Posted by ilancaron on December 4th, 2011
Almost finished. Solved in the tranquility of Zurich and Geneva – where I’m finding it harder and harder to overcome my urges to constantly break the rules. I started by crossing against red lights and have recently graduated to not paying for the tram. What’s next?
2 BACK,FITTING – nuclear power plant safety
10 YA(T,AGA)N – T,AGE in any*. Turkish sword.
12 AS OF – hidden
13 BI(G,A)RADE – G,A in (bread I)*. Seville orange presumably used in marmalade.
17 M(ON)ASTIC – ON=applied and “coating” is containment indicator. MASTIC is used for varnish.
18 A,J(W)[p]AN – caraway oil
19 PITAKA – Buddhist text. (a Pakistani – as in)*
21 S(CORE)R – CORE=company (2nd meaning in Chambers)
23 LYSOL – hidden
25 CU(TWAT)ER – TWAT in ecru*. Forepart of ship’s prow.
29 QUE([t]EN[t])Y – quey is Scots heifer and QUEENY is camp.
30 CAMAIEUX – boring plays. (mix a cue, a)*
31 B,REW – rew=archaic (thus stale) rue=”strong smelling plant” which explains “rank”.
33 MEGA,ERA – one of the Furies.
34 MARTIAL ARTS – (arms at trail)*
1 A,YAH,U(AS)CO – S. Am. (mind-blowing) concoction. YAH= affected upper-class person thus Hooray Henry.
2 BA(SEE)J – Iranian vigilantes. See=meet in rev(jab)
3 CAFE BAR – (cab[by], fare)*
4 FAIT[h],OUR – archaic impostor
5 IN,GAN – Scots onion (thus weep inducing) – the wordplay is described by “thus I’ll be” IN GAN -> gain = profit.
6 THAR – Himalyan goat. Hidden.
7 TO,RUS[set] – receptacle (“moulding at base of a column…”). Struggled a bit with wordplay: I think: TO=for, RUS[set]=apple.
8 I(TART,AS)S – AS is Roman coin. Russian news agency.
9 NU, DNIK – rev(kind, un)
15 SCALLYWAG – help! wordplay isn’t deconstructing… “Canine friend rends curtain, mischievous good-for-nothing”.
19 P,RE(QU)EL – nice definition: earlier (albeit later) account
22 CURA[tive],R,A – curare: a poison used as a muscle relaxant – which is what I had at first but couldn’t quite make the wordplay work. R=receipt=take.
24 OWNERS – (so we, rn)* – informal term for warship captains.
26 W(RAS)T – I replaced by Ras (prince) in WIT=intelligence. Alternate spelling of wrest=N. Eng. Distortion.
27 THEM,A – I had theme at first – which didn’t work. A=acting briefly.
28 ZIT,I – spot=zit.