Posted by shuchi on December 30th, 2011
From mathematics to religion to slang, Bradman draws from a breadth of topics to craft his clues today. I’m happy to have this puzzle to blog as my last post of 2011. Happy New Year, everyone.
Favourites of the day: 19a, 25a, 26a.
1 CABBALA CAB (taxi) BALA (a lake in Wales)
5 FIFERS F (loud) E (English), in FIRS (trees). A fifer is a foot soldier who played the fife (a type of flute) during combat.
8 YTTERBIUM (MY TRIBUTE)*
9 RIDES hidden in ‘caR I DESire’, with a fresh hidden word indicator: ‘is more than adequate’.
11 TRIBE RIB (Eve, as she was) in T[h]E. According to the creation story of Abrahamic religions, Eve was created out of Adam’s rib. Tribe of Dan was one of the Tribes of Israel.
12 HERETICAL (TEACHER I L[ove])*
13 LEGACIES cd
15 CAPSID PA (old man) in DISC (record), all reversed. Got this from the checking and wordplay. Capsid is a leaf bug, also called miridae.
17 ADDERS SADDER (less happy), with ‘S’ shifted from beginning to end.
19 NOVEMBER (MOB NEVER)*. Very nice clue.
22 ANNEALING ANN (woman) EALING (somewhere in London)
23 CHAOS CHA (tea), SO (thus) reversed
24 EARED EA (each) RED (revolutionary)
25 FIBONACCI FIB (lie) ON (about) A C and CI (adjacent numbers 100 and 101).
26 SNORER SORER (feeling angrier) around N[oise], with a LOL-worthy definition.
27 GINSENG GINS (drinks) E (energy) NG (no good)
1 CRYSTAL PALACE (REPAY CATCALLS)*. A football club in UK.
2 BATWING TWIN (one of two) in BAG (sack). Tapered sleeve with a deep armhole, narrowing towards the wrist.
3 AERIE A ERIE (lake)
4 ALIGHTED A LIGHT (spongy) [b]ED
5 FEMORA ROME (See, as in the Holy See) F (female) reversed, A (ace)
6 FIRST MATE dd
7 RADICES From the name of Baron Giles Heneage Radice, Baron Radice, a Labour member of the House of Lords. In mathematics, radices (plural of ‘radix’) are the bases in a numerical system e.g. the radix of the decimal system is 10.
10 SALAD DRESSING LAD (boy) in SA (salvationist) DRESSING (uniform)
14 CORIANDER CORGI (dog) and GANDER (goose), without their ‘G’s.
16 DOGGY BAG cd. A bag to carry leftovers from a restaurant. The term derives from the euphemistic pretense that the food will be given to the customer’s dog.
18 DENDRON DEN (study), R[oom] in DON (academic). An extension of a nerve cell, also called dendrite.
20 BLANCHE B (bishop), CH (church) in LANE (way)
21 TITFER from ‘tit for tat’. Titfer is Cockney slang for hat.
23 CANON C[hapel] ANON (soon)