Posted by shuchi on June 4th, 2010
The second Loroso puzzle to appear in FT, and the first I’m blogging about – welcome to the setter who’s better known in these parts as Anax.
Loroso treats us to novel tricks and surprises us with unexpected meanings of words. I thought this was a brilliant puzzle with plenty of penny-drop moments to savour. I loved 24A, 31A, 17D. A very tough and eminently satisfying workout.
1 TOPPLE sounds like “TOP’LL” (crown will). The definition is “be dethroned”.
4 HEDGEROW HOW around EDGER (which marks a boundary) &lit. One of the last to go into the grid.
10 RESTAGE AGE (season) after REST (others), with “run again” as the definition.
11 PALAVER PAL (China, which is rhyming slang for “mate”) AVER (state). “Business” is in the sense of fuss/bother.
12 SOHO SOH (note) O[riental]. The Soho area is a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants.
13 AND SO FORTH hidden in ‘demANDS OF ORTHodoxy’
15 MUSEUM MUM (tight-lipped) around USE (work). With this setter, expect guards, boxes and bags to be verbs rather than nouns.
16 CRANK UP RANK (position) in CUP (competition)
20 PERFECT RE (about) turned around in PREFECT (senior pupil). A textbook example of a crafty definition.
21 MERCIA MERCI (much obliged, in French) A (one). “Gallic” is a synonym of French.
24 ABSOLUTELY (BUT ALSO)* ELY (see, as in jurisdiction of a bishop)
26 PRIG P (quiet) RIG (pervert)
28 RAVIOLI Hidden in ‘whateveR A VIOLInst’
29 CELLINI CELL (party) IN I (Italy)
30 PINOTAGE NOT A (one) in PAGE (leaf). Pinotage is a red wine grape.
31 MOOLAH A LOOM (frame) reversed, H (hot). Bread is slang for money.
1 TIRESOME RE (on) SO (thus) in TIME (use stopwatch)
2 POSTHASTE (THATS)* in POSE (air)
3 LEAD dd. The symbol for the metal is Pb, which matches the reduced form PB for “Penny Black” of 9,23.
5 EXPOSURE dd. In photography, exposure is the image resulting from the effects of light on a photosensitive surface. Exposure is also an instance of “flashing”.
6 GOLDFINGER GINGER (Ginger Rogers, dancing partner of Fred Astaire) around OLD F (female)
7 ROVER R (run) OVER (past)
8 WORTHY WHY around ORT (scrap). A “big cheese” is an important person.
9, 23 PENNY BLACK PEN (author) N (name) (BY)< (on, reverse) LACK (need) // Updated, thanks to Gaufrid @ comment#1.
14 DUFFEL COAT DUFF (pants) (LACE TO)*
17 UNCORDIAL (RAIN CLOUD)*
18 SCATHING S C (odd letters of ‘SuCh’) A THING (phobia). To “have a thing” for something is to have strong, unreasonable feelings towards it, such as fear or obsession.
19 LANGUISH L (line) ANGUISH (dole)
22 SATRAP PART (role) AS, all reversed. Satrap was the name given to governors in the ancient Persian empires.
23 See 9
25 SEVEN Rover, the answer to clue 7d, is a familiar name for a dog; and seven is an odd number.
27 ALOO ALOO[f] (mostly ‘cold’). I get a kick out of seeing words of Hindi (my first language) origin in the crossword. Aloo is the Hindi word for potato.