Posted by Uncle Yap on October 26th, 2010
What a lovely day this has been. Having bought a ticket to meet one of my favourite setters on my imminent visit to London, I got to blog another of his masterly concoctions. As if by timely design, he even sang my birthday song at the right time and place, 2 0 1 0.
Indeed, who could ask for more?
5 LOCKJAW Cha of LOCK (rugby player) JAW (talk) for the painful condition aka tetanus
9 GAFFE GAFFER (slang for foreman) minus R
11 TOMFOOLERY Ins of FOOL (pudding) in TOME (book) + RY (ReallY)
12 FAIR dd
14 LABRADOODLE Cha of LA (Los Angeles where Hollywood is) BRA (Paul’s favourite supporter) DOODLE (drawing) for a crossbred (hybrid) dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard or Miniature Poodle
18 COMMENTATOR Sounds like COMMON (plain) TATER (spud or potato)
21 EARN LEARN (master) minus L
22 COLUMN INCH CINCH (easy) around Ins of LUM (smoker) in ON
25 TRIGAMIST Ins of RIG A MISs (manipulate a girl, not quite) in TT (two times) A brilliant clue but doesn’t a bigamist know he also gets two mothers-in-law?
26 COLON dd
27,23,1 PUSHING UP THE DAISIES *(gun his epitaph issued) This is the kind of superb anagram clue which is what I would term quasi &lit
28 EARDRUM *(Advice MURDER)
1 DIGITS DIG (like) I (one) TS (ToeS without middle letters)
2 INFAMY Among kinsmen = IN FAMILY minus I L (one left) This reminds me of my schooldays when an English teacher (originally from Kerala) told us NOTORIOUS was being infamously famous. It is remarkable how one remembers such gems from half a century ago.
3 ICE LOLLIES Ins of O (love) in I CELL (single room) LIES (is found)
4 SISAL Ins of IS in SAL (SALT, sailor minus T)
5 LUXURIANT Ins of X (kiss) U (last letter of yoU) in *(in ultra)
6 CAYS Acrostic
7 JEOPARDY Ins of (L) EOPARD, wildcat in JulY
8 WAR CRIES *(aircrew’s) Another anagram clue made fantastic by Paul’s creative wordings
13 TOURING CAR *(ruin go-cart)
15 BUTTONING BUT (though) TONING (going together as in harmony in music)
16 SCREWTOP Ins of CREW (men) in STOP (bar) Chambers supports the 8 enumeration although it is more commonly presented as 5,3 or 5-3
17 SMARTIES SMAR (rev of RAMS, male sheep) TIES (relations)
19 ANGLER Ins of L (first letter of Lancashire) in ANGER (passion) Excellent piece of misdirection from fishing to cricket
20,10 WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR In 2010, Uncle Yap qualified to sing this Beatles classic. 64 is the square of 8.
24 MALI Hidden in SOMALIA, another African country
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram