Posted by shuchi on February 26th, 2010
The usual from Falcon, elegant and not too taxing.
One new word for me, at 24A, nothing too obscure otherwise.
The parsing for 27A is foggy still, help invited. // 27A updated.
1 PICKLED PICK (cream, as in the best) LED (was first)
2 SPOUSE ESPOUSE (support), ‘losing face’ => remove the first E
8, 25 ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (LADY ON AN ACT ONE PART)*
9 TONIC TO NIC[k] (take, endlessly)
11 IGLOO I (one) GLOOMY (dimly lit) – MY. Very good!
12 AMSTERDAM (SMART MADE)*
13 GO PUBLIC GO (shot, as in ‘Have a shot/go’) PUBLIC (official, as in ‘intended for the notice of the public’)
15 APPEAL A P (quiet) PEAL (ringing of bells)
17 ABOARD A BARD (poet), around O (nothing)
19 UPSTREAM UP (ahead) (MASTER)*
22 TERMINATE TERM (name) IN (fashionable) AT E[ton]
23 ALIEN AN (article) around LIE (invention). A lovely way to define ‘lie’.
24 SAMBO A MB (doctor), in SO (very good). I can’t think of a sentence where ‘so’ can be substituted with ‘very good’. Anyone?
25 See 8
26 INVERT IN (wearing) VERT (green). Another good clue.
27 ALCHEMY I can see ‘a gold may not mean a gold’, but ‘Olympic event’? // Updated with Gaufrid’s comment: ARCHERY, an Olympic sport where even if you score a gold (the centre of the target) you are not certain to get a gold medal.
1 PRAYING MANTIS PRAYING MAN (chap in church) (TIS)<
2 CAT FLAP cd. ‘Ginger’ refers to the popular cat name, I suppose. The last answer entered into the grid. // ‘Ginger’ is the color/type of cat, Gaufrid adds at comment#1.
3 LINGO hidden in ‘DubLIN GOlfers’
4 DRAMATIC dd
5 SADIST AD (notice) IS, in ST (street)
6 ON THE SPOT dd
7 SINE DIE (DEN IS)< IE
10 COMPLEMENTARY sounds like ‘complimentary’ (free)
14 BARBITONE B (bass) in BARITONE (singer). Same as Veronal, popularly used for murder in Agatha Christie novels.
16 EPHEMERA (E HEMP ARE)*
18 OARSMEN (MOANERS)*
20 EPISTLE E (English), ST (saint) in PILE (stack)
21 MASCOT M (maiden) ASCOT (racecourse)
23 ASPIC A S (small) PIC (photograph