparkled. 20d stood out for its cleverly positioned hyphen at line-break.
1 SCHOOL cd
4 AGAR-AGAR A RAG (newspaper) reversed, twice. The surface doesn’t make much sense.
10 ESPARTO (SEAPORT)*
11 RECITAL (ARTICLE)*
12 ABLE CAPABLE – CAP
13 REFERENCES dd
16 ORWELL OR WELL (source of gold)
17 PINTAIL PINTA (bottle of milk. This had me puzzled, Wikipedia tells me that this is a way of spelling ‘pint of’, as in ‘a pinta milk a day’) I L (left).
20 NIRVANA VAN (vehicle) in (RAIN)*. The definition needs at least a capitalized ‘State’ to be sufficient, but I like how the neatly split ‘rain-storm’ quells any objections that ‘rainstorm’ might have raised.
21 GOSPEL EPs (records) in LOG (chart), all reversed
24 GREENHOUSE GROUSE (complain), around E (earth) and (HEN)*
25 SNUB (BUNS)<
27 INSULIN INSUL[ar] (not wholly prejudiced) IN (because of). // Update: Thanks, Gaufrid.
29 ALI BABA sounds like ‘alley barber’
30 MINISTER I in MINSTER (church) &lit. // Update: Anno. changed. Thanks, Rishi.
31 FLEECE FLEE (run away) CE (church)
1 SHERATON (NORTH SEA)*
2 HEPPLEWHITE (HELP WIPE THE)*. Not sure why clues 1d and 2d are linked with 4 dots instead of 3, which is the norm for ellipsis.
3 OARS BOARS (pigs) – B
5 GARDENIA (DRAINAGE)*
6 RECREATION RE (about) CREATION (oratorio)
7 GUT cd
8 RELISH dd but not quite, both meanings are nearly the same.
9 TOKEN Got this from ‘keepsake’. What is the Livingstone connection? Help welcome. // Update: TO KEN = for Livingstone, as in Ken Livingstone ex mayor of London. Thanks, Tony.
14 CHIPPENDALE (HELP PAD NICE)*
15 ELEVEN-PLUS ELEVEN (cricket team) PLUS (and)
18 ANNOUNCE ANN (girl) OUNCE (weight)
19 SLAB CAKE (BLACK SEA)*
22 EGOISM (ME IS GO)*
23 ISLAY I (one) S (small) LAY (ballad)
26 MILL cd
28 SON (NO.’S)<-