Posted by shuchi on March 5th, 2010
As always, an entertaining, challenging puzzle from Bradman. Required plenty of research/help to get this finished.
Some lovely clues in here, and one that I cannot fully explain (24A).
1 MADAME ME (this person) with ADAM (foremost of sinners) at heart. One tends to think of the masculine first unless the gender is specified; I like how this clue subverts that line of thought.
4 TRIPOD TRIP + OD. ‘trip’ is slang for the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD, and OD = overdose (too much of it). ‘tripod’ a 3-legged support. ‘needed’ is to help with the surface only, it seems.
8 PLANETS PLANE (aircraft) (SIT)< – I, with ‘travellers covering many miles’ as the inventive definition for PLANETS.
9 ENDORSE END (the last) + HORSE (Derby runner, maybe) without its first letter.
11 CRAZY HORSE ‘heros’, possibly => crazy horse, a reverse anagram. Wikipedia helped with this clue. Crazy Horse was a war leader who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where Custer was defeated.
12 HAIL dd
13 RANGE ORANGE (fruit) – O (round)
14 SKITTLES (LET SKIRTS – R)*. Pins used in the game of skittles, a British form of ninepins.
16 OFF-PISTE Reverse anagram of ‘I step’, similar in style to 11A. ‘off-piste’ => on an unprepared, trackless area away from regular ski runs.
18 PICOT PIC (illustration) OT (introducing Genesis etc). From Britannica online, on Genesis in the Old Testament: “Genesis narrates the primeval history of the world (chapters 1–11) and the patriarchal history of the Israelite people”. The word ‘picot’ is familiar to any local Indian tailor; the edges of new sarees and dupattas are picoted before they’re worn. For years I had taken ‘picot’ to be a Hindi word, till I came across it in crosswords.
20 BRUM B (No. 2) RUM (funny) – a common name for Birmingham, the second largest (No. 2) city in the UK. Thanks to Gaufrid for explaining this, couldn’t have got it myself!
21 CROISSANTS I in CROSS (angry), ANTS (workers)
23 WINKLES WINK (send positive body message) LES (‘the’ in French)
24 BUSTLER ? QUITTER QUITE (absolutely) R (right), around T (time, being short). Hat-tip to Mike04 for the answer.
25 GANTRY NAG (worry) reversed, TRY (attempt)
26 WEAR ON WE A RON (little fellow)
1 MILER SMILER (happy-looking type) – S (succeeded)
2 DENIZEN DEN (study) I (one) ZEN (form of Buddhism)
3 MATCHLESS d&cd. A team with waterlogged pitch will be without a match, therefore MATCH-LESS.
5 RINSE hidden in ‘summeR IN SEa’
6 PROPHET sounds like PROFIT (benefit)
7 DISSIDENT (DIN DESIST)*
10 PRESSED ON PRESSE (a fruit juice) DON (Bradman). PRESSÉ is in COED (but not Chambers or Collins) – “a drink made from freshly squeezed fruit juice, sugar and ice”.
13 REFERRING dd
15 IMPOSTURE (SOT)* in IMPURE (dirty)
17 PUMPKIN A devious cd, from the Cinderella story in which the fairy Godmother magically turned a pumpkin into a coach. My initial answer here was PULLMAN, which made the bottom-left of the grid even harder to finish.
19 CHAPTER CHAP (fellow) TIER (row) – I. The books of the Bible (of which OT and NT are best known among crossword solvers) are divided into chapters, generally a page or two in length.
21 CHEER CH (church) E’ER (always). Smooth surface, and one of the easiest to solve today.
22 THEGN THE GIN (spirit) – I. A person ranking with an earl’s son, holding lands of the king. Also called ‘thane’.