Posted by nmsindy on May 18th, 2010
Another excellent puzzle from the master, as usual with a theme underlying it, I refer to this following the clue explanations. Solving time, 28 mins, of which the last 8 were trying to work out the interlinked answers 4A, 5D, 7D
* = anagram
1 SWEET WEE in ST (11 is SAINT)
4 GENTLEMAN GET (win) around N (new) LEMAN (lover)
9 FOB Initial letters of Festival of Britain
10 ODOUR DO (function) in OUR (Monarch’s possessive ie from ‘the Royal we’ so ‘my’ becomes ‘our’)
11 SAINT Sin (first letter) AIN’T = isn’t
12 GEORGE Double definition, one of the characters in Jerome K Jerome’s book ‘Three Men in a Boat’ and the automatic pilot in an aircraft.
13 MORALITY O (nothing) in (MY TRIAL)*
15 ALLOTROPE ALLOT ROPE From chemistry, some elements can exist in more than one form, came out of distant memory when tackling the puzzle.
16 ANGEL Double definition, financial backer (eg theatre), and a coin of the past
18 DEVIL LIVED = experienced (reversed)
21 RESITTING RESTING around IT
24 FELONIES (One’s life)*
25 DRAGON DRAG ON
27 KNAVE knave = jack is an honour card in bridge
28 PAVES AVE (Hail) – from Latin in first letters of Perfect Storm
29 ENA 9 is FOB The letters of ENA are one before each of FOB’s letters in the alphabet.
30 SCOUNDREL (DON CLUES R)* Surface referring jokingly to two setters, I think, Don Manley and Rufus (of the Guardian)
31 NASTY 8 = NATTY so change central letter, 1 across = SWEET
1 SAFEGUARD EG in (FRAUD AS)*
2 EMBROIL BRO (little brother) in EMIL. Not quite sure what Emil = German refers to, maybe a typical German name or perhaps refers to a (German) book from the 1920s, Emil and the Detectives.
3 THOUGHT THOUGH (however) T (little time) Definition: did judge Excellent surface, my favourite clue today.
4 GOOD DO (going up) after GO (Japanese board game)
5 NARCOLEPSY My last answer. COPS are divided CO and PS in (NEARLY)*. A medical condition.
6 LA SCALA (Callas)* A Famous opera house in Milan and Maria Callas, famous opera singer
7 MAIMING M (male) AIMING (training in the sense of ‘taking aim’) Nicely misleading.
8 NATTY N (new) ATTY (abbrev for Attorney)
14 DOORKEEPER (ROOK)* in DEEPER
17 LEGENDARY Double definition
19 VOLCANO V AN in (COOL)* One to cheer up those tackling the puzzle to pass the time waiting in an airport…
20 LANTERN LAN(d) = light (vb) TERN
22 TURNS IN Double definition
23 INGRESS (Singer’s)*
24 FAKES Alternate letters of FrAnKnEsS Definition: isn’t genuine
26 EVIL LIVE (upwards) ref electricity
Theme: Throughout the grid words with opposite thematic meanings appear in symmetrical positions eg SWEET, NASTY, GENTLEMAN, SCOUNDREL, GOOD, EVIL etc etc