Posted by Uncle Yap on February 1st, 2011
The Chinese has a saying that good things come in threes and true to the ancient wisdom of my people, I get to blog Paul for the third time in a row. This augurs well for the imminent dawning of the Lunar New Year in two days’ time when we welcome the Hare (being a hasher, I prefer this lagomorphic creature to its more common cousin, the Rabbit) and break out the ubiquitous Official fruit (8) and greet each other Gong Xi Fa Cai.
When you solve and blog Paul, you get to smile, chuckle and even guffaw aloud a few times when you unravel the cleverness and sheer audacity of his 15 devices and today is no exception; 14,2 gets my vote for COD, closely followed by the outrageous Spoonerism in 1Down. Thank you, Paul, for such a great start to my day.
1 KICK OFF TICK OFF (carpet) with first letter changed from T to K
5 BEQUEST cd which Rufus would be proud of
9 EXALT Cha of EX (old) ALT (in alt = in the octave beginning on the G an octave and a fifth above middle C; in an exalted and high-flown mood) or, more appealingly as Barbara saw it, alt = key on computer
10 COALITION Ins of A L (Liberal) IT I O (1-0) in CON (Tory) Poor Nick Clegg
11 ABSOLUTISM *(LOST I AM BUS)
12 BURP Ins of R (right) in BUP (Rev of PUB, local)
14,2 SUBORDINATE CLAUSE What an absolutely hilarious homophone clue involving CLAUS and CLAUSE. Winner by a short head!
18 FLOWERINESS ha and I spent a couple of minutes trying to unravel the wordplay
21 ROOK Another brilliant dd involving the castle on the chess board and the crow flying in the air
22 ALTARPIECE Ins of *(ART) P (first letter of Padre) in A LIE (position) + CE (Church of England) I reckon this qualifies as an &lit
25 GRAVITATE Ins of V (very) in *(I GET A RAT)
27 TALLEST Tichy way to present ALL in TEST as a total of 22 international cricketers. Very creative
1,28 KEEN AS MUSTARD Mean as custard (nasty and yellow) I always enjoy Spoonerism clues and this one got me snickering
3 OUTCLASSED Ins of ASS (fool) in *(CLOUTED)
4 FACET Ins of E (East) in FACT (actuality)
5 BRASSERIE Cha of BRASS (money) ERIE (the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America)
6 QUIT QUITE (fairly) minus E
7 EPIDURAL *(PAUL DIRE)
8 TONE POEM Ins of NEP O (Rev of Old PEN, writer) in *(TOME) for a piece of programme music, not divided into movements, conveying or translating a poetic idea or literary theme.
13 DISSIPATES Ins of I’S (one’s) + SIP (drink) in DATES (fruit)
15 BRILLIANT Ins of L LIAN (rev of NAIL, tack & L, left) in BRIT (A British person clued as islander)
16 AFFRIGHT A FF (a couple of females) RIGHT (certainly)
17 MONORAIL Ins of NORA (girl) in *(LIMO)
19 BELUGA Ins of LUG (ear) in BEAR (grizzly) minus R (end ripped off)
20 BEAKED Ins of E (last letter of sausage) in BAKED (put in the oven)
23 A-TEAM Another cheeky way of saying a Cockney ATE HAM (Had meat) with the H omitted. The A-Team is an American action adventure television series about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune while on the run from the Army after being branded as war criminals for a “crime they didn’t commit”.
24,26 FIRE TRUCK Ins of I (individual) in FRET (worry) + RUCK (fight)
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