Posted by nmsindy on May 6th, 2010
A fine puzzle, themed for General Election day in the UK. A lot of clues had political references but quite a few were nicely misleading with the answers having nothing to do with it! Slightly harder than average Indy for me, solving time 37 mins.
(Thanks to IanN14 for spotting the excellent Nina which I missed, obviously still alert despite the CL celebrations of the night before!)
* = anagram
1 REBUFFS RE BUFFS
5 STABLE One of the four clues I marked as my favourites today. Arab = horse
10 DOUBT Another one of those four (BUT DO)* &lit excellent
11 ADHERENTS man = he hires = rents
12 OPPOSITION Complicated wordplay here The second sentence of the clue in cryptic terms can be read as (NO IT IS) all reversed. The first sentence gives OPPO = opposing position which is the same if reversed ie a palindrome.
13 TSAR Hidden reversal
15 LET RIP LE TRIP (take acid)
16 REJOICED REsults “Joist” This was my last answer, but it’s not really a hard clue at all on reflection.
18 STRATEGY (GET ARTS) reversed Y (unknown quantity)
20 RESIST I’S in REST 12 = OPPOSITION
23 BORE B.O. RE(on ie in relation to) Good surface
25 PARTY PIECE another of my favourites today Labour = party piece = man (chess) definition = turn
27 INVIOLATE I (NAIVE LOT)*
28 AVAIL “of ale”
29 YELLOW STREAK Colours of all three main parties appear in the puzzle, defined with name of party.
30 KISSERS Good misleading context with X as on ballot. UKIP essentially = KI (middle letters) then first letters of the next five words, indicated by ‘starting’
1 REDPOLL RED POLL a bird ie tweeter so nothing to do with Internet.
2 BLUE PETER Children’s TV programme in UK. Peter = safe
3 FETISHISTS FT (feet) around SITE (reversed) and HIS (the guy’s) then first letter of Seek
Definition: like minds ie foot fetishists, I guess
4 SCANTY half of CANCAN in STY ‘Nature of’ indicates it’s an adj
6 TIRO Hidden reversal
7 BONUS ON in BUS &lit Chambers confirms abbrev bus = business
8 ENSURED (RUDENES)*
9 THRONE CameRON less came in THE
14 POWERPLAYS (OPP LAWYER’S)* Chambers confirms opp abbrev for opposed
17 CRIME WAVE ME in (VICE WAR)* ME = two-thirds of MET (Metropolitan Police as London police force is known)
18 SUBSIDY The 4th of the clues I marked as my favourites. (BUYS ID cardS)*
19 GRAHAM Football knowledge helpful here. Surface refers, I think, to the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, perhaps criticizing, Ledley King, a player with their great local rivals Spurs. But the answer is an earlier Arsenal manager, George GR A HAM GR = King (George) HAM = actor.
He also managed Spurs. Maybe, after last night, those clubs may extend their rivalry to the European stage and meet in next season’s Champions League.
21 TRELLIS Cryptic definition with misleading political surface and misleading capital letters that crossword convention allows.
24 RIVAL Clever, this. RI (Rhode Island) – Northern State V (against) AL (Alabama) – Southern State.
26 YO-YO (Oy Oy) reversed, I think ie exasperated question