Posted by Eileen on June 23rd, 2011
I seem to have spent almost as much time trying – unsuccessfully – to come up with a preamble for this puzzle as I did in solving it.
I’ll just say that I think it would have been more appropriately assigned to the Quiptic slot.
1 PREDESTINATION: anagram of PERDITIONS NEAT – & lit
9 DISAPPEAR: anagram of PAPER SAID
10 UNTIL: anagram of UNIT + L[eft]
11 SONGS: N[o] G[ood] in SOS [Mayday – the international distress signal]
12 SCANSIONS: ANS[wer] in SCIONS [offshoots]: I only know this word in the singular, as the analysis of metrical structure.
13 RE-ENTERS: R[oyal] E[ngineer] [soldier] + ENTERS [enrols]
14 BRUNEI: I [one] replaces L [student] in BRUNEL [engineer]
17 ABSURD: anagram of BUS in A RD
19 ENSNARES: anagram of SENSE RAN
22 IDENTICAL: anagram of DIET IN + CAL[ifornia]
24 FLAIR: FL[orida] + AIR [bearing]: I must admit that by now [after six anagrams in ten clues] I was so deep into anagram mode that I automatically entered TASTE here, trying desperately to see ‘has bearing’ as an indicator! 15dn set me to rights.
25 ÉCLAT: anagram of TAC[k]LE
26 UNTENABLE: UNABLE [unqualified] round TEN [round number]
27 ACHILLES TENDON: anagram of ONE TENDS after A CHILL: I think this is a poor clue: it’s Achilles’ heel that is a metaphorical vulnerability.
1 PEDESTRIANISED: anagram of TRADE IS IN SPEED – & lit
2 ESSENCE: C[hristianity] in ESSENE [Jewish sect]: [definition: ‘actual – 21dn – nature’ ]
3 EXPOSITOR: IT in anagram of POOR SEX
4 TREASURE: TREA[d] + SURE [certain]
5 NORMAL: NOR [and not] + MAL [pain]
6 TRUSS: hidden [just] in sovieT RUSSia
7 OUTWORN: TWO [number] in OUR [the Guardian’s] + N[ame]
8 PLASTIC SURGEON: PLASTICS [credit cards] + URGE ON [are a strong temptation]: I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen ‘plastic’ in the plural used for ‘credit cards': Chambers gives ‘plastic’ as ‘short for plastic money’.
15 RING FENCE: RING [arena] + FENCE [fight]: I think Derek might like a hyphen here! I would – and so do Collins and Chambers.
16 INFLATES: anagram of FELT AS IN
18 SHELLAC: SHELL [oilmen] + AC[count]
20 ROADBED: AD [notice] in ROBED [dressed up]
21 ACTUAL: ACT [performance] + U [open to all – film classification] + AL[l]
23 TUTSI: TUT [expression of mild disapproval] + reversal of IS