Posted by shuchi on November 19th, 2010
Many roundabout definitions today to add zest to our solving, such as ‘where Spanish sailor lands’, ‘least likely to be a beggar’. Also a bigger than usual helping of homophone clues (e.g. 20d, 23d), amusing ones, and a couple of nice long anagrams. All in all a really good puzzle.
1 JACKASS JACK (sailor) A SS (ship). Charlie is slang for fool.
5 MYSORE MY SORE (a painful experience). The painful experience couldn’t have been due to Elaine’s activities that took place yesterday in another Indian city.
8 BLACKMAIL sounds like ‘black male’ (Afro-Caribbean fellow)
9 FACET FT (our paper) around ACE (star)
11 CRAZE C (about) RAZE (destroy)
12 NIGHTWEAR (WITH ANGER)*
13 MATCHBOX d&cd. Enjoyed this.
15 QUOTES OT (old books) in QUES[t] (search, incomplete)
17 ON TIME ONE (individual) around TIM (little boy)
19 PATHETIC PATH (way), CITE (name) reversed
22 TEA LEAVES TEAL (bird) EAVES (part of roof). Magpies are famous as thieves, and ‘tea leaves’ is rhyming slang for thieves.
23 KYOTO OK (it’s all right) around TOY (model), all reversed
24 REPOT REP (material, a transversely corded fabric) HOT (currently in demand) – H (hospital)
25 CAUTERISE (IE SEAR CUT)* &lit
26 ARDENT (RA)< DENT (slight depression)
27 GALLEON GALLE (Sri Lankan coastal location) ON
1 JOB’S COMFORTER (FROM OBJECTORS)*. Job’s comforter tries to console someone and is not only unconvincing but ends up making the other feel worse.
2 CLAMANT CLAIMANT (person wanting compensation) – I
3 ANKLE THANKLESS (unappreciated), with two letters each removed from both ends.
4 SEA ONION (ONE IS ON)*, around A. A Mediterranean plant cultivated for its bulb – medicine for the heart in small doses, and poison in large doses.
5 MALAGA A GAL (girl) AM (before noon), all reversed. A port in southern Spain.
6 SOFT TOUCH dd
7 RICHEST REST (slump) around I CH (church). The richest are the least likely to be beggars but don’t bank on this definition if you’re a detective – see this [Spoiler alert].
10 TERPSICHOREAN (PARTNER I CHOSE)*, with “is all over the shop” as anagrind. It’s a lovely anagram, and it feels good to make use of newly acquired vocabulary – I’ve learnt this word recently through a film review describing the heroine as the hero’s “terpsichorean muse”.
14 HAMMER TOE (A MOTHER)* around ME (this person)
16 HAPSBURG HAS GRUB (food) reversed, around P (prince). Got this from the wordplay and found that Hapsburg was an important royal house of Europe, origin of all formally elected Holy Roman Emperors between 1438 and 1740.
18 TRAPPER STRAPPER (sturdy chap) – S
20 TWO-TIME sounds like TOOT (blast) I’M.
21 AVOCET OC (officer-in-charge) in A VET (animal doctor).
23 KNEEL sounds like ‘Neil’ (man)