Posted by shuchi on September 10th, 2010
The confidence that the first two Across clues gave me soon vanished as I progressed with this crossword. This was a slow solve with aids needed to check on the slang and music references.
I enjoyed the wordplay tricks at several places, especially 28a and 29a. 15a needs your help! // Gaufrid comes to the rescue as usual. Answer updated.
1 MAPUTO MAP (plan) UTO (regular letters from ‘tuition’). Maputo is the capital city of Mozambique.
4 BACHELOR BACH (composer) ROLE (character) reversed
10 SHELL SUIT SIT (model), around HELL (suffering) (US)<
11 RATES RAT (one shops) [l]ES[s]. ‘shop’ is slang for ‘betray’.
12 HUMP CHUMP (fool) – C (caught)
13 PUT IN A WORD dd
15 PINT-POT PIN (leg) TO PT reversed
16 EXPERT EXERT (stretch) around P (positive)
19 MARRAM A palindrome, ‘marram’ is a type of grass found on coastal sand dunes.
21 BAR CODE BAR (block of chocolate, say) on C (‘computer’, primarily) ODE (lines) &lit. My initial parsing was ‘computer lines’ = CODE and I couldn’t see what ‘primarily’ was doing here.
23 BRIGANTINE ANT (worker) in GI (soldier) in BRINE (salty water). Isn’t soldier = GI and not IG?
25 LEAF E (letter no.2 of L’Equipe) in LA (‘the’ in French) F (fellow)
27 ELWYN (NEWLY)*
28 DREAMBOAT (ARMED)* BOA (stole) T (tons). Clever use of ‘stole’.
29 LUNGWORT (GROWN)* in [g]LUT (abudance)
30 KOWTOW WOK (pan) reversed) TO W (wife)
1 MISSHAPE (EMPHASIS)* To a rugby player used to an egg-shaped ball, a spherical one will be misshape.
2 PNEUMONIA PNEU (sounds like ‘new’) (NAOMI)*
3 TILT TIT (bird) around [noe]L
5 ASTAIRE A AIRE (British flower), around ST (street). As is the custom in cryptic crosswords, flower here is flow-er i.e. a river, and not a real flower. The answer refers to Fred Astaire.
6 HERB ALPERT HERB (Basil, for example), P (piano) in ALERT (lively). Herb Alpert is an American trumpeter.
7 LITHO LO (see) around (THI[s])*. I think ITH should be ‘cropped THIS, lousy’ and not ‘cropping THIS, lousy’, though it spoils the surface. Or is there a better way to read the wordplay?
8 RESIDE (IS)< in RED, E[lectronics]
9 AUGUST AUGURS (forecasts) – R (right), T (temperature)
14 SPIRO AGNEW (GAINS POWER)*
17 ROOTED OUT O (very old) TED (rock ‘n’ roller) ROUT (brawl)
18 BEEF STEW BEE (worker, from worker bee) FEW (one or two), around S[e]T. When worker is not ANT as in 23a, it’s usually BEE.
20 MATADOR DATA (info) in ROM (space, on computer), all reversed
21 BUNGEE BUNG (slang for throw) E[rmin]E
22 ABSEIL AB’S (sailor’s), LIE (tale) reversed
24 IOWAN second letters of ‘finish Cornish’ WAN (pasty)
26 AMMO A (alpha) M (male) MO (flash)