Posted by shuchi on November 26th, 2010
Probably an easy ride for someone who’s well up on alcoholic drinks. Given my modest knowledge of the subject, I had a bit of a struggle with some of the answers but the wordplay was helpful throughout.
I really enjoy Falcon’s puzzles – they’re consistently gentle and elegant – clues like 15D look so beautifully unstrained.
9 LITTLE ONE LITTLE (small) ONE (number). ‘Little One’ is a song from the 1956 film High Society.
10 BLIMP B[rigadier] LIMP (uninspiring)
11 COMMANDO (Green Beret) with O (round) “fired” i.e. removed
12 PREMIER PREMIER[e]
13,23 YEOMEN YEMEN (Red Sea country) around O[ligarchy]
14 PLASTER CAST reverse anagram of STAPLER
17 SATIE SAT (posed) I (yours truly) [stag]E. French composer and pianist, Erik Satie.
18 SPA hidden in ‘RegentS PArk’
19 CLIFF dd. Cliff is a boy’s name. A bluff is also a cliff, or a hill with a broad, steep face.
21 HAMMERSTEIN HAMMERS (hits) TEN (number) with 1 included. Oscar Hammerstein, American lyricist and playwright, best known as the writer of the title song for the The Sound Of Music.
25 ARIZONA ARIA (song) around ZON[e] (endless territory)
27 EPIGRAM E (English) PIG RAM (farm animals)
28 PLAYA PLAY (drama) A. Spanish word for ‘beach’.
29 CLOSE CALL CLOSE (quiet road) CALL (name)
1 PLUCKY P[unter] LUCKY (jammy)
2 STAMP OUT A MP (politician), in STOUT (beer)
3 ALTARPIECE sounds like ‘alter piece’ (change item). A picture or relief behind the altar or communion table in a church.
4 HOAD (DOHA)*. Had to look this up – Lewis Alan Hoad (1934-1994) was a champion tennis player.
5 PERPETRATE PE (drill) RATE (speed), around R (river) PET (stroke)
6 ABLE ALE (porter) around B[ags]
7 NIKITA KIN (family) reversed, IT A[narchy]. A Russian name.
8 APERITIF (PIRATE)* IF (provided). Alcoholic drink to stimulate the appetite before a meal.
15 ASSISTANCE S (son) IS in A STANCE (position)
16 RECONSIDER RE (about) CON (conservative) SIDE (party) R[omania]
17 SCHNAPPS S (second) CH (child) NAPPS (sounds like ‘naps’ i.e. takes a short sleep)
20 IMMORTAL I’M MORAL (lesson) around T (time)
22 MAI TAI I AT I AM (in the morning), all reversed
24 NIMBLE MB (doctor) in NILE (river)
26 OKAY [t]OKAY (Hungarian wine, without introduction)
27 EROS SORE (sensitive) reversed. The popular name for a monument in Piccadilly Circus, London.