Posted by Uncle Yap on February 2nd, 2010
The Three Tenors, wherever and whenever they sing, never fail to entertain and enthrall me. Ditto, The Three Dons. Pasquale today offered a wide gamut of devices and tricks that are challenging but so solvable if you know how. For me, a good day at the office.
1 TRANSEPT TRAIN (school) minus I = TRAN + SEPT (when the academic year starts in the UK)
5 POMPOM Cha of POMP (ceremony) + OM (Order of Merit) a jewelled hair ornament on a pin; a fluffy or woolly ball, tuft, or tassel worn on a shoe, hat, etc.
9 RESUMING Ins of E (English) SUM (tot or add up) in RING (group)
10 HEBRON Cha of HE (the man) BRON English stage, film and television actress and author.
12 DIRAC Cha of DIR (earth or DIRT minus T) AC (alternating current) Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902 – 1984) was a British theoretical physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in physics for 1933 with Erwin Schrödinger, “for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory.”
13 ANOMALOUS Cha of AN O (old) MA (mum) LOUS (awful or lousy minus y)
14 FLYING SAUCER Rev anagram clue *(a curse)
18 ATTENBOROUGH *(another bug to) Arguably the scientist who has done the most to arouse and maintain popular interest in nature … I must admit that I became interested in wild life and plant life programmes because he makes everything so interesting
21 ALMSHOUSE *(soul has me)
23 IRISH Cha of IRIS (in Greek mythology, a messenger god and the personification of rainbows) H (hard)
24 ATAXIA Ins of TAXI (vehicle) in AA (Automobile Association, roadside helpers and Uncle Yap’s saviour during the days when all I could afford as a student and articled clerk were at-least-ten-year-old cars with one-year MOT. A new word for me meaning inability to co-ordinate voluntary movements
25 CATHETER Ins of THE in CATER (make allowance)
26 ESTATE Cha of E (Ecstasy drug) STATE (say) I thought the extraneous “found in” too obtrusive. This clue won’t win any prize in the rpc competitions but in a 30-clue set, you cannot expect each clue to be a gem, can you?
27 LEAD-FREE I really do not know how to categorise this clue. A cd?
1 TIRADE Ins of I (first letter of indigestion) in TRADE (wind)
2 ABSURD AB (rev of BA, arts graduate) SURD (irrational in mathematics)
3 SEMICOLON Ins of L (pounds) in *(income so)
4 PONS ASINORUM *(poor man sinus) Latin phrase meaning any severe test of a beginner or baptism of fire
6 OPERA Cha of OP (operation in a surgical theatre) ERA (age)
7 PERFORCE Ins of FOR (in favour of) in *(creep)
8 MINISTRY Cha of MINIS (short skirts) TRY (tempt)
11 CONGLOMERATE Ins of L (left) in Republic of CONGO + ins of ER (Elizabeth Regina, Queen) in MATE (friend)
15 ANGUISHED Removal of L (left) from LANGUISHED (grew weak)
16 CARAPACE Cha of CAR (VW Beetle, say) APACE (quickly)
17 STAMP ACT S (society) + ins of A MP (a politician) in TACT (sensitivity) Britons may like to know that they are not the only one lumbered with this form of taxation. Malaysians today also have to pay revenue stamps for receipts, leases, conveyances, insurance policies, etc etc
19 BITTER Ins of TT (teetotal or very dry) in BIER (stand or frame of wood for carrying a dead person to the grave)
20 CHARGE Apart from a rush being a charge (a forward offensive movement) I await a better explanation for the wordplay. Can “do” be interpreted as “spend” so that when one spends too much and does not have the cash to cover the cost, then it may be necessary to “charge” the expense to a credit card.
22 HEIST ha
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram