Posted by Eileen on April 23rd, 2010
I’d half expected a St George or Bardic theme today. There’s a small nod to the latter but, otherwise, I haven’t really anything to say about this: there’s nothing exceptional or exceptionable, I think – my quickest solve for ages.
1 SOUL-DESTROYING: anagram of OLD USE + TROY [ancient city] in SING
8 ON TAP: anagram of PANTO
9 TUB-THUMP: reversal of BUT + THUMP [strike]
11 PARASOL: reversal of SARA in POL[ice], It has been said before about Logodaedalus that he tends to use [parts of] words in the clue in the answer and there are several instances in this puzzle.
12 FLOTSAM: LOTS in FAM[ily]
13 NIGHT: [k]NIGHT
15 DESTITUTE: anagram of DUET I TEST
17 MODERATED: MODE [style] + RATED [admired]
20 PILLS: ILL [trouble] in PS [note]
21 LEAFLET: anagram of FEET ALL. [I don't know why 'look at this...']
23 BROADEN: ROAD inside BEN[d]
25 WHODUNIT: W[oman] + HOD [carrier] + UNIT [single]
26 POINT: double definition – as in What’s the use / point?
27 BREAD AND BUTTER: cryptic definition [means]
1 SHOPPING MALL: HOPPING [jumping on one leg] in SMALL [mini]
2 UTTER: double definition
3 DEPOSITOR: [ma]DE + SIT in POOR
4 SETTLED: SETTLE[bench] + D[aughter]
5 REBUFFS: RE [concerning] + BUFFS [enthusiasts]
6 YAHOO: reversal of HAY + OO ['a pair of specs' - I haven't seen that one for a while.]
7 NUMBSKULL: NUMB [paralyse] + SKULL [head]
10 IMPERSONATOR: anagram of MAN and POSTERIOR
14 GODFATHER: reversal of DOG + FATHER [priest]
16 IMPROMPTU: I’M + PROM [concert] + anagram of PUT
18 TITANIA: A in reversal of AIN’T IT: Queen of the Fairies in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
19 DEBATED: BAT[her] in DEED [activity]
22 LYDIA: anagram of DAILY
24 DRIFT: DR + 1 FT.