Posted by Simon Harris on October 2nd, 2011
I must admit that I’d overlooked that it was my turn to blog this week, so unfortunately I didn’t take detailed notes as I solved. A week on, this all seems relatively straightforward, though I suppose it would do with the answers in front of me! That said, I can’t fathom how I got to the answer for 22ac, so I’ve reproduced the clue here.
There seem to be several political references here, in particular to the Conservatives, though whether these are substantial enough to constitute a theme, I can’t quite decide.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||ABSTRACT – (B in ASTRA) + CT.|
|5||THESIS – THE + [i]SIS. This is “downbeat” in the musical sense, i.e. the downward stroke of a conductor’s baton.|
|9||STRIDENT – STRIDE + [dow]N + [me]T[al].|
|10||ANNALS – L[ulu] in (ANNA + S).|
|11||RESOLUTE – ROSE* + LUTE.|
|12||TIMBRE – BR in EMIT<.|
|14||LAY READERS – READ in LAYERS.|
|18||PRONOUNCED – PRONOUNCE + D.|
|22||TITIAN – I think this is correct, but I can’t quite see it:
Object after model goes to fellow artist. Presumably IAN is the “fellow”, but that’s as far as I got.
|23||COLLAPSE – CO + L + LAPSE.|
|24||ELICIT – [isra]ELI CIT[izens].|
|25||BASS VIOL – BASS + V[ivaldi] + OIL*.|
|26||SEETHE – [childcar]E in THESE*.|
|27||ALL RIGHT – dd.|
|1||ASSURE – A + (S in SURE).|
|2||STRESS – [thi]S + (R in TESS).|
|3||RIDDLE – R + (D in LIED*).|
|4||CONSTRAINT – CON + STRAIN + T.|
|6||HANDICAP – hom. of “handy” + CAP.|
|7||SHAMBLES – SHAM + BL[u]ES.|
|8||SUSPENSE – (US + P) in SENSE.|
|13||FREE-FOR-ALL – F[iddling] + REEF + ORAL + L.|
|15||SPOTLESS – SPOT LESS.|
|16||CONTRITE – (N in COT) + RITE.|
|17||WOMANISH – (O + MAN) in WISH.|
|19||CLOSER – CLOSE + R.|
|20||SPRING – dd.|
|21||PELLET – P.E. + William TELL<.|