Posted by Eileen on January 7th, 2011
Thanks again for the swap, Mark!
I found some parts of this a bit tricky, so there were several smiles and ahas, for me, when the penny did drop. There was a mini-theme in the asterisked clues [rather half-hearted, I thought] and another very topical one in 20ac and 6 and 14dn.
1 COSINESS: COSINES [triangle functions + S [point]
5 BLOW UP: double definition
9 NERISSA: reversal of AS + SIREN [seductive woman] and a reference to a rather complicated incident involving Nerissa and Gratiano in ‘The Merchant of Venice’
10 CURATOR: CUR [dog] + A TO[m] [cat without its tail] + R[iver]
11 OBESE: O.B.E.s [honours] + E[cstasy] [drug]: I blogged a very similar clue from Rufus just a couple of weeks ago.
12 TROUSERED: T[ime] + ROUSER [alarm clock] +ED [journalist]
13 CHARING CROSS: CH[urch] + A RING [set of bells] + CROSS [to go over]: the first of the clues with the theme of London stations
17 SAINT FRANCIS: anagram of IN CRAFTS AS IN : nice surface, with a reference to the Franciscan order of monks
20 BATTERING: ER [queen] in BATTING ["in" in cricket] + reference to battering ram. [I thought there was going to be a tup involved here.]
22 CHOIR: CH[urch] + I in OR
23 LARGESS: anagram of GLASS RE: I’d expect a final E but Chambers gives both spellings.
24 OVERDID: O [love] + VERDI [composer] + D[ied]
25 ARABLE: I think this must be AR[e] ABLE [can nearly?] and ARABLE land can be worked
26 BY CHANCE: B[r]YCHAN + CE [Church of England]: Brychan Brycheiniog was a legendary 5th-century king of Brycheiniog (Brecknockshire alternatively Breconshire) in South Wales.
1,2 CANNON STREET: the second station – sounds like “Canons’ treat”
3 NISSEN HUT: anagram of IN THE SUN’S
4 SCATTERBRAINS: SCA [fell - as in Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England] + reversal of BRETT [Jeremy the actor or Simon the writer] + RAINS [monsoon]
6 LORDS: double definition: House of Lords and Lord’s cricket ground
7 WATERLOO: another station and a reference to the fact that Thomas Crapper did not, in fact, invent the water closet, as popularly believed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Crapper
8 PARADISE: IS in PARADE [display
10 CROWNING GLORY: NIN[e] + GG [goods] in CROW LORY [two birds]
14 CRICCIETH: I’m not going to attempt to explain this ‘homophone’. It must be CRICCIET [cricket] + H[ard]
15 ISABELLA: IS A BELL [is one of A RING] + A
16 VICTORIA: anagram of VII AC [7across] around TOR [hill]
18,19 LONDON BRIDGE: L[eft] ON DON [like Aberdeen, which is on the River Don] + BRIDGE [game]: the last of the stations
21 EWELL: E[nglish] + WE’LL [Guardian's going to] – a nice surface but a bit hard on non-UK residents