Posted by shuchi on March 18th, 2011
This was a gentle ride with a few pleasant pauses to smile, my picks of the day being 12a, 25a.
1 CABOTAGE CAGE (confined space) around (BOAT)*. A new word for me.
5 SPICES SP (special) ICES (treats popular on a hot day)
9 I DARE SAY I, ARES (Greek god of war) in DAY (age);’day’ could be ‘age’ in the sense of ‘in this day/age’.
10 ENSURE E (party drug) (NURSE)*
12 GOOD SENSE GOOSE (foolish person) round (ENDS)*; good surface!
13 HABIT H (hard) A BIT (to some degree)
14 IDOL I (one) DOL[l] (attractive woman, almost)
16 DIOCESE (CODE IS)* E[ncryption]
19 STARDOM ST (street), DO (party) in ARM (branch)
21 SELL sounds like ‘cell’ (phone)
24 WAIVE WAVE (outbreak) around I
25 REGISTRAR GIST (substance) R (right), in REAR (back); in UK, a registrar could be a hospital doctor.
27 ORIGIN O (ring) RIG (engineer, as verb) IN (concerned with)
28 RESORTED (SET ORDER)*; interesting that each word in the clue be an anagrind in its own right.
29 EMERGE [performanc]E MERGE (mingle)
30 OTOSCOPE SO (in due course) TO reversed, COPE (carry on)
1 CRINGE RING (group) in [ni]CE; ‘quail’ as verb.
2 BLAZON BLAZ[e] (fire, not fully) ON
3 TREES (DESERT)* – D (died)
4 GRAPNEL (ANGLER)* around [dro]P. Nice surface.
6 PUNCH-BOWL PUNCH (bore), L (left) after BOW (bending)
7 CRUMBLED RUMBLE (deep, resonant sound) in CD (recording)
8 SHEATHED HEAT (part of race) in SHED (building)
11 LEAD dd, ‘heavy metal’ and ‘guitarist‘ are the two definitions.
15 DODDERING DING (sound of a bill) around ODDER (stranger)
17 AS A WHOLE A SAW (cutting tool) HOLE ([a saw] may be responsible for one)
18 MARITIME MAR (ruin) I (one) TIME (season)
20 MART After its “opening” i.e. its first letter, the word SMART (attractively neat and stylish) gives MART.
21 SEGMENT SENT (transported) around EG (say) [co]M[mand]
22 GROTTO (GOT)* around ROT (rubbish)
23 DREDGE DR (drive, as used in street names) EDGE (border)
26 SPOTS STOPS (arrests) reversed