Posted by Uncle Yap on May 10th, 2011
It’s always a bonus to get another one-eyed puzzle in addition to my fortnightly ration in Private Eye. Brummie managed to weave in a mini-theme of a best-selling book and author
8 KOHLRABI Helmut Josef Michael KOHL (former Chancellor of Germany) RAB (rev of BAR, rod) I (Independent) for a variety of cabbage with a turnip-like edible stem.
9 TOOTH TOOT (sound of trumpet) H (hot) def piece of the mouth written cryptically as mouthpiece
11 ANTIPODEAN A (first letter of Amazon)*(POINTED) AN (one)
12 GROUND dd
14 REHEARSE RE (note as in a drop of golden sun) HEARSE (late person’s vehicle)
16 DOODAHS DO (party) OD (ytrap) *(HAS) Ross Beresford’s TEA also gives (in the singular) doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget for something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known.
18 ENDLESS What a devious way of saying that if you remove the end from the word EVENT, you get EVEN … my COD
21 BORROWER *(OR BREW OR) The Borrowers is a series of children’s fantasy novels by Mary Norton about tiny people who live in the homes of big people and “borrow” things to survive while keeping their existence unknown.
23,4,22 A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME *(BOTHERSOME IF I RATIFY) a book by STEP-HEN HAW-KING, composed of answers to 5,15,17 & 25
24 STEAK KNIFE S (first letter of Sherwood) TEAK (wood) KNIFE (cutter)
27 MOURN Keen (noun and verb) connotes lamentation over a dearly departed, whether silently or loudly … I suppose it will not be wrong to call this a cd
28 HELLENIC Ins of L (left) in HELEN (of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships) + I C (one cold)
1 LOTHARIO L (short length) + *(HAIR TOO) for a seducer and rake
2,26 BLOWPIPE Ins of PIP (radio signal) in *(BELOW)
3 HAZARD Ins of A Z (one unknown) in HARD (firm)
5 STEP Rev of PETS (cats and dogs, not of the rainy kind)
6 LOUDHAILER Cha of LOUD (conspicuous) HAILER (person calling for taxi)
7 SHE-ASS This not-so-cryptic clue should be self-explanatory
13 UNDERVALUE *(V A nude rule)
15 HEN Possibly sounds like the last letter of bacoN; Barbara at 1 parsed it probably more correctly as HE (rev of EH, what did you say) + bacoN; Thank you, Barbara also ‘Little Hen’ is a term of endearment used in Scotland.
17 HAW Height A (indefinite article) Width
19 SHEEP DIP Ins of *(DEEP) in SHIP (boat)
20 FREIGHT Ins of E (energy) in FRIGHT (scare)
23 AGE-OLD Ins of GE (rev of EG, say) in *(LOAD)
25 KING KINGSTON minus S minus TON
William Henry Giles Kingston (1814 – 1880), writer of tales for boys
S is a derived SI unit, the unit of electrical conductance, defined as the reciprocal of ohm.
TON is a weight Barbara at 1 has a neater (and more correct) parsing viz ins of IN (inch, small measure) in KG (abbre for kilogramme) and Stephen King is of course a very famous author
26 PEEP SHOW cd
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