Posted by Uncle Yap on May 17th, 2011
It is always a pleasure solving a puzzle by Paul; and blogging one is even more so. I had quite a few laughs weaving through the clues, challenging but very fair and sometimes naughty like 13Down, easily my COD.
1 BODICE B (black) O (nothing or lack of) DICE (those cubes with 1 to 6 spots used in games)
4 CORONETS Ins of O (duck) in CORNETS (ice-cream filled cones)
9 LOGGER Logarithm sounds like LOGGER-RHYTHM after John Napier of Merchiston, Edinburgh (1550-1617), Scottish mathematician and inventor of a system of logarithm.
10 FACE UP TO Ins of ACE (one) + UPT *(PUT) in FO (Foreign Office)
11 CRIMINAL RECORD Cha of CRIMINAL (deplorable) RECORD (release as in Elton John’s latest record/release is a rehash of a gospel song from the Deep South.)
13 WATERPROOF TERRAIN (ground) minus RAIN -> TER inside APRil (month) and inserted inside WOOF (sound made by a dog such as a setter) This was one of my last in due to the convoluted nature of the wordplay; but after you see it, it is so fair.
16 LIMA ha for the capital of Peru
18 RED NOSE DAY *(ENDORSED) + AY (always) Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money. The first Red Nose Day (RND) was held on the 5 February 1988 and since then they have been on the second or third Friday in March. RND 2011 was on 18 March.
In Hashing, before a celebration event and usually on a Friday evening, there is a Red Dress Run when runners (male and female) dress in red women’s clothing and run though town … all proceeds go to charity.
21 HOT ON ONE’S HEELS One of those jokey and tichy cd alluding to the vulnerable spot on the heels of Achilles.
23 UNAFRAID U (first letter of Union) + *(FAIR AND)
24 MINUTE Ins of IN in MUTE (speechless)
25 DRESSAGE DRESS (arrange) AGE (time) for a horsey event with much prancing about
26 SLEEPY SLEEP (rev of PEELS, skins of say, orange) Y (last letter of dry)
1 BULL dd in darts, the bull-eye is worth 50 points
2 DOGTROT Rev of TORT (civil wrong-doing) GOD (heavenly)
3 CREAMERY Ins of REAM (paper) + E (last letter of treatise) in CRY (shout)
5 ON ALL COUNTS *(consult loan)
6 OMELET Another tichy clue from Paul with (h) OME (‘ouse) LET (little as in piglet or booklet) American spelling for the omelette
7 EXPLODE EX (former or retired) PLOD (policeman after a character by the late Dame Enid Blyton, Uncle Yap’s favourite author as a schoolboy) E (last letter of case)
8 SWORDPLAY ‘S + WORDPLAY (Paul’s sport and very well performed, too)
12 NERVE ENDING NEVER ENDING (eternal) with R moved (taken up)
13 WOLFHOUND WOL (rev of LOW, depraved) + ins of H (last letter of bitch) in FOUND (discovered) What a superb surface with its irresistable imagery of pets on heat. My COD
15 ESPECIAL *(see a clip)
17 METHANE *(neath me) Another clue that got me laughing as I remembered
Macbeth’s introduction – what a gas! (7)
19 DELOUSE DEL (rev of LED, managed) OUSE (river)
20 INTROS IN (popular) TROS (rev of SORT, kind)
22 VERY WELL dd
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