Posted by Eileen on April 12th, 2010
I found this more straightforward than last week’s Rufus but, I thought, rather lacking in the expected sparkle. There are the usual fine surfaces but some rather tired wordplay, including AD = notice – twice! [I'm not up on types of grid but I don't remember seeing one like this, with four consecutive checked letters in 13 and 22ac.]
7 FORTUNATE: TUNA [fish] in FORTE: one’s strong point
8 LEARN: LEAR [king] + [quee]N
9 TREADMILL: cryptic definition: a really good surface – and no qualms about ‘revolution’ here!
10 REPEL: P in REEL
12 DRAPES: anagram of SPREAD
13 ADAM’S ALE: A DAM’S ALE
16 DEADPAN: AD [notice] + PA [dad] in DEN [study]
19 LASH OUT: double definition: I’m not sure I knew this definition ['to spend extravagantly'], being more familiar with Collins’ first meaning of ‘to burst into or resort to verbal or physical attack’, and, to be picky, I don’t think it’s necessarily the same as ‘give generously’.
22 PLATINUM : A TIN [container] in PLUM [choice]
25 INRUSH: IN RUSH: reference to rush lights, inexpensive candles made from the dried pith of rushes, soaked in fat or grease.
27 STUDS: double definition: a dress [boiled] shirt would have a detached collar and therefore need collar studs.
28 INVENTION: cryptic definition: reference to the saying ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’.
29 FIFTY: cryptic definition: not ‘by itself’ = ‘alone’ but ‘beside itself’, hence ‘fifty-fifty’.
30 STRANGEST: RANGE [compass] in ST ST [two ways]
1 POORER: reference to the marriage vow, ‘for richer, for poorer’
2 STRAPPED: double definition
3 ANIMUS: I’M in AN US
4 ITALIAN: cryptic definition: ‘Gin and it’ is a cocktail of gin and Italian vermouth.
5 SEVERS: EVER in SS
6 ORDEAL: OR [gold] + anagram of LEAD
11 DATA: reversal of AT + AD [short notice] – nice surface but …
15 EAT: A[rmenian] in ET [French 'and']
16 DIP: double definition
17 AGA: A + GA [Georgia]
18 ACNE: N[ew] in ACE [expert]
20 HERITAGE: HER [why is this 'women's - both in the paper and on-line - not 'woman's'?] + IT [sex appeal + AGE [years]
21 AMENITY: anagram of ANY ITEM
23 LET RIP: LE [the French] + TRIP [tour]
24 TO DATE: double definition: nice surface – presumably now it’s done by text? [A misprint - missing 'have' - here]
25 ICEMAN: ‘The Iceman cometh’: play written in 1939 by Eugene O’Neill, made into a film in 1973. [And anagram of CINEMA - thanks, Brian]
26 SCOUSE: double definition