Posted by shuchi on May 7th, 2010
Falcon is ideal for days when you want a smooth ride with the crossword without it getting dull. A pleasant puzzle with especially nice clue surfaces, and not much to hold one up for long.
1 COVER CHARGE cd&d. ‘Cover charge’ is a flat fee for entry, charged by bars and clubs. Clubs (the weapons) also COVER (defend against) CHARGE (attack). // Update: Eileen at comment#1 suggests C[lubs] + OVERCHARGE ['do'].
7 ASH AS (for instance) H (hard)
9 TIRED TIED (even) around R (river)
10 NOTEPAPER (APT OPENER)*
11 DOWNRIGHT DOWN (depressed) RIGHT (correct)
12 RHINO dd. Both ‘rhino’ and ‘lolly’ are slang for cash.
13 SILICON SILI (sounds like ‘silly’) CON (study)
15 RITE hidden in ‘CapRI TElevised’
18 GRID G[rid] RID (free)
20 POSTAGE POST (after) AGE (a long time). I like the contrast between the philosophical surface and the literal answer.
23 ATLAS AT LAS[t] (finally losing tail). The clue looked familiar. It turns out to be a repeat of 6d Everyman 3298, which is also set by Falcon.
24 STROMBOLI A GK-based dd. Stromboli is the villain in the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio, and also a 1950 Rossellini film.
26 ACCORDION ACCORD (sounds like ‘A CHORD’ i.e. a combination of notes) I (one) ON (playing)
27 THEME THE (article) ME (extremely ‘mundane’)
28 RED RE (about) D[rama]
29 WORD-PERFECT PERFECT (tense, as in the perfect tense) WORD (oath). Note that in Across clues, A on B = BA, while in Down clues, A on B = AB.
1 CUT A DASH CUT[e] (mostly engaging) ADA’S (girl’) H (husband)
2 VERY WELL dd
3 RIDER RID (clear) ER (the Queen). The second RID today, after 18a.
4 HANDGUN (HUNG AND)*. ‘Piece’ is slang for firearm.
5 ROTATOR A palindrome, so ‘swings up and down’.
6 EUPHRATES (UP THERE A)* S. The longest river of SW Asia, and one of the defining rivers of Mesopotamia.
7 AU PAIR A U (posh) PAIR (couple)
8 HARROW dd. I like how ‘ground-breaking’ of the first definition blends seamlessly with the second.
14 CORKSCREW CORK’S (county’s) TEAM (crew). Nice play on the word ‘opener’.
16 LA BOHEME LAME (feeble) around BO[o] (briefly express disgust) HE (the man). La bohème is an opera in by Puccini, of which the heroine Mimi is more popular with crossword setters than the opera itself.
17 PENITENT PEN (writer) I (one) TENT (Spanish wine)
19 DOSSIER DOSSER (idler) around I (one)
20 PARSNIP PARE (cut) – E, SNIP (cut)
21 BAZAAR dd, though both definitions are too close in meaning to qualify the clue as a proper double definition.
22 PLACID PLAID (tartan) around C (conservative)
25 MOTOR RO (run out) TO M (centre of ‘Tampa’), all reversed