Posted by shuchi on October 14th, 2011
A simple solve with a variety of clue types. I especially enjoyed 10a and 5d. Flimsy is extremely skilled at crafting smooth and natural clue surfaces. The not-so-nice parts: there is an error in 22a I think and the indicator in 1a seems to be taking a liberty.
1 POACHED EGG (CLEGG HOPED)* -L (pound) +A. “Ravenous” as anagram indicator – does that work for you? // Update: Annotation fixed; thanks to Stuart.
7 OVEN STOVENOW – STOW (jam)
9 ASHY (YHA)* around S (son)
10 TECHNICIAN (IN ICT HE CAN)*. Neat &lit clue.
11 TROUPE TOUPE[e] (hairpiece, not quite) around R[oger]
12 ACADEMIC (I CAME)* around CAD (rat)
13 VENDETTA VEND (deal) ET (Spielberg film) T[he] A[wful]. Cleverly constructed.
15 TIER TIGER (Tiger Woods, golfer) – [drivin]G
17 PENS a starter dd clue.
19 IMITATOR (TO MAIM IT)* – M (male) + R (river)
22 SIDEBURN SIN (error) around DEBUR (remove rough edges). Isn’t the word spelled as DEBURR? // Update: Rishi points out that Chambers lists BUR as a variant spelling of BURR.
23 INVITE (PINTIVE)* – P (powder)
25 PROPELLANT (PLAN PETROL)*. Very well worded.
26 STIR dd; ‘stir’ = prison is new to me.
27 EMIR E (Eastern) M (master) I R (rule) &lit. What a smooth clue.
28 POKER-FACED FACED (resisted), after POKE (goad) R (queen)
2 OBSERVE O (love) B (bachelor) SERVE (wait)
3 COYPU COY (timid) UP< ; a large rodent.
4 ENTREATY (ARE)* in ENTITY (independent body) – I
5 EXCLAMATION MARK EX (former lover) (INTO A CALM)* MARK (man). The “!” symbol at the end of the clue is the definition!
6 GENIAL GENITAL (how members might be described) – T (time)
7 ORCHESTRA (ROAR)* around CHEST (trunk)
8 EXAMINE AXE (chooper) reversed, MINE (extract)
14 DISTEMPER DIS[h] (good-looking person, almost) TEMPER (cushion)
16 SINISTER SISTER (relative) around IN (wearing)
18 EPIGRAM E[xcited] PIG RAM (two farmyard animals). ‘Sally’ isn’t a girl’s name here but a synonym for a witty remark.
20 OUTLINE OUT (revealed) ROUTE (line)
21 PULL-UP dd
24 VISTA (TV + S[t]A[t]I[c])* – a word made famous by Microsoft in a different context.