Posted by PeeDee on June 1st, 2011
Another enjoyable mixed bag from Cinephile. We get the full range from the sublime (12) and the fiendish (21 ac) to the obscure (10) and just plain rubbish (17, 19). It was much easier to guess the answers than to explain why they were right.
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|1, 4||HABEAS CORPUS||A BEASt (tailless animal) between Hot and Cold and OR PUSs (Manx cat = puss with no tail)|
|8||RICOTTA||The literal meaning of ricotta is ‘recooked’ – so is also the derivation of the word biscuit, ‘twice cooked’ in French.|
|11||STIMULATOR||T (model T Ford) in SIMULATOR|
|12||TOAD||TADpOle* (with ‘elp removed) – a very nice &lit clue.|
|13||CURVE||Cryptic definition – to be on a ‘learning curve’|
|14||NEVER DIE||NEE (name before marriage) containing Giuseppe VERDI|
|16, 9||LACHRYMA CHRISTI||LAST I (1 as Roman numeral) containing CHurch and ARMY* RICH*. Lachryma Christi ‘Christ’s tears’ is such a beautiful name for a wine.|
|18||ROWAN||Double definition – tree and Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury|
|21||GOD WILLING||DV (500 and 5 Roman numerals) abbreviation for Deo Volente, which translated gives ‘God Willing’|
|23||HAIRPIN||Double definition – ‘hairpin bend’|
|24||DISROBE||Benjamin DISRaeli (half of) and OBE (medal – Order of the British Empire)|
|26, 20||ANIMAL FARM||FAMILy* inside AN ARM (a branch) – novel by George Orwell|
|1||HOIST||I (1 as Roman numeral) inside HOST (many)|
|2||BLOOMER||Definition and cryptic definition – a bloom is a flower|
|3||ARTILLERY||ILL (as adverb = badly) inside ARTERY (canal)|
|5||OTHER||TO reversed and HER|
|6||PAINTER||Double definition – a painter is a rope|
|7, 25||SITUATION COMEDY||(YOU AIN’T DOMESTIC)* – comedy program shown over a number of episodes|
|10||STANDARDS||STAND (tolerate) and ARDS (historical name for the districts of the Ards Peninsular in Northern Ireland)|
|13||CHARABANC||ARAB (a Semite) inside CHANCe (fortune, nearly = not all of)|
|15||VERMILION||REV (priest) reversed and MILION (sounds like ‘million’, they say = as it is heard)|
|17||HUMDRUM||ordinary = humdrum, and a ‘hum’ is vaguely musical, and ‘hum’ rhymes with ‘drum’. Is this it? If so it is a pretty weak clue. Please someone prove me wrong and show me I have missed something.|
|19||WOLFRAM||WOLF (predator) and RAM (source of wool for clothing) – Wolfram is another name for the chemical element Tungsten which is actually quite soft and not ‘hard stuff’ at all, it is compounds of Tungsten with other elements, such as Tunsten Carbide, which are hard. Also, I thik it is fair to describe a ram as a source of wool, but not a source of clothing.
UPDATE: I just remebered the phrase ’a wolf in sheep’s clothing’, so RAM is OK for a source of clothing in this clue.
|21||GRIND||Definition and cryptic definition|
|22||NOBEL||Born inside NOEL (Christmas, holiday)|