Posted by Eileen on December 15th, 2010
‘The best laid schemes … ‘ My plan was to stay up and solve this puzzle when it was published and provide an early blog, for once. Alas, I fell asleep at about the crucial moment and consequently overslept, so the blog is even later than usual – and it’s not nearly so pretty as Duncan’s!
Thankfully, it’s a reasonably straightforward Paul puzzle, with a couple of typically Pauline touches and, for me, one really laugh-out-loud clue.
1 JACKPOT: JACK [fish] + POT [cauldron]
5 OSMOSIS: M[aoist] in a reversal of SO SO [moderate] + IS: one scientific process I did understand
9 CORGI: double definition – and perhaps rather hard on non-UK solvers: it’s an ‘acronym’ for Council for [Chambers] Registered Gas Installers – and the Queen’s favourite breed of dog
10,11,10, 23 DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS: cryptic definition and a witty reference to 14,16. In view of our differing preferences for puzzles / setters, I think it should perhaps be the motto of this site.
12 OPUS: O [oxygen] + PUS [bodily fluid]
14, 16 SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING: anagram – and some would say a hilarious & lit – of DRENCHING MY OWN MISSIS
18 WHIPSNADE ZOO: I wonder how many other people spent minutes trying to make an anagram of the rather odd surface BEDS DRAW CAT + A? The definition is ‘Beds draw’, referring to the Bedfordshire tourist attraction: WHIP [cat] + an anagram of A SNOOZE D[rop] – lovely!
21 MOCK: double definition
22 NEWFANGLED: NEW FANG [latest milk tooth] + LED [was in front] Edit: as NeilW points out, I meant NEW FANG [milk tooth] – ‘latest’ is the definition.
25 IMPARTIAL: I’M PARTIAL [limited]
26 TANGO: TAN [brown] + GO
27 GRENADE: DANE [European] + R [king] in EG [say] all reversed
28 SWEETEN: [enormou]S + WEE [cute] + TEN [figure]
1 JOCOSE: JOE [ordinary chap] round COS [island]
2 CURARE: to save further delay in the publication of the blog, I’ll leave this one to you. [Thanks, Andrew - Comment 1]
3 PRICKLY ASH: PRICK [unpleasant person - Chambers: 'a term of abuse for a person one dislikes or thinks a fool'] + Y [unknown] in LASH [birch]
4 TIDES: reversed hidden in advertiSED ITinerary
5 OFF COURSE: F [very poor grade] in OF COURSE [certainly]
6 MEET: homophone of meat
7 SHEEPISH: cryptic [or, rather, double - thanks Martin H @20] definition, referring to Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned.
8 SET ASIDE: SIDE [team] ‘inferior to’ [behind] anagram [ham] of EAST – a really nice surface
13 ANTOINETTE: TO + I [individual in the sense of the personal pronoun, I think] in ANNETTE [girl]
15 CEASEFIRE: anagram of AS FIERCE + [battl]E
17 MINCE PIE: Cockney rhyming slang for ‘eye’
19 PLANET: E [energy] in PLANT [bush, perhaps]
20 ADJOIN: A DJ [a jacket] + I in ON
24 ARIA: A + reversal of AIR [song]