Posted by shuchi on October 1st, 2010
Mudd’s puzzle brims with wit and laugh-out-loud moments. The top-right gave me with some moments of anxiety with words for Portmouth and Ireland that I didn’t know, and 4A took a long time to crack – but it was nothing that good old Google couldn’t rescue. The rest of it fell into place quite gently.
My favourites today: 14a, 19a, 5d, 10d
1 HUSSAR US (American) in (RASH)<
4 STOPPAGE POTS (many) reversed, PAGE (messenger)
9 MEANT MEAT (Turkey, say) around [legislatio]N
10 CAMEMBERT MEMBER (clubman) in CAT (whip). ‘Cat’ is short for cat o’ nine tails.
11 MEGATON paste => NOT A GEM, reversed
12 ELECTOR E LECTOR (reader); ‘one with an X’ because X is the mark for a vote.
13 DOZE DOZE[n] (almost twelve)
14 TUNA FISH (FU[ll] TIN HAS)*. Great clue.
17 REPAIRED PAIR (couple) in REED (plant). How is repaired = retired? // Update: ‘repair’ can mean to return or withdraw. Thanks Eileen.
19 ITEM dd. Informal word for a romantic couple.
22 HOMERIC HOME (in) RICHARD (Shakespearean king) – HARD. ‘in’ here looks like a link word but it isn’t so.
24 TOUGHIE dd
25 PIMPERNEL IMP (demon) ERNE (flier), in PL[ace]
26 RABBI RABBI[t] (abridged ‘talk’)
27 YEASTIER (IS EATERY)*. What an interesting way of defining the word: ‘more redolent of bread’.
28 COARSE sounds like ‘course’ (programme)
1 HOME-MADE DAME (American woman) M (married), in HOE (weed, verb)
2 STARGAZER STARER (someone looking) around GRAZ (Austrian city) – R (runs)
3 ASTUTE AS (when) TUT (old king) [wis]E
5 TEMPERAMENTAL TEMPERA (method of painting) MENTAL (bananas)
6 POMPEII POMPE[y] (slang for ‘Portsmouth’) II (two)
7 ALERT hidden reversed in ‘debutanT RELAxed’
8 ENTIRE NT (book) in EIRE (nation, Irish name for ‘Ireland’)
10 CONCUPISCENCE (CCCC + ONE SUPINE)*. Mudd’s at his best when he’s being risque.
15 HIT THE BAR dd
16 IMBECILE I (single), BEC[k] (wave, briefly) in MILE (distance)
18 PORTENT POTENT (telling) around R[oad]
20 CHIPPY C (cat’s principal) HIPPY (long-hair)
21 QUARTO ART (drawings etc) in QUO (in which, from Latin), with ‘frames’ indicating the containment
23 MAMBA MA and BA (degrees) around M[an]