Posted by Eileen on January 11th, 2012
A fun puzzle and fairly steady solve from Paul, with some ingenious and amusing clues, and one or two easy ones to get / keep things going and to help with less familiar words / expressions..
5 ISOBARS: I [one] SOARS [zooms] around B[lack]
10,1 BEER GOGGLES: BEG [ask] around reversal [lying back] of OGRE [ugly monster] + anagram [buckling] of LEGS: a new one on me [reference has been made before to my sheltered life] but easy to get from the wordplay and the meaning was clear!
11 EXHAUSTIVE: EX [old] + HIVE [queen’s domain] round [hosting] [f]AUST [opera not opening]
12 ARDENT: DEN [office] in [aboard] ART [craft]
16 SWEET: a rather weak double definition
17,14 STICK ONE’S OAR IN: double / cryptic definition, with a pun on ‘row’
19 SPANGLISH: anagram [around] of SPLASHING: I’d not heard of this but it was clear from the crossing letters and the anagram. It’s not directly equivalent to Franglais, as I thought it might be, but ‘a mixture of Spanish and English spoken especially by Hispanic communities in the USA’
23 SABOTEUR: anagram [composed] of TO BE in SAUR [second part [tail] of dinoSAUR [old reptile]
24 VENOUS: VENUS [beautiful woman] round [secures] O [ring]; I’m not sure about the definition, ‘bloody’?
26 BREASTFEED: BREED [bear a child] round [consuming] EASTF [FEAST, large meal, with F[emale] moved to the end]: I really want this to work but can’t see exactly how it hangs together: is it ‘bear a child’ or ‘female on the end’ that’s doing double duty??
27,13,22 LEFT RIGHT AND CENTRE: an easy cryptic definition, providing some useful crossing letters
28 LYCHEES: H[ard] in LYCÉES [French secondary schools]
29 INANITY: IN A NIT [fool] + [stupidit]Y
2 OVERRUN: OVER RUN – two cricketing references which even I knew
3 GORSE: S[acrificed] in GORE
4 ELECTRA: ELECT [decide] + RA [artist]: reference to Freud’s Electra complex, the strong attachment of a daughter to her father, named after Electra, who helped to avenge the murder of her father, Agamemnon, by her mother, Clytemnestra
6 SLUDGE: SLUG [homeless snail! – because it has no shell] round [saving] D  + E[uros] initially: I’m sure someone will point out that a slug is not a snail but it’s a lovely idea and it made me smile
7 BATH TOWEL: anagram [wind] of THAT in BOWEL [large intestine]: another amusing clue
8 REVENGE: [cooke]R + EVEN [still] + reversal [rising] of EG [say]: reference to the saying that ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’, which appears in a number of languages
9 CHARLIE PARKER: CHARLIE [cocaine – drug] + PARKER [one entering bay]: an easy charade leading to a nicely-disguised definition, ‘Bird’, the jazz saxophonist
15 SUCCOTASH: SUCH [type mentioned earlier] round [including] anagram [fishy] of TACOS: I hadn’t heard of this dish but the wordplay and crossing letters supplied the answer: I liked the misleading reference to 8dn
18 TEA TRAY: TEAT [used to 26ac] RAY [fish] – a typical Paul clue!
20 NEVADAN: reverse insertion [held up] of DAVE [Cameron casually] in NAN [granny] – a lovely picture and nice play on ‘statesman’
21 SNUFF IT: reversal of FUN’S [pleasure’s up] + FIT [suitable] to give another slang expression for ‘to die’, that I hadn’t heard before: [Edit: I meant that I hadn’t heard of ‘hop the twig’ before.]
25 NYLON: hidden in [penned by] delaNY LONgfellow