Posted by Uncle Yap on February 16th, 2010
An intricately crafted puzzle mini-themed on a subject, something well before my time. Thank goodness for Wikipedia that came to my rescue. Paul, to his credit, clued the themal words most fairly, thereby making them solveable. Unfortunately, I cannot say this has been a breezy walk through the park but after cracking the puzzle, I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, especially all of his tongue-in-cheek definitions, sprinkled all over the place.
9 OPPORTUNE Ins of PORT (wine) in O PUN (old joke) + E (last letter of cheese)
10 SKUNK dd a small American musteline animal, typically with a black-and-white coat and a squirrel-like tail, that emits an offensive fluid from a gland near its anus to deter predators; its fur; a despised person; a type of cannabis smoked for its particularly strong narcotic effects (Chambers).
11,18 FATTY ARBUCKLE Cha of FATTY (rich) A R (a right) BUCKLE (catch) Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887–1933) was an American illustrated song slide “model,” silent film actor, comedian, director & screenwriter.
12 TESTAMENT Ins of E (eastern) STAMEN (part of plant) in TT (Times)
13 CENTAUR Ins of A in CENTURY minus Y (nearly a hundred) mythical creature, half man and half horse.
14 OPTIMAL Ins of TIM (boy) in OPAL (gemstone)
17,19D BLACK AND WHITE *(walk behind cat) with gone to the dogs as indicator and like Felix, the cartoon cat as def
19 ACE PACE (step) minus P
20 PANDA A secretary can also be known as Personal Assistant or PA and the letters are of course P and A
21 DEBITED Ins of BIT (piece) in DEED (document) Antonym of credited
22 PIGSKIN Cha of PI (constant, being the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter) + *(kings) What a fantastic def that got me chuckling
24 COCKED HAT COCK (bird) *(death) Another lovely def
26 AWARD A WARD (minor)
28 POLAR Ins of LA (Louisiana State) in PO & R (rivers)
29 THIGHBONE Ins of HIGH (off) in TB (tuberculosis, disease) + ONE
1 LOAF Triple def
2 SPOT ON Rev of NO TOPS (all bottoms)
3 GREY MARKET Ins of Y (why) & MARK (label) in GREET (welcome) Another def that got me smiling
4 BUSTER KEATON Ins of USTERK *(turkeys minus y, unknown) in BEATON; let’s see who is the first to fully explain the wordplay (which eludes me) for the name of this famous film-maker …
5 KEYSTONE COPS Cha of KEY (important) + ins of ONE C (figure caught) in STOPS (checks) The Keystone Kops featured in a series of silent film comedies, all filmed in black and white, about a totally incompetent group of policemen.
6 ASIA Rev of A ISA (individual savings account)
7 SUPERMAN Ins of U (you) in SPERM (male swimmer) + AN This is my favourite clue today … yes, I did laugh aloud
8 SKIT SKIRT (garment) minus R (last letter of underwear)
13 CUBED Cha of CU (copper) BED (bottom) One to any power remains one
15 TOPOGRAPHY *(happy to go R)
16 LEARN Cha of LEAR (Shakespeare’s King Lear) N (knight in chess notation)
22 PUTRID Cha of PUT (set) RID (free)
25 EARL EAR (organ) L (loft oft vacated) This is as good as Araucaria’s deranged orange for the letter O.
27 DEEP Another tichy reversal of PEED (went to the loo)
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
tichy = tongue-in-cheek