Posted by nmsindy on March 23rd, 2010
Enjoyable, themed, puzzle from Tees, solving time 38 mins. Very impressed with how much themed material was in the grid, without sign of strain with other answers.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 FIGHTER (Her gift)* My favourite clue, along with 1 down. Really excellent misleading surface.
5 MUST ‘ANG British WWII plane, like many other answers in this themed puzzle
9 Mike T(h)Y SON I think this is the one example of a ‘fighter’ that is not a plane, ie the US boxer. H = Henry removed from THY (your old)
10 LANC (A ST) ER lancer = cavalryman a small way = a st (street abbrev). Contrary means put a st in lancer rather than the other way around, I think. WWII plane.
11 SLEE PYHEAD (eels)< (he’d pay)*
14 NERVE (courage) CENTRE (heart)
18 CH (church) LO (ROPHY) LL Trophy less t loll = lounge A colouring agent
21 ULNA Deviously hidden, with misleading context suggesting WWII. A bone in the arm, this was my last answer.
22 HIS PAN (v)IOLA The island that includes Haiti. Not fully sure about the wordplay here “Swing instrument losing volume on God’s isle” ‘iola’ looks like viola less v (volume), Pan may be the god – this leaves HIS and ‘swing’ which I cannot quite see yet how it works.
25 CHEAP (poor) SIDE (Bank)
26 TI (B) ER banker = river
27 RA (MP) T ON on = going Secure mental hospital in Nottinghamshire
28 SENORAS (are sons)*
1 F ET(IS)H (the)* My favourite clue along with 1 across
2 G (ASK) ET
3 T (tense) IN-OPENERS (pensioner)* Punning on the Beanz Meanz Heinz advertising slogan from way back, I guess.
4 R ALPH Imp of the print room. Rest refers to Coleridge poem “Kubla Khan” – “where Alph, the sacred river, ran” ie R Alph flower = river (it flows)
5 MUN (NUM<) DAN (and)* ELY = see (seat of bishop)
6 SEA T
7 A (TT) A IN TearS teetotaller and Alcoholics Anonymous
8 GARDENER A cryptic definition, I think, referring to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a wonder of the Ancient World hang = suspend
13 W EL (LING) TON WWII plane ling = heather Elton John
15 REPTILI AN (I let rip)*
16 SCOUT CAR (occurs at)* Very well concealed anagram – got this only near the end
17 B LEN HE I’M Another WWII plane Len Goodman from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
19 ‘BOMBER’ HARRIS (Hiram’s robber)* Working this anagram out was the breakthrough to the theme in this puzzle. Controversial because of policy of heavy bombing of German cities in WW II.
23 PRESS Double definition
24 S (PIT FIR) E Another WWII plane SE = corner pit = hollow, fir = tree