Posted by Eileen on February 4th, 2010
A delightful puzzle from Orlando, which shouldn’t have caused too many problems on the bus or train and may have elicited curious looks from fellow-passengers at the smiles and ‘ahas’ along the way. Faultless cluing and some great surfaces – I thoroughly enjoyed it.
1 LET IT BE: anagram of TITLE + B[eatles] E[nthusiasts]: title of 1970 Beatles album. ‘Recollected’ might initially suggest a reversal rather than an anagram – but think of it as ‘re-collected’. Nice.
5 STRETCH: amusing double definition: ‘porridge’ as in a prison sentence.
10 STUD: and another!
11 CORONATION CHICKEN: excellent anagram of INNOCENT COOK A RICH: we’re more used to seeing ‘cook’ as the anagram indicator: a cold, curry-flavoured chicken dish, originally ‘invented’ to be served at the reception after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
12 CALASH: CLASH around A: a new word for me – a horse-drawn carriage with low wheels and a folding top – but the cluing was absolutely straightforward.
13 NEAR MISS: double definition
14 GYMNASIUM: anagram of MY AMUSING
16 GROSS: double definition
17 TENOR: hidden in forgoTEN ORatorio
19 SCOTCH EGG: SCOTCH [whisky – something to drink] + EG [extremes of everything] + G[ood]
23 LEWISHAM: [Det. Sgt.]LEWIS [Inspector Morse’s sidekick] + HAM [radio operator]: nice surface – and a reminder of Paul’s brilliant ‘F1 driver’s ‘otel in southeast London [5,8]’
24 UNCLOG: reversal of GO [turn] after UNCL[e]
26 CASHPOINTS: C[Roman number] + ASH [refuse] + POINTS [tips]: brilliantly misleading surface and a real ‘aha’ moment for me.
26 ALMS: A + LMS [London, Midland and Scottish Railway]
29 ADVERTS: anagram of STARVED
1 ESTUARY: EST [French ‘is’] + [jan]UARY: a form of English spoken around the Thames estuary
3 INDIA: I + [londo]N + reversal of AID [support]
4 BACCHUS: hurrah – an unarguable homophone! – and a lovely surface: Bacchus the Roman god of wine
6 TONGAN: TON [great weight] + reversal of NAG: having been reminded of the coronation in 11ac, I was reminded, too, of having been charmed, as a child, along with millions of others, by the image of the beaming Queen Salote of Tonga, who insisted, despite the pouring rain, on driving in an open carriage on that occasion.
7 ECTOMORPH: anagram of CHROME [22dn] + TOP
8 CROESUS: reversal of USE [employment] in CROS[s] [endlessly annoyed]: Croesus, whose wealth was proverbial, was the last king of Lydia. He was told by the ever-ambiguous Delphic oracle that, if he attacked the Persians, he would destroy an empire, so he did – and destroyed his own.
9 PRONOUNCEMENT: PRONOUN[ ‘they’, say] + CEMENT [binder]: I’m not usually keen on straight charades but this was a great one: ‘they say’ usually points to a homophone.
15 NEOLITHIC: anagram of HOTEL IN CI: again, think ‘re-sort’. I liked ‘flipping’ as the anagram indicator. [Edit: what nonsense! Thanks, Gaufrid, comment 1]
18 EYEWASH: E + YEW + ASH: I’ve seen this before but it’s still good.
20 TRUSSED: trust [believe] ‘in pronouncement': of course, it should be ‘in pronunciation’, hence the question mark. My favourite clue – it made me laugh out loud.
21 GROMMET: MME [Madame] in GROT [rubbish]
22 CHROME: ROME [the Catholic church] after CH[urch]
25 CEASE: C[old] + EASE [comfort