Posted by duncanshiell on February 1st, 2012
This was a good crossword with no gimmicks, no pangrams and no theme that I could see.
A number of the Across answers had double letters – HAGGIS, MORRIS, JOANNA TROLLOPE [twice], ISABELLA, TILLER and TEA CADDY, but I don’t think they formed any sort of theme
I think that beginners and experienced solvers alike would find something of interest in this puzzle.
There was a wide variety of clue types with some clues containing two styles- e.g. additive & container and contents; additive with reversal, additive with anagram. One entry stood out as having a far more complex construction than all the rest – CONFIDENTIALITY which comprised contents within contents within an outside container, with a reversal thrown in for good measure.
I’ve done enough crosswords now to know that ‘theatre’ is unlikely to refer to the stage, and ‘brave’ is almost certainly a reference to a North American native.
The Arts has never been my strong point so INGRES [artist] and SWAN [poet] were not known to me without the need for checking. I was aware of JOANNA TROLLOPE.
I’m OK on golf clubs and cars.
|1||Abolishes special clothing for those working in the theatre (6)||SCRUBS (the clothes worn by a surgeon and others assisting at an operation)||SCRUBS (abolishes)|
|5||Officer accompanies soldier at start of conflict: he’s possibly brave (8)||CO (commanding officer) + MAN (soldier) + C (first letter of [start of] CONFLICT) + HE||COMANCHE (a native American person; possibly an Indian brave)|
|9||Check terrain’s properly prepared (8)||Anagram of (properly prepared) TERRAIN’S||RESTRAIN (check)|
|10||Old woman is eating good Scottish food (6)||(HAG [ugly old woman) + IS) containing (eating) G (good)||
HAGGIS (a Scottish dish made of the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep or calf, etc, chopped up with suet, onions and oatmeal, etc, seasoned and boiled in a sheep’s stomach-bag or a substitute.) I had an excellent HAGGIS on Burn’s night recently.
|11||Teacher with memory about a 19th-century designer (6)||SIR (form of address for a [male] teacher) + ROM (read-only memory) all reversed (about)||MORRIS (reference William MORRIS [1834-1896)], 19th-century designer)|
|12||Botox misused by former dictator, TV revealed (5,3)||IDI (reference IDI Amin, former dictator of Uganda) + an anagram of (misused) BOTOX||IDIOT BOX (television set)|
|13||Suggest drinking lager as session turns boisterous (5,4,5)||Anagram of (turns boisterous) LAGER AS SESSION||RAISE ONE’S GLASS (a suggestion to drink)|
|16||Piano accompaniment for chorus, work by English writer (6,8)||JOANNA (a piano) + TROLL (to sing the parts of [e.g. a round or catch] in succession; chorus) + OP (opus; work) + E (English)||JOANNA TROLLOPE (novelist [1943 – ], author of The Choir, The Rector’s Wife and other books)|
|18||Embracing sailor, I deceive a woman (8)||(I + SELL [deceive]) containing [embracing] AB [able seaman; sailor]) + A||ISABELLA (woman’s name)|
|20||Artist commanding respect, though not entirely (6)||Hidden word in (though not entirely) COMMANDING RESPECT||INGRES (reference Jean-Auguste-Dominique INGRES [1780 – 1867], French neoclassical painter)|
|22||Shoot a dancing girl? (6)||TILLER (reference the TILLER Girls, one of the most popular dancing troupes of the first half of the 20th century. There seem to have been a number of troupes in different countries. The individual frequently identified as one of the most famous alumni is Betty Boothroyd [Speaker of the House of Commons 1992 – 2000])||TILLER (a shoot from a tree stump)|
|23||Artless females in class assimilating second part of lesson (8)||(IN + GENUS [class]) containing (assimilating) E (the second letter of [second part of] LESSON)||INGÉNUES (artless young women)|
|24||Terrible day – cadet leaves container in the kitchen (3,5)||Anagram of (terrible) DAY CADET||TEA CADDY (a container for [tea] leaves usually stored in the kitchen; leaves container)|
|25||Perhaps rave about current state of equality (6)||PARTY (a rave is a type of party) containing (about) I (a symbol in physics for electric current)||PARITY (equality)|
|2||An old German car reversing in Italian city (7)||AN + O (old) + MERC (Mercedes; German car) all reversed (reversing)||CREMONA (Italian city)|
|3||Golf club not initially accessible, say (5)||PUTTER (golf club) excluding the first letter (not initially accessible) P||UTTER (say)|
|4||Poet’s blue material (5-4)||SWAN’S (poet’s; the only poet I can find called SWAN is Michael SWAN who has a strong background in linguistics and grammar) + DOWN (blue)||SWANS’-DOWN (a soft woollen or mixed cloth; a thick cotton with a soft nap on one side; material)|
|5||Secret information editor turned up, probing rampant inflation in City (15)||
(ED [editor] reversed [turned up] contained in [probing] an anagram of [rampant] INFLATION) all contained in (in) CITY
C (ONFI (DE<) NTIAL*) ITY
|CONFIDENTIALITY (secret information)|
|6||Spiritual leader somewhat petulant during broadcast (5)||MAHDI (sounds like [broadcast] MARDY [petulant])||
MAHDI (the great leader of the faithful Muslims, who is to appear in the last days)
|7||Nearly time to crash? (9)||NIGH (nearly) + T (time) + FALL (crash)||NIGHTFALL (nearly the time to go to bed [to crash out])|
|8||Awful builidng briefly accommodating a German (7)||HOUSE (building) excluding the last letter (briefly) E containing (accommodating) EIN (a German form of the definite article ‘a’) It’s not often we see 4 out of 5 letters of a word clued as ‘briefly’. I started parsing this using just the HO of HOUSE, but couldn’t then see where the the US came from.||HEINOUS (awful)|
|14||Macho Lib’s rambling all over the place? (9)||Anagram of (rambling) MACHO LIB’S||SHAMBOLIC (all over the place)|
|15||One faction, having absorbed another, getting bigger? (7,2)||GROUP (faction) containing ([having] absorbed) WING (another faction)||GROWING UP (getting bigger)|
|16||Simply do away with American magistrate (7)||JUST (simply) + ICE (kill; do away with [American criminal slang])||JUSTICE (magistrate)|
|17||Alleged reason party leader’s on-message (7)||P (first letter of [leader] PARTY) + RE (on) + TEXT (message)||PRETEXT (alleged reason)|
|19||Seduced by city bathed in light (5)||UR (old city) contained in (bathed in) LED (light emitting diode; light)||LURED (seduced by)|
|21||Taking journey north … um .. I’m late (5)||GO ([taking] journey) + N (north) + ER (hesitantcy; um)||GONER (a person who is dead; I’m late)|