Posted by Uncle Yap on January 4th, 2011
After the recent twisted knickers on the Guardian crossword web pages, things seem to be coming back to normal … the dates and the puzzle numbers all seem to be right … after the Christmas / New Year revelries, reality returns
Today’s puzzle has a mini theme based on one of my favourite folk songs by a fabulous 60’s group whose collective name was introduced through other namesake singers. Two are not as well-known but compensated by easier anagram clues. Very entertaining stuff
1 DUBIOUS DUB (a genre of music which grew out of reggae music in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a subgenre) IO (one of the moons of Jupiter) US (American)
5 EXHUMED Cha of EX (former) HUM (stink) ED (editor, journalist)
10 MEMORISES Ins of EMOR (rev of ROME, city) in *(MESSI)
11 OUTSHINING *(NIGHT SUN IO)
12,4 PAUL SIMON PAUL’S (Paul, Guardian setter, moniker of John Halpern) I’M (Puck’s) ON (working) for the other half of Simon and Garfunkel of Bridge Over Troubled Water fame
14,1 PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON Ins of FF (fellows) in PUT (place) HEM (border) A GI (a soldier) C (caught) DRAG ON (wearing women’s clothing) “Puff, the Magic Dragon” is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by Yarrow’s group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording. By some perverted reasoning, the Malaysian Government interpreted the song as Puff, the magic DRAG IN and banned it as an undesirable song said to promote the smoking of drugs.
18 STONEWALLING Ins of O (nothing) NEW in STALLING (synonym for the answer) Brilliant construction, my COD
21 HEAR (S) hear
22 HOSPITABLE HO (corruption of whore, prostitute) + ins of PIT (mine) in SABLE (black)
25 WALKABOUT (?) The erudite NeilW has a very plausible explanation in comment #1. However, jvh in #4 parsed this as a kind of reversal clue (when the answer is the clue) whereby WALKABOUT (defined as pedestrian appearance by Queen) leads to rev of WALK or K (king) LAW (rule). This wordplay seems a better explanation for this outstanding clue.
26 OPIUM O (ring) PI (Private Investigator, detective) UM (hesitation)
27 DOE-EYED Sounds like DOH (stupid) I’D (This setter would)
28 RESPECT dd “Respect” is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. “Respect” became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin.
2 BIDETS Ins od D & E (lower classes) in BITS (some money)
3 OVERHAULED *(a rude hovel)
5 EMMENTHAL EMMA (novel) minus A plus *(PLANT HE minus P)
6 HERO With H?R?, this can only be Hero of Leander fame but I do not see the wordplay … anyone?
7 MUSTANGS Ins of S (second) TAN (beat) in MUGS (faces)
8 DISPLACE Detective Inspector’s place is the home of a plain-clothes policeman
13 EMANATIONS *(ONE STAMINA)
15 FLAVONOID Ins of River AVON in FLOID (FLOOD with Iodine substituted for Oxygen)
16 ESCHEWED *(W CHEESE) + D (daughter)
17 HONAH LEE ha
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
20 KERMIT Ins of ER (hesitant expression) M (married) in KIT (one of the many shortened forms for Catherine)
23,9 PETER ANDRE *(NEED PART) + R (right) E (key) Peter James Andre (born 27 February 1973) is a singer-songwriter, television personality and businessman. He was born in the United Kingdom to Greek Cypriot parents and raised in Australia. From the 2000s he has been a resident of the United Kingdom. He had a successful career in music, achieving four top 10 UK albums and ten top 10 singles.
24,19 MARY J BLIGE *(GIRL MAY BE + Jazz) Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, producer, songwriter, actress, and rapper. A recipient of 9 Grammy Awards and 4 American Music Awards. Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums.
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