Posted by Eileen on March 15th, 2010
The usual Rufus combination of cryptic [not too many] and double definitions and elegant and witty surfaces.
7 PHILATELY: PHI [anagram of HIP] + LATELY
8 QUICK: double definition [‘quick’ = ‘living’ as in the Apostles’ Creed]
9 POSTERIOR: double definition
10 KNELT: cryptic definition
12 MEMORY: reversal of ROME in MY: I took a stupidly long time over this, looking for a reversal in ‘my reminiscences’.
13 APPRAISE: reversal of PA [pop] + PRAISE
16 SEGMENT: G MEN [FBI agents] in SET [placed]
19 CRACKER: double definition [or two!]
22 ALLIANCE: ALL + anagram of NICE [Edit : A NICE – thanks, Arfanarf!]
25 STRESS: S[econd] TRESS [lock]
27 SLIPS: double definition: I hadn’t thought of ‘slip’ implying ‘quickly': Chambers has ‘to move quietly, easily, unobtrusively or stealthily’ and Collins ‘to move or cause to move smoothly or easily’.
28 APPOINTED: POINT [reason] inside APED [taken off]
29 BENCH: double definition
30 GINGER ALE: GI [soldier] + anagram of GENERAL: great surface!
1 CHOOSE: C [a hundred] + O [‘a hole’- I don’t think I’ve seen this before] in HOSE [socks]
2 PLATFORM: double definition: this was the last one in. I expected it to end in ‘ism’, while I was still being blind about 12ac.
3 STOREY: TORE [rent] in S[hrewsbur]Y: another great surface
4 ALSO-RAN: cryptic definition
5 DUENNA: DUE [expected] + reversal of ANN
6 SCALES: double definition
11 SPAR: double definition: the almost obligatory Rufus nautical clue, with, again, an excellent surface
14 INK: thINKing
15 EAR: alternate letters of rEpAiRs
16 SPA: S[outhern] PA [Pennsylvania]
17 GAL: [le]GAL
18 NINE: cleverly hidden [and clued] in womaN IN Evening
20 CORONARY: anagram of CARRY ON + O [oxygen]
21 DESPAIR: anagram of SPIDER: another lovely story-telling surface, referring to Robert the Bruce being inspired by a spider to try for the seventh time. [Edit: or, rather, ‘A SPIDER‘ – thanks, Andrew! ]
23 LILIES: cryptic definition
24 IMPACT: I[one] MP [member] ACT [take part]
25 STOOGE: anagram of GOES TO: another fine surface
26 SHELLS: HELL [inferno] in SS [ship]