Posted by Simon Harris on September 16th, 2010
It’s Thursday, it’s Scorpion and it’s a theme about which I know very little, so this had me very worried for a while. In the end this was a remarkably quick solve, although it never felt overeasy, and the clues were enjoyable and satisfying to work out.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|5||APHRODITE – A + PH + ROD + TIE*.|
|7||RAVE – [sa]RA[h’s] [lo]VE[ly].|
|9||STRAIT OF MESSINA – (SISTER’S NOT + MAFIA)*. The narrow strip of water between Sicily and Italy.|
|10||AMICABLE – A[tlantic] + ((C[oncerned] + AB) in MILE).|
|12||IMPISH – I’M P[ol]ISH.|
|14||CAPRI – [trav]ELSI[ck]<.|
|15||NIECE – N[ourish] + (E in ICE).|
|16||RACY – R.A.C. (“car men”) + [gyps]Y.|
|18||ADDS UP – A + DD + SUP.|
|20||POSEIDON – POSE + [f]I[nals] + DON.|
|22||IAIN DUNCAN SMITH – IN DUN in (A MACHINIST)*.|
|25||MARS – A in MR’S.|
|26||EFFLUENCE – E[ditor] + (FLU in FENCE).|
|1||THE ARCHERS – (HEAR + CH) in [blis]TERS.|
|2||HOT TUB – (T + U[nwind]) in BOTH*.|
|3||RIFF – (F + FIR)<. The "axeman" here being a guitarist rather than a woodcutter.|
|4||ARES – AR[i]ES. This took me a while to figure out, but of course the author is “I”.|
|5||ARTEMIS – I in STREAM*.|
|6||ELEGISE – ELE[ven] + GIS + E.|
|8||VENUS – VENU[e]S. Williams, of course.|
|11||EYE UP – (YE + [prod]U[cers]) in E.P.|
|13||PARLIAMENT – MAIL< in PARENT.|
|15||NEPTUNE – (E-NUT + PEN)<.|
|17||CHORTLE – LT< in CHORE.|
|19||DIANA – ([b]AN[d] + AID)<.|
|21||SINFUL – S[k]INFUL.
The Boltzmann constant (k or kB) is the physical constant relating energy at the particle level with temperature observed at the bulk level. It is the gas constant R divided by the Avogadro constant NA. Thanks to Wikipedia for making that clear, then.
|23||NOSY – NO + [thi]S + Y.|
|24||CAFE – (FA in EC)<. The FA Cup, I guess.|