Posted by Uncle Yap on March 29th, 2011
What a lovely duty I have today, blogging the Master with his unpredictable devices that stretch Ximenean limits and torture his clients delightfully … don’t we all have this masochistic streak?
A most enjoyable and entertaining puzzle.
1 CAB-TOUT C (first letter of club) + ins of T (time) in A BOUT (fight)
5 KESTREL ha
9 THE GIFT OF THE GAB *(fought fight beat beast minus bus at)
10 OAKEN O (first letter of operations) A KEN (knowledge)
11 SMALL BEER A tichy way of saying half a pint ; a cd
12 MONTALBAN MON (day) TALIBAN (insurgent body) minus I (one) Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino (1920 – 2009) was a Mexican radio, television, theatre and film actor who became world-famous as Mr. Roarke, the host in the television series, Fantasy Island.
14 TATTY Ins of TT (teetotal, drinking water!) in River TAY
15 FORGE dd
16 NANNY GOAT Nanny (grandma) GO (shot) AT
18 NECTARINE Ins of *(react) in number NINE
21 VASCO V (5 in Roman numeral) ASCOT (race course) minus T for Vasco da Gama (c. 1460 or 1469 – 1524) a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.
22 TERRITORIAL ARMY Ins of I (first) ALARM (call) in TERRITORY (land)
23 CASPIAN C (sounds like sea) AS PI (pious or religious) AN (indefinite article) for the Caspian Sea, the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea bounded by northern Iran, southern Russia, western Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and eastern Azerbaijan. Thanks EB for pointing out my omission
24 AMENDED AMEN (agreement) DED (sounds like did, performed)
1 CUTWORM CU (copper) TWO (couple) RM (Royal Marines or the slang term, jolly) for a caterpillar, esp of the moth genus Agrotis, that feeds on the stems of young plants near ground level.
2 BREAKING RECORDS Remember the vinyl used for making gramophone records played at 78 rpm … I won’t forget that one of my childhood chores was sharpening the metal stylus. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be (sigh)
3 ORIENTATE O (nothing) RIEN (nothing in French) TATE (Gallery where many pictures are)
4 TITUS dd The Arch of Titus is one of two remaining arches on the Forum Romanum in Rome. Titus Flavius Vespasianus (39 – 81), commonly known as Titus, was Roman Emperor from 79 to 81.
5 KOFI ANNAN KO (knock-out or thumping) FIANNA (Fáil – The Republican Party, a political party in the Republic of Ireland) N (Northern) Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation 1997-2006.
UN official conjointed (like Chang and Eng, the world’s most famous Siamese twins) misleadingly as unofficial ; vintage Araucaria, my COD
6 SAHEL *(leash) Sahelian = concerning the countries south of the Sahara desert, incl Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania, generally between the desert and savanna regions.
7 RAGGED-TROUSERED Cha of RAGGED (teased) T (first letter of Tory) ROUSE (provoke) RED (left-wing) The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell is a very readable account of how capitalism operates in the workplace
8 LIBERTY *(by litre)
13 BAN KI-MOON Cha of BANK (financiers) I (one) MOON (body) Secretary-General of UNO from 2007 to now
14 TRYGVE LIE Cha of TRY (effort) GIVE LIE minus I (prove missing one false) Thanks to Ian Payn for the correct parsing GIVE (prove) minus I (one) LIE (false) First Secretary-General of UNO who served from 2 Feb 1946 to 10 Nov 1952
15 FANATIC Sounds like Fan attic (cool part of house)
17 TWO-EYED TWO (couple) EYED (looked)
19 ALIBI A LIB (part of liberty, answer to 8D) I (first)
20 EVITA E (English) VITA (Italian for life)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram