Posted by shuchi on January 7th, 2011
A gentle, entertaining puzzle with high number of double definition clues, many that we need to “lift and separate” to read the definitions independently (27A, 5D). The bottom half of the grid makes enough food and drink references to whet your appetite, though it’s probably coincidence rather than a theme.
Mudd isn’t as adventurous in FT as in his Guardian avatar but we do catch glimpses of his humour in clues like 11A, 29A, 19D.
1 LAUNDERETTE LATTE (coffee) around UNDER E (where “Espresso” perhaps listed). I checked in vain if the French word for coffee shop is “undere” before the penny dropped – the word “Espresso” will be listed under the letter E.
7 COB dd
9 TOTEM TO MET (short for Metropolitan Police), reversed
10 LIMOUSINE I MOUS[e] (rodent, tail cut), in LINE (rank)
11 ANTENATAL A N[ubile] TEN (figure) initial letters of ‘Appear Tubby And Large’
12 AMASS AM (PM’s predecessor in the context of time) ASS (wally, a stupid person)
13 GUESSED sounds like ‘guest’ (visitor)
15 REIN RE – “theological” subject ie esoteric way of saying “subject”, IN. I hope this parsing is right as I found it really amusing. //Update: RE = Religious Education. Thanks to Ramasamy for setting that right.
18 LIAR RAIL (line) reversed; with a cryptic-style definition. This was my last answer of the puzzle and it seemed so obvious after all.
20 TINTYPE TIN (preserve) TYPE (kind)
23 PLONK dd; “plonk” is inferior wine.
24 FLAGEOLET dd; a green baby lima bean, and also a flute.
26 HOT POTATO HOT POT (dish) TOMATO (fruit) – TOM (cat)
27 TABLE dd
28 TIE dd
29 BUNNY RABBIT BUN (cake) (RAN BY)* BIT (chewed on)
1 LETHARGY (GREATLY)* around H[ippo]
2 UNTETHER UN[i]T ETHER (number)
3 DEMON DEMO (march) N (November)
4 RELATED RED (coloured) around LATE (yet to arround)
5 TUMBLER dd
6 EDUCATION (AUCTIONED)*; I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s classic line – “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”
7 CLIMAX CL (150) IMAX (films shown here)
8 BREAST BREST(French port) around A
14 STINK BOMB T[errorist] in SINK (pot), BOMB (slang for a lot of money)
16 SYLLABUB BALL (party) reversed, in (BUSY)*. A dessert of beaten cream flavoured with wine.
17 SEAT BELT (TESTABLE)*; a lovely clue – no better test of a seat belt than a crash.
19 REFRAIN REF (referee, who whistles) RA (painter) IN
20 TEA COSY (EASY TO C[onceive])*
21 UPSHOT (TO PUSH)*
22 BOTTLE dd. “Grit” and “bottle” both mean daring.
25 EXTRA dd