Posted by Eileen on September 22nd, 2010
A challenging but rewarding workout from Enigmatist, as is to be expected, with one or two really straightforward clues to give a bit of a foothold. I’ve learned another new word today at 14ac but I don’t foresee an early opportunity to use it in conversation.
1 LEG-PULL: EG [perhaps] + P [soft] in LULL [calm]
5 EPIGRAM: [th]E + PIG + RAM: ‘saw’ meaning a saying or proverb
9 DELHI: H[ard] in DELI [shop]
10 CHEAPJACK: E [the well-known crossword drug] in CHAP [bloke] + JACK [knave]
11 FIRST LIGHT: double / cryptic definition: reference to 1 ac, ‘light’ being ‘crosswordese for the horizontal or vertical series of white spaces in the grid’, as I said in my August Bank Holiday blog, when Rufus clued ONE ACROSS with ‘first light’. I like this kind of clue!
12,21 TOP SIDES: anagram of DEPOSITS: some may have chosen different teams as examples! [I liked the way the answer divided into two different words in the grid.] Edit: I omitted to point out the double definition: topsides are cuts of meat. Thanks, Tokyo Colin.
14 EIGENVECTOR: EI [I.E. reversed] + anagram of COVENT GARDEN minus ‘and’, with the anagram indicator BARKING: a very cleverly constructed clue for ‘a vector that when transformed by a matrix retains its direction but not necessarily its length’.
18 PRODIGAL SON: PRO [for] + DIG [mine] + ALSO [too] + N[ote]
22 LETTER BOMB: cryptic definition
25 THINK TANK: THIN [uncovered?] + TAN [result of lying in the sun] in KK : a very clever surface and I can’t remember if it refers to a specific incident back then and I haven’t time to do the research. No doubt someone else will know.
26 YAHOO: reversal of HAY [Will Hay [1888 – 1949) an English comedian, actor, film director and amateur astronomer] + OO [introduction for spies cf James Bond 007]: a name given by Jonathan Swift in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ to a class of animals which are human in form but which have the understanding and passion of brutes.
27 DAB HAND: cryptic definition, ‘dabs’ being fingerprints.
28 ROLL-OUT: O [nothing] in RL [between sides] + LOUT [yahoo]
1 LADIFY: F[ollowing] ID [instincts] reversed in LAY [song]
2 GALORE: G[eorge] + A [first] + LORE [learning]: [I'm not sure about G = George without the R]
3 UP IN THE AIR: double definition
4 LICHI: L[eft] + ICH [GERMAN 'I'] + I [one]
5,15 ELEPHANTS’ GRAVEYARDS: anagram of LEAVES GARDEN PARTY + H[enry]: I remember making a similar query re Henry without the R, only to learn that H[enry] is an SI unit.
6 IMPI: hidden in slIM PIckings
7 READ-OUTS: homophone of redoubts
8 MAKE SURE: K[ing] in MEASURE [dance] with the A ‘promoted’, ‘firm’ being a verb here.
13 PENNYROYAL: anagram of ANNOY and REPLY: ‘a species of mint, once valued in medicine’
16 SPLINTED: SPRINTED [ran in relay perhaps] with L substituted for R
17 FORELIMB: MILER [one running] reversed in FOB [watch chain]
19 BOOHOO: OOH ['I'm surprised'] in BOO [as in 'can't say boo to a goose']
20 ABBOTT: AB [naval rating] + B[ook] + OTT [pushing boundaries]: Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, currently a candidate for the leadership of the Labour Party.
23 TAKER: [s]TAKER
24 SKUA: reversal of AUKS: a welcome return for some of Crosswordland’s favourite birds