Posted by Eileen on August 12th, 2011
As I solved the excellent Brendan puzzle yesterday, I wished it might have been mine to blog but getting a Paul on a Friday can’t be bad, either. Some clever clues here, as to be expected – one too clever for me, I’m afraid, but I know help is at hand and I’m sure I shall kick myself. There are a couple of & lits and a couple more that I hesitate to label as such!
1 MIDWIFE: cryptic definition and IF is the middle of wIFe [woman
5 AMPOULE: A + PO [the familiar Italian ‘flower’] in MULE [shoe]
9 SWORD: three synonyms for sword, which could be said to be ‘ S WORDS’
10 CHAPERONE: CHAP ONE [the first man, perhaps] around [to hug] ER [royalty]
11 IRRESOLUTE: a very nice anagram of TORIES’ RULE
12 FIFA: hidden in mischieF I FAncy: acronym for Fédération Internationale de Football Association – isn’t that lovely [but does it make sense?]
18 LOOKED AFTER: LOOK DAFTER [appear more stupid] around [secreting] E [the familiar drug]
21 GAGA: GAG A: Lady Gaga is becoming nearly as popular as Emma and Di!
22 MONTEVIDEO: this looked as if it might be difficult but it’s a simple charade, once you’ve found out that MONTE is a Spanish-American gambling card game – then add VIDEO [record] as a verb
25 EPICENTRE: EPIC [classic] + ENTREchat [ballet leap] minus [cut the] chat
26 AMONG: A MON[day] G[row]
27 TREMOLO: anagram of LOT MORE – & lit, I think
28,14 THEATRE OF THE ABSURD: reverse anagram [absurd] of HATER OF TEETH
1 MYSTIC: I’ve stared at this for ages and I hoped the wordplay would come to me while typing. Alas, that hasn’t happened, so it’s over to you.
2 DOOBRY: anagram of BODY OR – a new word for me. Interestingly, Chambers gives only doobrey or doobrie as possible spellings but various online dictionaries have this version for a thingummy.
3 INDISPOSED: IN [at home] + anagram [another] of SIP in DOSED [given medicine]
4 EXCEL: sounds like XL – Roman [Caesar’s] numeral for forty
5 APARTMENT: PART [leave] + MEN [people – we keep getting this definition!] under A + T[yre]
6 PHEW: H[ot] in PEW [seat]: Phew, what a scorcher!
7 UXORIOUS: U [you] X [kiss] O [love] R[ight] I O[love] U [you] S[o]: this made me laugh, thinking of Paul basking in post-nuptial bliss – practically & lit.
8 EYE CANDY: C[aught] in [feeding] anagram [‘sort of’] NEEDY + [gu]Y
13 ABBREVIATE: VERB [grammatical term] reversed [brought up] + I [one] in ABATE [decline]
15 TEA FOR TWO: WET [weak] reversed [lifts] round A FORT [a strong building] + O[ld]; a song from the film of the same name. Bryan might like this
16 SLUGFEST: anagram [frantic] of GUTLESS around F[racas]: another new word for me.
17 LONGTIME: anagram [catastrophic] of MELTING around O [Circle]
19 ADROIT: anagram [broadcast] of RADIO + T[ime] – nice surface
20 TONGUE: double definition – and another nice surface
23 THEFT: THE FT [Financial Times – the bankers’ daily]: definitely my favourite clue
24 LEGO: reversal of GEL [set] + O [zero]