Posted by shuchi on September 2nd, 2011
Multiple linked clues hinge on 6d and it took me a while to get there. I started with the bottom-right of the grid and had most of the non-linked answers filled in before I cottoned on to the pivotal word and then the rest fell into place.
6d takes on an array of avatars throughout the crossword, meaning the human torso at one place, crash at another; acting as the definition in one clue, the indicator in another. I enjoyed this puzzle at many levels, it remained exciting till the end and brought back some pleasant memories such as that of playing Cluedo during schooldays.
1 PENNILESS (NEIL SPEN[t])*, with “bust” (6d) as the anagrind.
6 BOSOM BOOM (from 24d) around S (small)
9 UNCLE (CLUE)* around N (northern) – slang for pawnbroker.
10 CHRYSALIS hidden in “Pitlochry’s A-list”. The ‘emperor’ is a brightly colored butterfly of the family Nymphalidaechrysalis; a ‘chrysalis’ is the pupal stage of a butterfly. A difficult word for the setter to hide in the clue, easy work for the solver.
11 BANKRUPTCY BY, around KRUP[p] (steelmaker, almost) in (CAN + T)*. The Krupp family is a 400-year-old German dynasty from Essen, famous for their steel production – a fact I didn’t know till I landed here and had a tough time parsing this clue.
12 ROAR RO[yal] AR[tillery]. The definition is the answer of 24d: BOOM.
14 ENCLAVE CL (150) in E NAVE (part of basilica). Vatican City is an enclave within the Italian Republic.
15 NO CAN DO CON (Tory) reversed, AND O[pposition]
17 POSSESS POSSE (group) SS (bodyguard) – Hitler’s personal bodyguard, the Schutzstaffel.
19 SURPLUS S[q]U[a]R[e] PLUS (and)
ONE around C? I can’t work this out and am prepared to kick myself, go ahead and tell me please. // Update: ON ICE (suspended) – I (one). Thanks to jmac and Pelham Barton for the parsing.
22 PROSPERITY PROSPER[o] (Duke of Milan from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, not fully) IT [da]Y
25 INAMORATA AT A ROMAN I (institute), all reversed, with “bosom friend” as the definition.
26 EXILE E (English) XI (team) [ang]LE[sey]
27 NAHUM (HUMAN)* – this prophet.
28 MANY-SIDED MD (doctor) around ANY SIDE (team)
1 PLUMB PLUM (Professor on board) B (bishop). Professor Plum is a character from the board game of Cluedo.
2 NICKNACKS NICK (pinch) [s]NACKS (quick bites, heading off). A variant spelling of ‘knickknack’.
3 INEBRIATED IND (Indian) around (A BEER IT)*
4 ESCAPEE (CASE)* PEE (wee); the definition is ‘runner’. A new meaning of the word ‘wee’ for me. We live and learn.
5 SARACEN SCEN[e] (part of play, cut) around ARA[b]
6 BUST bosom (6a), bankruptcy (11a), crash (21a), penniless after boom (1a after 24a), all point to the answer.
7 SALVO SEVERAL – EVER (always) V (very) O (old). “Rounds at once” in the sense of simultaneous discharge of artillery.
8 MUSHROOMS MOMS (US mothers) around (HOURS)*
13 SCARCENESS S (small) CARS (vehicles), around (C + SEEN)*
14 EXPLOSION EX (one-time) PLO (Arafat group, Palestine Liberation Organization) IS< ON (about)
16 NULLIFIED IF + ILL (sick) reversed, in (NUDE)*
18 SARCASM [t]SAR (Russian boss, doesn’t start) CASM (sounds like ‘CHASM’ (split))
19 SUSTAIN SIN (wrong), around US (American) TA (Reserves i.e. the Territorial Army or reserve forces)
21 CRASH CR (credit) (HAS)*
23 YIELD dd; ‘yield’ is a measure of energy from a (nuclear) explosion (14d).
24 BOOM BOO (show contempt for) M (money)