Posted by Uncle Yap on January 25th, 2011
Today I felt quite dense and took a very long time to finish off Paul’s puzzle and even then had problems understanding some of the wordplay. Fortunately, I have the eight hour advantage and a very good friend, fellow-cruciverbalist and drinking partner, Dr Gurmukh Singh whom I consulted. He set me right in some of the parsing; Dr G, the next round of GlenMorangie is on me.
1 MUSCLE Ins of S (last letter of defenders) & C (first letter of clinical) in MULE (cross from a donkey and a horse)
4 CANARD Ins of AN in CARD (king, perhaps)
9,27 COLE PORTER COLE (general name for plants of the cabbage family; hence food) PORTER (drink) “Night and Day” is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce. It is perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of artists.
10 MARASCHINO MARA, half the letters of MARATHON (a race of 26 miles and 385 yards; so half that would be around 13 miles) plus *(so inch) By a rare co-incidence, yesterday’s Times had a similar clue (but in the plural) Chairman’s getting drunk on huge liquers (11) Defintely my COD
11 PAWNEE PAW (hand) NEE (once named aka maiden name)
12 AXILLARY Cha of A X (symbol for kiss) ILL (sick) MARY (girl) minus first letter, hence topless. I wonder why Paul did not think of HILLARY and clue topless former First Lady or topless US Secretary of State? I still remember an advertisement for a deodorant from years ago – Make your armpit your charmpit ! Eileen, see, I have taken your advice, definitely no connection to any of the answers.
13,20 GESTATION PERIOD *(TO GO A PRESIDENT plus I, one)
15 ANTI-ROLL BAR AN TIROL (Austrian state although it is more commonly spelled as TYROL) LBA (alternate letters from LiByA) R (right)
16 PLUG dd
17 LEG THEORY Ins of EG (for example) THE in LORY (parrot) In cricket, the policy of bowling short-pitched leg-side balls persistently at the batsman’s body with a large number of leg-side fielders close to the wicket
21 RYE BREAD *(DRY A BEER) I wonder why dense?
22 BROLLY Ins of ROLL (flow) in BY. Brolly is slang for umbrella
24 FLEA CIRCUS *(CC, 2×100 FAILURES)
25 ABBA father (applied to God) (); a Syriac or Coptic bishop.[Aramaic abba, retained in the Greek New Testament and its translations]
26 SOLIDI rha for the chief Roman silver coin under the Republic, divided into ten asses (about 8d); translated penny in the New Testament, hence the use of d for penny (before the introduction of decimal coinage).
1 MOORAGE A tichy way of saying Moo Rage (madness in cows) Parking fee indeed!
2 STEIN With PHYLLIS (answer to 16Down) sounds like Philistine (barbarian)
3 LAMBERT Ins of AMBER (in a set of traffic lights. the middle one between red and green) in LT (first and last letters if light) unit of brightness, one lumen per square centimetre.
5 ASSAIL ASS (idiot) AIL (trouble)
6 ASH BLONDE *(ONE’S BALD Head) Thanks to Dr G
7 DENARII Rev of I (one) IRAN (country) ED (first letters of excavate digging)
8 BREAK ONE’S DUCK *(BACK DO SEEK RUN)
14 THUMBNAIL Ins of HUMAN (person) with B substituted for A (from A to B) in TAIL (end)
16 PHYLLIS Rev of SILLY (ridiculous) HP (popular brown sauce in the UK)
18 TABASCO Ins of S (first letter of squid) in TABAC (a store licensed to sell tobacco products in France) plus O (duck)
23 OP ART O (round) PART (component)
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