Posted by Simon Harris on August 21st, 2011
A solve of two halves for me this week, comprised of a first session where I made very slow progress and solved only a handful, followed a few days later by a second attempt where everything fell into place rather more smoothly. In the end, an unaided finish, but it doesn’t count because I’d guessed wrongly at 11dn.
Two answers still need a spot of elucidation: 27dn, where I can’t figure out who the “character” is, and 28dn.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||CHECHAKO – CH + [tussl]E + CH + A K.O.|
|8||DAMN – DAM[so]N.|
|12||RESERVE RATIO – (IRE OVER RATES)*.|
|13||ABSIT – S in A BIT.|
|14||GHOST – G + HOST.|
|16||SCIOLTO – SCI + TOOL*.|
|17||PANIC-BOLT – (COBALT PIN)*.|
|18||LIDDELL – LID + DELL. Alice Liddell is believed to be the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.|
|20||PAUA – (Au + AP)<.|
|21||ASCH – A + SCH. Presumably this is Solomon Asch, though I’ll admit to having had to check that one prior to blogging!|
|22||ODORISE – O DO RISE.|
|24||JACQUETTA – JA (German for “yes”, thus “in Germany agreed”) + C[o]QUET + T.A.|
|26||MINERAL – INER[t] in MAL.|
|29||ACARI – CAR in A1.|
|30||SIREN – RE in SIN.|
|31||TAKE ONE’S EASE – TAKE + ONE SEA + SE[a].|
|32||ELEA – [th]E LEA[ding].|
|33||SORORISE – ((SIR + O) in EROS)<.|
|1||CRAB – CR + A B.|
|2||HEBRAISTICAL – IS in CHARITABLE*.|
|3||ESSEN – ESSEN[ce].|
|4||CEILIDH – I.E.< in CHILD*.|
|5||AVES – [e]AVES.|
|6||KEY-COLD – KEY + (L in COD).|
|7||ORGILLOUS – ORG + ILL + OUS.|
|9||ATOLL – LOT< in A L.|
|10||MISTRUSTLESS – RUSTLES in MISTS.|
|11||NOTOGAEA – NO TO + GAE + A.|
|15||SCENARIOS – ARSENIC* + SO<.|
|17||PLAYMATE – (L in PAY) + MATE.|
|19||LOCARNO – (CAR + N) in LOO.|
|20||PREMIER – PREMIE + R. Apparently “premie” or “preemie” is an abbrevation of “premature baby”, thus “early arrival”. I find it curious that there is such a seemingly informal term for what one would imagine to be a fairly serious matter. Interesting stuff.|
|23||SNAKE – ‘S + NAKE[d].|
|25||TERAI – [pa]TE RAI[n]. This is a type of hat, so the clue is in fact &lit.|
Funny look from gutless character.
One quietly leaves student tavern for this joint.