Posted by shuchi on August 19th, 2011
Great fun with Mudd’s trademark humour on display in 20a and 14d. I found this a gentle solve without being a walkover, just the right level of difficulty to challenge without giving me anxiety.
1 FACADE A CAD (scoundrel) in Fe (Iron)
4 MARMOSET (SOME)* in MART (market) – this monkey.
10 INNINGS top ie remove the head of WINNINGS (prize)
11 PUNJABI PUB (drinking house) around (JAN)* 1. A resident of the state of Punjab, India. I like the way “Jan” and “1” need to be pried apart for the wordplay.
12 GIDE hidden in ‘conflictinG IDEas’. Refers to French author Andre Gide (1869 – 1951), winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.
13 BLITHERING BLITHE (happy) RING (group). Harry Potter fans will recall Professor McGonagall’s retort to Filch in the last Harry Potter film – “They are supposed to be out of bed you blithering idiot!”
16 MAGNUM MAG (issue) NUM[ber] – a large wine bottle having a capacity of two ordinary bottles.
17 STROPPY PORT (left) reversed, in SPY (spot)
20 SOAKING SO A KING My last answer in, and I loved it!
21 HARROW somewhere between cd and dd – harrow is a tool that pulverizes the soil, and the name of a school for boys in the town of Harrow in north-west London.
24 ANEMOMETER A MOMEN[t] (short second) reversed, (TREE)*
25 FOUL sounds like FOWL (bird)
27 TSARINA (SINATRA)*
29 SHEBANG SHEBA (old kingdom) N (not) G (good)
30 NOONTIME (MINE ON TO)*. And here I was trying to fit the answer of 12a GIDE into the clue! Very clever.
31 DEFECT dd
1 FAIR GAME AIR (song) G[rate], FAME (musical)
2 CANADA GOOSE CASE (patient), around NADA (nothing) GOO (gunge) – this bird.
3 DINK DIN (racket) K[eeper]
5 APPETITE PET (dog or cat, perhaps) IT, in APE (gorilla)
6 MINNESOTAN (MENTIONS AN)* A Minnesotan is a “Statesman” in the sense of “man of US State”
7 SPA SPA[m] (meat, endless). So far I knew of spam as unwanted email, I now learn that Spam is a trademark for canned precooked meat.
8 TWINGE TWIN (double), EG (say) reversed
9 PSALM S[ung] in PALM (tree)
14 IMPERSONATE (PANTIES MORE)*
15 CUCKOO PINT CUCKOO (bananas i.e. mad) PINT (a measure of liquid) – a flowering plant of the genus Arum.
18 UNDERARM M (maiden) RARE (unusual) opening letters of ‘Deliveries Not Upsetting’, all reversed.
19 TWILIGHT W (west) I (one) L[over], in TIGHT (close)
22 WANTON continue to desire = WANT ON
23 TENSE dd The first is a definition by example of the verb tense.
26 PEKE sounds like PEAK (top)
28 ADO A DO (social event)