Posted by shuchi on July 22nd, 2011
I found this a shade easier than Loroso’s usual to start with but ground to a halt towards the end. 10a, 14a, 20a, 21d took considerable time. The linked clues 17d and 3d would have been tough too if I didn’t have the www a click away. Clever wordplay here and lots to savour, I specially enjoyed 1d and 2d for their disarming deceptiveness.
I’m not 100% convinced about my parsing of 25a and 6d, and look forward to your comments.
1 DOWNPLAY OWN (private) PL (place) in DAY (time)
5 GYPSUM GUM (paste) around SPY (spot)
10 MATZO MAT (coaster) OZ (from Australia), reversed. One of my last answers in, I had expected ‘coaster’ to be the definition. Here’s more on the bread, matzo.
11 RAPTUROUS (UP OUR STAR)*
12 LISTENING (TINGLES IN)*
13 HYPER letters from ‘tHeY aPpEaR’
14 CAXTON CATO (Roman statesman Cato the Elder) has restricted i.e. around X (by i.e. multiplied by) N (new). Caxton refers to William Caxton, the first to introduce a printing press into England.
15 TOURACO TOUR (visit) A CO (business). A new bird for me – the pictures show some magnificent colours and crest.
18 RED MIST (OLD-TIMERS – O,L)*. I was trying to jumble the letters [o]LD [t]IMERS for this clue and needed all of the crossings to rethink the fodder.
20 MOD CON MOD (military bosses – Ministry of Defence) CON (against). Mod con = modern convenience.
22 UPSET group (SET) at university = UP-SET
24 ALLOTROPE ALLOT (divide) ROPE (bind together). An allotrope is one of two or more different forms of an element. e.g. Graphite and diamond are allotropes of carbon. The wordplay nudges us towards the answer as allotropes has atoms (i.e. divisions of the element) bound together in different arrangements.
25 HENPECKED HE (man) NECKED (kissed), and tip of proboscis = P. How does ‘P’ get between HE and NECKED?
26 AVISO AV (short for Authorized Version of the bible) IS O (old)
27 NICETY letters from ‘iNdIsCrEeTlY’
28 ACCEPTED ACTED (worked) around CEP (mushroom, of 8D). Cep is the edible Boletus edulis. The definition is “in”.
1 DUMBLY MB (storage unit for computer memory) in DULY (correctly)
2 WITHSTAND WIND (strong breeze) around (THATS)* – ‘weather’ as in endure.
3 PROPERTY IS THEFT Replacing the linked answers into the clue – “Claim of Proudhon accepted yet this worried us”. The wordplay is PROPER (accepted) (YET THIS)* FT (us i.e. the paper). Proudhon coined this slogan in his book What Is Property? or, An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government. // Updated, thanks to Anon at comment#2.
4 ARRAIGN sounds like ‘a reign’ (what monarch has)
6 YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE dd. Used to mean “Thanks” (19d). The second definition refers to “Property is theft” (3d), i.e. you shouldn’t have (it). A rare case when the pronoun “YOU” appears in the grid.
7 SCOOP S (small) CO-OP (grocery store)
8 MUSHROOM MUSH (mouth, as in chew) ROOM (capacity). A classic Loroso clue in which every word stands for its hardly obvious meaning.
9 SPIGOT GO (energy) in SPIT (double i.e. exact likeness)
16 APOLOGIST A POLO (sport) GIST (significance)
17 PROUDHON PROUD (immodest) HON (love, as term of endearment). Pierre-Joseph Proudhon is the socialist in question.
19 THANKS The actor is T. Hanks, who famously got cast in his debut film for his “nice guy” looks. The director of Splash Brian Grazier has been quoted as – “We read hundreds of people for the part and other people were funnier than him. But they weren’t as likable as him. I felt like I could live inside of him. I felt like his problems were problems I could relate to.”
20 MELODIC M (male) ELO (rock band – Electric Light Orchestra) DIC[e] (game, not quite)
21 BEYOND YON (that) in BED (sack)
23 SONIC SO NIC[e] (very good, without base). Sonic boom is the sound associated with shock waves created by the supersonic flight of an aircraft.