Posted by shuchi on October 21st, 2011
I enjoyed the light, elegant touch of Falcon in this offering. Straightforward except the bottom-right for me due to a couple of unfamiliar words, which I’m happy to have learnt.
1 WOLVERINE (WINE LOVER)*
6 ALLOW FALLOW (unproductive) – F (female)
9 REMUS R.E.M. (rock band) US (American). One of the twins Romulus and Remus, Rome’s twin founders.
10 IN GENERAL IN (popular) L (Latin), around GENERA (classes, the plural of ‘genus’)
11 HALF NELSON HALF (measure of drink) NELSON (Horatio Nelson). A hold used in wrestling using only one hand.
12 SORE sounds like ‘SAW’ (gnome, as in maxim). I suppose this would work as a homophone in a non-rhotic accent. I found it hard to solve with only vowels as checking letters and the less common meaning of the word ‘gnome’.
14 BUGLOSS BUG (insect) LOSS (passing). A bristly, blue-flowered herb.
15 SCOFFED SCOFF (meal) ED (editor)
17 LOTTERY L (left) OTTER (good swimmer) [rela]Y
19 CANTEEN dd. Canteen is not only a place where meals are provided for large numbers of people, but also (I didn’t know this) a box in which cutlery is laid out.
20 ELBA hidden in ‘ChessEL BAy’. A Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy.
22 GRANADILLA ILL (poor in quality) in GRANADA (Andalusian city) – this fruit.
25 GINGER ALE GI (solider) (GENERAL)*
26 TENON TEN (number) ON (working). A tenon saw is a backsaw used in mortise and tenon joinery.
27 EJECT E (English) JET (plane), around C (Conservative)
28 MATCHLESS MATCH (game) LESS (minor)
1 WORTH [words]WORTH. Enjoyed this clue.
2 LIMELIGHT M (married) ELI (priest), in LIGHT (context)
3 EISENHOWER (WHERE NOISE)*. American General, later President, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower. Another good clue with a smooth anagram.
4 ICICLES cd
5 ENGROSS ONE reversed, around GR (Greek) SS (steamship)
6 ARNE the middle of bARNEy (a noisy argument). Thomas Arne was a British composer, best known for ‘Rule Britannia’.
7 LARGO L[eave] ARGO (fabulous vessel). In Greek mythology, the Argo was a ship named afters its builder Argus, on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to search for the Golden Fleece.
8 WILLESDEN (DINES WELL)*. An area in North West London.
13 GOING DUTCH GOING (travelling) DUTCH (Cockney slang for wife). ‘Going Dutch’ means each person in a group pays for himself or herself. The phrase originates from the concept of a Dutch door.
14 BALD EAGLE (LAD)* in BEAGLE (dog); the national bird of the USA.
16 FREELANCE FRANCE (country) around EEL (fish)
18 YARDARM DRAY (cart) reversed, A RM (marine)
19 CONVENT CON (study) VENT (opening)
21 BINGE BING (Crosby) [bootl]E. ‘Crosby’ and ‘Bootle’ are places in UK, used to good effect on the surface.
23 AGNES AGES (a long time) around N (note). Refers to the eponymous heroine of Anne Brontë’s novel Agnes Grey.
24 NEAT [wome]N EAT (have a meal)