Posted by Gaufrid on September 29th, 2010
An easy (by Cinephile standards) but enjoyable solve today. No particularly outstanding clues but equally none of the customary liberties, though I rather liked the definition in 17dn.
1 BOBCAT BC (former days) in BOAT (craft)
4 HIBISCUS HIB (short Edinburgh footballer) [d]ISCUS (topped field event)
10 RUM RATION RUM (funny) RAT (creature) ION (item charged)
11,21 NOBLE SAVAGE *(LEAVES GABON)
12 LUTE dd
13,1 AGGRAVATED BURGLARY *(ART BY A VULGAR DAGGER)
15 ROOSTER O (old) in ROSTER (duty list)
16 DOTARD TAR (sailor) in DOD[o] (tailless bird)
19 SHARIA SH (don’t sing) ARIA (song) – “the body of Islamic religious law”.
21 SHOTGUN T (model) in SHOGUN (Japanese dictator)
23 DEFINITIVE DE (from French) IN IT in FIVE (number)
25 BLAH B (black) HAL (prince) reversed – Henry, Prince of Wales, later to become King Henry V.
27,18 STICK-IN-THE-MUD d&cd – blimp: “an incurably conservative elderly military officer, as Colonel Blimp of the cartoonist David Low (1891–1963), or any other person of similar views”.
28 ALGORITHM *(GOAL) *(MIRTH) – another example of a word needing to be split to provide the anagram fodder and indicator.
29 NINE DAYS dd – a reference to the saying “nine days’ wonder”.
30 FLORID F (female) I (one) in LORD (aristocrat)
2 BY MY TROTH homophone of ‘buy might’ (purchase power) ROTH (author) – Philip Roth.
3 ADAM A DAM (mother)
5 IGNORED N[eck] in I (one) GORED (stabbed)
6 INNOVATION INN (pub) OVATION (cheers)
7 CUBIT CUB (young animal) IT – “an old measure, the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, from 18 to 22in (approx 46 to 56cm)”.
8 STEADY *(DAY SET) – as in ‘ready, steady, go’ or ‘on your marks, get set, bang!’.
9 GINGER triple def.
14 STARK NAKED KNA[c]K (knowhow with number missing) in STARED (looked hard)
17 REGULATOR R[esidence] EG (say) ULA[n ba]TOR (both ends of Mongolian capital) – ‘Of body’ referring to Ofwat, Ofcom etc (UK regulatory bodies).
20 ACTUARY ACT (work) [jan]UARY (most of first month)
22 ODDS ON ODD (funny) SON (lad)
24 FEIGN [p]IG (take head from beast) in FEN (marsh)
26 ARAL A R (river) A L (lake) – the Aral Sea.