Posted by shuchi on December 2nd, 2011
A simple and neat, if somewhat bland, fare today. I liked solving this on the whole but missed having some high points to savour.
1 AFTER ALL dd
5 UTOPIA hidden in ‘chateaU TOPIARY’. Utopia is a work of fiction by Thomas More published in 1516.
10 SOLID SOLIDUS (Roman coin) – US (American)
11 BOOMERANG (EMBARGO ON)*
12 SAVILE ROW A VILE (very bad) ROW (argument), after S (singular)
13 HENCE HEN (woman) CE (church)
14 USEFUL (U + FUEL)* around S (sulphur)
15 BOWLINE (BELOW)* around I (one) N[ine]. ‘Used’ seems a bit weak as anagrind.
18 REDRESS RE (about) DRESS (formal wear)
20 BRUNEL RUNE (old letter) in BL (British Legion) – refers to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose engineering achievements include the construction of the first major British railway.
22 MECCA E[ngland] in MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club)
24 PLASTERED (PEDLAR SET)*
25 ISOMETRIC I (one) TRIC[k] (short joke), around SOME (certain people, as in ‘Some say that…’)
26 OMEGA O (oxygen) MEGA (huge)
27 HANNAH ANNA (another one i.e. another girl) in H (hot) H (hospital). ‘Girl like Ada’ probably because HANNAH, like ADA, is a palindrome.
28 REUNITED UNIT (one), in DEER (ungulates) reversed
1 ASSIST ASS (jenny i.e. female donkey) (SIT)*
2 TELEVISED (LEEDS VET I)*. A pretty obvious anagram.
3 RADCLIFFE CAMERA (A FARCE MILD FARCE)*. An English Palladian style building in Oxford that houses a library.
4 LIBERAL RA (artist) in LIBEL (defamatory statement)
6 THE SHOW MUST GO ON dd. Song from the musical Cover Girl. The phrase ‘send in the clowns’ is said when something goes wrong but there is a need to keep things going. It comes from the circus where, if there was an accident or some other problem, the clowns were sent in to keep the show going.
7 PLAIN I (electric current) in PLAN (diagram)
8 ANGLESEY ANGLES (views) EY[e] (look at, mostly)
9 COBWEB COB (horse) WEB (trap). Cobweb was a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
16 IN EARNEST I NEAR (approach) NEST (breeding ground)
17 FRUMPISH RUM (behind) in FISH (counter). A search for ‘fish counter’ got me here. Learning of the day: a fish is a counter in games.
19 SUPERB SUPER (senior police officer) B (British)
20 BLANCHE BLANC (white wine) HE (male)
21 EDWARD dd. King Edward of England and Edward Lear, the writer of nonsense verse.
23 CROWN dd. ‘Crown’ is slang for ‘hit on the head’.