Posted by Eileen on March 26th, 2010
A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Bonxie, with some nice touches. I have some quibbles with two or three definitions.
1 SCARECROW: anagram of CAW SCORER: this surface made me smile.
6 BOOM: BOO [‘said to surprise’] + M
8 BROACHES: homophone of brooches
9 RELATE: [p]RELATE: shades of yesterday’s Orlando!
10 TERROR: T[he] + ERROR [slip-up]
11 ADHERENT: anagram of HEAD + RENT [split]
12,5 DONMAR WAREHOUSE: anagram of ONE WHO RUES DRAMA – nice surface. Donmar Warehouse is a 250-seat not-for-profit theatre in London’s Covent Garden.
15 EMULSION: EMU + anagram of LIONS
16 PHOTOFIT: cryptic definition – but I’m not absolutely sure how it works: it’s a ‘wanted’ picture – but …
19 EXCITE: EX [old] + CITE [name]
22 SCRIMP: S[mall] + CRIMP [‘to press into folds, flutes or edges': Chambers]
24 FINISH: homophone of Finnish
25 ADEQUATE: AD [bill] + EQUATE [agree] : one of the dodgy definitions: ‘equate’ really means ‘to make equal’, though Collins does have ‘to be equal’, a more modern usage, but it still does not really equate to ‘agree’!
26 NEWS: NEW [revolutionary] + S[ociety]
27 TWENTY-TWO: this is one where you have to look at the number of the clue!
1 SERVE: anagram of VERSE: I’m not very happy with ‘perform = serve': ‘perform’ = ‘do’ and ‘do’ = ‘serve’, as in ‘That will do’, but that’s a step too far for me. Perhaps there’s a more obvious connection? [Serve = ‘perform service for / perform the duties connected with’ [Chambers] but that’s not the same thing.]
2 ANAGRAM: STEALTH is an anagram of THE LAST: I thought this was an excellent surface and cleverly linked to the next clue. It’s a pity 1dn couldn’t have been somehow incorporated, too.
3 ETHER: anagram of THREE [and ether makes one numb! – by no means the first crossword outing for this device but this was a nice working of it.]
4 ROSEATE: SEAT [chair] in ROE [eggs]
6 BELARUS: anagram of REAL in BUS
7 OUT AND OUT: OUT [antiquated + AND [joiner] + OUT [known] – again, rather a big leap: as in ‘The secret is out’?
13 OTHERWISE: OTHER WISE: [more = other?]
14 RIFLE SHOT: ‘report on range': FLESH [meat] in RIOT [rebel]
17 TOADIES: [m]I[c]E in TOADS: I wasn’t very impressed with this at first, as I thought that a toady was simply a toad-like person, but Collins tells me it’s short for ‘toadeater’, ‘originally a quack’s assistant, who pretended to eat toads’ which were [SOED] ‘held to be poisonous, to enable his master to exhibit his skill in expelling poison’, hence a flatterer. My new word – or, at least, definition – of the day.
18 TESTATE: TEST [try] + anagram of TEA
20,21 CIRCUIT BREAKERS: CIRCUIT [lap] BREAKERS [waves]
22 SMELT: double definition
23 MOTTO: reversal of OTTOM[an] [Edit: this is rubbish: see JohnR’s comment 1]: I think I’ve become just about as used to seeing ‘saw’ in this sense as ‘see’ = ‘ely’!