Posted by shuchi on May 28th, 2010
Bradman gives us his trademark &lit clues for the long slots and general solid clueing all round. There are some superbly smooth clue surfaces, as in 20A and 9D. A very enjoyable solve.
1 WILDLIFE file perhaps => wild ‘life’, a reverse anagram.
5 ARMADA A ADA (a girl) around RM (jolly types). ‘Jolly’ is slang for a Royal Marine.
10 CIVIC CIC (Commander in Chief) around VI (six). The definition is “city’s”, and not “city” as one might assume at first.
11 RULING OUT GOUT (complaint) after RU (game, short for Rugby Union) L (lost, from the abbreviation in rugby) IN (at home)
12 ERRONEOUS (ONE SOURER)*
13 APRON A PRON[g] (short tip)
14 MOSSAD MOSS (top model, Kate Moss) AD (commercial). Mossad is the Israeli intelligence service.
15 TRIBADE A D (daughter) in TRIBE (clan)
18 POLEMIC (ME)< (this person, about) in POLIC[e] (coppers, stopping short)
20 BIGWIG BIG (huge) WIG (rug, slang for wig)
22 LUPIN [b]LU[e] [s]PIN[e]
24 POWER BASE dd
25 GREAT AUNT (RAGE)* TAUNT (torment)
26 SWILL SILL[y] (endlessly stupid) around W (one ‘weak’?). Not sure of the ‘W’.
27 ASSURE ASS (animal) URE (river)
28 CHESTNUT CHEST (case) NUT (National Union of Teachers). A ‘chestnut’ is a joke, usually a tired old one.
1 WICKET WET (damp) around ‘ICK (ex-England ‘itter, refers to Graeme Hick). For newbies: a letter dropped in the clue means that the same should be done in the answer.
2 LIVERPOOL LIVER (organ) POOL (fund). Wikipedia tells me Liverpool is home to two enormous cathedrals, the Anglican Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral.
3 LOCH NESS MONSTER (LONE SCOTSMEN HRS)* &lit. A reference to the many searches for the monster undertaken by Scotsmen.
4 FOR GOOD dd
6 RING A RING O’ ROSES (SONG OR AIR SINGER)* &lit. A nursery rhyme in which the kids link hands, sing and dance (and then fall down).
7 AMOUR A MOUR[n] (regret that doesn’t end)
8 ATTENDEE AT TEN (in the [British] PM’s residence, i.e. 10, Downing Street) DEEP (cunning) – P (quiet)
9 CLOSET CLOSE (chummy) T (leader of ‘Tory’)
16 ANIMATION I’M in A NATION (country)
17 APOLOGIA A POLO (game) GI (soldier) A
19 COPOUT CO (company) POUT (sulk)
20 BEWITCH BITCH (nasty woman) around EW (partners at table, in the game of bridge)
21 PELLET ELLE (the French female) in PT (empty ‘PiT’)
23 PRESS EMPRESS (member of royal family) – EM (a prefix meaning ‘inclusive’) // Andrew @ comment#1 suggests it is PRINCESS – INC.