Posted by Simon Harris on March 6th, 2011
A relative quick start and a slow finish for me this week, not helped by overconfidently writing in some non-existent words.
I’m not sure if there’s something going on here that I can’t quite identify, but there seems to be quite a male influence in the grid, with things like MALE, MAN and MEN popping up a few times. Perhaps this is simply a coincidence.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1/14||PUSS-GENTLEMAN – PUSS + GEN + MENTAL*.|
|4||JONGLEUR – ENGL[and]* in JOUR.|
|9||REELED – REE[f] + LED.|
|10||ONE-ONE – O + NEON + E.|
|11||OBDURATENESS – (NUDE BOATERS)* + S[how].|
|12||PYAS – (SAY + P)<.|
|13||FAGOTTI – FAG + OTT + I. Organ stops, I believe.|
|15||ALTESSE – SET< in FALS[e].|
|19||UNSEAT – A in [s]UNSET.|
|20||APOLLO – A + POLL + O’.|
|23||MALTESE – M + ALTES[s]E.|
|24||DECUMAN – DEC + [h]UMAN. As DEC is clued as “last month”, I wonder if this puzzle was intended to be published in January.|
|25||RUSS – RUS[t]S.|
|26||IMPERILMENTS – (MP + E[ndorse]) in (L + MINISTER)*. Great surface reading:
Liberal Minister upset about MP beginning to endorse risky actions.
|27||SIMMON – (I’M + MO) in Sn.|
|28||BAETYL – TEA< in (BY + L).|
|29||MALE-FERN – (REAL MEN + F)*.|
|1||PROPAGANDISM – (RAP DOGMA + SPIN)*.|
|2||SEDATION – S + (NO IDEA + IT)*.|
|3||SLUSED – US in SLED.|
|4/30||JERUSALEM PONY – (AMPLE JOURNEYS)*. I made this harder by assuming we were looking for something ending in MULE.|
|5||NOTAEUM – (NOT ONE EMU)*.|
|6||LENOS – NO in LES.|
|7||UNSTRAPS – PARTS< in…something I can't identify!
Mostly comfortable about film roles being promoted in releases.
|8||RESISTLESSLY – IS in RESTLESSLY.|
|16||LIPAEMIA – (AIME[d] + A PIL[l])<.|
|17||HEREUNTO – (EURO THEN)*.|
|18||ROMAINE – ROMA IN E.|
|21||STREEP – R in STEEP. Meryl, of course.|
|22||QUEME – QU[it]E + ME[t].|