Posted by Uncle Yap on August 23rd, 2011
What a pleasure to wake up to a Paul puzzle with all its multi-various devices of all hues, shapes and sizes; and none boring. If you were to see me solving and working out the wordplay, you might think I have gone bonkers as I laughed, grimaced, guffawed or quietly smiled as I went along. Extremely entertaining fare
1 PETITE Ins of TIT (bird, not the female breast – Paul is on his best behaviour this morning in PEE (When you have to go, you have to go)
4 STRANGER STRANGLER (killer) minus L (last letter of ghoul)
9 SHREK SHRIEK (scream) minus I (one) Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film loosely based on William Steig’s 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!
10 BEE-EATERS Another tichy Paul original. Those hitting are BEATERS ; just add two E’s (second letter, as though one were stammering) any bird of a brightly plumaged family (Meropidae) closely related to the kingfishers, which feed on bees.
11 CARROTTOP Ins of R (first letter of RED indicated by redtop) & OTTO (German boy) in CARP (fish) reminds me of Jane aka jetdoc, that irrepressible fellow-blogger
12 SUSHI ha
13 DUTCH COURAGE What an original turn of phrase for artificial courage induced by drinking alcohol.
17 FALLEN ARCHES FALL (American autumn, season abroad) ENARC (Rev of CRANE, bird) HE’S (man’s)
20 EVERT dd turn inside out; to turn outwards and of course,
Christine Marie “Chris” Evert (born December 21, 1954) a former world number 1 professional tennis player from the United States often cited as the third best female player of the 20th century, after Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.
21 SPIDERWEB *(BIRD WEEPS)
23 STAR APPLE Ins of RAP (knock) in STAPLE (important) edible fruit of the West Indian sapotaceous tree
24 APRIL Ins of P (pence) in rev of LIRA (currency) one of the 12 months in the Gregorian calendar
25 FLUIDITY FLU (influenza, a common disease one might catch) I (one) DITTY (song) minus middle letter T
26 STADIA Rev of AID (support) ATS (first letters of All Temporary Staff) plural of STADIUM, sporting arena
1 POSTCODE POST (after or future) COD (fish traditionally used in F&C) E (English) One way of explaining the wordplay is that traditionally the English fish and chips (chippie) used cod as the fish. Due to changing circumstances, cheaper variety such as haddock or plaice are now used.
2 TARTRATE TART (sweet as in a dessert item) RATE (consider) a salt of tartaric acid.
3 TOKYO Ins of K (king) in TOY (play) O (nothing)
5 THE APPRENTICE T (time) HEAP (a great deal) PR (first letters of participant rarely) ENTICE (appear attractive) A lovely and altogether true description of this reality show on TV
6 ALAN SUGAR Ins of LAN (PLAN minus P, leaderless strategy) SU (rev of US) in AGAR (a jelly made from seaweeds misleadingly called SETTER, which got me trying to form an answer involving Paul. Naughty naughty.
7 GREASY GR (GiRl) EASY (piece of cake)
8 RUSSIA Sounds like RUSHER (sprinter)
10 BOTTOMLESS PIT MINE (pit) minus the bottom. This one cracked me up. My COD
14 HEARTLAND *(had learnt)
16 ISABELLA Is A Bell (there to be rung) A (last letter of TEA)
18,15 NEWS OF THE WORLD Cha of NEW (fresh) SOFT (velvety) HEW (cut) OR LD (first and last letters of laminated) The former Sunday rag closed for its involvement in the telephone hacking scandal
19 DEJA VU JAVA (island in Indonesia) minus A in *(DUE)
22 EXACT EX (former) ACT (legislation passed by Parliament) At this point, I just had to go to YouTube to see the Dead Parrot Sketch and hear Mr. Praline, played by John Cleese: ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
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