Posted by Gaufrid on July 21st, 2010
We only see Dogberry a couple of times each year (at most) and invariably on a Wednesday. I’m not sure why this is because Wednesday puzzles usually either have a theme or gimmick or they are towards the more difficult end of the FT spectrum. This puzzle meets neither of these criteria though it was still a pleasant solve.
I was not too happy with the loose definition in 4dn but this was offset by the succinct cluing in 3dn, though one of the definitions in the latter will probably only be familiar to persons of a certain age.
1 BUCOLIC B[rought] U[p] COLIC (gut disorder)
5 BOOTLEG BOOTLE (Merseyside town) G[oods] – given Liverpool’s (unwarranted) reputation this could be an &lit.
9 CANON C[omposer] ANON (unattributed)
10 UNIVERSAL *(LAVS URINE) – this clue doesn’t paint a very pleasant picture!
11 LITTERBUG *(BIG TURTLE)
12 TERSE [blun]T ERSE (language)
13 GEN UP PUN (joke) EG (say) reversed
15 BREAKDOWN dd
18 FREEWHEEL FREE (liberated) W (woman) HEEL (unscrupulous man)
19 NITRE *(INERT)
21 EAGLE E (point) ELGA[r] (Unfinished composer) reversed – ‘unfinished’ can be doing double duty here, hence the capitalisation. As well as a curtailment indicator it can also be an adjective describing the composer because, at the time of his death, Elgar‘s Third Symphony (and an opera) were unfinished.
23 LANZAROTE LANZA (tenor) ROTE (repeated process) – Mario Lanza, American tenor.
25 BLACK SPOT B (Belgium) LACKS (is short of) POT (grass)
26 DRAMA DRAM (snifter) A
27 EPERGNE *(PE[a]-GREEN)
28 NARWHAL H (hospital) in LAW (decree) RAN (administered) reversed
1 BACKLOG ACK (AA half-cut) in BLOG (electronic communication) – ack-ack was formerly a military signaller’s name for the letters AA. Good misdirection with ‘half-cut’ leading to one thinking that AA was Alcoholics Anonymous.
2 CONSTANCE dd – Lake Constance
3 LANCE dd – Lance Percival and &lit because Sir Percival was one of the Knights of the Round Table.
4 CLUBBABLE d&cd – a loose definition because one can be sociable without being ‘partial to a drink’.
5 BLING [ram]BLING (incoherent sheep wanting)
6 OVERTAKEN VERT (green) in OAKEN (made of wood)
7 LASER S (south) in REAL (true) reversed
8 GALLEON NOEL (boy) LAG (prisoner) reversed
14 POWDER KEG *(WORKED) in PEG (Maggie)
16 ELLINGTON [w]ELLINGTON (English duke doffing cap) – Duke Ellington, American big band leader
17 OSTEOPATH POETS (writers) reversed in OATH (curse)
18 FREEBIE *(BIERFE[st]) E (Euro)
20 EYEBALL as a Cockney woud pronounce ‘highball’ (cocktail)
22 GLAZE G[ranary) LAZE (loaf)
23 LAPSE LAPS (drinks) [sw]E[et]
24 ALDER [b]ALDER (god going topless) – in Norse mythology, the god of light and peace, noted for his beauty and sweet nature; son of Odin and Frigg and husband of Nanna; killed by Hoth.