Posted by shuchi on January 21st, 2011
Nice and simple with many clues solved in the first pass. The rest fell smoothly as well with some lookups mostly in the top-right corner. An enjoyable puzzle; my only gripe is with the girl names in the wordplay [25a, 18d] which leave the possible fits too wide open.
1 OVER THE COUNTER OVER (finished) THE (article) COUNTER (one who reckons)
10 AORTA A ORT (Scrap) A[rena]
11 BOONDOCKS BOONS (favours) around DOCK (wharf). Remember the old pop hit “Down in the Boondocks”?
12 BLISTER B (British) LISTER (surgeon, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery after whom Listerine is named)
13 HORATIO [skirmis]H ORATIO[n] (short speech). Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy officer in novels by C. S. Forester.
14 ALIBI (BAIL)* I (one)
16 ANCHORAGE dd; Anchorage is the largest city of Alaska.
19 LEND AN EAR (LEARN DEAN)*
20 TIMED (DEMIT)<
22 ABSCOND AB (sailor) SECOND (back) – E (east)
25 CARAMEL CARMEL (girl) around A
27 HYDRANGEA (GARDEN)* contained neatly within another anagram, (HAY)*
28 DITTO I TT (teetotaller) in DO (party)
29 REST ON ONES OARS dd
2 VERMILION VERMI[n] (lice, endlessly) LION (big cat). Also the English name for sindoor, a red powder traditionally applied on the
forehead by married Hindu women.
3 ROAST R (right) OAST (type of oven) &lit
4 HIBERNATE I had taken this to be an odd cd, then discovered that HIBERNIA is the Latin name for Ireland. HIBERNIA (Ireland) – I (one) A (answer), AT [th]E. “Winter” as a verb – to spend the winter in a specified place – acts as the definition.
5 CLOTH C (IVR for Cuba) LOTH (reluctance). In nautical parlance, “cloth” a number of sails taken as a whole.
6 UNDERCOAT cd; a coat of paint applied beneath the top, visible coat.
7 TACIT TACITUS – US. Tacitus (AD 56 – AD 117) was a historian of the Roman Empire.
8 RISSOLE R[ice] IS SOLE (fish). A new meaning of “faggot” for me.
9 LAMBDA LAMA (priest) around BD (Bachelor of Divinity)
15 INAMORATO (MARIO NOT A)*. One of the best things about crosswords is its ability to bring alive words from one’s dormant memory. Inamorato is the Italian word for a male lover – the female equivalent is inamorata.
17 CORNCRAKE (ROCK CRANE)*
18 ALMA MATER ALMA (girl) R (runs), around MATE (friend)
19 LEATHER (THE REAL)*; the line “hide the real fake” possibly comes up in conversations between forgers.
21 DOLLOP DOLL (pretty girl) OP (work). I was quite misled by the definition. Very nice.
23 SIDES SIDE (slang for pretensiousness) S (social)
24 DOGGO DOG (greyhound, say) GO (disappear)
26 RODEO RODE (went on horseback) O (ring)