Posted by Gaufrid on August 4th, 2010
Not a lot of variety today with only a couple of clues that didn’t involve a charade and/or an anagram. If my memory serves me correctly this is something I have remarked upon previously when covering a puzzle by this setter. Perhaps it’s for this reason that I don’t seem to enjoy this setter’s puzzles in the FT as much as I do those by his alter ego, Scorpion, in the Indy.
There were some pleasing clues (eg 13ac & 24ac) and one (9dn) that was right up my street (literally), but I have to take issue with the definition in 3dn which, if my (and Wikipedia’s) knowledge of geography is correct, is simply wrong since the only town having this name is in Western Australia.
1 SADLERS WELLS S[uperb] ADLER (harmonica player) SWELLS (is heaving) – a reference to Larry Adler
10 LEAFIER LEA (educational department) IE (that is) in FR (France)
11 TOGGERY EGG (food) reversed in TORY (party)
12 ANDES *(AS[c]END)
13 ARBROATH *(BAR) [manage]R OATH (promise) – a reference to the Arbroath Smokie
15 INNKEEPERS PEEK (spy) reversed in INNER (private) S (quarter)
16 ATOM O (old) in ATM (hole in the wall)
18 TIDY [tha]T [tax]I [quaffe]D [whisk]Y
20 ARISTOCRAT TAR (seaman) COTS (accommodation) IRA (militants) reversed
22 EYESIGHT YES (agreement) in EIGHT (crew)
24 IN FUN F (female) U (you texted) in INN (pub)
26 I ASK YOU A SKY (TV company) in IOU (evidence of debt)
27 AINTREE AIN’T (isn’t) EER (always) reversed
28 ROLLER HOCKEY ROLLER (limousine) HOC (this Roman) KEY (important)
2 ALADDIN ALA (like) DD (clergyman) IN
3 LEINSTER IN in LESTER – a reference to Lester Piggott – but Leinster is an Irish province not a town!
4 RORY R[elative] O[verseas] RY (tracks)
5 WATERCRESS ER (royal) C (canine) in WA[i]TRESS (female servant spilling one)
6 LAGER LA[r]GER (run out of extra stout)
7 STEWART EW (opposite directions) in START (beginning)
8 FLOAT IN THE AIR dd
9 LYTHAM ST ANNES *(SH[a]NTYMAN TALES) – an easy one for me as I live here!
14 OPERA HOUSE OP (work) HARE (sprint) reversed OUSE (river)
17 NO PICNIC PIC (photograph) [ve]NI[ce] in CON (party) reversed
19 DRESSER d&cd
21 REFEREE RE (on) E[ssex] in FREE (complimentary)
23 IDYLL D[ecenc]Y in ILL (wicked)
25 HATH HAT (pork pie) H (husband)