Posted by shuchi on December 10th, 2010
An uncomplicated, enjoyable grid. I am a fan of the way Bradman constructs fresh and elegant clue surfaces with even basic wordplay, such as 21a and 2d. My favourites today are 26a, 3d.
1 PARODY ROD (bar) in YAP (chat) reversed. At first I thought “around about” must be a typo, later found it’s needed for the wordplay. It doesn’t read very well though.
4 SCRAWLER S (small son) CRAWLER (one not yet on feet)
9 SHAMAN SH (order to shut up) A MAN (fellow)
10 EVILDOER (DO REVILE)*
11 HOSTEL HO’S (house’s) TEL (phone)
12 DRUMBEAT dB (a bit of noise – decibel, the unit for sound) EAT (have food), around RUM (drink)
13 MOT dd
14 REGAIN EG (say) in RAIN (shower)
17 CARTOON O (ring) “boxed” i.e. put inside CARTON. Clever clue!
21 WEAVER W (wife) EVER (always), around A
26 RECLINER RE (about, as in ‘with reference to’) LINER (cruise ship), around C (about, as in ‘circa’)
27 FAERIE F (female) A ERIE (lake). The archaic spelling of “fairy”.
28 AGNATION A G (good) NATION (country). Agnation is the line of descent from a common male ancestor.
29 SOLIDI SOLID (financially sound) I (one). Plural for ‘solidus’, a gold coin issued by the Romans in the Middle Ages.
30 INCHOATE INCH (measure) ORATE (sound off) – R (right)
31 DEMEAN MEA[l] in DEN (hovel)
1 POST HORN POST (after) HORN (the cape, Cape Horn); a wind instrument used in the past to signal the arrival and departure of a post rider or mail coach.
2 ROAD SIGN (RAIN GODS)*
3 DIABETIC CITE (call) B (bishop) AID (help), all reversed
5 COVERT OVER (series of deliveries, in cricket) in CT (court)
6 APLOMB A MB (doctor), around P (quiet) LO (look)
7 LOOTER LOO (small room) TER[m] (time, short)
8 RARITY RAY (man) around RIT (slowing down in play). Rit is short for “ritardando”, the gradual slowing of tempo in music.
12 DOTTIER DO (party) TIER (row), around [lef]T
15 NAP PAN (face), reversed
16 BOW dd. A place of East End in London, often seen in cryptic clues to indicate Cockney pronunciation.
18 NEMATODE (ONE TAMED)*, Nematodes are thin worm-like animals with the body often marked with ridges, rings or bristles.
19 OVERNICE O (old) VENICE (Italian city), around R (river)
20 ARMENIAN MEN (fellows) in ARIAN (heretical – follower of Arius, deemed heretic by Christian bishops in the 4th century)
22 ARGALI (A GIRL A)*
23 SCENIC S[unday] CE (church) NIC[e] (pleasant, no end)
24 BISTRO ST (street) in BIRO (writer)
25 GET OUT dd