Posted by Gaufrid on May 21st, 2010
When I agreed to stand in for Eileen today I was hoping for something pleasurable to cover and I have not been disappointed.
I found this a little easier than some of Paul’s puzzles but that may have been partly due to the fact that I started with 24dn and worked backwards thus having quite a few grid entries before I encountered the mini-theme. There was some excellent misdirection in 14ac, coming so soon after 10,27, where ‘composition’ as an anagram indicator could be easily missed, at least initially.
Philander was the answer to 2dn in FT 13,056 (21 April 2009) set by Armonie, with the wordplay giving Phil and ER, and remembering this made 26,5 somewhat easier than it might otherwise have been. It may well have appeared elsewhere (it seems like classic material for Private Eye) but a site search doesn’t reveal anything relevant other than the FT clue.
1,21 WINDSOR KNOT cd
9 ALTAR homophone of ‘alter’ (fix, as in mend)
10,27 WONDERFUL TONIGHT *(FOUND HOT GIRL WENT)
11 TOILET ROLL ELIOT (giant of literature) reversed TROLL (giant of fantasy) – Thomas Stearns Eliot.
12 ANAL [b]ANAL (pedestrian losing head)
14 NARCOLEPTIC *(ERIC CLAPTON) – how many people spent time looking for a Clapton song that would fit?
18 ERIC CLAPTON IRE (passion) reversed CLAP (hand) T[remble] in CON (kid)
22 SPERM WHALE RM (marines) in *(AS WE HELP)
25 POMPOSITY O (old) MP (member) SO reversed in PITY (shame)
26,5 ROYAL WEDDING cd – ‘philander’ needs to be separated into Phil and ER
28 ENHANCE *(EACH N[i]NE)
1 WRAITH I (one) in WRATH (rage)
2 NITWIT NIT TWIT (two fools) sharing ‘T’ (overlapping)
3 SERGEANTCY ANT (soldier) C (caught) in SERGEY (Russian)
4 ROWER dd
5 WINKLE OUT WINK (bat) LEO (lion) [h]UT (behead Shed) – a second appearance for this within a matter of days with the previous clue (4dn Gordius #25,013) being more Paul-like than Paul himself.
6 DEED cd
7 INFINITE IN (popular) IT in FINE (OK)
8 GOLD LACE GO (green light) *(CALLED)
13 PENNYWORTH NY (state) in *(WON) in PERTH (Scottish town) – ‘invest’ as in clothe or cover though perhaps it should have been ‘investing’ rather than ‘invested in’.
15 REAPPOINT REAP (get) POINT (reason)
16 WEAK SPOT homophone of ‘week’ (some days) SPOT (find)
17 PILOTMAN *(INTO LAMP) – a railway employee assigned to guide trains across a section of single-track line.
19 CANYON CAN (could be) YON (that)
20 MEALIE ME (setter) A LIE (a pork pie)
23 RHYME homophone of ‘rime’ (frost) and ‘sound’ rhymes with ‘found’
24 SONG hidden in ‘tyreS ON Ghia’