Posted by shuchi on May 20th, 2011
A solid puzzle from Bradman, which was mostly a comfortable solve 3/4th of the way. A hasty wrong answer at 26a kept me stuck in the bottom-right of the puzzle, till I got 21d and was forced to rethink.
My favourites of the day: 1d, 18d. I can’t quite see the wordplay for 22a, help is welcome.
1 GAGGLE GG (gee-gee) in GALE (high wind); a gaggle is a flock of geese (when not flying, as opposed to skein – a flock of geese in flight)
4 APOPLEXY POP (father) in ALE (booze), X Y (unknown characters)
9 SNAFU U (united) FANS (supporters), reversed
10 AFTERLIFE (FELT A FIRE)*
11 ATISHOO sounds like ‘a tissue’ (alternative to a hanky). ‘Atishoo’ is onomatopoeia for a sneeze.
12 HOISTED IS TED (Irish father) below HO (house)
13 PITT PT (point, in brief) around IT (Italian) – William Pitt (1759-1806) was a British PM.
14 PENDANTS END (finish) in PANTS (underwear)
17 ROMAN LAW The word ‘lex’, Latin for ‘law’, is hidden in the answer for 4a – apopLEXy. Really enjoyed this.
19 BRAT B[rought] RAT (rodent)
22 CHASSIS Update: CHAS-SIS i.e. Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne. Thanks to Bracoman for the explanation.
24 TRAMPLE T[y]R[e] AMPLE (sufficient)
25 ISOGAMETE (1 GOES TAME)*. A reproductive cell of the same shape and size as its pair.
26 PLUMB sounds like ‘plum’ (very good). A wrong answer here gave me a hard time – I had entered SOUND at first.
27 PRETENDS PRE (before) TENDS (nurses)
28 STREAK dd; the most public form of streaking is running nude at sporting events, an act the police do not take kindly to.
1 GAS LAMPS SLAM (bang) in GAPS (passages); gas lighting is used in passages. Interesting clue, I like how ‘passages’ is invoked again in the wordplay.
2 GLADIATOR GLAD (happy) I (one) A TOR (hill)
3 LOUCHE L (learner) OUCH (that hurts) [colleg]E
5 PITCHED BATTLE ED (journalist) in PITCH and BAT (two cricket features), (LET)*
6 PORTION PORT (left) IN around O (oxygen)
7 EDICT EDIT (change) around C[onservatives]
8 YIELDS [pla]Y (SLIDE)*
10 ABOVE ONES HEAD dd
15 SCRIPTURE SURE (certain), around R.I.P. (final message) in CT (court)
16 STEENBOK (BOTH KNEES)* – H (hospital). Not an animal I knew, and so had to wait for all the checking letters to come into place before I could make guesses. Steenbok is a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa, sometimes known as the Steinbuck or Steinbok.
18 MISTAKE I’M (Bradman’s) reversed, STAKE (pole). To be “up the pole” is to be in difficulty. What a wonderful clue!
20 SCRIMP SCRIBE (old-fashioned secretary) – BE + MP (politician). I’m a bit confused here…”Old-fashioned secretary has to be dismissed”: doesn’t this give SCRIBE – TO BE rather than SCRIBE – BE? Or can “TO” simply be ignored?
21 RAJPUT PUT (place) after JAR (conflict) reversed. A Rajput is a Hindu warrior.
23 ABODE A B (second-rate) ODE (poem) – I loved the surface.