Posted by shuchi on September 3rd, 2010
Easy anagrams and cryptic definitions, and a liberal helping of hidden word answers, made this a quick solve most of the way. I came to a halt at the last two and had to resort to lookups for 23A and 2D.
Still can’t figure 2D. // Update: Explained now and 11D updated, thanks to Gaufrid.
Favourite clues: 12A, 22A, 7D.
1 BLOOD MONEY cd. ‘Blood money’ is the money paid to a hired murderer. ‘Ready’ is slang for money.
7 ITEM I MET (bumped into), reversed
9 ORAL hidden in ‘fOR A Laugh’
10 HOCUS-POCUS (COUSCOU HP)*
11 LADDER This must be more than a cryptic definition but I can’t see it. GLIDER G (good) L[ift] *(RIDE)
12 EVACUATE CU (copper) ATE (worried, as in ‘the fear ate him’), after EVA (girl).
13 NIGHTJAR NIGH (near) [fores]T, JAR (disturb)
15 ACRE hidden reversed in ‘DovER CAstle’
17 FAIR triple definition: ‘just’ and ‘open’ are nearly the same but they make a nice surface when put together.
19 EMINENCE dd. Eminence is high rank (station), as well as a raised piece of ground (bank).
22 SARDONIC (IS CONRAD)*
23 TARPON PRAT (idiot) reversed + N[et], around O (zero). Two unfamiliar words for me here – prat and tarpon – made this one of my last entries. Tarpon is a large fish found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
25 HOUSE-PROUD (DOES UP OUR H[ome])*
26 IBIS I BIS (twice), with ‘kissed’ linking the two words.
27 MESS dd
28 PASTY-FACED PASTY (savoury snack) FACED (experienced)
2 LORELEI *([po]LI[c] ROLE). In German folklore, Lorelei was a kind of siren luring shipmen to distraction with her singing.
3 OGLED LE (‘the’ in French) D[efender], after O G (own goal)
4 MAHARAJA A JAR (container) A HAM (type of meat), all reversed. I was about to say that maharaja is ‘great king’ and not ‘prince’, but then found that English dictionaries list this as a valid synonym.
5 NUCLEAR REACTOR (ACTOR UNCLES REAR)*. Needed to look this up – ‘Plies’ refers to The Windscale Piles.
6 YES-MAN (MY SANE)*
7 INOCULATE (AT CLUE IN)* around [s]O[lution]
8 EQUATOR cd
14 HARD DISKS (DAD SHIRKS)*
16 BIRTHDAY cd
18 A LA MODE A LAM (hit) ODE (elaborate lyric)
20 CHOC-ICE CHOICE (excellent) around C (cold). A nice way to break up to word.
21 SNAP UP S (son) N[udge] A[nimal], PUP (little dog)
24 RAITA hidden in ‘AgRA IT Appears’