Posted by Gaufrid on June 7th, 2011
When I agreed to stand in for scchua I was hoping that I would get a Loroso to blog and I have not been disappointed. As usual with this setter there are some excellent clues but there is one (8dn) that I have been unable to parse. I’m hoping that someone will be able to enlighten me.
There were many clues that I enjoyed but I think my favourite has to be 28ac which can be read in several ways, including taking the question at face value.
Edit: When Loroso kindly provided the parsing for 8dn (see below) he also said “Wouldn’t be like me to go all vanilla, now would it? A word placed in front of 7d forms something of a pun. It can also be placed before or after 13 other answers.”
After some thought the penny finally dropped! JACKET can go before or after 13 answers and if put before 7dn you get a pun on ‘jack it all in’. What an excellent puzzle!
|1||WHOOSH||WHO (that) O (nothing) SH (quiet)|
|4||ABUNDANT||BUN (hairstyle) in A DANT[e] (a setter’s kept short) – ‘short’ is doing double duty as it is also part of the definition.|
|10||GUERILLA||*(I’LL ARGUE) – ‘irregular’ in the sense of a soldier not trained under the authority of a government.|
|12||TROMINOS||*(ROOM ISN’T) – a new word for me, ”a flat shape made up of three identical squares placed edge to edge” according to Chambers.|
|13||DINNER||D (drawn) INNER (private) – I cannot find ‘d’ as an abbreviation for ‘drawn’ in any of the usual references but it is common enough in tables of sports results.|
|15||BOOK||BOO (I hope you’re scared) K (knight)|
|16||AFTERSHAVE||AFTERS (sweet) HAVE (eat)|
|19||HORSE-CLOTH||R (Romeo) in *(SCHOOL THE) – a novel anagram indicator.|
|20||MESS||hidden in ‘becoMES Strawberry’|
|23||COMBAT||COMB (groom) AT (engaged in)|
|27||INTREPID||I (one) *(PRINTED)|
|28||VACUUM||cryptic def. and double def. – you can read this as a simple cryptic def. or as ‘does it take up’ (vacuum [cleaner]) and ‘space’ (vacuum). An excellent clue.|
|29||GANGSTER||G (good) *(STRANGE)|
|30||DONKEY||DON (assume) KEY (major)|
|1||WASHTUB||T[wenties] in WAS HUB (focal point)|
|3||STRAIT||I (one) in STRAT (guitar) – ‘sound’ as in a stretch of water. ‘Strat’ as an abbreviation for a Fender Stratocaster does not appear in any of the usual references, nor in on-line dictionaries apart from the Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia, so this must be regarded as specialist knowledge and therefore perhaps a little unfair.|
|5||BLUE||double def. &lit|
|6||NARCISSI||NARC (drug investigator) IS S[niff] I (one) – a third occurrence of ‘one’ = I in the wordplay!|
|7||ALL IN||A L[ittle] L[ove] I[s] N[ot]|
|8||TEA TREE||RE (engineers) in TEAT (dug) E (earth) – one of the definitions for ‘dug’ in Chambers is “a nipple or udder of a cow or similar animal; a woman’s breast”.
Edit: Thanks Loroso for supplying the parsing. I should have checked ‘dug’ in Chambers when I couldn’t parse the clue.
|11||NORFOLK||NOR (and not) FOLK (people)|
|14||LEATHER||E (Euro) in LATHER (panic)|
|17||AWESTRUCK||WEST (bridge player) in A RUCK (a mob)|
|18||BEJABERS||JAB (punch) in BEERS (drinks)|
|19||HACKING||C (cold) KIN (blood) in HAG (witch)|
|21||SCRUMMY||[thu]S CRUMMY (cheap)|
|22||POTATO||A (area) in POT (grass) TO|
|24||MATIN||MA (old woman) TIN (can)|
|26||LIFE||hidden in ‘jaiL I FEar’ &lit|