Posted by Simon Harris on May 16th, 2010
Back down to earth with a bump for me, after doing very well indeed the last couple of weeks. There’s a fair bit in here that I can’t explain, and even a bit of guesswork, I’m afraid.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||TOWNSCAPING – not sure about this one:
Work of urban designer being weak, panic’s developed in guild. I can see PANIC* in there, and maybe G for “guild”, but “being weak”?
|10||EURATOM – RAT in MOUE<.|
|11||TAPS – dd. Apparently to a Girl Guide, “taps” is “a song sung at the end of a meeting or round a campfire”.|
|12||LLANOS – L + (N in LAOS).|
|14||LEVEE – (V + E) in LEE.|
|16||SERAC – RA in SEC.|
|17||SKY-TINCTURED – C in (KIT DYE TURNS)*.|
|18||CAPLET – CAP + LET. I made life difficult by writing in TABLET early on, thinking of TAB as in “keep tabs on”.|
|22||LECTOR – CT in (LEO + R).|
|23||PEDICELLARIA – ((ICE + [braw]L) in (PEDLAR + I)) + A.|
|25||LEARN – LEA + RN.|
|27||CORNU – (OR + [collectio]N) in Cu.|
|28||TOWSED – (WET SO)* + D.|
|29||AN MO – (O + MNA)<.|
|30||TONDINO – (N + DIN) in TOO.|
|31||PASTORALISM – ORAL in (PASTIS + M).|
|1||TELESCOPICAL – (L in TEES) + (PIC in COAL).|
|2||OULAKAN – ([k]ULAK + [tavern]A) in ON.|
|3||NANA – Na + NA.|
|4||STORIED – EDITORS*.|
|5||COSENTIENT – C + ONES* + (I in TENT).|
|6||PALET – PAL + ET.|
|7||ITERUM – I + (U in TERM).|
|8||NAVARATRA – (ART + [c]ARAVAN)<.|
|9||PSEUDORANDOM – (SUPER MOOD AND)*.|
|13||OSCILLATOR – ILL in…I’m not sure.
Swinger badly restricted by censor with rule after opening.
|15||HYPODERMA – (RE + DOPY + H)< + MA.|
|19||BELLONA – another guess based on BELL + ON + A. Bellona was a Roman war goddess. I’m not quite sure how this makes her “vigorous” so I’m happy to be corrected here.|
|20||HOIDENS – DEN in (HO + IS).|
|21||PIANOS – PI + (O in ANS).|
|24||CRUST – C + RUST.|
|26||AWDL – [o]LD WA[y]<.|