Posted by Uncle Yap on May 3rd, 2011
What a superbly entertaining puzzle from The Master today with a side-theme presented with great humour and fun.
7 TROUSERS T (time) ROUSERS (alarm clocks) worn by the dominant partner in a marriage viz SWMBO (answer to 21,22,9)
11,15 TROUBLE AND STRIFE TROU (half of TROUsers, answer to 7) ins of A, one in BLEND (mixture) ST (street) RIFE (current) What a fine composite clue alluding to the current turmoil on the streets of Syria and Libya and a very original use of Mrs as wife, of which the trouble and strife is the most appropriate Cockney rhyming slang.
12 MOTHER Lepidoptera is the order of insects, with four wings covered with fine scales such as the butterflies and moths. A tichy way of saying a producer of moths.
14 SCRUTINY SCRU (sounds like screw, slang for salary) TINY (very little)
17,26 MY DEAR OLD DUTCH *(DREAMY) OLD (ancient) DUTCH (ancient language) for an old music-hall song sung in honour of the wife
20 AS ONE MAN A S
TONEMA SON minus T S O (dropping pieces)
23 REJOINDERS Ins of JO (sweetheart like the beloved little woman ala Louisa May Alcott) in REINDEERS minus
R E (well spotted, NeilW)
24 MATE dd for spouse (answer to 8Down) and final move in chess
25 PHAROS Ins of HA (short laugh) in PRO’S (professionals or experts) The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria (a tower built between 280 and 247 BC on the island of Pharos at Alexandria, Egypt) was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
1 TREASONS T (last letter of losT) REASONS (causes)
“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”
The Merchant of Venice (V, i, 83-85)
2 PUFF dd
3,10 BETTER HALF This tichy clue cracked me up. My COD
4 DOGBERRY DOG (pet) BERRY (fruit) for Dogberry, a clownish officer of the watch in Much Ado About Nothing.
5 RELENTLESS *(SELLERS + TEN for 10)
6 PENNON PENN (Friend of old) + ON (continuing to) William Penn (1644 – 1718) was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, and founder and “absolute proprietor” of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) The Society of Friends are also known as the Quakers of which William Penn was a member.
8 SPOUSE Ins of P (first letter of pickle) in SOUSE (pickle)
13 HER INDOORS Ins of ERIN (Ireland) DO (party) in HORSE (beast) minus E, indicated by tailless
16 FEMINIST Ins of Tracey Karima EMIN (English artist) in FIST (hand)
18 ROBOTICS Ins of BOT (maggot of a botfly) I (first letter of inside or I, one, first) in ROCS (enormous birds described in Arabian legend, strong enough to carry off an elephant)
19 ANGELO AN GEL (rev of LEG, member) O (love) for either the Duke’s randy deputy in Measure for Measure or a goldsmith in The Comedy of Errors
21,22,9 SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED *(by the web’s dome house) for the title given by Rumpole of The Bailey (by John Mortimer) to his dominant wife
22 MASADA MA (mother, answer to 12) SAD (not happy) + A for the name of an isolated rock plateau, or horst, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. After the First Jewish-Roman War a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to the mass suicide of the Sicarii rebels.
24 MOUE Sounds like MOO (low as in bovine noise). A new word to me meaning grimace of discontent or pout.
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