Posted by Handel on September 15th, 2010
Good morning. We found this a well-rounded and enjoyable puzzle at the easier end of the scale, with plenty of neat wordings. One of the notable features today was how well the surfaces read, 1 across being a good example.
Favourite clues were 11 down, 1 across and 8 down.
Having started my day on Google, I note that it’s Agatha Christie’s 120th birthday today, and there’s a gentle nod to her in here, with 1 down naming one of her famous characters. 26 across also contains the source of the title of her most enduring play, but I think that may be a bridge too far, unless there are other thematic entries that I’ve missed?
1. M.C.C. AR(e) TH(e)Y enjoyable surface here, conjuring up images of ill-famed right-wing cricketers
5. SPRING dd
9. STA(G N A)TE ‘say’ as ‘state’ threw us for a bit here, as it’s so often used to indicate definition by example or homophone
10. TEN N IS
12. MELAN(ie) C(H)OLIC good surface sense here, although ideally ‘girl that’ would be ‘girl who’, which wouldn’t work cryptically
15. RASTA ‘pasta’ trading ‘p’ for ‘r’
17. CATHERINE dd, ref Catherine the Great
18. LOO P(H)OLES these can be a means of escape, generally for people with far too much money who don’t wish to be taxed
19. TESSA< familiar device here, this time not relying on the out of date Tax Exempt Special Savings Account acronym
20. OUT OF THE ARK (UK father too)*
24. RE PAIR to repair to the pub is to go to the pub
26. HAMLET dd prince Hamlet and a small settlement
27. S TRAINED
1. MISS MA(R)PLE good surface here too, which brings to mind a lumber theft
2. CHARLES TON<
4. HOT CHOCOLATE (to the cool cha)* Neat &lit there
6. PRES(CI)ENT as a note for beginners, ‘tense’ will often refer to the grammatical tenses
7. IN N.S.
8. GO SH ‘Sh’ is ‘pair of shoes’ as it’s a pair of letters from the word. Well-hidden definition, despite having seen ‘my’ for ‘gosh’ before
11. PLATES OF MEAT (to ample feast)* a tough one to parse, until you read ‘legends’ as ‘leg ends’ As pointed out below, ‘plates of meat’ is cockney rhyming slang for ‘feet’
13. DISSUA SION ‘Saudis’ anagramised, then ‘Sion’ which is an alternate spelling of ‘Zion’, though not in our dictionary
14. R(ud)E PACK AGED
16. APHRODITE (Oprah tide)*
21. eartHY DRAma
22. ARCH dd one’s ‘arch-enemy’ is one’s priniciple enemy principal
23. S PAM plenty of these turn up on a daily basis, and they are certainly annoying