Posted by Uncle Yap on April 26th, 2011
Two weeks ago, I apologised for using Dr Livingstone, I presume? in the headline. I further added Green Eggs and Ham,the title of Dr Zeuss’s classic as an example of something totally unrelated. However, as luck would have it, Pasquale’s theme that day was meals and suddenly my title (pre-written before I even downloaded the puzzle) became another source of contention. If that be the case, I apologise again for unwittingly “spoiling”. I shall henceforth listen to the advice of Gaufrid and not include any title to my blog.
Today, I feel extremely tired after a strenuous week of running mountain trails in Taiwan but found Gordius’s puzzle pleasantly entertaining and light (as Taiwanese malt beer) apart from some answers which may require some obscure local knowledge; but that’s Gordius, isn’t it?
Thank you, Gaufrid, for covering for me during my Hash junket in Taiwan.
7 ARMPITS *(tramp is) 12D is aroma, of which the armpits would be hardly a likely source of
8 PAYROLL Ins of AYR (Scots town) in POLL (vote)
9 BEER The answer to 6 is ALES. As for the reference to Devon, perhaps a native can enlighten me
10 LOOSE ENDS I am bemused by the reference to Radio 4
12 ANTIC *(I, one CAN’T) Chambers marks this usage as obs
13 TRESPASS Ins of ESP (extra-sensory perception) in *(stars)
15 CODA COD (fish) + A for a passage forming the completion of a piece
16 LEGAL Ins of EG (exempli gratia, for example) in *(ALL) Allusion to the expression The law is an ass from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
17 MOON MOO (low as by a bovine creature) N (number)
18 BACKSPIN A reversed clue where the answer is the clue to a fodder ; in this case, backspin requires you to reverse spin to get NIPS
20 CACHE C (Roman numeral for 100, many) ACHE (pain)
21 SWORDPLAY S (South, point on the compass) WORDPLAY (puns)
22 RUBY RUGBY (ball game) minus G (good)
24 MOLIERE Ins of LIE (deceit) in MORE (increasingly) for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, (1622–1673) a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.
25 AUTOPSY Thanks to NeilW, an &lit *(you past)
cd that raised a snicker from me
1 FREE Ins of R (right) in FEE (charge)
2 OPERETTA OPEN minus N + *(TREAT)
3 ITALIC Another delightful cd
4 BAKEWELL A flan consisting of a pastry base spread with jam and a filling made of eggs, sugar, butter and ground almonds. The spoonerism is WAKE BELL (alarm)
5 PRE-NUP (3-3) for prenuptial agreement; however, to smarten oneself is to PREEN UP. Where am I missing an E?
6 ALES ha
11 OCTAGONAL Ins of TAG (label) in OC (Officer Commanding) + ON A L (learner or trainee)
12 AROMA A ROMA (capital of Italy which we know more commonly as ROME)
14 SLOPE cd for Reverend Obadiah Slope, a character from Anthony Trollope’s work; namely the domestic chaplain to Bishop Proudie at Barchester.
16 LAPIDARY LAP (drink) + *(DIARY) relating to stones
17 MACAROON Ins of A CAR (vehicle) in MOON (answer to 17A) sweet biscuit made with egg white and ground almonds or coconut.
19 KAOLIN Rev of NIL (no) OAK (timber)
20 COYPUS COY (shy) PUSS minus S, Manx cat is supposedly tailless, hence PUS(s) My COD
21 STOP Rev of POTS (China as in porcelain)
23 BASS dd for a brand of British beer from the Bass Brewery founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent, England
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