Posted by shuchi on July 16th, 2010
This was a pretty gentle, pleasant offering from Viking with plenty of starter clues (17A, 23A, etc.) to give you a foothold in the puzzle. The vocabulary was on the easy side too with only FLIC needing a look up. An enjoyable workout.
Favourite clues: 25A, 2D, 8D
9 EXEMPLARY MP (politician) in (EARLY)*, after EX (letter i.e. ‘X’).
10 LIEGE EG (for example) in LIE (press, as in “these things lie upon my mind”)
11 UNITISE (TUNE IS)* around I
12 LECTURE E (English) CT (court) in LURE (enticement)
13 NOD DON (fellow), reversed
14 EXTRAPOLATE EXTRA (more) (OP)< LATE (most recent)
17 CACAO Initial letters of ‘Chocolate And Cocoa Are Obtained’, a nice and simple &lit.
18 EMU DEMUR (object) without ‘wings’ i.e. end letters. The emu also happens to be a flightless bird.
19 CADET CA (accountant) DE[b]T (liability, with third letter removed)
21 GROUNDSWELL G (government) ROUNDS (turns) WELL (fortunate). ‘Government turns fortunate’ forms an apt charade for the word.
23 AIR regular letters from ‘AvIaRy’
25 OPEN-AIR (IN OPERA)* &lit. The city of Verona, Italy is home to Verona Arena, the Roman amphitheatre which hosts grand open-air opera performances.
27 BRIGAND RIG (swindle) in BAND (gang)
28 ELATE ALE (long drink) reversed, TE[a]
29 ELECTRIFY ELECT (chosen, as noun), Y (unknown) FIR (tree) reversed
1 RETURN dd
2 PERIODIC (ERIC IPOD)*. Great use of anagrind “shuffle” to go with “iPod”. I admire how Viking has used “See” before “X with Y shuffle” to maintain the grammar.
3 UPSIDE-DOWN DOWN (reversal of fortune), after UP (winning) SIDE (team)
4 RAVE GRAVE (solemn) – G (good)
5 MY PLEASURE MY PLEA (one’s request) SURE (firm)
6 FLIC FLIC[k] (The Pink Panther works as definition by example)
7 BELUGA LUG (drag) in BEA[m] (most of support). Beluga is highly prized for beluga caviar.
8 VEHEMENT HE-MEN (macho types) in VET (check)
15 TREASURIES (A SURE)* in TRIES (attempts)
16 OCCULTISTS CULT (sect) in (STOICS)*
17 COGNOMEN NO MEN (only women) below COG (important person in organization?). Isn’t COG an unimportant person in organization?
20 DRAMATIC (ADMIT CAR)*
22 ONE-MAN ON (against) NAME (celebrity), reversed
24 RED-EYE E[radicated] in RE-DYE (further tint)
26 AVER SAVER (depositor) – S
27 BRED sounds like ‘bread’ (money)