Posted by nmsindy on May 26th, 2010
The usual excellent puzzle from Dac, quite easy to start but nmsindy’s unfamiliarity with films and dogs slowed me up a bit at the end, solving time 23 mins.
Many thanks to Ali for swapping blogging days with me this week.
* = anagram
1 Andrew MOTION Poet Laureate EMOTION less E (English). An excellent, amusing surface, made me mark this down as one of my favourite five clues in the puzzle.
4 PLANT POT ANT (worker) and Prefers (first letter) in PLOT (allotment)
9 ROASTS Double definition with excellent surface, another of my favourite five here.
10 ABSINTHE AB (sailor) SIN (something wrong) THE
12 RUPEE Hidden reversal (indicated by ‘retiring’) in kEEP URge
13 ACADEMIES (I made case)* Topical, from some headlines I saw today.
14 VIDEO RECORDER (Divorcee)* ORDER (request). Defined as ‘outdated gadget’ which I’m sure is right tho I’m still using mine, but expect I’m in a very small minority.
17 GUNPOWDER PLOT Another of my favourite five. An excellent &lit clue ie where the whole clue also defines it (Union TOPPLED WRONG)*. I did get the answer before the anagram esp as whole wording of the clue was pointing that way.
20 RESHUFFLE RE (as regards) SHUFFLE (dance)
22 Joe ORTON Outrageous (first letter) RT (right) ON &lit, controversial figure, writer of ‘Loot’ among others, murdered in 1967.
23 FLAILING AIL (tr0uble) in FLING (Highland dance)
24 Micheal CIMINO Struggled with this, having not heard of him, find that he directed ‘The Deer Hunter’, which I had heard of, if mainly for the theme music. Tricky clue because all the letters checked by crossing words are vowels tho it was pretty obvious M would in there too after the first I. I’M in CIN(ema) ie films 50% getting Oscar = O (code word for the letter O) and v suitable here in a film context.
25 THEATRES Another of my favourite five. Alternate letters of AcToRs (indicated by ‘regularly’) in (THESE)* and another &lit
26 BEHEST Ambassador = HE (His or Her Excellency) in BEST (defeat)
1 MARGRAVE German noble title equivalent to marquess MAR = mother’s pronounced ie homophone, sounds the same. GRAVE = accent eg in French, symbol changing pronunciation of a word.
2 TRAPPED Thief (first letter) RAPPED
3 ON THE TOWN Weakness on films did not matter too much here. On first run thro, saw from enumeration, possibility of THE, this then made ON v likely for the first word, and the other letters gave TOWN. So wrote that in and it turned out to be right, verified after that it’s a 1949 film starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. (WHEN TONTO)*
5 LABRADOODLES This was new to me, plural of a dog which is a cross between a Labrador and a poodle.
Not too hard to find as it looked as if it would start in LIBRA or LABRA LAB (party) RA (artist) DOODLES (draws).
6 NAIVE I (one) in NAVE
7 POTTIER POT (drug) TIER (line)
8 THEISM (H TIMES)* H = hard
11 TAKES OFFENCE Takes off hence without the hat = removes first letter (of hence)
15 DORMOBILE A cleverly constructed clue which brought lots of possibilities to mind before light dawned MOB (unruly group) in DO RILE (Create anger)
16 STAND OUT The fifth of my favourites ST AND OUT = STOUT! Definition: project
17 GO SPARE SPA (town in Belgium) in GORE (blood). Definition: see red. Seamless join at red/blood so for quite a while thought the answer would be a Belgian town
18 LATRINE TRI(o) in LANE with clever double use of ‘short’
19 PROFIT “prophet”
21 UNLIT L (lake) in UNIT