Posted by shuchi on January 13th, 2012
It’s pretty unusual for Aardvark to make a Friday appearance and it made for a pleasant change. A gentle, enjoyable crossword with clever misdirections and natural clue surfaces.
1a isn’t fully explained, help welcome.
I’ll be taking a blogging break from Fifteensquared the next week onwards. I thank all of you who read and comment on my posts, for making blogging so much fun. Special thanks to Gaufrid for his constant support. Will see you again hopefully after a few months. So long!
1 JACKDAW JACK (man in navy), DAW? Is wad = entrance? // Update: Hat-tip to Eileen – ‘picked up’ indicates a homophone of DOOR (entrance).
5 CACHET CAT (Tom) around CHE (revolutionary)
8 MARMALADE MARE (horse) around MALAD[y]. Good clue.
9 SLEEK LEEKS (vegetables) with ‘S’ moved to the front.
11 SCOPE S[hooting] COPE (manage)
12 ALICE BAND LICE (insects) NAB (collar, as in lay hold of) reversed, in AD (commercial)
13 AMNESIAC (MAN)* (IN CASE)* – N. Nicely worked wordplay.
15 CODDLE COD (fish), [p]E[e]L[e]D reversed
17 FIASCO F1 (Formula 1) ASCO[t] (horseracing venue)
19 MOMENTUM MO (doctor), ENT (hospital department) in MUM (quiet environment)
22 EPICUREAN NAPE (part of neck) reversed, around I (one) CURE (remedy)
23 DEMON DON (scholar), around ME (author) reversed
24 DELHI DELPHI (ancient city – archaeological site in Greece) – P (parking)
25 IN A MOMENT (MAIN)* MEN (soldiers) in [cen]OT[aph]
26 FENNEL KENNEL (doghouse) – K (constant) + F (fellow)
27 HIPSTER HI (welcome) POSTER (‘message-boarder’, such as a placard for advertisement) – O (love)
1 JAMES GARFIELD JAM (crowd) (RAGES)* FIELD (area). Former President of the US.
2 CARDOON (DOOR)* in CAN (toilet)
3 DRAKE D[ally] RAKE (playboy)
4 WEAR AWAY WEAR (English river) first letters of ‘Afternoon Walk’ AY (agreed)
5 CRETIN C[olour]R ET (film) IN (at home). Charlie is slang for a foolish person.
6 CASSEROLE ASS (5d i.e. cretin) LORE (knowledge) reversed
7 EMERALD (ADELE ARM)*
10 KIDDERMINSTER KID (child) (MINDER)* STER[n] (strict, contracted). A town in Worcestershire in West Midlands.
14 SECLUSION SEC (secretary) [f]L[o]U[t]S, NO. 1 (boss) reversed
16 JOHN NASH JOHN (toilet). I’m assuming NAS is the acronym of a British hospital, so NAS and H = two hospitals.
18 AXILLAE AXE (river) around ILL (rough) A (area). Plural of ‘axilla’, technical name for armpit.
20 TEMPEST [sep]TEM[ber] PE (training) S[lee]T
21 SERIAL sounds like ‘cereal’
23 DROOP POD (school) around OR (gold), all reversed