Posted by Uncle Yap on April 12th, 2011
One of the fun things I do every Tuesday while I solve is to think of a suitable title to the blog which should be relevant, witty or otherwise add value to the blog. Unfortunately, the relevancy consideration often gets me into trouble like that famous saying of Sir H.M.Stanley when he first met Dr Livingstone in Africa which I used last week. Although it was a subsidiary part of an answer, I should have been (in the words of our leader Geoff) more circumspect. For my transgression of “spoiling” I do humbly apologise and pledge to be more careful in future.
Today I should do no harm as this is the title of my grandson’s (that rascal in the picture) favourite book by Dr Seuss which I had to read to him at least three times a day while I was visiting him in London … the trials and tribulations of grandfatherhood (sigh)
Today’s puzzle made me hungry with our Don making a mini-theme of meals (marked with *), introduced by the delicious centrepiece clue.
As expected, Pasquale served up an excellent spread of appetising clues for a most entertaining and palatable repast.
7 VERONAL Ins of RON (man) in VEAL (meat from calf) trademark of a barbitone
*8 HIGH TEA HIGH (drunk) TEA (drink that ….)
9 WAND WAN (dim) D (last letter of sacked)
*10 BREAKFAST BREAK (time off) FAST (fixed)
*12 LUNCH LAUNCH (motorboat) minus A (indefinite article)
13 ENROLLED *(LONER) + LED (taken in hand)
15,16,17 MAKE A MEAL OF IT Easy enough introduction to the 6 meals
18 CORDIALS Ins of DI (girl) in CORAL (pink) and S (first letter of serve)
20 SNOOT Rev of TOON’S In Newcastle, where the Geordie dialect is prevalent, town is pronounced as TOON and Brown Ale as BROON (hic)
21 RUNNERS-UP Tichy
22 ALBA ALB (vestment) + A for a type of rose
24 MAGENTA Ins of AGENT (spy) in MAN (fellow) minus N (name)
The Battle of Magenta was fought on June 4, 1859 during the Second Italian War of Independence, resulting in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III against the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai.
25 DEPARTS Ins of EP (extended play record) in DARTS (sport)
1 SETA Ins of T (time) in SEA (water)
2 CONDENSE CON DEN (two forms of study) SE (SomE)
3 CASBAH Ins of BA (British Airways) in CASH (money) a castle or fortress in a N African town or the area round it, esp in Algiers (also kasbah).
4 PICKEREL PICK (choose) + *(REEL)
5 THRALL THRILL (feeling of excitement) with A substituted for I (thanks to NeilW)
6 DEFT DEFEAT (best) minus EA (each)
*11 ELEVENSES ELEVE (French for student) NOSES (pries) minus O (nothing)
12 LLANO LLA (rev of ALL, everyone) NO (refusal) for one of the vast steppes or plains in the northern part of S America.
14 ELIOT ELI (priest) OT (Old Testament, religious books)
16 ANALECTA Ins of A L (a lecturer) in A NECTAR (a nice drink) minus R for a compilation of literary works
17 OPOPANAX OP (opus or work) x 2 + AN AX (an axe spelt the American way) for a gum resin formerly used in medicine, obtained from the roots of a Persian (and S European) species of parsnip; a perfume obtained from the plant Commiphora.
*19 DINNER DEVIL minus EVIL (bad) + INNER (inside)
*20 SUPPER S (first letter of school) UPPER (stimulant)
21 RIAL RIVAL (competitor) minus V for the standard monetary unit of Iran, Oman and (also riyal) Saudi Arabia and the Yemen Arab Republic.
23 BATS Rev of STAB (attempt)
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