Posted by Gaufrid on March 3rd, 2010
The preamble states that five answers have something in common but by my count it could be six.
Little Red Riding Hood (2,3dn) and wolf (6dn)
Pied Piper (8dn) and rats (20ac)
Goldilocks (13dn) and Three Bears (21,23dn)
I suppose it could be argued that children are more associated with the Pied Piper but he would not have been in Hamelin had it not been for the rats. Then again, do rats appear in stage productions of this tale? If not then five answers with something in common is correct, they are all characters in a play/pantomime.
Apart from a couple of dodgy homophones (11ac & 1dn), I think there are two further errors in this puzzle (15ac & 2,3dn). However, it was still a bit of fun.
1 SALARY CAP *(PAY RASCAL) – ‘pay’ is doing double duty as part of both the definition and the anagram fodder
6 WHELP W (quarter) HELP (aid)
9 DATED dd
10 MADELEINE DELE (remove) in MAINE (US state)
11 MELANCHOLY (dodgy) homophone of ‘melon cauli’ (fruit and veg)
12 KEEP PEEK (look) reversed
14 MARCHER M (Monsieur) ARCHER ([William] Tell)
15 ROOFTOP R[af] O OFT (zero feet) OP (operation) – as written the wordplay gives ‘raoftop’
17 TADPOLE TAD (a little) POLE (European)
19 AUDITOR A UDI (mutiny) ROT (decay) reversed
20 RATS cd
22 PETROL BOMB *(MR POBBLE TO[es])
25 AIRSTREAM *(ARREST) in AIM (goal)
26 COTTA COTTA[ge] (most of the house)
27 EMERY hidden in ‘mal dE MER You’
28 SINUSITIS S (society) IN US (America) IT IS
1 SEDUM homophone (speaking) of ‘seed em’ (saw them in dialect) – ‘sed um’ could be ‘saw them’ speaking in dialect but neither word is supported by Chambers hence my initial parsing, even though the homophone is a little dodgy.
2,3 LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD cd – Yorkshire is divided into Ridings but its emblem is the white rose so where does the ‘red’ come from?
4 CAMPHOR CAMP (lodge) H (hospital) OR (gold)
5 PADDLER dd
6 WOLF FLOW (move) reversed – to wolf one’s food or to ‘down’
7 EXILE IL (he, in French) in EXE (river)
8 PIED PIPER cd
13 GOLDILOCKS OLD in GI (soldier) LOCKS (security devices)
14 MOTORCADE MO (Dr) TOR (hill) CADE (old rebel)
16 TIT FOR TAT dd – Cockney rhyming slang for hat
18 ELEVENS [th]E LEVEN (loch) S[cottish]
19 AHRIMAN *(HAIR) MAN (male)
21,23 THREE BEARS *(THERE) BEARS (has a baby)
24 STAY dd