Posted by Gaufrid on August 31st, 2010
I heard a short while ago that Agentzero cannot make it today so here is the clue analysis. There is only limited commentary because I am very pressed for time as I have to go out shortly. Help required with 4dn and there may be a better explanation for 11ac and 15dn.
1 DIATRIBE AID (support) reversed TRIBE (group)
5 THESIS THES[p] (short actor) IS
10 LOURDES *(LURED SO)
11 IMBIBER three defs – I assume ‘one who keeps tumbler in hand’ is intended as a third definition since I cannot see it being wordplay.
12 DWELL [her]D WELL (comfortably)
13 DICKY-BIRD *(RICK DID BY)
14 INSTRUMENTAL N (noon) in *(LET NATURISM)
18 JOINT VENTURE JOINT (union) VENTURE (put forward)
21 CUT-THROAT dd – the second referring to “a modification of bridge, etc for three players, each playing alone”.
23 NOISE I in NOSE (hooter)
24 ITALIAN *(A LATIN I)
25 RUBBISH RUB (difficulty) BISH (blunder)
26 NOTATE NO TATE (lack of art gallery)
27 ASSYRIAN ASS (behind) *(AIRY) N (name)
1 DELUDE E (English) L (lake) in DUDE (geezer)
2 ACUMEN A CU (copper) MEN (people)
3 RED PLANET RED (bloody) PLAN (sketch) ET (extraterrestrial)
4 BESIDE THE POINT I don’t see how the ‘where to find capital’ fits in and I haven’t time to research it. I did consider that ‘point’ might be referring to a full stop at the end of a sentence and the subsequent letter would then be a ‘capital’ but in reality, assuming no typing errors, the capital letter would be ‘beside a space’.
6 HUBBY HUB (boss) BY (at hand) – presumably this is intended as an &lit but it is rather sexist and definately untrue in my experience.
7 SOBRIETY *(YOB TRIES)
8 STRADDLE homophone of strad (expensive violin) ‘ll
9 DISCOUNT STORES *(REDUCTIONS SO [cu]ST[om])
15 ERRAND BOY ERR (mess up) AND (with) BOY (lad) – is there a saying involving ‘get the greens’ of which I am unaware? If not it could just as easily have been another commodity.
16 EJECTION [d]EJECTION (melancholy when leader’s gone)
17 DISTRACT DI’S (senior policeman’s) TRACT (sermon)
19 BIKINI hidden reversal in ‘whereIN I KIBoshed’
20 PEAHEN PE (exercises) A HEN (broody sitter)
22 HOIST jOIST (support) with initial letter changed to H (hot) – ‘is hot’ being an anagram could have been confusing.