Posted by scchua on April 5th, 2011
Worked myself up from the bottom row, having got none of the top half acrosses on the first pass. But quite a quick solve in the end. Enjoyable, straightforward clueing with no obscurities. Thanks Armonie
1, 4 Plain suit is striking, say (6,6)
DIRECT ACTION : DIRECT (“Plain” as in straight talking, not beating about the bush), and ACTION (“suit” brought to a court of law). Defn: An immediate effective act, which could be (“say”) a labour strike, to achieve one’s end.
8 Lustful partners united in Cork (7)
SENSUAL : N[orth] +(“united”) S[outh] (“partners’ in game of bridge) in SEAL (to stop a bottle with a “cork”).
9 Shortage of parking area acceptable to municipality (7)
PAUCITY : P[arking] + A[rea] + U (appropriate to upper class, “acceptable”) + CITY (“municpality”).
11 Maid used to get share of warm approval (10)
ADMIRATION : Anagram(“used”) of MAID +(‘to get”) RATION (“share”).
12 Ruler found in throne room (4)
NERO : Hidden(“found”) in [thro]NE RO[om]. Defn: Emperor (“ruler”) with a penchant for playing the fiddle.
13 Rapid task force (5)
FLEET : Double defn. 1st: Fast and 2nd: in a military sense. Aptly modern surface, where nowadays rapid deployment is key to success.
14 See about flower in the wind (8)
EASTERLY : ELY (the “See” or Diocese around the city of Ely, a staple of crossword setters) surrounding(“about”) ASTER (a particular “flower”). Defn: A blow from the east.
16 Weigh down detective with booze (8)
DISPIRIT : D[etective] I[nspector] “with’ SPIRIT (“booze”, of higher proof). Defn: Discourage.
18 Put on suit (5)
APPLY : Double defn: 1st: as in “put on” makeup or paint, and 2nd: as in to be applicable to, apt.
20 Stop and shoot (4)
STEM : Double defn: 1st: as in stop the flow, and 2nd: the outgrowth of a plant.
21 Court poser upset court official (10)
PROSECUTOR : Anagram(“upset”) of COURT POSER. Defn: Law “court official” representing the Crown or state.
23 Artist’s line (7)
PAINTER : Double defn: 1st: often used as RA in crosswords, and 2nd: Rope attached to bow of boat for purposes of tying it to the dock, etc.
24 Heather embraces joiner between flights (7)
LANDING : LING (shrubs on the hill, as in this song from Brigadoon:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/sZVCWUbomlg ) around(“embraces”) AND (a connective word in grammar). Defn: That area “between flights” of stairs, usually where the stairs make a turn.
25 Self-seeking earl gets gismo repaired (6)
EGOISM : E[arl] +(“gets”) anagram(“repaired”) of GISMO. Defn: All to do with and for Number One.
26 Picks up eastern vehicle (6)
HEARSE : HEARS (“picks up”) + E[astern].
1 Deceased understood fear (5)
DREAD : D (for “deceased”) + READ (having examined and grasped the meaning of.)
2 Sixth sense displayed during ceremony causes interruption (7)
RESPITE : E[xtra] S[ensory] P[erception] (could be labelled as a “sixth sense”) inside(“displayed during”, latter word is used so as to have a smoother surface reading) RITE (“ceremony”). Defn: A breather, or “interruption” in the proceedings.
3 Bond admits a cold constitution (9)
CHARACTER : CHARTER (one of various types of documents that set out functions, purposes, etc. of an organisation, transactions, etc. to which relevant parties are bound) surrounding(“admits”) A C[old]. Defn: Collective noun to denote one’s traits, ie. one’s constitution, what one is like.
5 Length of string (5)
CHAIN : Double defn: 1st: unit of length in old Imperial System equivalent to 66 feet or 22 yards, which explains why there once was an athletic track event measuring 220 yards, the furlong, which is still being used for horse racing, and 2nd: a series, as in a “string” of shops, events, etc.
6 Anglican in pub getting directions? Holy smoke! (7)
INCENSE : C[hurch] of E[ngland] (“Anglican”) in INN (“pub”) +(“getting”) S[outh] + E[ast]. Defn: Fragrant “smoke” from a type of wood or gum burned during some religious (“holy”) ceremonies.
7 Of course aunt organised gathering! (9)
NATURALLY : Anagram(“organised”) of AUNT + RALLY (“gathering”). Defn: an exclamation expressing agreement that there’s no doubt (“of course”) about (what someone tells you).
10 Command soldier, in a manner of speaking (9)
DIRECTION : R[oyal] E[ngineer] (“soldier”) in DICTION (“manner of speaking”).
13 Market rated badly for equitable dealing (4,5)
FAIR TRADE : FAIR (noun for an event with stalls “market”ing stuff) + anagram(“badly”) of RATED.
15 Vapid couple in deadlock (9)
STALEMATE : STALE (“vapid”, tasteless, as in stale beer) + MATE (verb, to “couple”, illustrated by the tortoises in yesterday’s Big Dave’s Quiptic 15sq’d blog). Defn: An impasse (which also looked like what the tortoises were in!)
17 Plant self-righteous people take to (7)
PIMENTO : PI (“self-righteous”, short for “pious”, though one might be the latter but not necessarily the former, according to the dicts.) + MEN (“people”) +(“take”) TO. Defn: “Plant” that produces bell peppers.
19 Place foreign articles in sack (7)
PLUNDER : PL[ace] (as used in street direcories) + UN (article in French) + DER (article in German). Defn: What the Vikings were reputed to have done.
21 Iron the papers (5)
PRESS : Time for another double defn: 1st. what the valet does to your suit, and 2nd: collective noun for the news”papers”.
22 In the old days sheltered union leader’s cat (5)
OUNCE : ONCE (“in the old days”) surrounding(“sheltered”) U[nion]. Defn: The snow leopard, a “cat” which belies its name in weight.