Posted by shuchi on May 21st, 2010
This was a pleasure to solve. Impeccable clues, creative and challenging without being insurmountable. It took me the longest time to see 4D, but got there in the end.
1 BILL OF FARE I (international) LL (lines) OFF (no longer availble), in BARE (basic)
7 SORT SHORT (electric fault) – H (sign of hot water). What a smooth surface.
9 GONG GOING (leaving) – I (one). ‘Gong’ is slang for a medal or award.
10 EXACTITUDE ACT (performance) IT, in EXUDE (show). I paused to admire here, how cleverly ‘IT’ gets used in the solution.
11 DIESEL DIES (stops working) EL (short for elevated railroad)
12 ARMS RACE (SLR CAMERA – L)*
13 IGNORANT hidden in ‘sIGNOR ANTony’
15 CODA CO (firm) DA (lawyer). Nice pun on the word ‘bars’. ‘Coda’ is a passage that concludes a musical composition.
17 ABLE TABLE (slab), trimmed.
19 RAILLERY (ARTILLERY – T)*
22 FIGHT OFF FIGHT (bout) OF F[lu]
23 DAPPER REP (agent) PAD (apartment), all reversed
25 CALUMNIATE (MALICE AT UN)*
26 REEK GREEK (European) – G (government)
27 ADZE sounds like ‘adds’ (supplements)
28 NETHERMOST NET (‘TEN’ reversed) around THERMOS (container with insulation)
2 IRONING I (IN WRONG – W)*
3 LAGOS LAGS (delays) across O (old). Lagos is the capital city of Nigeria.
4 FREE LOAD FREE (spare) LOAD (pack). To ‘sponge’ is to gain from others’ efforts.
5 AS A MATTER OF FACT (A SMART TEA)* OFF (poor) ACT (do)
6 ENTOMB MB (doctor) follows E,N (directions) TO
7 SATIRICAL (RACIALIST)*
8 REDUCED DEDUCED (worked out), and diameter halved = radius (R). Enjoyed working this out.
14 OPEN HOUSE d&cd
16 MIND’S EYE MIND (take care) SEE (look) around Y[ou]
18 BRIGAND RIG (one’s set up) in BAND (gang) &lit. I didn’t solve this on sight, but did get the feeling that this is going to be a wonderful clue. The hunch proved right.
20 REEFERS REFERS (has recourse to) around E (drug)
21 JOIN IN JOININ[g] (union, shortly). My least favourite clue of the puzzle…JOIN IN and JOINING are too close etymologically.
24 PURIM PRIM (formal) around U (middle of ‘augUsts’). I was getting nowhere with trying to fit GU (the middle of ‘auGUst’) into the answer. It turned out that the ” ‘s” needs to be read with ‘August’. A new word for me – Purim is a Jewish festival which includes a celebratory meal.