Posted by Eileen on December 9th, 2010
I think this puzzle might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed it, once I got started. 3dn was the first themed answer I got, before solving 25,22, so I went down a blind alley or two, before getting 2dn, which set me on the right track.
The theme is novels of Virginia Woolf.
1 STROUD: anagram of TUDORS – a town in Gloucestershire
5 MORALISE: ALI [Caliph - cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed] in MORSE [Samuel, cryptographer]
9 STALWART: anagram of LAW in START [beginning]
10 JACOBS: the first of the themed clues – a reference to Jacob sheep:
and Virginia Woolf’s novel, ‘Jacob’s room’.
12 HERB GERARD: HER [female] + reversal of REG [small boy] in BARD [poet]: another name for ground elder
13 NIM-OIL: anagram of IN LIMO [small limousine]: an aromatic oil from the seeds and fruit of the neem tree
14 DALLOWAY: ALLOW [permit] in DAY [time]: Woolf’s novel, ‘Mrs Dalloway’, hence ‘married woman’
16 THE WAVES: T[ime] + HEW [cut] + AVES [birds
19 URCHIN: double definition: an archaic / dialect word for 'hedgehog'
21 THIRD WORLD: T. HIRD [Thora, the actress and national treasure]
+ L [pupil] in WORD [promise]
23,11 SLATTERN: SLAT [strip of wood] + TERN [bird]
24 TUXEDO: reversal of ODE [poem] + X [tenth] + UT ‘a syllable representing the first note of the scale, now generally superseded by doh’
25 VIRGINIA WOOLF: VIRGINIA [state] + WOOLF, homophone of ‘wolf’, as in the song, ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?’ – and, of course, there’s also the play / film, ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
26 BELLYFUL: BELL [ringer] + U [turn] in anagram of FLY
27 DURING: DU [French 'of the'] + RING – reference to Wagner’s Ring cycle
2 TO THE LIGHTHOUSE: TOT [child] + L [pupil - for the second time] in HEIGHT [stature] + HOUSE [accommodate]
3 ORLANDO: OR [golden] + LAND [country] + O [love]
4 DIAGHILEV: GHI [fat -alternative spelling of 'ghee', clarified butter] in DIAL [face] + E [fifth letter of the alphabet] + V [fifth]: Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes
5 MATURED: MAD [crazy] around anagram of TRUE
6 REJIG: RE [concerned with + JIG [dance]
7 LOCARNO: LO [see] + CAR NO [ should be on [number] plate]: reference to the Locarno agreement of 1968, which established an International Classification for Industrial Designs.
8 SUBURBANISATION: anagram of ROT [IN A BUS] X 2 – a rather clumsy and vague definition
15 LAUNDERED: a corollary of ‘journalist over American city’ is LA [American city] UNDER ED [journalist]
17 WORRELL: RR [rights] in WOE [misery] + LL [lefts]: Sir Frank Worrell, first black captain, during the 1950s, of the West Indian cricket team:
18 SHRIVEL: H [hydrogen] in anagram of SILVER
20 CASHIER: double definition