Posted by shuchi on November 18th, 2011
I found a lot to admire in this puzzle and a few clues to struggle with. The bottom-right corner was hard to piece together with 20a and 20d eluding me till the very end. I specially enjoyed the two long Down clues, the deceptive definitions in 10a and 24a, the wordplay in 9a and the usual great clue surfaces from Bradman.
1 ALCOPOPS AL (Prohibition-buster – crosswordland’s favourite gangster Al Capone), COPS (police) around PO (river). Alcopop is a colloquial term for certain flavoured alcoholic beverages.
5 BROADS B ROADS are numbered local roads in UK with relatively high traffic density, so drivers would probably find it hard to speed on them. Some clues make me feel like I can’t rest till I get to the answer, this was one of them.
9 AMENDING noon approaching = AM-ending
10 OBTAIN IN (home) by (BOAT)*, with the inconspicuous “get” as the definition.
12 LOUSE LOSE (miss) around U (university)
13 HENDIADYS (DISHY DEAN)* A new word for me, one I’m happy to add to my vocabulary. Hendiadys, which means “one through two” in Greek, is a figure of speech used for emphasis — two words linked by a conjunction to express a single idea. For example, “sound and fury”, “”law and order”.
14 PROPER PROP (support) ER (head of state)
16 TRIBUTE TRIBE (group of people), around TU (trade union) reversed
18 LADDIES LIES (stories) around ADD (tot). ‘Laddies’ is a Scottish word for ‘boys’.
20 WIGHTS WIGHT’S (island’s). Wights are ghost-like creatures popular in the SFF genre of fiction.
22 CHALLENGE CHANGE (reform) around L (left) LE (‘the’ in French)
23 FACER FAR (very much) around CE (church). British slang for an unexpected difficulty.
24 EVER SO EVE (seductive woman) first letters of ‘Rouse Several Oldies’.
25 GRANDAME RAND (money – the currency of South Africa) in GAME (sport)
26 TURNER d&cd, the first definition referring to landscape painter J.M.W. Turner.
27 REMARKED d&cd. A borderline exam submission might be re-marked.
1 ARABLE PARABLE (Bible story) – P (soft)
2 CHEQUERED CAREER dd
3 PODGE G (good) + DO (finish) reversed, in PE (gym)
4 PINCHER dd; ‘pinch’ is slang for ‘steal’.
6 RABBITING RABBI (teacher) around IT, N (no) G (good)
7 A HARD NUT TO CRACK dd, referring to the Brazil nut in the first definition, and the idiomatic meaning – a difficult problem – in the second.
8 SINISTER SISTER (nun) around NI (Northern Ireland, a province of UK)
11 KNOT TONK (hit hard) reversed – this bird.
15 PAILLASSE An unusually indicated anagram – the answer, when jumbled (rocky), could give you PILES ALAS. Paillasse is a type of mattress filled with straw or sawdust. A new word for me.
17 BLACKEST BEST (footballer once –
Andy George Best) around LACK (deficiency). I know next to nothing about football and had to look up famous people with the surname ‘Best’ for this one. // Update: I had stopped my search too soon; thanks to Eileen for pointing out the better Best.
19 SINK SIN (moral offence) K[ingdom]
20 WEE FREE sounds like ‘we
fthree‘, I assume this is the way people of east of London would speak. Members of Free Church of Scotland are nicknamed The Wee Frees. More here. // Thanks to Pelham Barton at comment#3 for setting the homophone right. Cockneys tend to pronounce the “th-” sound as “f-”.
21 FRIEND FRI (a day) END (death). This took me longer than it should have, I assumed ‘death’ would be D.
23 FONDA FOND (doting) A (adult). The Fondas in question are the American stars Jane Fonda her father Henry Fonda.