Posted by Eileen on August 29th, 2011
After Araucaria’s Bank Holiday double challenge, a very pleasant diversion from Orlando for the holiday itself. I didn’t find this too taxing but there’s much to admire here: the usual wit, elegance and variety in the cluing [too many instances to mention here] and some nice references to a wide range of topics – something for almost everyone, I hope. Many thanks, Orlando, for putting me in holiday mood.
1 WINDOW DRESSING: WINDOW [light] DRESSING [sauce]
8 INCOG: IN + COG [small part]: abbreviation of ‘incognito’, which gives ‘in small part’ a double meaning.
9 ARMENIAN: anagram [unfaithful] of MARIANNE and a clever reference to Marianne Faithfull
11 ENOUNCE: hidden in havE NO UNCErtainty
12 SWALLOW: double definition
13 DISCO: DISCO[very] [what’s come to light – ‘very deficient’]
15 SAINT PAUL: anagram [turning] of UP IN ATLAS – the capital of Minnesota
17 ILL AT EASE: I’ll [I’m going to] A TEASE [a kid]
20 ECLAT: reversal of TALE [story] around C[onservative]: a nice surface and a favourite crossword word that I haven’t seen for a while, I think.
21 AVERRED: AV [bible – the Authorised Version, which is celebrating its quatercentenary] + ERRED [was not infallible] – a lovely surface!
23 DRESDEN: anagram [‘buggy’!] of DR[ive] NEEDS
25 AIR COVER: an ‘eadscarf would be ‘air cover, useful, along with dark glasses, for travelling 8ac
26 OFLAG: O[ld] FLAG [standard] reference to this prisoner of war camp
27 COLOUR SERGEANT: anagram [& lit?] of NCO SURE TO GLARE
1 WHITE ADMIRAL: anagram [unfortunate] of WITH round E [middle letter of ‘Pinkerton’] ADMIRAL [naval officer]: an excellent clue – almost & lit – referring to Lieut. Pinkerton, the US naval officer in Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ and, of course, the opera itself.
2 NACHO: reversal [from the south] of OH [now I see] + CAN [container]
3 ORGAN LOFT: anagram [in need of repair] of FOR A LONG + T[ime]; a very cleverly constructed clue, I think, and – unfortunately for many churches – another potential & lit!
4 DRAWERS: double definition
5 EL MISTI: ELM [wood] + IS + reversal of IT: I hadn’t heard of this volcano but the clue is perfectly clear.
6 SENNA: double definition: the Formula One champion Ayrton and this laxative
7 NEARLY ALL: most of AL[l]: this is one of those clues that are so beautifully simple that you think they must have been done before but I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen it – a real laugh-out-loud moment.
10 TWELFTH NIGHT: double definition: Shakespeare’s play, with the intended title, ‘What you will’, is believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.
14 SOLFERINO: SOLO [alone] with F[rance] and ERIN [Ireland] inside
16 THEME SONG: MESON [something with a very short life] in THE G[erman]: I’ve learned today that ‘in particle physics, mesons are subatomic particles composed of one quark and one antiquark, bound together by the strong interaction. Because mesons are composed of sub-particles, they have a physical size, with a radius roughly one femtometer: 10?15 m, which is about 2/3rds the size of a proton or neutron. All mesons are unstable, with the longest-lived lasting for only a few 100-millionths (10?8) of a second.’ On more familiar ground, this is the THEME SONG for this TV comedy which ran between 1968 and 1977 and is still being repeated around the world. Another clever and amusing clue.
18 ANDOVER: A N[orthern] DOVER [port]
19 ENDORSE: anagram of RED NOSE
22 RECTO: RECTO[r] [minister not finishing]
24 DELTA: double definition: ‘the flat alluvial area at the mouth of some rivers where the main stream splits up into several distributaries’ – i.e. ‘a bunch of flowers’! – named, for its shape, after the Greek letter delta, the first letter of Dionysus, a Greek name. Another lovely clue to end with.