Posted by Eileen on May 27th, 2010
Well, Andrew’s observation turned out right again. I’ve looked forward for a long time to blogging my first Shed, especially since his RHOTIC clue last year, and this didn’t disappoint. [There is even a mini-theme of homophones, only one of which would have caused my husband [and my choirmaster] to look askance!] I found it quite a challenge [one explanation is still eluding me] but ultimately rewarding, as always. Thank you, Shed.
1 OFFSET: double definition
5 TRIPWIRE: I hoped the wordplay for this would come to me while blogging but, alas, it hasn’t.
9 HORNPIPE: ‘PORN HYPE': I know Spoonerisms are not everyone’s cup of tea but this one is perfectly acceptable.
10 SPIRIT: I in reversal of TRIPS [pharmaceutical experiences – I like it!]
11 INTERFERENCE: ERE [before] N[oon] in anagram of FRENETIC
13 SMEE: reversal [‘going west’] of s[EEMS] [appears]: SMEE is a dialect name for various ducks, such as the smew, pochard, wigeon and pintail.
14 NOTATION: T[erritorial] A[rmy] [volunteers] in NOTION [idea]
17 DISTRICT: 1ST in DR [medic] + I C [one caught]
18 RUDE: homophone of ROOD [cross]
20 BANDERILLERO: BAN [stop] + E [drug] in DRILLER [trainer] + O [round]. The banderillero is a torero who sets the banderillas, colourful sticks with a barbed point which are placed in the top of the bull’s shoulder. [This was all new to me.]
23 DESIST: S[ceptic] in DEIST [believer]
24 IMPLICIT: IMP [monkey] + LICIT [not forbidden]
25 STANDING: double definition
26 REMORA: reversal of ROME [capital] in RA [artist]: a new word for me but the wordplay is absolutely straightforward – a nice surface and an interesting derivation: the REMORA is the sucking-fish, believed by the ancients to have the power of staying the course of any ship to which it attached itself, hence, figuratively, an obstacle [from Latin mora – delay].
1 FLOW: reversal of WOLF
2 SENTIMENT: N[ew] TIME [‘bird’ is slang for a prison sentence] in SENT [hugely enthusiastic]: I haven’t seen this meaning of ‘sent’ – ‘moved to excitement or rapture’ for a very long time!
3 THIRTY: THIRSTY [parched] minus its fifth letter = 5 6s – nice misdirection.
5 THE DRINK TALKING: double / cryptic definition: ‘the drink’ = ‘the sea’.
6 INSPECTS: P[othead] in INSECTS [low life]
7 WHINE: homophone of ‘wine’ [‘the drink talking’]
6 RAINCLOUDS: anagram of CORIOLANUS with D[ied] substituted for O [nothing]: a clever surface, as the Romans took the auspices from, among other things, thunder and lightning.
12 AMBIVALENT: M BIVAL[v – dropping 5]E [mollusc] in A N[ew] T[estament] [collection of books]
15 TERRORISM: ERROR [foul-up] IS in TM [presumably abbreviation for trade mark [logo] but it’s not in [my] Collins or Chambers.
16 LIBRETTI: nicely hidden reversal in [b]ITTER BIL[e]
19 BEEPER: BEEKEEPER [apiarist] minus EEK [cry of alarm]
21 DJINN: another drink homophone [gin – spirit]: DJINN [also Jinn] is a class of spirits in Muslim theology.
22 BIER: and another [fittingly, the last clue]: sounds like beer