Posted by Uncle Yap on January 11th, 2011
One gets the feeling that the Don may well have a sadistic streak when he acted like Procrustes, stretching the legs of innocent travellers on the rack and actually chopping up the good wife for fuel
All in good fun with outrageous wordplay that makes one smile. Very entertaining.
1 BIGAMY BIG (important) AMY (one of the Little Women ala Louisa May Alcott)
4 STROLL S (last letter of rightS) TROLL (evil-tempered ugly monster from Scandinavian mythology) Neat misleading surface
9 BEYOND THE FRINGE *(one frightened by) Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. It played in London’s West End and then on New York’s Broadway in the early 1960s, and is widely regarded as seminal to the rise of satire in 1960s Britain.
10 WILLOW Ins of ILL (sick) in WOW (exclamation like Gosh)
12 THEOCRAT Cha of THE OC (officer commanding) RAT (despicable person)
14 STAPLE dd
15 TSETSE *(SET) x 2 but thanks to the ever-vigilant NeilW, this is actually a simple ha
18 MASSENET MASSE (a stroke made with the cue vertical or nearly so, so as to achieve a sharp swerve in the cue ball) + NET (score) Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912) French composer best remembered for his pop operas
21 FIREWOOD *(door wife) most sadistic
22 ROCOCO RO (rev of OR, nothing right) COCO (Coco the Clown, a name adopted by several clowns, but originally Nicolai Poliakoff (1900-1974)
24 COMEDY OF MANNERS *(Yes-man conformed)
25 TEMPER dd
26 RENNET Rev of TENNER (ten-pound note)
1 BLEMISH Ins of LEM (Lunar Excursion Module, space vehicle) in BISH (blunder, mistake)
2 GROWL GROW (mushroom) L (left)
3 MEDAWAR ME (this person) *(award) Sir Peter Brian Medawar (1915–1987) a British zoologist awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet.
5 TOFFEES T (last letter of strict) of fees (in relations to payments) one of the nicknames for Everton Football Club
6 ORIGINATE *(into gear I)
7 LEG-PULL No joke, especially if Procrustes had put you there
8 THREAT Ins of RE (Royal Engineers, soldier) in THAT
13 ON THE BEAM I often marvel at how those little girls can jump, hop and still maintain their balance on a piece of wood 4 inches across
16 SPIN OUT SPIN (jaunt) OUT (away from home)
17 ECOTYPE The type that cares for ecology or ‘ecotype’ would be enthusiastic about the environment. Chambers defines ecotype as a group of organisms which have adapted to a particular environment and so have become different from other groups within the species.
18 MODIFY MOD (Ministry of Defence) IFFY (problematical) minus F
19 SURNAME Ins of NAM (rev of MAN, fellow) in SURE (certainly)
20 EXCERPT Ins of R (last letter of summeR) in EXCEPT (save)
23,11 CANON EMERITUS Can one merit US ?
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