Posted by Uncle Yap on January 26th, 2010
A fair-to-middling kind of offering from Paul with some challenging clues as well as some that raised a smile or two especially those cheeky descriptions such as item containing white in 20D. My favourite device was call reception in 8D. Paul never fails to amuse and titillate.
1 MINDSET Cha of Mind (tend) Set (fixed)
5 LADETTE Ins of DET (rev of Ted, boy) in LATE (after 3am, say) a lively young woman who enjoys social behaviour of a kind associated with young men.
10 RUNNERS-UP Cha of RUNNER (river) SUP (drink)
14 FIRST LADIES Ins of S (small) & TLADI *(tidal) in FIRES (what they’d put out) and, of course, we recognise Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama, both wives of a US President
18 LADIES FIRST Ins of DIES (disappears) & FIR (evergreen tree) in LAST (the end)
21 ROUE Ins of O (love) in RUE (French for road/street)
22 TRIPARTITE Ins of I PART (one division) in TRITE (insignificant)
25 HEADLINED *(INDEED + HALf)
26,11,27,9 BEING ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH *(in wait clutching mother- to-be he) a euphemism for deceitful, whether by volunteering false information (i.e., lying) or by deliberately holding back relevant facts. More literally, it describes a careful use of facts so as not to reveal too much information.
28 LEESIDE rha
1 METIER Cha of ME + TIER (bank) one’s calling or business; that in which one is specially skilled.
2 NEURON Ins of UR (you are in SMS parlance) in NEON (element of lighting)
3 SCHOOL FEES *(choose self)
4 TARSI Rev of IS + RAT (one might tell, a traitor or a sneak)
5 LANCASTER *(as central)
6 DEER Cha of DEE (river) R (run) Remember Doe, a deer, a female deer?
7 TASMANIA Cha of TAS (rev of SAT, settled) MANIA (obsession) The Tasmanian devil is a small ferocious marsupial
8 ESPRESSO ES (first and last letters of EmptieS) Press O (in many multi-user telephone systems, pressing zero will get us the reception or the operator). Call reception really cracked me up.
13 FACTORABLE Ins of ACTOR (player) in FABLE (story)
15 REFERENCE Preference (cup of tea) minus P (skimmed)
16 CLERIHEW CL (150 in Roman numeral) + *(where I) a humorous poem that sums up the life and character of some notable person in two short couplets.
17 ADJUTANT Ins of JUT (stick out) in A DANTE (a poet) minus E for an officer specially appointed to assist a commanding officer;
19 RIMINI RI (middle letters of toRIno) MINI (small) a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and capital city of the Province of Rimini. It is located on the Adriatic Sea, near the coast between the rivers Marecchia (the ancient Ariminus) and Ausa (Aprusa). Coast navigation and fishing are traditional industries and, together with Riccione, it is probably the most famous seaside resort on the Adriatic Riviera.
20 REGGAE Ins of EGG (item containing white) in RAE (rev of EAR, attention) a strongly rhythmic form of music originating in Jamaica in the 1960s.
23 PEDAL Ins of D (last letter of Siegfried) in PEAL (ring)
24,12 FLAT RACE Cha of Flat (dead) Race (people)
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram