Posted by Eileen on September 27th, 2010
It’s always rather disorientating not to start the week with Rufus but even more so to see Brendan’s name on a Monday puzzle. However, this was more straightforward than many of his, since the entertaining theme was clearly spelled out in the middle row and then exploited to the full. Impeccable cluing, as ever, and some neat misdirection. Many thanks, Brendan, for a great start to the week.
9 PRIVATEER: P[quietly] ATE [corroded] in RIVER [stream]: I spent far too long trying to make an anagram of ‘in stream’, especially after all the checked letters fitted.
10 STAIR: hidden in belfaST AIRport
11 CLUBS: double definition
12 RITUALISM: hidden in spiRITUAL IS Maintaining
13 PLANETS: PLANE [flat] + T[enant]S: reference to ‘The Planets’, an orchestral suite by Gustav Holst, first performed in 1920.
14 LEAGUES: LE[d] A[s] GUES[t]
17,19,20 MAJOR AND MINOR: the statement of the theme.
21 SUBJECT: double definition:
22 BARBARA: BAR + BAR [two pieces of music] +A : ‘Major Barbara’ is a play by George Bernard Shaw.
24 RESOURCES: anagram of CURES SORE – a nice surface
26 TWEAK: concerT + WEAK [delicate]
28 OATHS: anagram of HAS TO
29 AMOROUSLY: anagram of MORALS YOU: another nice surface
1 EPIC: hidden in somE PICture
2 VICUNA: CU [copper] in anagram of VAIN
3 PASS DEGREE: P[ressure] + anagram of SEE GRADES
4 HEARTS: [t]HE ARTS: in cards, hearts are a major suit and clubs [11ac] a minor
5 PRATTLED: P[age] + RATTLED [made nervous]
6 ASIA MINOR: anagram of ROMANIA IS
7 TACITURN: anagram of ACT + I TURN: the surface made me smile.
8 DRUM MAJOR: D[aughter] + RUM [drink] + [John] MAJOR [PM once]
13 PUMPS: M [James Bond's boss] in PUPS
15 ADMIRATION: anagram of MAID + RATION: another fine surface
16 SYRIA: AIRS: reversal of [broadcast] around [tyrann]Y
18 JEBUSITE: BUS [vehicle] + I in JETÉ: a jeté is a step in ballet, in which the dancer springs from one leg and lands on the other: the Jebusites were the people who inhabited Jerusalem before the Israelites.
19 AUTOCRAT: AUTO [car] + CRA [anagram of CAR] + T[ime]
22 BISHOP: I in B[ritish] SHOP: a [thanks, Martin H, comment 4] bishop is [I discovered today] a hot drink of mulled red wine flavoured with bitter oranges.
23 AGEISM: anagram of IMAGES: yet another great surface
24 ROOK: double definition – ‘do’ meaning to swindle – very clever misdirection: in chess, the rook, together with the queen, is a major piece and the bishop [22dn] a minor.
25 URSA: hidden in toURS Abroad: reference to the constellations, also known as the Great Bear and the Little Bear.
27 KEYS: double definition: keys, like planets [13ac] and leagues [14 ac], can be either major or minor.