Posted by Simon Harris on June 23rd, 2010
After the first four across entries fell straight in, I thought this might be an easy one. Not so, but I got there. In two clues the wordplay escapes me, however, and I’ve reproduced the clues for those in case passers-by fancy a look.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||TRACTABLE – CART< + TABLE.|
|11||GUSH – [helpin]G US H[andle].|
|12||HOBNAIL – HOB + N + AIL.|
|13||INTERPRETIVE – (PRETTIER VEIN)*.|
|14||PARAPH – RAP in HAP<.|
|15||SERAC – R in (SEA + C).|
|16||EUCARYOT – (YOU REACT)*.|
|18||NONETTI – NETT in NO 1.|
|22||SCALENI – SCALE + IN<.|
|23||OVERSHOT – OVERS + HOT.|
|25||FANES – FAN + [p]E[w]S.|
|27||FEAGUE – Fe + AGUE.|
|28||LITTERATEURS – (RUL[e] TIERS ETAT)*.|
|29||ENLISTS – [m]EN + LISTS. I’m not sure how to make LISTS from “battleground”. The clue was
Engages leaderless soldiers in battleground.
|30||CIEL – CIE + L. Again, not sure here. I guess there’s a French company named CIE. The name even rings a bell, but Google isn’t forthcoming.
Line? French firm’s line.
|31||NOSE CANDY – (C AS DONE)* in NY &lit. Here, “C” refers to cocaine.|
|2||RUN AMOK – (AN< in RUM) + OK.|
|3||ASTRINGENTLY – (RANTING STYLE)*.|
|4||CHEAP – C + HEAP.|
|5||TURPETHS – THE* in TURPS.|
|6||BORACIC – B + OR + A CIC.|
|7||ENTERA – [c]ENTER + A.|
|8||FAIRY PENGUIN – FAIR + (PEN in GUY*) + I + N.|
|9||DIVA – DIVA[gate].|
|10||ELECTRIZE – (LECT + RI) in EZE[k].|
|14||PANTOFLES – PANTO + FLES[h].|
|17||APATETIC – APAT[h]ETIC.|
|19||T-SHIRTS – SHIR in TT’S.|
|20||INJURED – J in INURED.|
|21||CRETIN – CRETI[c] + N.|
|24||CAECA – [sor]E in (CA + CA).|
|26||AINÉ – A IN E.|