Posted by Uncle Yap on December 21st, 2010
Thank you, Duncan for filling in so well for me during my brief sojourn in Sri Lanka for a Hashing event. Thankfully, I am done travelling for the rest of the year and my heart goes out to the many travellers stuck in European airports in the lead-up to Christmas.
Today, Paul gave us quite an easy but entertaining puzzle which took me less than half an hour to solve, helped very much by the biggie in 28Across which I got just by looking at the enumeration. I had to go on-line to http://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-italian/take-flight to find the Italian equivalent of flight. Well, you learn something new everyday, don’t you?
1 MIDRIFF In the middle of a riff (a phrase or figure played repeatedly) is when a guitarist may well pause and is also where the navel is situated.
9 AORTA Alternate letters in fAvOuR a TeAm for the main arterial vessel that carries blood from the heart (hence which is close to one’s heart)
10 LASSITUDE As a non-native, I always try to steer clear of homophones which appear to be one of the most contentious areas in cryptic crossword. I await edification from a native. Thanks to NeilW … sounds like Lassie chewed
12 SEAL dd
14 VOLCANIC ASH Cha of VOL (VOLO, Italian for flight minus O) CAN I CASH (change) Last night I was watching a BBC programme on the huge financial costs of the closure of Heathrow Airport due to heavy snowfall and comparison was made to the closure in May 2010 of European airports caused by dangerous volcanic ashes from Iceland.
18 COTONEASTER Ins of TONE (shade) in COASTER (vessel) shrub or small tree of the genus Cotoneaster, related to hawthorn.
21 OKRA ha also known as gumbo and lady’s fingers
22 MENTAL NOTE MEN (workers) ins of A LN (a LiNk) in TOTE (carry)
25 GREENHORN GREEN (politician) HORN (wind instrument cleverly clued as one blasted)
26 GRAVE dd
27 DISUSED Ins of U (university) in DISSED (treated with contempt)
28,11,24,5 PUT ONE’S MONEY WHERE ONE’S MOUTH IS This is quite self-explanatory. I spotted this right away
1 MIASMA Ins of S (south) in MIAM (US City Miami minus I) + A
2 DARING DARLING (loved one) minus middle letter, L
3 IN ANY EVENT Ins of NY (New York state) in *(VENETIAN)
4 FILTH Ins of L (line) in FIT (attack) + H (first letter of Home)
5 MISCREANT *(CRIME SAINT minus I)
6 UNIT U (you) NIT (fool)
7 HOUSEMAN Ins of E (English) in Alfred Edward HOUSMAN (1859–1936), an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.
8 STEALTHY STEAL (pilfer) THY (your)
13 MICROLIGHT Ins of CR (CAR, vehicle minus A) + *(OIL) in MIGHT (power) for a very light, usually single-seat, aircraft having either fixed or flexible wings.
15 LEASEHOLD *(SALE) EH (rev of HE, man) OLD (crumbling)
16 ACT OF GOD Ins of TO FG (FroG) in A COD (fish)
17 STARKERS Ins of K (king) in STARERS (those looking) What a creative surface ! My COD
19 DOMAIN DO (get on) MAIN (leading)
20 RECESS dd
23 TON-UP Ins of O in TNUP (rev of PUNT, boat) travelling or having travelled at more than 100mph
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram