Posted by Uncle Yap on November 15th, 2011
Cannot say this is an easy one as I found myself stumbling all over the place, trying to understand the crafty word-play of many a clue. As usual with the Don, this is very Ximenean although many clues could not be solved in the normal forward way, so one has to hazard a likely answer and work back to justify the answer. Put another way, the answer may well be gotten from crossing letters and definition, making the puzzle one not of getting the answer but understanding Pasquale’s word play. Do we call this back-tracking?
1 MELODRAMATIST *(DILEMMA TO STAR)
10 INTENDS Cha of IN (favoured) TENDS (nurses)
11 RANKINE Ran (hurried) KINE (cows) The Rankine cycle is a cycle that converts heat into work. The heat is supplied externally to a closed loop, which usually uses water. This cycle generates about 90% of all electric power used throughout the world, including virtually all solar thermal, biomass, coal and nuclear power plants. It is named after William John Macquorn Rankine (1820-1872), a Scottish polymath. The Rankine cycle is the fundamental thermodynamic underpinning of the steam engine.
12 ERASE Ins of A (article) in ERSE (language few of us can read, being the language of the people of the West Highlands, as being of Irish origin; sometimes used for Irish Gaelic, as opposed to Scottish Gaelic.)
13 SOLFEGGIO Ins of F (loud) in SOLE (only one) GG (repeated note) I O (love) … new word to me
14 BACON B (first letter of Bard-craft) A CON (trick) Allusion to Francis Bacon, first Viscount St Albans,
the 6th Earl of Derby (thanks to Thomas99) one of those mentioned as a possible author of the words of The Bard, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon
16 BASILICAS BASIL (RC saint) + ins of CA (circa, about) in IS.
18 EASTWARDS I struggle to understand this but according to my good friend, Dr Gurmukh, Pasquale used choir as the area of a church or cathedral, usually in the western part of the chancel between the nave and the sanctuary … now the clue makes sense. Thanks Dr G
19 DURER ENDURER (one to live on) minus E N (English name) for Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) a German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg
20 SAN MARINO Ins of *(RAIN) in *(MOANS)
23 THEFT THE FT (Financial Times)
24 NOISOME NO I (number one, top bod) SO ME (this writer) or I can say ins of SO in NO I & ME … same difference
25 ANTLION Ins of NT (Northern Territory in Australia) in A LION (much bigger animal) for a neuropterous insect (genus Myrmeleon) similar to a damselfly, whose larvae trap ants in a funnel-shaped sand-hole.
26 NEUROSURGEONS *(NO ROGUE NURSES)
2 ENTRANCES *(AN Norway SECRET)
3 OUNCE POUNCE ( jump) minus P (power)
4 RASPS Ins of S (last letter of papers) in RAPS (rev of SPAR, box) Very devious clue, my COD for the misdirection
5 MORALISTS Ins of LIST (group of Celebs) in MORASS (confusion) minus S … I was stuck here for a while trying to find a word, MORS? meaning confusion as I equated group of celebs as A-LIST
6 TUNNELLED cd
7 SLING Another cunning clue disguising the def SHY, to throw as SHY, being bashful. Probably the best-known sling in the world must be the cocktail containing brandy, gin, orange juice, lime juice, Cointreau, Benedictine and grenadine aka the Singapore Sling.
8 MIXED BLESSING I would label this as a tichy dd which got me started into this puzzle
9 DEMONSTRATING Ins of ST (street) in DEMON (fiendish) & RATING (sailor)
15 NEW LABOUR *(WON’T USE BLAIR minus ITS) What a lovely surface
16 BERLINERS BERTHS (bunks) minus THS + LINERS (ships)
17 CORNELIAN CORN (banal) ELIAN (of Elia, the essayist aka Charles Lamb) for a fine kind of quartz, generally translucent red.
21 NAIVE Ins of I (one) in KNAVE (rogue) minus King
22 ON AIR A cyclist on pneumatic tyres can be said to be on air. I wonder about the penny-farthing; are its wheels solid rubber?
23 TITRE Sounds like TIGHTER (more properly fixed)
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