Posted by shuchi on July 9th, 2010
GK buffs will feel right at home with this puzzle which touches a range of domains like literature and biology and geography. The wordplay is accessible, so with help from good old Wikipedia, it wasn’t too tough. Liked the consistently smooth surfaces of the clues.
1 PRINCIPALITY PRINCIPAL (main) IT (centre of ‘herITage’) Y (end of ‘railwaY’). Monaco is officially the Principality of Monaco, i.e. a territory ruled by a prince.
8 ANTONIO A (NOTION)*
9 MAIGRET (IM GREAT)*. Jules Maigret is a fictional police detective created by writer Georges Simenon.
11 TALENTS TALES (stories) around NT (National Trust)
12 STRANGE S[tar] T[rek] RANGE (compass)
13 BRASS dd. Brass is a section of orchestra, and both ‘brass’ and ‘ready’ are slang for cash.
14 INCOMMODE IN (at home) COMMODE (item of furniture)
16 AUSTRALIA AL[l] (almost ‘entirely’) in AUSTRIA (one country)
19 STUFF dd. ‘pig out’ is to stuff oneself with food, and stuff is matter.
21 CONIFER CONFER (have a discussion) around I (one)
23 ANOTHER (ON A)< THE [bitte]R
24 ESTEEMS hidden reversed in ‘clasS MEETS Expectations’. I always admire the hidden answer that eludes me on first pass. This was one such.
25 APROPOS A (article) PROS (experts) around PO (post office)
26 ARCHDEACONRY ARCH (roguish), CON (prisoner) in DEARY (sweetheart)
1 PATELLA PAT and ELLA (two girls). Patella is the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee, also called the knee cap or kneepan.
2 INNINGS cd
3 CROSSBILL CROSS (grumpy) BILL (request for payment)
4 PUMAS (UP)< MA’S
5 LEITRIM LE (extremes of ‘LargE’) IT RIM (border)
6 TORONTO TORO (a Spanish fighting bull) (NOT)*
7 CARTE BLANCHE (TRACE)* BLANCHE (woman)
10 THE NEW FOREST (TREES OFT HEWN)* An area covering southern English known for its large pasture land.
15 CHARABANC ARAB (a type of horse) in CHANC[e] (accident, losing tail). A nice surface.
17 SENATOR NATO (alliance) in SER[bia]
18 REFRESH (HERE’S)* around FR (father). Good clue!
19 SPORRAN (APRONS)* around R. The sporran (Scottish Gaelic for ‘purse’) is a pouch, part of the traditional Scottish Highland dress. The clue is probably meant to be read as an &lit: “[What] Scots wear [-] fancy aprons?”, but I think it’s a loose definition.
20 UNHAPPY UN (“a” in French) HAPPY (a chance to play outside?). Not sure of this one, help invited. // Update: UN HAP (chance) P[la]Y. Thanks to Gaufrid.
22 ROSIE sounds like ‘rosy’ (optimistic). After Pat, Ella and Blanche, a fourth girl’s name in the same puzzle is a bit much!