Posted by shuchi on May 13th, 2011
A puzzle with many laugh-out-loud moments and not much struggle except with 20D and 22D. 14A, 4D, 7D and 19D were supremely funny. I had a great time solving this.
1 ROSE BUSH BE SO (very) reversed, in RUSH (grass). Rush is a grass from the genus Juncus.
5 ICICLE I (single) CI[r]CLE (ring, not right)
10 AVOCADO O (duck) after A V (very) O (old) CAD (rat, slang for scoundrel)
11 AGAINST AGAIN (repeated) ST (way). ‘V’ is the symbol for ‘against’, especially used between names of competing teams/players in contests.
12 OASIS O (oxygen) A SIS (relative). An oasis is a place of beauty or happiness amidst difficulties.
13 GELIGNITE hidden reversed in ‘meETING I LEGitimised’. Nice to see a long word hidden so well in the clue. Gelignite is an explosive, also known as blasting gelatin or jelly. Gelignite as well as dynamite were invented by Alfred Nobel of the Nobel Prize fame.
14 BEANS ON TOAST BEAST (savage) around NS (partners at the table, from the game of bridge) ON TO A. Lovely clue.
18 YOU’RE WELCOME [chicaner]Y (MORE WOE CLUE)*
21 PARTRIDGE EG (say) DIRT (mud) RAP (hit), reversed
23 SAUCE dd
24 OCTAGON O CON (kid) around TAG (name). ‘Kid’ and ‘con’ both mean ‘trick’ but are they exact synonyms? AFAIK to kid is harmless, to con is not.
25 TRACTOR T (time) + CART (one vehicle) reversed, OR. Vehicle = CAR was my first assumption, it took a while to see the correct parsing.
26 YONDER Y (one of the axes i.e. X and Y) ON RED (bloody) reversed
27 NAMELESS (SALESMEN)*. I’m assuming the anagrind is ‘hopeless’, but what is the significance of the definition?
1 REASON SON (issue) below REA[l] (genuine, cut)
2 SPOUSE SOUSE (steep) around P[rice]
3 BRASSIERE BRASSIER (more cheeky) [concubin]E
4 SHOTGUN WEDDING (SUDDEN THING GO)* around W (wife). A shotgun wedding is one necessitated/hastened by a pregnancy.
6 CLANG CLAN (family) G[el]
7 CANNIBAL CANAL (duct) around NIB (pen)
8 ENTREATY ENTRY (admission) around EAT (worry)
9 HALLE ORCHESTRA cd. I got the word ORCHESTRA early on, needed to figure out the name. My thanks to Google for leading me to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halle_Orchestra.
15 TIME SHARE (THIS A MERE)*
16 SYMPHONY S[a]Y M[ahler] PHONY (sham)
17 AU GRATIN AUG (month) before RAIN (fall), around T[errific]. The definition is “with breadcrumbs”; a dish cooked au gratin is covered with breadcrumbs and browned in an oven.
19 AUNTIE A UNTIE (loose)
20 DES RES hidden reversed in ‘advertiSERS EDition’. This was new to me – des res is a real estate marketing term, short for ‘desirable residence’.
22 ROGUE BROGUE (shoe) without the top. To top as in to remove the top e.g. to top carrots.