Posted by RatkojaRiku on June 17th, 2011
I wasn’t on Phi’s wavelength as much today as I normally am, but I think that I got there in the end!
There were more new words to me here (1A, 3, 13, 17 and 21) than in the average daily cryptic, which made my job harder, although tight wordplay throughout made it possible to work them out.
I am not sure about the anagram indicator in 27, or that 9 is truly a double definition, so any help tightening up the parsing would be appreciated.
My favourite clue today was the neat & lit. at 26, which was the first clue that I actually solved.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||MICRO-MINI||[CRO<w> (=exult; “endlessly” means last letter is dropped) in MIMI (=opera heroine, i.e. in Puccini’s La bohème)] + NI (=IN; “returning” indicates a reversal); a micro-mini is a very short miniskirt, hence “skimpy costume”.|
|6||TWIN||TWIN<e> (=cord; “cut down” means last letter dropped)|
|10||DROOP||DR (=doctor) + O (=round) + OP (=operation)|
|11||AUDIO DISC||S (=second) in [AU (=gold) + DIOD<e> (=electronic component; “cut down” means last letter dropped) + I<ntegrated> C<ircuit>]; the definition is simply “recording”.|
|12||IMPASTO||I’M PAST ‘O’ (=I’ve reached ‘P’, i.e. when working through an index)|
|13||PLACKET||LACK (=something missing) in PET (=favourite); according to Chambers, a placket is “an opening in a skirt, shirt, etc for a pocket”.|
|14||A SHOT IN THE ARM||Definition is “encouraging event”, i.e. a boost; “in that it wasn’t the chest” is encouraging in that a (gun)shot to the arm is less dangerous than one to the chest!|
|17||ALPHA PARTICLE||APART (=separate) in *(EACH PILL); “after treatment” indicates anagram.|
|21||NETBOOK||*(BET ON) + OK (=satisfactory); “working” is anagram indicator; a netbook is a small, low-cost laptop computer.|
|22||TOOLSET||TOO (=also) + [<workshop>S in LET (=allowed)]; “rear of” means last letter only.|
|24||AQUAPLANE||A + QU (=question) + AP (=apparently) + LANE (=road)|
|25||IBSEN||I (=one) + B (=book) + SEN<t> (=enraptured; “all but” means last letter dropped)|
|26||RINK||Hidden in “curleR IN Kirkcaldy”; “some” indicates hidden answer; & lit., in that curling is a sport played on ice that is popular in Scotland.|
|27||DIONYSIAC||*(NOISY ACID); & lit.; “
|1||MADRIGAL||MAD (=wild) + RIG (=equipment) + AL<l> (=entirely; “almost” means last letter dropped)|
|2||CROUP||C (=caught) + <g>ROUP (=pop performers; “no good” means the ‘g’ is dropped)|
|3||OPPOSITE PROMPT||[IT in OPPOSE (=to be against)] + PROMPT (without delay); opposite prompt is the right-hand side of the stage as seen by the performer, hence “section of theatre”.|
|4||IDAHOAN||[I + DAH (=had; “to rise” indicates a vertical reversal)] + [A in ON]|
|5||IN-DEPTH||I + [DEPT (=department) in NH (=state, i.e. New Hampshire)]|
|7||WHISKY MAC||WHISK (=what stirrer may do) + *(MAY) + C (=cold); “upset” is anagram indicator.|
|8||NICETY||Y (=yard) + TEC (=detective) + I + N (=note); “brought up” indicates vertical reversal.|
|15||HEARTBURN||HEAR (=try, i.e. a case in court) + [B<ad> in TURN (=new direction)]; “onset of” means first letter only.|
|16||TECTONIC||*(ETC) + TONIC (=booster); “cooking” is anagram indicator; “dealing with (the Earth’s) plates” is definition.|
|18||AWKWARD||<h>AWK (=belligerent) + WAR (=conflict) + ’D (=had, as in I’d said); & lit.; since a belligerent person would wish to cause rather than avoid war.|
|19||ART DECO||*(TRADE) + CO (=company)|
|20||UNFAIR||<f>UNFAIR (=entertainment venue; “that’s lacking in leadership” means the first letter is dropped)|
|23||SUSHI||US (=American) in SHI<p> (=on board; “dismissing soft” – p for piano in music – means the ‘p’ is dropped)|