Posted by Simon Harris on September 10th, 2010
I think after Phi popped up on Tuesday, it was anybody’s guess who we’d be doing battle with today. In the end it was Punk, who we haven’t seen for a little while. I’ve no idea whether the date has any significance for 15ac, and some light web searching hasn’t helped. I worked out how to use Facebook, and asked a friend on there who hails from that nation, but haven’t heard back just yet.
Punk’s theme takes advantage of another meaning of the word: that of a bad movie. Your blogger has little knowledge of contemporary cinema, so cannot comment on the relative merits of the various works involved.
I’ll be nerding it up at Over the Air ’10 by the time you read this, so may not be able to respond to comments and questions in a timely fashion.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|7||OVERMATCH – O + (ARM* in VETCH). A new word for me, and perhaps not obvious from wordplay.|
|11/8||BATTLEFIELD EARTH – (LEFT TABLE I)* + DEARTH, and a film.|
|13||A PRIORI – RIO in APRI[l].|
|15||TURKEY – TUR[n]KEY, and a relatively easy one to give us our theme for the day.|
|17||SEE – dd.|
|19/26/4||SAGE AND ONION STUFFING – ON in (OFFENDING AGAINST US)*. Something you might put in a 15ac.|
|21||NOD – DON<.|
|23||ISHTAR – I + TRASH*.|
|27/12||MRS MOP – (POM’S + R[i]M)<.|
|28||WONDER WOMAN – I haven’t quite worked this out yet; suggestions welcome.|
|30||RISER – [agadi]R IS ER[ratic].|
|31||OBEISANCE – (B[oat] + E + IS) in OCEAN*.|
|1||TOP BRASS – BRAS in SPOT<.|
|2/6||LETTERHEAD – RHEA in (LETT + ED).|
|3||EMIL – LIME<. This came relatively easily, having been primed to spot trees by yesterday's Morph.|
|5/24||THREE STRIKES – it’s one way for a batter to get “out” in baseball, and presumably another film.|
|9||RAMEKIN – (NIKE + MAR[s])<.|
|10||HAPPY – (P[in] + P[in]) in HAY.|
|14||OSSIA – [cr]OSS I A[ssume].
A musical term for an alternative passage which may be played instead of the original passage, so “scoring” in the musical sense. I solved this from wordplay, needless to say.
|16||UDDER – [j]UDDER.|
|18||EPHESUS – (P[aul] + HE) in [j]ESUS.|
|20||ANSWERED – A + NEWS* + RED.|
|22||DISINTER – (DIRT’S IN E[arth])*.|
|23||IZMIR – [s]IZ[e] + MIR.|
|25||KIMONO – KIM (Rudyard Kipling novel) + ONO.|
|28||WARD – DRAW<.|
|29||WASP – WAS P. This is quite hard, but it’s P as in “piano”, meaning “soft” in musical terms.|