Posted by Gaufrid on May 25th, 2010
Agentzero is busy today so I’m afraid you will have to put up with me (again!).
I thought this was easier than usual for a Neo, despite some novel anagram/insertion indicators. However, it was not until I came to write this post that I realised the subtlety of the first half of 8ac since I initially read ‘in’ as being a link word rather than part of the first definition.
1 KITCHEN ITCH (urge) in KEN (boy)
5 MAIDEN AID (help) in MEN (people)
8 NUMBER TEN dd – ‘last but one in’ refers to the penultimate batsman in a cricket team.
9 HYDRA hidden in ‘filtHY DRAin’
11 ARENA A (one) *(NEAR) – ‘Barking’ is the anagram indicator.
12 BETTER OFF BETTER (gambler) OFF (leaving)
13 OPTICIAN *(PI[eces] IN COAT)
15 SMITER *(SIR MET)
17 CLAIRE LAIR (secluded place) in CE (church)
19 CANNABIS NAB (arrest) in CAN (prison) IS
22 UGLY AS SIN Y (Yankee, phonetic alphabet) in U (universal) GLASS (mirror) IN (at home)
23 ERNST RN (UK ships) in E[a]ST (Orient after ousting Asians’ leader) – Max Ernst, German artist, though it could also be his son, the American painter Jimmy Ernst (born Hans-Ulrich Ernst).
24 TIRED TI[e] (couple minus energy) RED (bloody)
25 GLISSANDO *(LASS DOING)
26 DEBRIS RI (scripture study) in DEBS (society girls)
27 GENESIS dd
1 KANGAROO COURT KANGAROO (Australian bouncer) COURT (attempt to win)
2 TEMPEST MP E[quals] in TEST (questions)
3 HYENA H (hard) YEN (currency) A (advanced)
4 NOT A BEAN BATON (stick) reversed EA[r]N
5 MINUTE dd
6 ICHNEUMON *(ONE MUCH) in IN – a large mongoose native to Africa and S. Europe.
7 ENDMOST SO (thus) MD (doc) reversed in ENT (hospital department)
10 AS FAR AS IT GOES *(SEA ARGO IS FAST)
14 CORIANDER AND (with) in CO[u]RIER (uniform-free messenger)
16 DAUNTING AUNT (relation) in DING (snooker player) – Ding Junhui, Chinese professional snooker player.
18 AT LARGE dd
20 BANANAS NAN (bread) in BAAS (lamb’s comments)
21 OSAGES AGE (time) in O (old) SS (steamer) – native Americans of a tribe living in Oklahoma, etc.
23 ESSEN hidden in ‘sausagES SENt’