Posted by shuchi on February 5th, 2010
Plenty of anagrams made this an easy ride.
I have questions at one or two places, indicated along with the answers to clues.
1 SPHERICAL (CAR IS HELP)*
6 OASIS O (ring) A SIS (sibling)
9 ORBIT OR BIT (part of one)
10 LEASEHOLD (ALL HE DOES)*, with ‘is to negotiate’ as the anagram indicator.
11 PARAPHRASE PARA (soldier) PHRASE (few words). Strictly, ‘phrase’ should be ‘a few words’.
12 GLIB hidden in ‘lookinG LIBerals’
14 ANALYST (ANY SALT)*, with ‘in the mixture’ as the anagram indicator.
15 NEITHER (IN THERE)*
17 SIERRAS I ERR (make a mistake) in SAS (soldiers i.e. Special Air Service?).
19 ANGELUS (ANGLE)* US (you and me). I learn from Wikipedia that Angelus is a Christian devotion accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell. The toll is a “triple stroke repeated three times, with a pause between each set of three (a total of nine strokes), sometimes followed by a longer peal as at curfew”.
20 ITCH IT (computer technology) CH (child). A pertinent surface for present times, when 3-year olds spend hours glued to the computer. What is the world coming to? *rolls eyes*
22 BIRTHRIGHT a straight-ish cryptic definition.
25 ARBORETUM A R BORE TUM (corporation i.e. belly, a well-used device in crosswords)
26 ALARM A ARM (member) around L (left)
27 TALLY ALLY (friend) after T (short ‘time’)
28 CATALYSTS sounds like ‘cat on lists’ (animals on the tables). I hope this is right, it’s usually a challenge for me to figure out the homophone clues, given my different accent. // Update: See comment#8 (Agentzero) for another interpretation.
1 SCOOP S (small) COOP (henhouse)
2 HIBERNATE (IN THE BRAE)*. A pretty obvious anagram.
3 RATEPAYERS Change the ‘hand’ from L to R in LATE PAYERS.
4 CULPRIT PR (priest) I (one), in CULT (sect)
5 LIAISON AIL (trouble) reversed, I SON (family member). Nice smooth surface.
6 OBEY OBE (decoration) Y[our]. Some might object to ‘<word> head’ (as opposed to <word>’s head) to indicate the first letter of the word.
7 SPOIL SOIL (earth) aound P (phosphorus)
8 SIDEBURNS SIDE (give support to) BURNS (poet). Made me smile.
13 FINGERNAIL cd
14 ASSAILANT AS (when) SAIL (to leave port) ANT (worker)
16 HOLOGRAMS (GROOM SHALL – L)*
18 SCIATIC (I CAST)* IC (ninety nine), with ‘off’ as anagram indicator. I’m doubtful about the definition. ‘twitches of the nerve’ = sciatica, ‘of twitches of the nerve’/'of the nerve’ could be sciatic. Or am I misreading the clue?
19 ATTEMPT AT (in the face of) TEMPT. ‘great temptation’ => a large part of the word ‘temptation’, I think. Not very elegant, if so.
21 CABAL cd. // Update: CABAL is also an acronym of Clifford, Arlington, Bukingham, Ashley and Lauderdale, which gives ‘initially’ a double-meaning. Thanks, Richard.
23 TOMBS T[rek] O (no) MBs (doctors)
24 ARMY AMY (little woman) with R (runs) inside