Posted by shuchi on June 17th, 2011
Mudd with a geographical bent in this fun crossword. I got the answers in a rush at first but ground to a halt in the bottom-left corner, only to realize that my answer RWANDA for 22d was wrong. Specially enjoyed the creative wordplay at 25a and the chuckle-worthy surface of 31a.
1 TIP-OFF dd
4 OPEN FIRE dd; the second definition comes from the Christmas tradition of roasting chestnuts on an open fire, as in this Christmas song.
9 MALADY LAD (boy) in MAY (spring)
10 WEREWOLF FLOWER (the blooming thing) EW[e] (sheep, almost), all reversed
12 HUNK dd; ‘stud’ and ‘hunk’ both mean a handsome man.
13 MINIM A palindrome.
14 IDLE dd
17 WICKETKEEPER WICKER (twigs) around E[nglish] T (time), PEEK (look) reversed
20 POTTY-TRAINED POTTY (crazy) (TRADE IN)*. Trademark Mudd clue!
23 LOUT L[oose] OUT (blooming)
24 ASSAM MASS (service) [bell]A, reversed
25 MAYO April 30 is like May 0
28 MANDRILL MAN (chap) DRILL (bit on one) – a bit is a removable boring head used on some types of drills.
29 MIDGET MG (car) around ID (identification), ET (he phoned home) – in the film E.T., they make a device for E.T. to “phone home” by using a Speak & Spell toy.
30 PLAYMATE (MY PAL)* ATE (consumed)
31 WARREN dd – a warren is a place where rabbits breed.
1 TOMAHAWK TOM (cat) A HAWK (bird) According to etymology details online, the word comes from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) tamahack meaning “what is used in cutting”.
2 POLO NECK (ONCE)* in POLK[a] (dance, endlessly)
3 FIDO hidden in ‘itselF I DOubt’. Fido is an abbreviation of Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation, a system used for dispersing fog
from an airfield to ensure safe landings for airplanes. I didn’t enjoy this clue very much as the words in the abbreviation are used directly
in the clue.
5 PRESIDENTIAL P[arliamentary] RESIDENTIAL (living)
6 NOEL NOVEL (book) – V (volume)
7 ISOLDE IS OLD (has aged) [tim]E
8 EIFFEL F[rench] + IE (that is) reversed, Fe (iron) L[andmark]. Refers to Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower, the iron landmark of Paris.
11 LICKETY-SPLIT LICK (beat) (LIST TYPE)*
15 TENOR dd
16 TEXAS AXE (cut) in ST (street), all reversed
18 ENDANGER END ANGER (calm down)
19 EDMONTON ED (my i.e. the setter’s boss) MON (a day – Monday) TO N (name)
21 CLAM UP LAM (hit) in CUP (gold hole)
22 GUINEA dd; a guinea is an old British coin worth 21 shillings (£1.05).
26 DRAM DAM (stop) around R (right); “dram” = “short” is a small drink of liquor.
27 DIVA AVID (keen) reversed