Posted by Ringo on August 25th, 2011
In a bit of a hurry this morning, so please forgive any typos/slips/basic errors of logic and/or judgment.
Far too many anagrams for my liking from Gaff today (my rule of thumb is that, if the anagrams don’t all fit on the Jotter Pad, there’s too many of them). Plus a theme that will leave many, I expect, thinking School hasn’t half changed since my day…
1, 4. GCSE RESULTS DAY Oh, how I love an anagram of an abbreviation (by the way, is there a specific word for a series of initials – like GCSE – that doesn’t make a word (I think an acronym has to be a word, like scuba or radar)?) Anyway, this is a nice &lit, as today is the day UK teenagers get their GCSE results – anagram of Gree(k) study class
9. PINOT BLANC Anagram of point + Blanc [as in Raymond, the celebrated chef]
10. LOPE (E)lope [run away]
11. AEROBICS Double definition: the process of taking in oxygen, and a once-fashionable way of working out
12. ARABIC AC [alternating current, i.e. (power) supply) incorporating (kohl)rabi [type of cabbage] to give a subject that one might study at GCSE (see 1ac.)
13. DELI Hidden in siDELIne
14. NEARSIDE Anagram of needs air to give the side of a car on which the passenger sits (as opposed to the driver’s side, or offside)
17. OPOSSUMS Very slightly cryptic definition to give the mammal known for playing dead
19. See 26ac.
22. SOMALI Hidden in blosSOM A LIly to give another subject for our polyglot GCSE students
24. RETROFIT Retro [dated] + fit [suit]
25, 3. HOME ECONOMICS Anagram of choice (c)onsomme to give another GCSE subject
26, 19. EXPRESSIVE ARTS Express [squeeze out] + I [one] + hearts [suit] with V [five] replacing h to give another GCSE subject – the study of drama and music, presumably
27. GEODESISTS Anagram of god sees its to give a technical term that I haven’t got time to go into here…
28. SIDE Double definition, presumably referring to a side dish as opposed to a main meal as well as to ‘side’ as in ‘team’
2. CHINESE Anagram of franchisee minus the letters of far to give another GCSE subject
3. See 25ac.
4. RABBIT Double definition: a rabbit is a poor performer in sport (in particular, a bad tail-end batsman in cricket), and might also be pulled from a Derby (US term for a bowler hat) by a conjurer – excellent clue
5. STARS AND STRIPES Stars [celebrities] + Andes [(mountain) range] incorporating strip [disrobe] to give Old Glory
6. LACKADAY Another smart double definition: lackaday is an archaic cry of dismay, and, because Monday is a Bank Holiday in England, the working week will lack a day
7. SALSA Double definition: a dance and a spicy sauce
8, 16. APPLIED BUSINESS Anagram of builde(r)s within (h)appiness to give a GCSE subject
15. SEACOASTS Sounds like seek [look for] oasts [ovens]
16. See 8dn.
18. PROPOSE Op [work, opus] within prose [plain language]
20. THIEVED Anagram of the devi(l)
21. STRESS Double definition
23. AMEND Amen [response, in church] + (dea)d to give ‘amend’, (put) right