Posted by Eileen on March 3rd, 2011
Boatman is another setter who doesn’t appear often enough for me [it’s almost three months since his last appearance]. We would normally expect a challenge and this puzzle is no exception.
Boatman often exploits the different applications of a particular word and today’s is ‘head’. There is some very ingenious and witty cluing here and a number of penny-dropping moments [plus one instance, unfortunately, where the penny failed to drop for me – but I’m sure help will be readily available]. Thank you, Boatman, for a very enjoyable work-out.
1 SETS OFF: and I’m afraid I fell at the very first hurdle: the definition is, presumably, ‘heads out [of]’ and SET = place but the rest escapes me.
5 BRITAIN: IT in BRAIN
9 REMIT: [afte]R[noon] + reversal of TIME [ stretch – as in prison sentence]
10 OPPRESSOR: PRESS [media] in anagram of POOR. I could be picky and say that the press is only one medium.
11 NINTH CHORD: N [note] + IN + TH[most of ‘the’] + CHOR [choir minus I – ‘Boatman drops out’] + D [‘loud ending’]
12 ALTO: hidden in [orchestr]AL TO[rch]
14 DETRIMENTAL: anagram of TIRED + MENTAL [in the head]
15 ENTRAINMENT: hidden in [accid]ENT RAIN MENT[ioned]
21 RULE: double definition: head [verb] = rule and line = ‘a rule or canon’ [Chambers] Edit [thanks, tupu]: also, to rule = to mark out in lines, so it’s a triple definition.
22 ORDER ABOUT: ABOUT is an anagram of U-BOAT and ‘order’ is a common anagram indicator. I love this kind of clue – and what a great surface!
25 RED SPIDER: REDS [roses] + anagram of PRIDE
26 FINAL: F [‘of, its last’, cf ‘John Smith, his mark’ – I think!] + IN + A [first] + L [first of last]
27 PAYABLE: anagram of LEAP BY A
26 HANGERS: H [head start] + ANGER [wind up] + S [winner’s tail]
1,2 SPRING TO MIND: two more definitions of ‘head’
3 OCTAHEDRAL: anagram of HEAD in anagram of CAR TO + L[left]
4 FROTH: F [very poor grade] + ROTH [‘expression of wrath’]: the head on a pint of beer
5 BIPARTITE: triple ‘homophone': BI [‘buy’ – get] PAR [‘pa’ – dad] + TITE [‘tight’ – drunk] – nice surface!
6 IDES: anagram if DIE + [juliu]S: lovely &lit.
7 ABSOLUTE: anagram of TO USABLE
8 NARROWLY: NAR [reversal of RAN] + R [‘rail head’] + [f]OWL + Y[yes]: narrow = precise is in Chambers.
13 VENTRAL FIN: anagram of FLAN and INVERT: another great surface: the ventral fin ‘assists the fish in going up or down through the water, turning sharply, and stopping quickly’.
15 TUNBRIDGE: TUN [reversal of NUT – head] + BRIDGE [river crossing] [Yesterday’s blogger won’t like this clue!]
16 TEAR DROP: Spooner would say, ‘Drear top’.
17 STOLIDLY: STOL [reversal of LOTS – much] + IDLY [making no effort]
19 BOUNCE: U in BONCE
20 STILTS: S [Sophie’s head] + TILTS [heels]
23 EARTH: anagram of HEART
24 SPAB: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buidings: SP [starting price – I need a better to explain why that implies ‘worsening odds’] + AB [Boatman]