Posted by shuchi on March 25th, 2011
A crossword with the upper half considerably easier than the lower, with 14, 21d and 22d taking time/research to fill in. Three easy hidden words gave a good start and many fine clues along the way afforded much entertainment. My favourites of the day are 23a, 29a and 18d.
1 ARDENT ARDEN (forest) [Parkhurs]T; ardent = burning as in ‘burning desire’. Arden is an area mainly located in Warwickshire, England, which was formerly heavily forested and known as the Forest of Arden. The place is best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
4 APPARENT A, P (page) in PARENT (guardian, with false capitalisation to make you think of the paper). Falcon does well to make the wordplay work as a container rather than a charade, as the roundabout wordplay produces a great surface.
10 ARTILLERY ILL (hostile) in ARTERY (main road)
11 ON TAP hidden reversed in ‘AntwerP AT NOon’
12 CURT CUT around [de]R[by]. The letters of the answer are in plain sight in the clue and yet I didn’t see it immediately. Nice example of ‘lift and separate’.
13 LEGITIMATE LEG IT (run away) I (one) MATE (friend)
15 OLIVIER 1 (one) in OLIVER (musical); Oliver! is a musical based on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. Olivier refers to Sir Lawrence Olivier, a celebrated Shakespearean actor in the early 1900s.
16 TRIBAL B[ox] in TRIAL (court case); great use of the words ‘box’ to go with court case.
19 BEAGLE B (British) EAGLE (bird)
21 REAL ALE (ALL ARE)* before [wak]E
23 CONTRADICT DI (short for Detective Inspector i.e. policeman) in CONTRACT (agreement)
25 MERE dd; when taken as adjective the word means ‘nothing more than’, and ‘a pond’ when read as noun.
27 LURID UR (old city) in LID (cover)
28 RECOLLECT R[emarkabl]E COLLECT (harvest)
29 SCHOONER CH (companion, short for Companion of Honour) in SOONER (more willingly), with ‘boarded’ as the indicator. A schooner is a type of sailing vessel.
30 SENTRY S (one) ENTRY (coming on to stage). The clue seems simple in retrospect but it was one of the last I could solve.
1 AT ANCHOR sounds like ‘a tanker’
2 DETERMINE DETER (discourage) MINE (store)
3 NILE hidden in ‘salmoN I LEarned’
5 PAY DIRT (DAY TRIP)*, with the unusual anagrind ‘abroad’ – the word could mean ‘all over the place’ or ‘in error’ (archaic).
6 ABORIGINAL AB (blood group) ORIGINAL (not seen before)
7 EXTRA dd. Good to see a cricket-based clue just a day after the exhilarating Ind-Aus ODI of yesterday.
8 TOPPER dd
9 METEOR (REMOTE)*
14 DIDGERIDOO GER (German) 1 (one) DO (party), in DIDO (pop singer). A new word for me – the didgeridoo is a wind instrument of Australian origin, also described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”.
17 ABASEMENT A BASEMENT (cellar)
18 RECENTLY CENT (small amount of cash) in RELY (bank). Good clue!
20 ENDORSE D (degree) in E (English) NORSE (language)
21 ROCOCO OR (gold) reversed, COCO (Chanel, nickname of the fashion designer)
22 ECCLES BECCLES (English town) – B (bishop). Beccles is a town in Suffolk, Eccles in Greater Manchester. The last answer in for me since I was unfamiliar with both of those towns.
24 NORTH from ‘CroxtoN OR THetford'; an easy hidden clue about the statesman Lord North.
26 CLUE cd