Posted by Uncle Yap on August 9th, 2011
Chifonie served up a delightful potpourri of entertaining clues that shouldn’t overtax the regulars here. Much fun to solve and very correct, too.
1 BRASSY Ins of SS (ship) in BRAY (donkey’s loud noise) for an old-fashioned club which had a brass sole, corresponding to a two-wood
4 SCABIOUS SCAB (recalcitrant blackleg who doesn’t join his comrades in an industrial action) IOU’S (promises to pay) for a plant of the genus Scabiosa of the teasel family, long thought efficacious in treating skin diseases.
9 WALES W (whiskey) + ALES (other alcoholic drinks). As a serious partaker of this drink, my initial instinct was to chide Chifonie for having an E in the spelling of this elixir since whiskey is strictly for similar beverage brewed in Ireland and the USA. Then I looked up the NATO Phonetic Alphabet where W is for whiskey, probably due to American influence.
10 HANDCREAM *(can harm Ed)
11 PLATITUDE P (Penny) + LATITUDE (licence)
12 HYENA Ins of YEN (Japanese money) in HA (bit of a laugh)
13 INCANDESCENT Tichy way of saying a person of Incan descent; quite a brilliant clue, my COD
17 FAILING LIGHT Ins of AILING (sick) in FLIGHT (plane trip)
20 DRILL dd
21 AGITATION A GI (US soldier) Jacques TATI (born Jacques Tatischeff; 1907–1982, was a French filmmaker and a comedic actor) ON (working)
23 STRUMMING Ins of RUM (odd) & M (Monsieur, Frenchman) in STING (born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951), CBE, an English musician, singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police.
24 PETRA PE (physical education) TRA (rev of ART, skill) for a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system.
25 ABEDNEGO ABED (resting) + *(GONE) In Daniel Chapter 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were sent into a blazing fiery furnace because of their stand to exclusively serve their God alone. By God’s angel, they were delivered out of harm’s way from this order of execution by the King of Babylon.
26 FLORID FLO (Florence, girl) RID (as in relieved of his onerous duties)
1 BOWSPRIT BOW (leading rower) + *(TRIPS) for a strong spar projecting over the bows of a ship. Thanks to JPRidge
2 ALLIANCE DALLIANCE (flirtation) minus D
3 SUSHI ha
5 CONDESCENDING CON (convict or prisoner) DESCENDING (going down)
6 BACCHANAL Ins of C (cold) CHA (tea) in BANAL (trite)
7 OPENED Ins of PEN (write) in OED (that famous multi-volume dictionary)
8 SAMOAN S (first letter of shot) A MOAN (grouse)
10 HOUSECLEANING *(glue one’s China)
14 NEARLY MAN *(many learned)
15 AGLITTER AG (chemical symbol for silver or argentum) LITTER (bits discarded)
16 STANDARD STAND (booth) A RD (road or street)
18 ODESSA *(DOSES) + A (American) for the major seaport located in southern Ukraine
19 PIERCE Ins of R (rabbi) in PIECE (report)
22 APPAL A + PPAL (rev of Lapp, European)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram