Posted by Uncle Yap on February 9th, 2010
Another well crafted puzzle themed on P, which I fortuitously happened to cotton on from the very beginning. As usual, The Master led us all on a fun chase … nothing too convoluted in a fair puzzle. Learned two new words which I do not think I will ever see or use again. My favourite clue must be 10 Across.
1 BIRTHDAY I was extremely lucky to cotton on to the theme at the very first clue. Harold Pinter (1930-2008) is such a well-known playwright who has even won the Nobel Prize for Literature and I have see a performance of The Birthday Party before. The well-known broadcaster, Robin Day (1923-2000) with his signature bow-tie confirmed the answer althought I haven’t unravelled John’s gas.
5 CHAPEL Cha of Chap (fellow) EL (an elevated railroad)
9 COCKTAIL Cha of COCK (prepare to shoot) TAIL (follower) and the allusion to The Cocktail Party by T.S.Eliot
10 LABOUR What an absolutely lovely clue that got me rolling on the floor. Before a mother gives birth, she must undergo labour pains.
12 POLYPHAGOUS Ins of GO (become) in *(happy soul) A new word for me meaning adj (of an animal) eating many different kinds of food; given to eating excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a pathological condition.
15 COACH A coach party and to coach is to train
17 ROSE APPLE an E Indian tree of the clove genus; its edible fruit. I can see Rose as got up but pupil as apple? Anyone?
18 ENLIVENER ENLI *(line) + VENER (worship or venerate minus ate)
19 THIRD Third in a race is still a placing and someone else is a third party
20 ARCHANGELIC ha
24 BOTTLE Welcome to the Bottle Party for people with courage (bottle)
25 TIVERTON TI (rev of IT) VERT (green) ONCE minus CE (Church of England)
26 DOGGED dd
27 TEA PARTY Ins of APART (separated)in TEY (rev of yet, but)
1 BACKPACKER Cha of BACK (support) PACKER (1977 cricketing circus)
2 RECALLABLE RE (King in Italian language) + ins of ALL (everything) in CABLE (TV provider)
3 HET UP Cha of HE (very masculine) TUP (ram, sheep)
4 ANIMATRONICS Ins of MATRON (nursing officer) in *(is I can) Nicholas Wulstan “Nick” Park, is an English filmmaker of stop motion animation best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
6 HEAD START Ins of ADS (publicity) + T (Henry Ford’s Model) in HEART (middle)
7 POOP A party poop is a spoilsport and poop is the stern of a ship
8 LARK dd
11 CONSERVATIVE Ins of AT IV (four) in CONSERVE (jam) for the Tories
13 OPHIOLATER Cha of OP (opus, work) H (hard) I O (round) LATER (in due course) a person who worships snakes … new word for me
14 MENDICANCY MEND (repair) + ins of CAN (vessel) in ICY (cold)
16 HAVE A CLUE Ins of C (first letter of calf) in A VEAL (a calf) to form AVEACL which is inserted into HUE (shade)
21 GEE UP to proceed faster; to encourage, stimulate, buck up; (as interj) a command to a horse to move on or go faster
22 ABED A (first letter of AT) BED (bottom of sea)
23 STAG S (first letter of self) TAG (day in German) a party for men only, esp one held for a man about to be married.
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram