Posted by Uncle Yap on November 1st, 2011
Today’s mini-theme is not exactly my forte nor my cup of tea, resulting in me spending more than an hour to solve. However, the answers are gettable from the wordplay.
9 IAMBI I am bi-sexual, nuff said
10 NIGHTWEAR *(RANGE WITH)
11,27 YES, WE HAVE NO BANANAS *(NO WAY HE’S EVE) = *(YES WE HAVE NO) with anagrins, clued cryptically and bananas, respectively. Yes! We Have No Bananas is the title of a novelty song by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn from the 1922 Broadway revue Make It Snappy. Sung by Eddie Cantor in the revue, the song became a major hit in 1923 (placing No. 1 for five weeks) when it was recorded by Billy Jones, Arthur Hall, Irving Kaufman, and others. It was covered later by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Spike Jones & His City Slickers, and many more. It is one of the top songs of the 20th century.
12 ACORN A CORN on one’s foot would be painful
13 NAIROBI *(RAIN) + *(BIO) for the capital and largest city of Kenya.
15 DEBASED Ins of BASS (male singer) minus S in DEED (act)
17 KINDA KIN (family) minus N + *(DNA)
18,20 GET ROUND Quite self-explanatory
22 DECAGON DEC (part of the comedy duo, Ant & Dec from Newcastle upon Tyne) AGO (in the past) N (middle letter of ANT
25 ODYSSEY Sounds like Odd (quaint)
DC (redundant European body?) EC (European Commission, thanks NeilW) Greek epic poem, ascribed to Homer, describing the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus (Ulysses) on his way home from the Trojan war to Ithaca; (also without cap) a long wandering, or a tale of wandering.
26 FLEES Sounds like FLEAS (insects)
30 IMRAN KHAN ha Imran Khan Niazi (born 1952) is a Pakistani politician and former Pakistani cricketer, playing international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century.
31 SWELL S (last letter of forms) W (with) ELL, a varying measure of length originally taken from the arm; a cloth measure equal to 11/4yd
2 OMISSION O (ring) MISSION (calling)
4 ENGAGING *(EGG AGAIN + bacoN – A, one)
5 AGREED A GREED (vice)
6,26 STRAWBERRY FAIR STRAWBERRY (kind of blonde) FAIR (just)
8 IRON AGEIRON (rev of NORIEGA) minus AGE (time)
13 NAKED Ins of KEN (knowledge) minus N in *(AND) The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal is a 1967 book by zoologist and anthropologist Desmond Morris which looks at humans as a species and compares them to other animals.
14,7 ORANGES AND LEMONS *(LONDON’S GAMES NEAR)
16 DODGY The US truck maker is DODGE, hence DODGY
19 TROMBONE Ins of ROM (read-only memory device) B (Black) in TONE (character)
21 UNSENSED *(NN SUEDE’S)
23,3 CHERRY RIPE Ins of HER (lady) in CRY (blubber) + *(PIER)
24 NINTHS Allusion to the saying that a cat (male is Tom) has nine lives
28 NASH GNASH (grate) minus G. John Nash (1752–1835) was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London.
29 SELF-PITY *(SPITEFUL minus U) + Y (unknown)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram