Posted by Eileen on April 6th, 2011
A fun puzzle from Paul today, with several instances of his trademark humour – all straightforwardly clued, I think.
1 BASENJI: BASE [bottom] + J [‘jay, we hear’] in reversal of IN: the basenji is a breed of hunting dog.
5 SLEIGHT: SL[im] EIGHT: I liked this one!
10 ASBO: AS [like] BO [a bad smell – great surface!]: for non-UK residents, an ASBO is an Anti-Social Behaviour Order [as the much-missed Linda Smith said: “Don’t knock them. It’s the only qualification some of these kids will ever get.”]
11 HELL’S BELLS: double / cryptic definition
13 PRIORITY: PITY [shame] around RIO [2016 Olympic venue – a misleading change from cluing it as ‘port’] + R[ight]
14 FLAT TYRES: TaTtY ‘tatty odd bits’] in FLARES ][trousers]
16,12 HAPPY ENDING: double / cryptic definition
17 SPELL: double / cryptic definition
19 SO IT SEEMS: anagram of SOME SITES: another nice surface
23 SLAVONIC: AVON [river] in SLIC[k] [oil disaster]
24 NOTICE: NOT ICE
26 BUM-SUCKING: Spoonerism of ‘some bucking’
27 XMAS: X [kiss] + M[istletoe] in AS [when]: Edit: AS [while] – thanks, Robi
28 READOPT: READ [study] + OPT [choose]
29 AT A STOP: hidden in chipolATAS TOPmost
2 ARSENAL: double definition
3 E COLI: hidden reversal in sILO CErtain
4 JOHN GAY: JOHN [‘throne’ – both slang for lavatory] + GAY [happy]: nice ambiguous use of ‘once': John Gay [1685-1732] poet and dramatist once wrote ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ and ‘gay’ once meant ‘happy’.
6 LASSIE: ASS [fool] in LIE [romance]
7 INEBRIATE: anagram of EE [English couple] + BRITAIN
8 HILLTOP: ILL [peaky] + T[or] in HOP [bound]
9 SLIPPER ORCHID: SLIP [mistake] + anagram of ORDER CHIP
15 TELEVISED: LEVIS [more trousers!] in TEE [peg] + D[ungarees]
18 POLLUTE: reversal of LOP [cut] + LUTE [old instrument]
20 TONIGHT: reversal of H[ot] GIN [drink] in TOT [a bit of whisky]
21 MECCANO: MECCA NO!
22 INK CAP: IN + reversal of PACK
25 TEXAS: EX [former] in TAS[k]