Posted by jetdoc on May 2nd, 2010
An entertaining puzzle from Lavatch — and not too difficult once you spotted what was happening. Where a clash occurred, you needed to 1a,25 — use the letter alphabetically half-way between the two clashing ones; in each case, this gave two new real words.
|1,25||SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE||*(petit French field); in SE = Home Counties|
|5||TEMPED||TEMPEH||MP = politician; TEED = prepared to drive.|
|9||EYE UP||YE = the old; U = university; EP = record (‘extended-play’, somewhat archaic now)|
|10||RADIATION||RACIATION||AID, reversed; in RATION|
|13||OVAL||ORAL||O = ball; LAV = John, reversed|
|15||PONTIC||PONTIE||*(not); in PIC = image. Related to the pons, a mass of fibres joining the hemispheres of the brain.|
|16||SINUSES||IN USE; in SS = ‘on board ship’|
|19||THEREOF||THEREON||TH = first letters of ‘the hedonistic’; *(free); O = love|
|23||WAVE||RAVE||W = initially welcoming; AVE = greeting. &lit.|
|27||ECLAMPSIA||LAMPS = punches; E = English; CIA = spies. Acute toxaemia with convulsive fits in the last three months of pregnancy, so ‘a problem for one expecting’.|
|28||REEST||SEER, reversed; T = the. To dry or cure with smoke.|
|29||SHANDY||SHANNY||How ‘sandy’ might be pronounced by someone who is drunk.
According to Chambers, the shanny is the smooth blenny, Lipophrys pholis, a small marine fish found in inshore waters and rock pools. Wikipedia says shannies are pricklebacks, which doesn’t sound very smooth.
|30||DEVILISH||DEVILISM||EVIL = wicked; in DISH = heart-throb|
|1||SWEATS||SWEARS||W = with; E = English; SATS = exams (scholastic aptitude test, standard assessment task, or something…)|
|2||LAEVULOSE||VEAL, reversed, “you lose”|
|3||TYPE CUTTER||TYPE = kind; C = cocaine; UTTER = unqualified.|
|4||HARMING||HARMINE||H = hydrogen; ARMING = getting ready to explode|
|6||EGAD||EG = say (e.g.); AD = what one discovers upon a hoarding. An expression of surprise, like “Crumbs!”|
|7||PRION||PRIOR||PRI[s]ON — S = ‘is briefly’. Any petrel of the genus Pachyptila, blue-grey above and white below, feeding on the plankton of the southern oceans.|
|8||LANDLESS||HANDLESS||If Ireland is landless, it becomes ‘ire’.|
|11||BASKS||CASKS||K = king; in BASS = fish|
|14||A NATURA REI||A RARE (bloody) I; *(aunt).|
|17||SERENGETI||*(site green). An &lit, because ‘exotic site’ is both the definition and part of the wordplay|
|18||STEMLETS||STERLETS||M = spymaster (MI5’s first, apparently); *(settles)|
|21||INFLAME||ENFLAME||I = one; NF = National Front; LAME = pathetic|
|22||RESTER||RESTEM||Hidden in ‘queerest erotica’.
Restem is a Shakespearean word, meaning ‘to force (a way) back against the current’.
|24||VILLA||‘Villain’ minus ‘in’|
|26||AMEX||AMEN||AM = MA (parent) reversed; EX = old|