Posted by Uncle Yap on November 30th, 2010
I might have guessed that on the day of the first Meet The Guardian Team that the featured setter would have his puzzle published. Well, I have travelled some 7,000 miles to a bitterly cold London (it even started snowing last night or this morning) to attend and I know a treat awaits tonight.
The puzzle is peripherally themed on a device which allows for a choice of definitions, like KILL or CURE. As always, Paul’s clueing is very precise and fair and of course, a Paul puzzle would be incomplete without something mildly risque like 22Down, without doubt, my COD.
9 PROFITEER Ins of ROFIT (ins of FI, rev of IF in ROT, cobblers) in PEER (aristo) A spiv is a black-market dealer of say, hard-to-come-by ticket for a Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal
10 INANE *(A NINE presented as 9)
11 TROLL T (sounds like tea) ROLL (bread)
12 DIGITISED *(GET I’S ID x 2)
13 CLEARER Ins of LE (first and last letter of LigaturE) in CARER (nurse)
14 TREACLE Ins of R (last letter of sugaR) in TEA (drink) +*(ECLair)
17 SNAFU Reversal of Ins of FAN, supporter in US (America) US military slang from situation normal all fouled (or fucked) up
19 CON dd CONservative Party & TRICK or treat (answer to 22,20)
21 DRIVE-IN DRIP (intravenous device) minus P + VEIN (its target) Neat!
22 TRICK OR TREAT Ins of RICK (boy) in TORT (civil wrong) RE (about) A T (time) Trick-or-treating is a customary practice for children on Halloween seen in many countries. Children in costumes, either in large groups or accompanied by an adult, travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy
24 HEARTBEAT Cha of HEAR (catch) TB (tuberculosis, disease) EAT (scoff) and of course you are ALIVE (answer to 26) with it
28 ARENA Ins of N (north pole) in AREA (zone)
29 PRICELESS P (power) RICELESS (without rice and paddy is rice in the husk)
1,8 SPITHEAD Ins of PITH (essence) in SEA (water) D (last letter of England) Spithead is an area of the Solent and a roadstead off Gilkicker Point in Hampshire, England. It is protected from all winds, except those from the southeast.
2 NO MORE *(MONROE) DEAD OR ALIVE in this clue gave us a choice of opting for DEAD as the def
3 KILL OR CURE Ins of L (pound) in KILO (weight) R (right) + ins of R (last letter of slimmeR) in CUE (signal)
4 DEAD OR ALIVE *(avoid leader)
5 BRIGHTON B (first letter of Blackpool) Right On (continuing straight)
6 GIFT Ins of F (female) in GIT (unpleasant type) for TREAT
7 MASSACRE Cha of MASS (the lot) ACRE (area) for KILL
13 CASED dd a joint is usually cased
15 EXTRICATED EX (Old) + *(CAT TRIED) oops, thanks for pointing out the oversight, Gaufrid
16 ESTER ha
18 ANIMATED Ins of I MATE (single friend) in AND (conjunction or joiner)
19 CONTEMPT Ins of ON (regarding) & TEMP (interim worker) in CT (court)
22 TITBIT Fantastic dd what children get when they go trick-or-treating and of course that delectable part of the female human breast. What a TREAT !
23 KAISER Ins of IS in K (King) and A ER (a Queen, Elizabeth)
24 HEAL sounds like HEEL (scoundrel) CURE, rather than kill is the def
25 TRAP I have been staring at this answer and clue for many minutes now and no inspiration except that TRAP & TRICK can be synonymous; GOT IT, to go is to PART, reverse that to get TRAP… Phew! Last one in.
27 EAST FEAST (meal) minus F
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