Posted by Uncle Yap on August 31st, 2010
Hurray! On the trot, I get to blog Paul, indeed a master craftsman who did not disappoint with his unique brand of teasing and tantalising clues, ranging from the obvious to the obscure; but all very solvable though challenging in places. Very enjoyable indeed.
1 POTOMAC Cha of PO (Italian river; similarly named river in Virginia, USA) TO MAC (rev of CAM, English river) and of course POTOMAC is that famous river by Washington DC
5 CHOPPER What a lovely dd of a helicopter as well as slang for a tooth (altho we normally use the term in its plural form)
9 EVERT dd to turn inside out; to turn outwards and at the start of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY, we do remember Chris Evert, that famous tennis star who amassed 18 Grand Slam single titles during her heydays. I was stuck here for a while when I mistakenly inked in EXPAT, which was also not wrong, being EX (once) PAT (Cash of Australia, former Wimbledon champion) and to expatriate someone is to turn someone out of the country. Alas the crossing letters put paid to that.
10 BOLLYWOOD Cha of BOLLY (short for Bollinger, a champagne house) WOOD (golf club) Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
11 TOUCHSTONE dd a highly siliceous (usu black) stone or other stone for testing gold or silver by the colour of the mark each makes on it; any criterion … and of course we must not forget Touchstone, the court jester in As You Like It
14 MARSHALL PLAN MARS (ruins) ins of ALL (everything) in HP (Thanks to JS buying on hire-purchase is said to be buying on the never never) LAND minus D for the primary programme, 1947–51, of the United States for rebuilding and creating a stronger economic foundation for the countries of Europe. The initiative was named for Secretary of State George Marshall.
18 MAP REFERENCE MA (mother, parental) PREFERENCE (choice) A very tichy clue that is sure to raise a smile when you get it
21 OVID Thanks to Sidey A prima donna is a diva, so presumably a primo donno is a DIVO. Reverse that to get OVID. Brilliant, Paul! C0-COD for the Roman poet remembered for his elegiac verses on love (43 BC – AD 17)
22 BLUE CHEESE Cha of BLUE (vulgar as in blue film) CHEESE (A VIP’s known as big cheese) An excellent alliterative clue ; my COD
25 EXTENSION Another tichy clue from this master. EX (formerly as opposed to NOW) TENSION (as opposed to RELAXATION)
26 UNDER THE SUN cd
27,12 TURKISH BATH *(K, from kit minus it + AH BITS HURT)
28 IDEALLY Ins of E (middle letter from swEet, or sweetheart) in I dilly DALLY (don’t hurry)
1 PRETTY dd
3 MATCHMAKER MATCH (test as in the cricket international where one can bet on which ball bowled will be a no-ball MAKER (Creator or GOD) Cupid is the Roman God of Love represented popularly by a winged figure of a young boy often carrying a bow and arrow
4 CUBIT CUB (young animal) + IT old measure, the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, from 18 to 22in
“And God said to Noah . . . Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. ” (Genesis 6:13-16)
5 COLONNADE *(once an old)
6 ONYX Ins of NY (New York state) in OX (beefy type) agate formed of alternate flat layers of chalcedony, white or yellow and black, brown or red, used for making cameos
7 PROBABLE Ins of BAB (infant or BABY minus Y) in PROLE (proletariat, the poorest labouring class; the wage-earning class)
8 RED-SHANK Ins of *(SHED) in RANK (line)
13 BLOCKHOUSE *(choose bulk)
15 SHELLFISH S (first letter of Strong) + ins of F (forte or strong) in HELLISH (brutal) for MUSSELS (an example of a shellfish which sounds like MUSCLES). There are two cryptic elements in this clue which lacks a definition. Now you understand why Paul is described as libertarian ? But I love the clue; don’t we all have certain seemingly perverse preferences?
16 IMMODEST Ins of MODE (fashion) in *(MIST)
17 SPLINTER Ins of N (variable indefinite number) in *(TRIPLES)
19 MENDEL Cha of MEND (to fix) EL (middle letters of penELope) Thanks to JS, Gregor Mendel the ‘father’ of genetics; here ‘Pulse’ refers to ‘Pea(s)’ – he carried out many experiments on cross-breeding of peas in his research that led to the laws of genetics. ‘Pulse tester’ a brilliant term for this very important person.
20 BETRAY Cha of BET (imagine as in guess) RAY (fish) to shop someone is to betray or inform against him to the police, etc ;
23 ENNUI Ins of NN (names) in EU (European Union) I (one)
24 ANTI ha
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram