Posted by shuchi on February 25th, 2011
The usual Alberich brilliance with great clue surfaces. No single clear favourite today but a lot of all-round goodness.
The easy long entries at 3d, 6d got me off to a quick start and then the last couple of answers had me puzzled for long – took a while to see that “general” (23d) did not mean “common”, and “riot” (1a) was not the definition. I still have 22a not fully parsed, I’m sure someone will set it right. // Updated.
Interesting to note that there are three “note”s in the clues (11a, 12a, 20a), each instance meaning something different.
1 CRESCENT CRESCENDO (getting louder) – DO (act), [rio]T; “crescent” is a crescent-shaped street.
5 STRAND (RANTS)* D (departs)
10 UNTIL GUN (Winchester) – G (good), T[r]I[a]L
11 MONSTROUS N (note) (SORT)*, in (SUMO)*. This made me laugh.
12 MEMORANDA (EMMA)* around O (zero) RAND (money)
13 SEDGE [herbaceou]S EDGE (border)
14 DODDLE DIDDLE (swindle) – I (one) + O (old)
15 RANGERS dd
18 TREASON T[ackle] REASON (cause)
20 SCRAPE SAP (fool) around CR (credit), E (the musical note)
22 COWER C[ounsel] OWER (one who’s not settled). OWER is a made-up word for one who owes money, with the “?” hinting that something out-of-the-box is going on in the clue. // Thanks to Rishi.
24 COLONNADE (CONAN DOYLE)* – Y
25 POLYNESIA POLES (Europeans) around (NY)<, VIA (by way of) – V (very). I love the joint at “…not very large…”. Polynesia consists of over 1000 islands.
26 CRATE C (hundred) RATE (speed)
27 THEISM T[ediu]M around H (hospital) [d]E[f]I[E]S
28 RAP SHEET (TEACHERS + P (quietly))* – C (about). One of my last answers – I wasn’t familiar with the term RAP SHEET and the anagram was tricky with letters to be substituted for words.
1 CHUMMY CH (Switzerland) [r]UMMY (game, right out)
2 EXTEMPORE EX (former), E (European) MP (politican) in TORE (rent). What a smooth surface!
3 COLORADO SPRINGS COLOR (perhaps Green, in American spelling) DO (party) around A, SPRINGS (suspension); a very elegantly crafted clue. // Included the missing A. Thanks Eileen.
4 NOMINEE (ON)< MINE (dig up) E[mbarrassment]
6 TITUS ANDRONICUS (RSC NUTS AUDITION)*; a tragedy by Shakespeare that offers its name itself beautifully to anagrams. One by Rufus: Run studio cast in moving tragedy (5,10).
7 AVOID A (area) VOID (deserted)
8 DISPENSE DIS (underworld boss) PENS (prisons) E (Ecstasy)
9 UNFAIR FUNFAIR (a place for amusement) – F (fine). A tiny ambiguity in the wordplay – there are two “F”s in the word, which to remove?
16 ESPLANADE PLAN (programme) in E (key) (ADES)*; “prom” is short for “promenade”.
17 STOCKPOT A “dealer”, as in a drug dealer, will probably STOCK POT.
19 NICEST NICE’S (resort’s) T (temperature)
20 SULTANA hidden in ‘conSULT AN Astrologer’
21 DETEST D[efenc]E TEST (trial). DE = “case for defence” is terrific.
23 WOLFE E[lection] after FLOW (current) reversed. Refers to General James P. Wolfe (1727 – 1759), a British Army officer.