Posted by Pierre on November 29th, 2010
8 LARVA An insertion of A RV (rendezvous) in LA.
9 TREASURE An anagram (trip) of EASTER around UR, the crossword setter’s favourite ancient city.
11 AGONISE You need to take ANT (the insect) off ANTAGONISE ( to offend). I liked this one.
12 AVERAGE A charade of AVER (to state) and AGE (how old); ‘mean’ here is a noun.
13 DOGMA A charade of DO (party) GM (genetic modification) and A (first letter of AS). If you were being picky, you could say that GM stands for genetically modified, but hey, let’s give the girl a break.
15 LIE IN WAIT A charade of LIE IN (be at home?) W (wife) and AIT (sounds like 8 – the homophone indicator is ‘say’).
17 HOLLYWOOD A charade of H (first Harold) and an anagram of LLOYD with WOO inserted. The anagram indicator is ‘production’. I thought this was particularly clever.
20 GEESE A charade of GEE and SE (small, English).
21 IMMURED A charade of I (single) an anagram (agitated) of MUM and RED (revolutionary). Another excellent surface and clue.
23 PITCHER I was hoping this would come to me when I wrote the blog, and it has. It’s ITCH (a longing) in PER (for). I’m not mad about per = for.
25 INNOVATE An anagram (develop) of VIE and ANN TO.
26 AMUSE A charade of A and MUSE. The Muses were goddesses in classical mythology; there were nine of them, but Erato is the setter’s favourite, essentially because naff all else fits a E?A?O pattern.
27 GRASP THE NETTLE A charade of GRASP THE NET (understand the web) and an anagram (criminal) of LET. Great surface, great clue, my favourite today.
1 BALL AND CHAIN A double definition. ‘A pejorative term for a marriage partner or fiancée who weighs down his or her spouse or partner with restrictions and demands.’ I never knew that till now.
2 TORSO An anagram (broken) of ROOTS. This one’s been round the block a few times.
3 IMAGINARY A charade of IMAG (unfinished picture) IN (fashionable) and ARY (young artist reversed). ‘Turns up’ is the reversal indicator and RA (Royal Academician) is very common for artist.
4 GET WELL A charade of GET (secure) and WELL (water supply). Imperative in grammar is the command form of the verb.
5 OVERAWE A charade of OVER (remaining) A (second cAlf) and WE (us). The definition is ‘cow’. This is a sound clue, but a difficult one for a beginner’s puzzle, imho.
6 TASTE Double definition
7 MARMALADE A charade of MAR (spoil) MA (mummy) LAD (boy) and E (English). This clue doesn’t quite work for me because the ‘mummy’s’ in the clue would lead to MAS. What do others think?
10 GENTLE BREEZE Great clue. A charade of GENTLE (mild) and BREEZE (a homophone of BRIES, French cheeses). The homophone indicator is ‘reportedly’.
14 GOLD MINER I don’t really follow this. Any suggestions?
16 NIGHTMARE A charade of NIGHT (end of the day) and MARE (an anagram (about) of REAM, which is DREAM without D for daughter). The definition is in the clue, so I suppose this is a semi-&lit?
18 OLD SALT An anagram (work) of LOADS plus LT (lieutenant, officer).
19 DEPLETE An insertion of P (quiet) and LET (obstacle) in the River DEE. It’s ‘let’ in the sense of ‘without let or hindrance’.
22 RIOTS An insertion of O (old) in RITS (stir up, in other words STIR reversed, because this is a down clue).
24 HAUNT A charade of H for hospital and AUNT.