Posted by shuchi on December 16th, 2011
A puzzle of two halves for me. The bottom filled in fast while the top remained blank, till 7a gave me a breakthrough after looking up the French word for ‘queen’.
Help invited for 16d and 20a. // Update: Thanks to Thomas99 for the explanations.
7 REINED IN REINE (queen in French) DIN (racket)
8 WISE UP WE around IS (income support), UP (at college)
11 AESOP hidden reversed in ‘proPOSE Alternative’. Which is the hidden word indicator – ‘may’?
12 BANQUETTE BANQUET (lots of food) TE[a] (endless drink). ‘Banquette’ is a long bench with an upholstered seat.
13 HOLSTER HOLST (composer Gustav Holst) ER (hesitation)
14 ART DECO (TO CEDAR)*
15 NORTH-WEST-BY-WEST NORTH and WEST (opponents in bridge) BY WEST (one of the opponents repeated)
18 SUBLIME EMUS (birds) around I (one) LB (pound), all reversed
20 ROULADE I guess lade sounds like ‘lard’ (fat) but I can’t see the chef connection. // Update: ROUX (chef) LADE (lard).
22 ANNOTATED ANN (girl) O (nothing) TAT (rubbish) ED (journalist); ‘but’ is a redundant filler for the surface.
23 GABLE B[uckle] in GALE (bad weather). ‘starts to’ is unfair I think, as we’re picking only one initial letter.
24 ENACTS the opposite of ET’S (film’s) < in CAN, i.e. (CAN)< in ET’S.
25 EGGSHELL cd. It had to be EGGSHELL based on the crossings but I couldn’t see why at first. It came to me while writing the blog post that ‘soldiers‘ is also a British term for strips of toast.
1 BREATHING SPACE BREATHING (alive) SPACE (scope)
2 TINSEL dd; ‘Tinsel Town’ is a nickname for Hollywood.
3 DESPATCH dd; ‘post’ and ‘haste’ are synonyms of despatch.
4 DISBURSEMENTS (DISSENT RUBS ME)*
5 MINUET MINUTE (short time) with the end letters ‘T’ and ‘E’ exchanging places.
6 AESTHETE (HASTE)* ETE (‘summer’ in Paris). Our second French word of the day – été.
9 PEER OF THE REALM PEER (sounds like ‘pier’) (FOR THE MALE)*
10 INFANT PRODIGY (PRAYING TO FIND)*. I’m on the fence on ‘another’ as anagrind. What do you think?
16 ROBIN DAY ROY (Jenkins, the author) around BIND (difficulty) A[t].
17 YOUNGEST (GUY SET ON)*
19 IN TOTO IN (at home) TOTO (Dorothy’s dog, from the Wizard Of Oz)
21 AMBLER [g]AMBLER (better, without top)