Posted by Eileen on March 4th, 2010
I consider myself very fortunate in drawing this one, as I blogged the last Brendan. There’s the usual witty and clever cluing and enough cross-reference to add interest, without making it too easy. I enjoyed it a lot. [There's one clue I haven't solved and another I can't explain. I'm sure help is at hand!
9 SONNETEER: anagram of TEN[ny]SON + E’ER ['always in verse']
10,3 IRISH SETTER: IRIS [flower / girl] + anagram of TETHERS
11 ROOSTER: O [ring] in ROSTER [schedule]
12 SPOONER: SPOON [as I know from crosswords, an old-fashioned golf club] + ER [queen].
13 COMER: I haven’t been able to parse this fully: Help, please!
14 DEPROGRAM: anagram of MARRED GOP
16 SELF-DESCRIPTION: self-explanatory, with the cross-references
19 DICTATORY: DICTA [authoritative sayings] + TORY [politician]
21 STORM: TOR [high ground] in S[ergeant] M[ajor] [NCO]
22 BRENDAN: B[ishop] + END [object] in RAN [managed]. Brendan was a 6th century Irish saint, as well as the esteemed Irish setter!
24 REATA: hidden in gREAT Abundance: a new one on me – it’s a lariat.
25 CONQUEROR: ref. to William, Duke of Normandy, 1066.
1 OSTRACISED: CISE [I's breaking keys] in O[ld] STRAD[ivarius]
2 INFORMAL: IN FORM [during class] = A L[earner]
4 SEER: homophone of sere
5 CROSS-PARTY: CROSS [put-out] + PARTY [person]
6 MISO SOUP: MI [reversal of I'm] + SO-SO [average] + UP [at university]
7 WINNER: W[ith] + INNER [in archery, the part of the target next to the bull's-eye]
8 CHAR: hidden in pilCHARds
14 DISCONNECT: anagram of IN SECOND CT
15 MONTMARTRE: cryptic definition
17 DEAR, DEAR: double definition
18 ISOTHERM: OTHER [alternative] in ISM [ideology]
20 CAESAR: cryptic definition – and great clue!: ref to VENI VIDI VICI ['I came, I saw, I conquered'] the inscription carried, according to Suetonius, in Julius Caesar’s triumphal procession, after his victory against Pharnaces of Pontus at the Battle of Zela in 47BC.
21 SIT OUT: I [one] in STOUT [drink]
22,23 BIRDWATCHER: double / cryptic definition – and I think I’ll leave it there!
23 W?N?: I haven’t an answer for this, I’m afraid. ‘Wand’ would fit fit ‘twig’ – but ‘bush’?