Posted by shuchi on September 9th, 2011
Entertaining crossword from Bradman with a “fishy” flavour and some deft anagrams. 1a, 25a, 2d, 4d, 6d amused me especially.
The last two answers need your inputs. // Updated, thanks to crypticsue.
1 UMPIRES MP (politian) IRE (anger), in US (America).
5 CASTLE L (learner) in CASTE (class)
8 DORSAL FIN (ISLAND FOR)*. A dorsal fin is a part of a fish, best recognised as the sign of an approaching shark.
9 POP-UP POP (dad) UP (revolting). A pop-up (book) has specially folded paper giving its pages a three-dimensional effect. Not to be confused with pop-up (ad), the most annoying creation of internet marketers.
11 REICH RICH (with lots of money) around E (the east). Old German word used to mean ‘territory’.
12 WATERGATE WAT (rebel Wat Tyler, leader of the English Peasants’ Revolt, 1381) ERG (work unit), ETA (Greek character) reversed
13 ARTISTRY hidden in ‘pART IS TRYing’
15 DEFEND FED (took nourishment) reversed, END (death)
17 MAIMED M (maiden) AIMED (sighted)
19 CAROUSEL CAROL (sing) around USE (employment)
22 NAKED LADY i.e. woman lacking undergarments (1d). A new term for me – Wikipedia lists three plants that go by this name.
23 MOPES MES[s] (endless muddle) around OP (work)
24 SHIVA (HAS)* around IV (four). The Hindu God of destruction.
25 HEADSTONE HEAD’S TONE (the way principal talks)
26 AGLEAM A GAM (school or herd of whales), around LE (‘the’ as a Parisian would say)
27 DESCENT S[now] in DECENT (fairly good)
1 UNDERGARMENTS (DUSTMEN GARNER)*
2 PERSIST hidden in ‘suPER SISTerhood’
3 ROACH ROC (big bird) around A, [fis]H. Fish of the carp and minnow family.
4 SOFTWARE (FOR WASTE)*. Superbly coded anagram.
5 CANUTE A N (knight), in CUTE (adorable). Canute (c. 985 or 995 – 1035), also known as Cnut the Great, was a king of Denmark and neighbouring lands.
6 SUPERHERO (HOPE SURE)* around R (right), with the clue serving as an apt definition.
7 LAPLACE LAP (drink) LACE (doctor, as in, to adulterate). Refers to Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749 – 1827), a French mathematician.
10 PREADOLESCENT (CLOSE PARENTED)*
14 SHELDRAKE SHE (the female), DR (doctor) in LAKE (the water). A type of duck.
16 MARYLAND [bo]Y in MARL (clay) AND
18 INKLING INKING (writing) around L[ife]
20 SUPPOSE SUP (drink) POSE (model)
21 FATHOM F (female) AT HOME (reception?) – E (English). Does reception equal ‘AT HOME’, or do I have the parsing wrong? // Update: See comment#1.
23 MOSES [bab]E in MOSS (plant in damp habitat) // Update: &lit – the baby Moses was found “in a small craft of bulrushes coated in pitch” (link). Thanks to crypticsue for the explanation.