Posted by Uncle Yap on March 30th, 2010
Quite an enjoyable set of clues. I like it when compilers consciously try to inject some humour into their clues as we see in 1A, 21A, 26A and 14D.
1 FORWARDER He he, I actually laughed aloud when I recognised a screw is prison slang for a warder. Nice risque start !
6 CORFU The last word in the solution to 9A is ISLAND which forms the def and the wordplay is C (circa or about) *(FOUR)
9 THREE MILE ISLAND Cha of THREE MILE (3 nautical miles = a league) IS Land (light as in aircraft coming to terra firma) where an untowards incident happened 31 years ago when a partial core meltdown in a nuclear facility led to alarm and measures for better safeguards.
10 HOBS Sounds like Hobbes (Thomas, 1588 – 1679) English philosopher
11 SUPERIOR dd
14 RETENTION *(tree not in)
15 OUSEL Cha of OUSE (river) + L (line)
16 SOLAR Ins of L (first letter of Leatherhead) in SOAR (rise) Thanks to Eileen for spotting the error.
18 YESTERDAY YE (the old) + *(strayed)
20 COGITATE *(i cottage)
21 ACID A CID (Criminal Investigation Department or dicks)
25 RACIAL TOLERANCE *(a clear article on)
26 SOLVE *(loves) Nice way to describe your clientele, Gordius. Aren’t we all masochists to be tortured everyday by setters … we must be crackpot mad
27 SHARP-EYED The two properties are sharp & eyed (with a hole or eye)
1 FATAH FA (Football Association) TAH (rev of HAT, cap) Palestinian political organization, now part of the PLO, seeking the liberation of Palestine by use of arms.
2 RAREBIT Cha of RARE (unusual) BIT (coin) often called Welsh rarebit, melted cheese, with or without ale, on hot toast
3 ADEN Cha of A DEN (study)
4 DRIP D (died) RIP (rest in peace, appropriate prayer) Lovely clue.
5 RUEFULNESS Sounds like ROO (kangaroo, jumper) FULNESS (baggy state)
6 CASSEROLES *(so careless)
7 READIES Supposed to sound like RED IS (colour is) ? As a non-native, I had better not say more … we no speakee Inglee good good
8 UNDERPLAY Tichy cha of UNDER (beneath) PLAY (Macbeth perhaps)
12 INGRATIATE *(treating I A)
13 CITY STATES Cha of CITY’S (London’s) TATES (galleries)
14 REST CURES cd
17 LOGICAL Cha of LO (look) GI (soldier) CAL (California state)
19 DECENCY Ins of ENC (enclosure) in DEC (last month) + Y (first letter of year)
22 DREAD *(adder)
23 FLEA ha
24 TRAP Rev of PART (component)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram