Posted by nmsindy on April 20th, 2010
Fine puzzle from Dac as always. A nice balance with less familiar answers given easier wordplay, solving time 26 mins.
* = anagram
1 FALL FOR F (FLORAL)* My joint favourite clue today, along with 11 and 27. Definition: fancy
5 MOBILES OB in MILES
9 SOB SISTER (BOSS TRIES)*
10 GONER ON in GER
11 BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT (LET NATION selecT BIG STAR)* A beautifully constructed &lit clue.
15 CHAPLAIN CH A PLAIN
18 INVESTOR INVENTOR with S for N
19 QUEEN’S PARK RANGERS A London football team (in the second tier of English football).
Royal residence in Scotland with extensive grounds where ‘rangers’ might work gives the cryptic part.
25 KNEL(l) priesT “sound” here does NOT indicate a homophone
26 VERITABLE Blue in (RELATIVE)*
27 RUSTLER One of my trio of clues of the day ST in RULE at Ranch &lit
28 TREASON (RATE’S)* ONly Good surface reading
1 FAST Double definition
2 LOBO LOO around B Another name for timber wolf (US)
3 FAIRBANKS A in FIR BANKS
4 RETAIN TA in REIN
5 MARIACHI Mexican street musicians, I confirmed after. MARCH around I A then I
6 BEGUN This held me up as I first pencilled in BEGAN but could not justify the wordplay. EG (say) in BUN (cake)
7 LANDGRAVES LAND GRAVES (ie get the wine after a successful bid)
8 SCRUTINISE S and TIN in CRUISE
12 STRIP POKER Safari TRIPPER around OK
13 CLEVERNESS CL EVER NESS
16 POUSSETTE (STEPS OUT E)* e = energy
17 CONNIVER N N I in COVER
20 BEIRUT “bay route”
22 RATEL E in R AT L runs towards lake = runs at lake
23 IBIS I B IS
24 BENN Tony Benn BENIN less I