Posted by Andrew on April 18th, 2010
Quite a hard puzzle this week, with a lot more unfamiliar words than usual, I think. My favourites clue are 10ac and 22dn for their unusual and confusing – but totally sound – constructions.
|1.||Chemical from Albania in meals mixed with soup|
|SAL ALEMBROTH||AL in MEALS* + BROTH|
|10.||Stupid fellow once creating fiasco, losing head!|
|ASINICO||I nearly had to give up on explaining this, but got it just in time. It’s a kind of reverse cryptic: AS IN ICO give IASCO, which is FIASCO with its head removed.
Shakespearian word (hence “once”) for a stupid fellow.
|11.||Old-time dance tune: volume not allowed in foreign museum|
|12.||Runic character in effect|
|WYNN||Homophone of “win” (as “to achieve, effect”)|
|13.||Sound choice satisfied|
|PLUMMET||PLUM (choice) + MET (satisfied)|
|15.||What rubbernecks do in university, entering passage?|
|GAUP||U in GAP
A variant of “gawp”
|17.||One scarcely believable in any circumstances|
|AT ALL||A + TALL (as in “tall story”)|
|18.||Stony concretion rendering one often sore-headed, cross inside?|
|BEZOAR||ZO (cross) in BEAR (“like a bear with a sore head”)
The hybrid cattle Zo (also zho, dso, dzho or dzo) is an Azed regular.
|19.||Parrot about Latin stuff, the stuff of religious reformers|
|LOLLARDRY||L LARD in LORY|
|22.||Something to keep the sun off a tennis court|
|EN TOUT CAS||Double definition – a parasol and (as En-Tout-Cas) a trade name for a type of tennis court.
Both from the French expression meaning “in any case”. I don’t remember seeing anything like the “3 words or 1″ in the enumeration before.
|24.||Product of separation revealing couples in hell|
|ELUATE||[h]EL[l] + [d]UA[l] + [i]TE[m]
“Couples in” tells us to take the middle letters of the three words.
|26.||Once ready to lend quickly, with nothing to lose|
|PREST||PREST[O], and two (obsolete) definitions – “ready” and “to lend”|
|29.||Compatriot of Goosen, R switching parts – opportune time|
|SEEL||E ELS with the first and last two letters swapped.
Retief Goosed is a South African golfer, as is Ernie ELS
|30.||Cereal grass spread round a meadow for a nicker?|
|TEA LEAF||A LEA in TEF
Rhyming slang for a thief (“nicker”)
|31.||Scottish flower historically forming unusual logo|
Scots form of “gold”, meaning the marigold.
|32.||Hardy e.g. snowboarder may execute this|
|OLLIE||Double definition – a type of jump in snowboarding, and Oliver Hardy, film actor.|
|33.||Divine sculpture of gold given to Isaac|
|GODLIKE||GOLD* + IKE
“Sculpture of” is an excellent anagram indicator here, giving a very smooth surface reading.
|34.||Nice kids dressed up in drag, smoothly polished|
|SLICKENSIDED||(NICE KIDS)* in SLED||down|
|1.||They yield aphrodisiac fruit? Pass me a lot – two anyhow – once missing love|
|SAW PALMETTOS||(PASS ME A LOT TWO)* less O|
|2.||Still time needed after a strain|
|AS YET||A SYE + T|
|3.||In spelling, a Latinate language, one spoken in central Africa|
|LINGALA||Hidden in “spelLING A Latin”|
|4.||Tonguelike organ in the heads of little insects above the upper throat|
|LIGULA||L[ittle] I[nsects] + GULA
Interesting to have two similar-looking words in adjacent clues.
|5.||Describing element of lower valency – likewise ‘upper’ is shown in modified symbol|
|MOLYBDOUS||DO (ditto) + U in SYMBOL*|
|6.||Like Dunfermline’s royal red, initially deep in colour|
|BLUDE||D in Blue
Scots form of “blood”
|7.||Cape Town gran getting higher degree at Oxford?|
|OUMA||O[xford] U[niversity] M[aster of] A[rts]|
|8.||Sweet stuff from beetle worked up in a lather|
|9.||Rosette oddly planted in wood, dead, showing varying plant parts|
|HETEROSTYLED||ROSETTE* in HYLE + D|
|14.||Little Margaret sounds like this – dizzy|
|MAZY||Homophone of “Maisy”, which I never knew was one of the many short forms of “Margaret”|
|16.||Beer time in the caretaker’s office|
|PORTERAGE||PORTER (caretaker) + AGE|
|20.||Gusher (boring) to supply with copious alcohol?|
|OIL WELL||Double definition – cf “well-oiled”|
|21.||Like a cat (rare), curiously oleic in hypnotic force?|
|OCELOID||OLEIC* in OD (a force imagined by Carl Reichenbach)
“Rare” refers to the word, not the ocelot.
|22.||Possibly brilliant decapitated noble soon separated from base|
|EARL||[p]EARL (brilliant) , or EARL[y] (soon), and an earl is a noble.
Very clever – it had to be EARL from the crossing letters, but the definition is confusingly sited in the middle of the clue.
|23.||Flips small coin before last point in the States|
|UPENDS||P[enny] + END in US|
|25.||Cover (rustic-style, Scottish) we cut from periodical|
|THEEK||THE WEEK less WE|
|27.||Whiff e.g. ass got following another’s tail?|
|SMOKE||[as]S + MOKE|
|28.||Clay after makeover (bit of mulch on top) will do for this gardener|
|M + ALI||Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali after a “makeover”|