Posted by Big Dave on November 15th, 2010
No problems with today’s offering from Arachne. My favourite clue was 9 across.
All definitions given are from Chambers 11th Edition or the Oxford Dictionary of English. Most of the standard abbreviations used in the wordplay are shown with the unused letters in brackets e.g. R(ight).
1a MOUSETRAP – combine the Jerry of Tom & Jerry with PART reversed (recalled) to get a long-running play
6a PLONK – a double definition – to put down roughly and cheap wine
9a COSMETIC SURGERY – in this semi &Lit clue an anagram (drastically) of CORRECTS MY GUISE gives a medical procedure defined by the whole clue
10a WHAT – a word meaning that which is the initial letters of Withstands Hatred Always Triumphs
11a RUDIMENT – a an elementary or primitive form of something (basic) is a charade of R(ight) U(niversity) DIME (a bit of money) and NT (New Testament / books)
14a BOSSA NOVA – this Brazilian dance is a charade of a supremo, A and a star that suddenly increases in brightness
15a SET-TO – badgers live in a SETT; add O (love) to get a fight
16a TULSA – A SLUT (a drab / a whore) when reversed (backward) gives an American city that Gene Pitney only managed to get a day away from
18a FREE VERSE – put REEVE inside (enthralled by) an anagram (imaginative) of SERF to get poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular rhythm
20a ORCHARDS – Places where fruit is grown are a charade of OR and the edible leafstalks of a variety of white beet (vegetables)
21a OVER – a word meaning about sounds like (we hear) OVA (eggs)
25a STOCKING FILLERS – an anagram (are sadly) of FOR KING CELLISTS gives these minor diversions at Christmas
26a PUTIN – split as PUT IN this can mean to appoint, but it’s actually the name of the Russian Prime Minister and former President
27a EXONERATE – a charade of EX (former partner) ONE (I) and RATE (to judge) gives a verb meaning to free from blame
1d MACAW – drop the first and last three letters (wingless) from (fil)M A CAW(ing) to get a bird
2d UNSEATS – a word meaning throws (from a horse) is derived by putting SEA (salt) inside an anagram (processed) of NUTS
3d EVEN – 7-1 looks like betting odds, but 7 minus 1 is 6, an even number [Thanks to Tokyocolin for pointing out that SEVEN minus one letter is (S)EVEN, making this a better clue that I first thought. ]
4d RUIN – put I inside RUN (race) to get a word meaning to cause destruction
5d POSTULATED – a word meaning claimed is an anagram (conflict) of USA PLOTTED
6d PERMISSIVE – an adjective meaning free is constructed by putting MISS (girl) and I (one) inside (imprisoned by) a PERVE (sicko)
7d OVEREAT – a word meaning to stuff yourself with food is constructed from OVER (on high) and an anagram (after exercise) of TEA
8d KEYSTROKE – KEY (secret) and STROKE (caress) give an action performed by a typist
12d BANANA SKIN – combine BANANAS (crazy) and KIN (family) to get the possible cause of one’s downfall?
13d CONFIDENCE – a secret is constructed from a CON (scam) followed by a FENCE (crook) around (hidden inside / with secret) ID(entity)
14d BOTTOMS UP – a charade of BOTTOM (last) and SUP (to drink) gives an alternative interjection to Cheers!
17d LOCK OUT – combine LOCK (rugby player) and OUT (known) to get a phrasal verb meaning to bar
19d RIVIERA – an anagram (abroad) of I ARRIVE gives a coastal area
22d ROSIE – this girl comes from IS reversed (flipping) inside(to make a sandwich) ROE (eggs)
23d AFRO – this hairstyle is hidden and reversed (seen back) inside FORFAR
24d FLEE – a verb meaning to bolt is most of FLEE(T) (fast)