Posted by duncanshiell on December 1st, 2010
Well, I learnt a new word today, at 2 down, having toyed with TRIBALISM, thinking BALI was the island, before deciding I couldn’t make it fit the word play. There is no doubt that the correct answer is very precisely clued.
I completed 90% of this fairly quickly, but then struggled for a bit in the SW corner, mainly because I had confidently entered SHOT for 20a (Pellet or it’s victim). I took longer than I should to get ENDOSTEAL as the wordplay was very clear and I have come across the answer in barred crosswords before.
I’m not sure what the purists will make of the single word ‘milkshake’ in 21 across acting as two distinct words ‘milk’ and ‘shake’.
This is the first puzzle by Shed that I have blogged. I enjoyed it. The clueing is almost always very precise and the surfaces are fairly smooth, although I am not convinced that SQUALID works in the wordplay. There are also one or two other small queries in the wordplay explanations below.
Now back to clearing the snow – we have well over 50 cms (20 inches) of the stuff in Jedburgh already and it’s snowing heavily again.
|1||DATE (fruit) + STAMP (to tread heavily)||DATE STAMP (indicator of age)|
|6||S (second) + CREW (hands)||SCREW (twist)|
|9||ETA (Basque separatist organisation) containing (swallowing) VI (six, roman numerals)||EVITA (a Musical beloved of crossword setters)|
|10||TALKS (negotiations) + BACK (support)||TALKS BACK (shows insubordination)|
|11||(LACK [want] + BOAR [pig]) contained in (to interrupt) BD (Bachelor of Divinity, junior to DD [Doctor of Divinity])||BLACKBOARD (old teaching aid – probably still very important in many schools throughout the world)|
|12||PETS (favourites) reversed (backing)||STEP (part of the procedure)|
|14||(B [black] contained in (infecting) BRIE (cheese)] + RY (railway [lines])||BRIBERY (immoral practice)|
|15||Anagram of (remix) ROD STEWART excluding (un….d) ART (culture)||WORSTED (beaten, using WORST as a verb)|
|17||TAMBO (reference Oliver Tambo, South African anti-apartheid politician) + UR (ancient city)||TAMBOUR (drum)|
|19||(A + M [male]) contained in [wearing] SARI [female’s garment]) + A||SAMARIA (Biblical land)|
|20||SLUG (a lump of metal; a ball of shot; pellet))||SLUG (reference ‘slug pellets’ to make slugs the victim)|
|22||(INRI [Jesus of Nazareth; inscription over cross] containing [includes] DUST [to which man returns; ‘ashes to ashes and dust to dust’]) + A + L (Liberal)||INDUSTRIAL (relating to labour)|
|25||END (wind up) + O (nothing) + STEAL (lift)||ENDOSTEAL (within a bone)|
|26||KO (knock-out; final blow) + A LA (in the manner of; as)||KOALA ( reference Koala Bear, an Australian marsupial that looks like a bear, but doesn’t meet the formal requirements for being a bear)|
|27||A + R (recipe) + RAY (fish)||ARRAY (order)|
|28||UN (French for the indefinite article; a French) + DERWENT (reservoir in Derbyshire ; in the Peak District, not to be confused with Derwentwater in the Lake District)||UNDERWENT (experienced)|
|1||DB (first and last letters of [extremely] DUMB) containing (drinking) WEE (urine)||DWEEB (nerd)|
|2||(BAD [naughty] + IS [island]) contained in (during) TRIM (haircut)||TRIBADISM (The exact definition is clearly spelled out in all the most common crossword dictionaries (Chambers, Collins, SOED), and is entirely consistent with the female homosexual history of the island of Lesbos)|
|3||SHACK (humble dwelling) + LET ON (revelaed secret)||SHACKLETON (reference Ernest Shackleton, explorer)|
|4||(ANTONYM [opposite] excluding the final letter [almost] M) containing (devouring) H (first letter of [head] HUMAN)||ANTHONY (man’s name)|
|5||PAL (friend) + WORT (a rarely used word referring to ay herb or vegetable; most common usage Ioday I think is in St John’s wort; not sure it is a weed though)||PALTROW (reference Gwyneth Paltrow, actress [is the word ‘actor’ gender free?])|
|6||SAS (Special Air Service; crack troops) + H (hot). Parsing corrected following comment – thanks.||SASH (band)|
|7||TSAR (head of state) containing (maintaining) O (nothing), all reversed (up)||ROAST (aggressively criticise)|
|8||Anagram of (confused) KEPI and WADI and I||WIKIPEDIA (online encyclopedia which may [or may not] give clarification of the difference between ‘kepi’ and ‘wadi’)|
|13||BRA (supporter, another crossword cliché) + MS (manuscript; writing) + TOKER (one who smokes a cigarette, usually containing marijuana [dope])||BRAM STOKER (author, best known for Dracula)|
|14||Anagram of (that’s wrong) SETH and B (born) and AHAB||BATHSHEBA (Biblical character, wife of Uriah the Hittite [Wikipedia tells me])|
|16||TERMITE (white ant that damages trees, pest) containing (with injection) NA (chemcial symbol for sodium)||TERMINATE (get rid of)|
|18||Anagram of (queerly) OR AUDEN||RONDEAU (verse form, characterised by closely-knit rhymes. Swinburne invented the roundel form of verse)|
|19||(S (first letter of [it’s own top (?)] + LID [top, again]) containing (in) QUA (in the capacity of) I think ‘in’ is acting as a verb telling you to enclose QUA in SLID. I also think ‘top’ is doing double duty. Please tell me if you think differently.||SQUALID (dirty)|
|21||JUDDER (shake) excludng the first letter J (losing head)||UDDER (producer of milk)|
|23||L (first letter of [origin] LEIGHTON) + EAST (Orient) If Shed is intending to refer to the English League 1 football team, it’s spelt Leyton Orient)||LEAST (most insignificant)|
|24||E (electronic) + SKY (reference sky blue)||ESKY (common in Australia as the name for a portable insulated container for drinks; almost certainly derived from ‘Eskimo’)|