Posted by shuchi on September 17th, 2010
I worked my way up from the lower half of the grid and was stuck on the top-right for a while. Great stuff from Bradman, and I’m happy I get to blog his puzzles frequently on the Friday slot.
A few red herrings came up in the form of wordplay more descriptive than one expects (e.g. ELL isn’t just length but ‘length of cloth’), which was fair always but added to the challenge nevertheless.
1 BEATRICE BE A TRICE (don’t take long). This is the sort of clue that makes you think the answer must be within easy reach but it isn’t, and it doesn’t let you be at peace till you have solved it. I got this only after 1D.
5 SPECKS PECK (nibble) in SS (ship)
9 ESTEEMED E (English) STEED (horse), around ME (this writer)
10 DOLMAN (OLD)* MAN (fellow). Pictures of this jacket here.
12 CAROM CAR (vehicle) OM (Order of Merit); ‘cannon’ is a carom in billiards.
13 THREE-PART THREEP (dispute in UK dialect, so ‘local’) ART (skill). Gaul is divided into three parts. My last entry into the grid. I think the definition was too wide, besides ‘threep’ was unfamiliar to me.
14 ETCHER ETC (with other things) HER (that woman)
16 TALLY-HO TALLY (count) HO (small house). Tally-ho is another name for a four-in-hand coach, a vehicle drawn by four horses.
18 ORCHARD OR CHARD (veg). The short form ‘veg’ set me looking for a short name for a vegetable but that turned out to be a fruitless pursuit. Liked this clue for its smooth surface; I now recall something similar by Rover in the Guardian: Place to grow fruit or vegetable (7)
20 BARBIE dd. The doll with an interesting assortment of controversies to her credit, and the informal word for a barbeque party.
22 FRILLIEST FIEST[a] (celebration, shortened) around RILL (stream). Lovely misleading definition – ‘most gathered’.
23 CHELA hidden in ‘MiCHELAngo’. I should have spotted the answer much sooner. A word of Hindi origin, CHELA is one who follows a guru.
24 RACINE IN (at home) in RACE (groove). ‘Race’ is a groove in which anything runs (such as ball-bearings or a rope).
25 MOLESTER MOLE (spy) STER[n] (serious, not totally)
26 EXEDRA EXE (river) DRA[kes] (half of the male ducks). A new word for me, exedra is ‘an apse, recess or niche’.
27 ESOTERIC (TORIES)* in EC (the City i.e. the London EC postcode area)
1 BLENCH BENCH (chair) around L (lecturer)
2 ANTARCTIC CIRCLE One of the first clues I answered but can’t see more than a cd. There is something more, right? I am prepared to kick myself when you show me the answer.
3 RHEUM sounds like ‘room’ (part of building). An old word for ‘cold’, therefore ‘once upon a time’.
4 CHESTER CHEST (box) ER (insignia of Good Queen Bess i.e. queen Elizabeth I of England). This must be the longest way ever of clueing ‘ER’ .
6 PROPELLER ELL (length of cloth) in PROPER (right). ‘The opposite’ indicates that ELL is cutting i.e. going through PROPER, and not the other way round.
7 COMPANY DIRECTOR (INTO PR DEMOCRACY)*
8 SANCTION S (card player) and N (partner of S) in ACTION (deed). ‘Sanction’ is one of those words (‘cleave’ is another) that are their own opposite. Trivia question: can you think of more such words?
11 BRAT from ‘aBeRrAnT’. A nice and easy &lit clue.
15 HEADLINER HE (the man) (IRELAND)*
17 CONFEREE CON (against) FEE (charge), around RE (about)
19 DEER DEE (river) R (runs)
20 BUTTONS BUT (nevertheless) TONS (many). The definition refers to the turn buttons of revolving doors of a hotel, I guess a page in a hotel, etc. // Updated. Thanks, Gaufrid.
21 FABRIC FAB (marvellous) RICH (plush) – H (hard)
23 CHEAT EAT (take in) CH (companion), with ‘initially’ asking us to place CH before EAT.