Posted by C G Rishikesh on April 23rd, 2010
I am returning to 15sqd as a stand-in for Shuchi.
A none-too-difficult crossword, though there are a couple of unusual words, which are easily obtainable from wordplay. Clueing mostly fits the bill, which is modest. Obvious word divisions for a couple of answers (e.g., JACK SPRAT, STALEMATE) leaves the solver unexcited.
1 IRISH SETTER – IRIS (girl) + H SETTER (anag. of TETHERS), ‘barking’ being the unusual anagram indicator; I wonder if the setter wants us to take it in the sense of ‘stripping’.
7 ASS – AS (in the role of) + S (head of state)
9 SMALL – S (square) + MALL (shopping area)
10 STALEMATE – STALE (old) + MATE (china or china plate is rhyming slang for ‘mate’)
11 ALERTNESS – anagram of ERNEST and SAL (ignoring the conjuntion ‘and’)
12 ORLOP – R (king, R being an abbreviation for Rex) in OLOP (reversal of POLO, game). It is the lowest deck in a ship, a covering to the hold.
13 CALEPIN – anagram of PLACE IN. ‘Calepin’ is not in the Chambers dictionary or the COD. For confirmation I had to go to the online source http://www.kokogiak.com/logolepsy/
15 TOGA – A (article) + GOT (obtained), AGOT, reversal of which gives the answer
18 OSLO – by deleting the initial and last letters of GO SLOW (industrial action)
20 SANTA FE – ANT (worker) in SAFE (sheltered)
23 DITCH – D (Dominican) + IT (it) + CH (church)
24 FREE AGENT – FREE (release) + AGENT (spy)
26 JACK SPRAT – JACK (salt) + SPRAT (fish), the nursery rhyme character who “could eat no fat”.
27 TULSA – T (tons) + L (left) in USA (country). This place, once known as the oil capital of the world, is still heavily involved in the oil and gas industries
28 BAY – A triple definition clue as ‘bay’ means the colour chestnut [of horses], a horse of that colour and the laurel tree. The setter, in using the interrogation mark at the end of the clue, wants us to look at ‘horse’ as a verb, meaning ‘[to] mount’.
29 EX-DIRECTORY – EX (former partner) + DIRECTOR (auteur) + Y (close to Woody)
1 INSTANCE – IN (fashionable) + STANCE (attitude)
2 ISABELLA – IS (is) + A(a) + BELL (ring) + A. Question mark inits own right.
3 HOLST – L (Latin) in HOST (landlord). Ref. to Gustav Holst (1874-1934), English composer.
4 EPSTEIN – EP (abbreviation for an Extended-Play record which is now outdated) + STEIN (anagram of INSET). Got from wordplay. Help needed for the definition part.
5 TRANSIT – deleting M (male) from TRANSMIT (send), we get TRANSIT (carriage)
6 REED ORGAN – anagram of ONE REGARD
7 ARABLE – ARAB (horse) + LE (after deleting the last letter in ‘lea’, meadow)
8 SHERPA – HER (that woman) in SPA (hydro, informal for ‘hydropathic establishment’). A guide may be a Sherpa but not all Sherpas are guides.
14 POST-HASTE – Anagram of HAS TO STEP, ‘off’ being the anagram signal. Nice clue.
16 WATERLOO – Double definition. battle in which Napoleon was defeated/song in ABBA album
17 BESTIARY – anagram of SYBARITE. The dictionary definition for this is “a book of a type popular in the Middle Ages, describing animals, both real and fabled, allegorized for moral teaching purposes.”
19 OFFERED – Rather a weak double definition. Proposed / bid (as def. for word reqd. it is in the past tense)
20 SWEATER – S (the initial letter of summer) + WEATER (“wetter”). I expect homophones to be pucca words.
21 ODDJOB – ODD (strange) + JOB (task). Weak charade. I know ‘odd-job man’ or ‘odd-jobber’ but ‘oddjob’, that too unhyphenated, in itself meaning servant, is new to me.
22 STOCKY – STOCK (cattle) + Y (yard)
25 ATTIC – Double definition – classicallly elegant (attic = of Athens) / upper room