Posted by nmsindy on September 26th, 2011
Gentle, enjoyable Monday puzzle from Punk, a very skilled clue-writer indeed. Found it quite easy and was esp impressed to get words that were unknown to me from the clear wordplay.
Solving time, 23 mins.
* = anagram
1 LIGHT ALE “lie tale”
9 HEAD-ON He a Don
10 TONSIL HOCKEY (only it chokes)* New phrase to me but easily gettable from the clear anagram. Amusing surface.
11 SULPHATE reject ‘and’ = reverse ‘plus’ hate = be repulsed by
12 ISLE hidden in Paisley
14 PARTICULAR Double definition
15 COMMODE ref: Mods and Rockers from 1960s summer beaches. Mod in Come.
17 ATTEMPT Definition: go at (towards) tempt (bait)
20 BINGO WINGS New to me, this. Dict says extra folds of skin visible when arm is raised eg when claiming full house at Bingo. Bing (Crosby) owing s = shilling = 5p (both 1/20th of £)
22 HUTU HUT U
23 ATROPINE (protein a)*
24 CICADA cad (heel) in CIA
26 POLISH Double definition
27 NORSEMAN Refers to ‘No man is an island’ (Donne) rose (rebelled) less o (nothing) in ‘no man’
1 BIRO rib reversed over O (The Ring)
2 CHASTE definition: pure c (cocaine) haste ref ‘more haste, less speed’ pun on ‘speed’ = drug
3 GALLOPED gal loped
4 BERSERK odd-placed letters in sherry ie ser contained in berk (fool) . Definition: mad
5 CHILLI chill (cold) I (one)
6 CATHOUSE US and Canadian usage says dict, new to me but again v gettable tho it was my last answer. thou = you in case (investigation)
7 POSTMAN PAT pat = gentle hit
13 SPOLIATION spoon = kiss and cuddle containing I tail (end) reversed (= up) definition: stripping
16 MAGNOLIA g (good) no (certainly not) in Mali (country) a
18 TEST CARD (detracts)* with a v suitable anagram indicator ‘broadcast’
19 ANTENNA ten in Anna
21 DEAD WEIGHT Spoonerism of ‘Wed date’