Posted by shuchi on December 17th, 2010
A challenging puzzle at many levels for me: words I didn’t know, devious wordplay. The SW corner was specially tricky, I have a couple of explanations pending and your inputs are very welcome. A fine enjoyable workout overall.
Thanks to dreadnought and Gaufrid for the edits.
1 SALINE (A LENS)* around I
4 CROTCHET CC (Cricket Club) around ROT (rubbish) (THE)*
9 OEUVRE O[xford] (REVUE)*
10 SHERATON SH (mum) (ORNATE)*
12 BEAR ARMS a homophone of ‘bare arms’
13 MIMOSA M (minute) IMO (in my opinion) AS (when) reversed – ‘cut back’ in football means to reverse direction.
15 LING LINGO (English perhaps) – O (old)
16 CHINWAG (ACHING)* around W (Welsh); an extremely good clue
20 GOURMET GOUT (complaint) around RM (room) [brasseri]E
21 SORE S (shilling) ORE (coin)
25 ESTATE GESTATE (carry offspring) – G
26 FROM A TO B FROMA[ge] (French cheese, two leaving) [oc]TOB[er]. An estate car (25) would get you from point A to point B.
28 POLKA-DOT (LAD OK)* in POT
29 GLIDER G[a]L[e] after (RIDE)*. The indicators ‘affected’ and ‘intermittent’ go well with the surface.
30 LISTERIA LIST-E (5th programme) AIR (broadcast) reversed; a bacteria that spoils food.
31 PIPPIN PI[nts] (couple of pints) PP (very gently) IN (at home). ‘Pippin’ is a variety of apple primarily used for cider.
1 SNOWBALL SNOW (drink) BALL (party perhaps). This drink I suppose.
2 LAUSANNE (ULNAE)* around SAN (hospital)
3 NORMAL M (marks), in N (new) ORAL (type of exam)
5 RUHR sounds like ‘ruer’ (one regrets)
6 TERMINAL (MINER)* in TAL[e]
7 HOT POT HOOT (laugh), around PT (port) reversed
8 TIN EAR IN (hip) in TEAR (ladder)
11 AMPHORA AMPHORA A[r]M (limb, right away) PH (public house i.e. pub) letters from ‘dOoRwAy’. I love those ceramic vases with two handles and a long narrow neck, now also know the right name for them.
14 IN YEARS TINY (minute) EARS (hearing apparatus) – – T (tenor)
17 BOAT RACE BOA (stole) [ticke]T, RACE (sprint)
18 TOTTED UP TUP (sheepish one; ‘tup’ is a male sheep) around OTT (over the top) ED (journalist)
19 RED BARON *(BADER) NOR (and not) reversed – ‘surfaced’ is the reversal indicator. Sir Douglas Bader (1910-82) was a British fighter pilot in WWII; Red Baron the nickname of Richthofen (1892–1918), German fighter pilot in WWI.
22 PEN PAL PENAL (a type of colony) around P (Pastor)
23 STALLS TALL (elevated) in SS (seconds)
24 AMALFI IF (provided) LAMA (priest), all reversed
27 LOCI LO (see) CI (101)