Posted by shuchi on August 20th, 2010
The top-left of the grid held me up with an unfamiliar synonym of ‘river’ and some tricky wordplay. 9A is still waiting to be annotated.
Tougher than Falcon’s usual, with all his elegance and breadth of references. 25A is quite brilliant, and there’s a self-referential clue at 19A (the setter Everyman is the same as Falcon).
1 BACKGAMMON BACK (second) GAMMON (bull, as in nonsense)
7 RAGE RAG (piece of jazz piano) [basi]E
9 MINI MINI[m] – a friar, sister, or lay member of any of three orders founded by St Francis of Paula (1416–1507), so called as if humbler than even the Friars Minor (Chambers) // Thanks to Gaufrid for the explanation.
10 INDIAN FILE INDIAN (worker) FILE (record). I wasn’t sure why Indian was ‘worker’, but the dictionary lists this as slang: a person who performs a required task or carries out the instructions of superiors .
11 BOWLER B (black) OWLER (old smuggler). Owlers were wool smugglers of south east England.
12 IMBECILE (I M CELEB I)*
13 LANGUISH L (50) ANGUISH (suffering)
15 OVER DOVER (port) – D (daughter)
17 SHOO SHOO[t] (modelling session, curtailed)
19 EVERYMAN EVER (always) (MANY)*. Everyman is a 15th-century allegorical play in which the conflict between Good and Evil is dramatized.
22 ETON CROP ETON (college) CROP (gather)
23 BANNER ANNE (British queen) in BR (British). Liked this.
25 CHESSPIECE (C SPEECHES I)*
26 MEAN MEN (soldiers) around A
27 ET AL hidden reversed in ‘popuLATEd’
28 PASS MUSTER (MASTERS SUP)*
2 ARIZONA OZ (Australia) I (one), in AN RA (artist), all reversed
3 KRILL KILL (river) around R, with ‘do’ standing for ditto. // Update: ‘Kill’ as synonym for ‘river’ will have to wait for another setter to exploit – Falcon probably meant ‘kill’ as the usual kill. See Gaufrid’s comment #1 for a simpler explanation of this clue.
4 ACID RAIN (ACRID IN A)*
5 MIDNIGHT EXPRESS MIDNIGHT (sort of blue) EXPRESS (show)
6 NEARBY NEAR (tight) BY (times). ‘BY = times’ comes from multiplication I suppose, but I can’t think of a sentence where they’re interchangeable. It is ’10 times 2′, or ‘multiply 10 by 2′. Can someone show how they’re synonyms? // See Rishi’s comment #2.
7 REFECTORY Fe (iron) in RECTORY (clergyman’s house)
8 GALILEE GAL (girl) I LEE (shelter)
14 GROUNDSEL (RED SLUG ON)*
16 SEA BREAM AB (seam) in (A MERES)*
18 HATCHET HATCH (door) E[fficien]T
20 AVERAGE AVER (declare) AGE (getting century?)
21 TRIP UP TRIP (trip) UP (ahead)
24 NIMES N (new), SEMI (house) reversed. ‘Semi’ is short for a semidetached house.