Posted by Gaufrid on August 26th, 2011
With each of the corners being linked to the rest of the grid by only a single answer this was more like four puzzles in one.
A couple of old chestnuts (10ac, 11ac), several ‘omit the first letter’ (1dn, 3dn & 21dn) and a only handful of anagrams, the result being plenty of charades. It is rare to see part of an answer being indicated by its abbreviation (18ac), usually it is the other way round.
With WASHINGTON, PENTAGON, INTERN, MALEFACTOR and CHANGE ONE’S TUNE appearing in the grid I did wonder if there was a theme regarding the political shenanigans that occurred a few years ago but perhaps this is just coincidental.
Looking at it from another point of view, more recently 10 could also be linked with 14 and 27.
|1||SACK RACE||SACK (notice) RACE (people)|
|5||DOO-WOP||WOO (court) in POD (case) reversed – “vocalizing in harmony in the style of rhythm-and-blues, orig developed in theUSA during the 1950s” (Chambers).|
|9||ROAD SHOW||O[ne’s] in *(WORD HAS)|
|10||TERROR||T[reated] ERROR (mistake)|
|12||AT HAND||T (time) in A HAND (a factory worker)|
|14,20||WASHINGTON IRVING||WASHINGTON (capital) IRVING (Berlin) – this US Writer.|
|18||MALEFACTOR||MALE (M) FACTOR (agent)|
|22||SIZE UP||SIZE (greatness) UP (at a higher level)|
|23||BORDER ON||BORDER (touch) O (ball) [ru]N|
|24||HEARTH||HEART (centre) [bag]H[dad]|
|25||SIDELINE||SIDE (neighbourhood) LINE (note) – as in “I’ll drop you a line/note …”.|
|27||PENTAGON||PEN (enclosure) TAG (note) ON (concerning) – I initially wondered about note=tag but it is given as synonymous in Chambers Thesaurus.|
|1||SCRIBE||[a]SCRIBE (attribute article ignored)|
|2,6||CHANGE ONE’S TUNE||*(ON HUGE CANTEENS)|
|3||RESUME||[p]RESUME (to suppose parking’s not available)|
|4||CROSSPATCH||CROSS (go over) PATCH (plot) – “a peevish bad-tempered person” (Collins).|
|7||WARRANTY||R (river) ANT (worker) in WARY (circumspect)|
|8||PARADING||N (name) in PARADIG[m] (short example)|
|13||THEODOLITE||*(HE TOOLED IT)|
|15||SMASH HIT||[smit]H[s] in *(A SMITHS)|
|16||BLIZZARD||B (black) homophone (reportedly) of ‘lizard’ (reptile)|
|17||AFLUTTER||A FLUTTER (a bet)|
|19||ADVENT||AD (commercial) VENT (outlet) – it starts earlier every year!|
|21||INTERN||[t]INTERN (head leaving Monmouthshire abbey)|