Posted by Gaufrid on July 14th, 2010
I’m not sure what to say about this one. Whilst solving I felt that a number of clues had a rather loose definition, indicator or association in the wordplay but on reflection, whilst writing the analysis, I can see that most of them do (just about) work, though I still have a few reservations as noted below.
1 THREE MEN IN A BOAT *(BRIAN MATE THE ONE) – the Jerome K Jerome novel.
9 MACHETE *(THE) in MACE (spice)
10 EQUATOR EQUA[l] (line avoids same) TOR (peak)
11 LOUGH [s]LOUGH (Berkshire comunity initially ignored)
12 TWO-STROKE *(SET TO WORK)
13 OKEY-DOKEY O[bserve) KEY (main) DO[n]KEY (beast of burden not bearing)
15 SANTA ANT (one marches) in SA (army)
16 AGNEW G (government) in ANEW (again) – Spiro Agnew, former US Vice President.
18 A MUG’S GAME MUGS (cups) in AGA (cooker) ME (this person)
20 TITHE BARN TIT (bird) BAR (watering-hole) in HEN (female)
23 UNTIE [mo]UNTIE (Canadian police loosened doctor) – I would have thought that ‘Canadian police’ would give ‘Mounties’ so perhaps ‘police’ should have been ‘policeman’. I assume that ‘loosened’ as a removal indicator is being used in the sense of relieved or emptied (usually the bowels).
24 MOSELLE MO (flash) SELLE[r] (trader squanders last)
25 UPTIGHT U (university) PT (training) [e]IGHT (0800 when lacking energy)
26 SCARBOROUGH FAIR SCAR (mark) B[usking] O[utlet] ROUGH (difficult) FAIR (market) – a Simon and Garfunkel tune.
1 TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS [dec]EM[ber] in *(IF MALTESE PORT) - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
2 RECLUSE RE (on) CLUES (part of crossword) with the E moved to the end (taking minimum of effort to finish)
3 EYE SHADOW ADO (bother) in *(SEE WHY)
4 ELECT hidden in ‘thE LECTure’
5 I BEG OF YOU BE (remain) *(FOGY) in IOU (financial promise)
6 ADULT AD (trailer) [s]U[b]L[e]T
7 OUTWORN OU (in France where) TWO (pair) RN (navy)
8 THREE-DAY EVENTER d&cd – a reference to the actress Doris Day – I’ve heard of a ‘three-day event’ and of ‘three-day eventing’ but not ‘three-day eventer’. Surely the latter would be someone participating in the event rather than the event itself?
14 KOALA BEAR KO (punch) A homophone of ‘Labour’ (party) – I assume this is the intended parsing but I have difficulty with the homophone LAB (party) EAR (one hears) Edited due to a better explanation. Thanks Sil.
15 SASQUATCH SQUAT (dodgy building) in *(CASH) – another name for Bigfoot – a building occupied by squatters is not necessarily ‘dodgy’, it could be in good repair (at least initially).
17 NATASHA TAN (colour) reversed AS (when) HA (laughing)
19 ANTIGUA ANT (social worker) I (one) AUG (month) reversed – an island in the West Indies.
21 EX LIB X (unknown person) in BILE (humour) reversed – an abbreviation of ‘ex libris’
22 NAURU N[atural] A[ttire] U[nadvisedly] R[un] U[phill] – an island in Micronesia.