Posted by shuchi on March 11th, 2011
Pretty neat clues from Flimsy, as if in defiance to the dominant “ruinous” imagery of their surfaces – several clues talk of rot and decay, spoiling and perishing. A niggle or two over wordplay that might have better explanations than I can see.
Highlights: The cleverly hidden word in 11a and entertaining surfaces in 28a, 16d.
1 DIABOLICAL This looks like a straight definition to me, or does “absolute” mean diabolical?
7 TIFF STIFF (difficult) – S (son)
9 ORAL (MALE)* – M (male)
10 BLOODY MARY BLOODY (cruel) MAR (spoil) [stor]Y; an eye-opener as the cocktail gives a jolt to the senses, I suppose.
11 LESSOR hidden in ‘uncLES SORrowfully’
12 DAIRYMAN (IM A RANDY)*
13 JIUJITSU (I JUST)* around initial letters of ‘institutions using Japanese’. Jiujitsu is a Japanese martial art, also spelt as Ju-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu or Jujutsu. An awkward clue but then the word isn’t exactly tractable for the setter.
15 USED initial letters of ‘universities seem extremely dubiously’
17 STEM STEAM (source of power) – A (acceleration)
19 KEROSENE (SORE KNEE)*
22 FALSETTO FALSE (wrong) T (temperature) in TO (telegraph office). I was briefly misled into looking for a homophone.
23 COFFIN C OFF IN? Other than “off in” given gratis in the clue, I can’t see how the wordplay works.
25 CHEAPSKATE (KEEP CASH)* around T. Some liberty with the definition there to turn this into an &lit.
26 IDOL I DO (what groom might say) [foa]L
27 GROT G[rave] ROT
28 SEDAN CHAIR SEDAN (car) (A RICH)*
2 ISRAELI IS I (interest) around (REAL)*, with “bust” as anagrind. The word “creating” seems superfluous but one could take it in the interest of surface reading. A reference to Israel’s ex Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. All those who thought of Stone before Ariel, you have huge company http://bit.ly/gFo38F.
3 BALLS dd. Ed Balls is the Labour politician in question.
4 LIBERATE (AL[l] BEER IT)*
5 CLOUD CUCKOO LAND C (coloured) LOUD (showy) CUCKOO (bird) LAND (ground). I don’t recall coming across c = Coloured but Chambers lists it.
6 LADDIE L (left) A D (duke) DIE (perish)
7 TOMMY GUNS TOMMY (boy), SNUG (comfortable) reversed
8 FORSAKE FOR (in favour of) SAKE (drink)
14 JUMP-START cd?
16 DRY-CLEAN (RED CLAY)* [gow]N
18 TEACHER ACHE (pain) in TER[n]. “Beak” is British slang for teacher.
20 NAIROBI (RAIN)* OBI (witchcraft)
21 STASIS (ASSIST)*
24 FAITH I (one) in FAT (large) H (hospital); nice joint between “hospital” and “trust”.