Posted by scchua on April 26th, 2011
This was quite a smooth solve, except for 7A which held me up for a bit. In fact the “spare” time from the faster completion, was spent in embellishing (maybe too much, in restrospect) the blog. But no complaints on my side, and thanks to Armonie – nice surface readings in the clues.
1 Allow a team to look on indifferently (5,5)
STAND ASIDE : STAND(Allow,tolerate as in “I can/cannot stand your complaining”) A SIDE(a team). Defn: As a bystander, to look on indifferently.
7 Conservative leader to propose VAT (4)
CASK : Initial letter(leader) of Conservative + ASK(propose in the form of a question, one form of which involves the bended knee). Defn: A large container. Setter intended misdirection with the upper case letters, resulting in my trying to fit CESS (a tax) in.
9 Rascal runs into club (4)
BRAT : R(runs) in(into) BAT(club). Defn: A spoilt young/younger person, a young rascal.
10 Detention of Nationalist leader interrupts funeral (10)
INTERNMENT : Initial letter(leader) of (Nationalist ) in(interrupts) INTERMENT(burial,entombment,funeral). Defn: Detention in, say, a POW camp
11 Change partners for nut (6)
CASHEW : CASH(Change, ready money in hand/pocket) + E,W(East-West, partners in card game of bridge). Defn: An edible nut from the tropics. The “fruit” is pear-shaped and is also edible. The nut, strictly the seed, is that kidney shaped appendix, the kernel of which when roasted, gives that delicious snack food, a sort of upmarket beer-nuts.
12 Acclaimed former partner rang (8)
EXTOLLED : EX(former partner, an ex to whom you might have to pay alimony) + TOLLED(rang). Defn: Praised,acclaimed.
13 Intellectual’s brother tucks into rye, say (8)
CEREBRAL : BR(brother) in(tucks into) CEREAL(an example,say of which is rye). Defn: Intellectual, an egghead.
15 Fancy model endlessly (4)
IDEA: IDEAl(perfect model) without the last/end letter(endlessly). Defn: As a noun, as in “a passing fancy“
17 Cliff creates endless panic (4)
SCAR : SCARe(panic) without the last/end letter(endless). Defn: A rocky cliff.
19 Capsize open vessel (8)
OVERTURN: OVERT(as in “out in the open“, antonym of “covert”/”covered”) + URN(could be a vessel associated with the tea-lady, or one in which a loved one’s ashes are kept)
22 Make teenager upset (8)
GENERATE : Anagram(upset) of TEENAGER. Defn: To produce,make electricity, enthusiasm, profits, whatever.
23 Marina’s tipsy pilot (6)
AIRMAN : Anagram(tipsy) of MARINA.
25 A neat Dutch organisation is independent (10)
UNATTACHED : Anagram(organisation) of A NEAT DUTCH. Defn: Ability to stand alone,is independent with no ties,unattached to someone/something.
26 Put down school, on reflection (4)
NOTE : Reversal(on reflection) of ETON(English public school, in fact more exclusive than public). Defn: To record,put down on paper.
27 Contradict Yankee after study (4)
DENY : DEN(the study, the quiet room where one does intellectual work) + Y(widely used spelling alphabet, Y for Yankee, followed by Z for Zulu).
28 County provides bowler’s wage (10)
DERBYSHIRE : DERBY’S(possessive of, apparently, the US name for the bowler, the hat named after its devisers, the Bowler brothers, widely used by, from Winston Churchill to Benito Mussolini to Laurel and Hardy to the Avenger John Steed to Goldfinger’s Oddjob to Bolivian and Peruvian women) + HIRE(wage, payment for usage/service rendered)
2 Hesitation during search for street (7)
TERRACE : ER(a verbalised pause,hesitation) in(during) TRACE(search, as a verb). Defn: A street with a row of houses, usually with identical facades and common dividing walls.
3 Some cannot change the score (5)
NOTCH : Hidden(Some) in canNOT CHange. Defn: A score, or v-shaped nick/cut. Word origins must be interrelated, as “notches” are also used as a simple method of keeping “score”, as in the Wild West with a gunslinger and the notches on his gun (or so the legend goes).
4 Sweatier alternative, so to speak (2,2,4)
AS IT WERE : Anagram(alternative) of SWEATIER. Defn: So to speak, in a manner of speaking.
5 Hitherto elegant model is exposed (2,3,10)
IN THE ALTOGETHER : Anagram(model) of HITHERTO ELEGANT. Defn: Exposed, as in your birthday suit, the full monty.
6 In time informer makes mistakes (6)
ERRATA : RAT(informer,squealer) in ERA(a long (time). Defn: Plural of erratum,mistake. Also a list of mistakes and corrections.
7 Grievance of officer married to unattractive model (9)
COMPLAINT : CO(commanding officer) +(married to) PLAIN(unattractive, as a pikestaff?) and T(crosswordese for model, from the American car, the Ford Model T)
8 Seeing that’s about true (7)
SINCERE : SINCE(as in “Seeing that …. is true, then …..) + RE(about,regarding). Defn: Honest,no joke!,true
14 Advanced engaging retreat with gusto (9)
EARNESTLY : EARLY(advanced,brought forward,nearer than the usual time. A bit tricky, since advanced also means “gone, progressed further” as in eg. “advanced,late stages of cancer”) around(engaging) NEST(retreat,some place to run to, eg. a love nest). Defn: With gusto, heartily.
16 Greek goddess left tedious study of insignia (8)
HERALDRY : HERA(mythical Greek goddess, sister and wife (gods can do anything they want) of top god Zeus) + L(left) + DRY(tedious,boring). Defn: Study of insignia.
18 Counts on being in church to give absolution (7)
CLEANSE : LEANS(relies,counts on) in(being in) CE(Church of England). Defn: Give absolution of one’s sins, restart with a clean/cleansed slate.
20 Touching performer makes a pile (7)
REACTOR : RE(regarding,touching on a subject/topic) + ACTOR(performer). Defn: Pile is another word for a nuclear reactor.
21 Danger for firm receiving a final letter (6)
HAZARD : HARD(firm, not yielding) around(receiving) A + Z(final letter of the alphabet).
24 Managed church estate (5)
RANCH : RAN(Managed) + CH(church). Defn: A large piece of real estate for raising livestock. Not to be confused with the objectionable American slang.