Posted by Eileen on January 12th, 2011
There’s something for everyone here: art, opera, literature, geology and science. I have niggles about one or two definitions but there are some clever clues, with some good anagrams and smooth surfaces, giving an enjoyable puzzle overall. Many thanks, Arachne.
1 CENOTAPH: C[onservative] + ENOTA [reversal of AT ONE - in agreement] + PH [public house - 'local']
5 WARMTH: WAR[wickshire] + M[a]T[c]H: I was surprised to find this abbreviation in Chambers: I’d always thought it was ‘Warks.’ which Collins does give, as well as War.
9 DEAD LOCK: DEAD [having gone] + LOCK [YALE]
10 MANTEL: MAN [husband] + TEL [reversal of LET - allowed]: this is at least the third appearance in the last few months for Hilary Mantel, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Wolf Hall’. I hope she is becoming more familiar!
12 IDLES: hidden in paID LESs
13 APOSTOLIC: anagram of TOPIC ALSO
14 POLE POSITION: double / cryptic definition
18 POLLY TOYNBEE: anagram of POET BY LONELY – a lovely surface
21 RARE EARTH: anagram [bats] of RATHER around EAR [attention]
23 RANGE: [g]RANGE
24 THORAX: THOR [Scandinavian?] + AX[e] [blade cut]
25 SPLATTER: S[econd] P[age] LATTER [second of two]
26 CASTLE: CAST [drop] L[ine] + E[lizabeth]: I’m not at all keen on this one: apart from the definition, surely E can stand for Elizabeth only in conjunction with R? Or is Windsor supposed to be doing double duty?
27 ANTELOPE: ANTE [stake] LOPE [bound]: I did like this, though.
1 CADDIE: CAD [rat] + DIE [punch]
2 NEARLY: N[ew] + EARLY [potato] : as Chambers says, usually found in the plural: I know you can have early varieties of lots of things in the garden, but I always knew what my grandpa meant by his ‘earlies’.
3 TALL STORY: T[hink] ALL’S TORY
4 PACKAGE TOURS: PA [dad] + anagram of GOATSUCKER. This one made me laugh: I didn’t know what a goatsucker was [it's a bird similar to the swift] but it didn’t matter, anyway!
6 APART: APARTHEID [segregation] minus HE [chap] and I’D [one had, in short]: another great surface
7 METALLIC: L [student] in anagram of CLIMATE
8 HOLOCENE: anagram [flourished - waved] of ONCE in HOLE [opening]: the Holocene is a geological epoch which began approximately 10000 years ago
11 GO DOWN THE PAN: GO [try] DOWN [fell] THE PAN [greek god of pastures]: I thought this was rather weak.
15 INEBRIATE: I [one] + anagram of BEER AIN’T – inebriate is an adjective [or noun] here: amusing surface!
16 OPERATIC: O [ought] ["non-standard corruption of 'nought'" [Chambers] but also “variant of ‘aught’ ” - so it’s anything or nothing! + PER[son] + A TIC [a jerk]: Albert Herring’ is a comic chamber opera by Benjamin Britten.
17 CLARIONS: CL [chlorine] AR [argon] + IONS [particles]
19 ONE-TWO: double definition: “a blow with one fist , followed by a blow with the other” – and nothing to do with clue 12.
20 DECREE: DE [of French] CREE [Canadian natives]
22 EMAIL: hidden in hobbEMA ILlustration’s: I learned this artist’s name from Araucaria a few Saturdays ago.