Posted by Eileen on February 2nd, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle from Brummie – I just wish it had lasted longer! There is some clever, witty cluing, with amusing surfaces, and a number of interesting references for me to look up.
We have a couple of dictators and a couple of composers but, apart from that, I didn’t spot a theme [but that doesn't mean there isn't one!] [Of course - thanks, greyfox, comment 1: I did notice, when I wrote up the blog, that SCOTTISH immediately followed ENGLISH but I'd forgotten the other two!]
Many thanks, Brummie, for a fun puzzle
1 GADDAFI: anagram [nudged] of A FIG round ADD [count]: the clear cluing meant I didn’t have to check the spelling this time!!
5 MAHATMA: [t]HAT [that topped] in [crushed by] MAMA [child's name for mother]
9 WELSH HARP: WE[l]LS [cathedral city minus l[arge] + H H [double height] + anagram [free-style] of RAP:
10 INSURANCE: insertion [included] of two separate Ns [names] in an anagram [at sea] of A CRUISE: one of my favourite clues, for the clever reference to the underwriting syndicate of Lloyd’s ‘names’
11 SQUIREHOOD: a straightforward charade, for a clue that looked as if it might be more complicated: S[mall] QUIRE [folded paper sheets] HOOD [cover]
12 BYRD: sounds like [on the radio] ‘bird’ of which the chat is an example [say] The composer is William Byrd – a neat clue, I thought
14 ENGLISH ROSE: ENGLISH [race] ROSE [got up]
18,21 THE SCOTTISH PLAY: THE SCOTTISH [certain people] PLAY [have fun]: a reference to the superstition that it’s unlucky to refer to Shakespeare’s play by name in a theatre [hence 'discreetly']: there are some explanations here
22 SHANTYTOWN: SHANTY [song of work] + anagram [sadly] of NOWT: a shanty is a song traditionally sung by sailors while heaving on the ropes
25 CONSTRUCT: sounds like [it's said] CONS [prisoners] TRUCKED [transported by lorry]
26 AWFUL: [l]AWFUL [legal] minus [cut] l[ine]: I feel this clue’s the wrong way round – but then I often do and others disagree
27 LARAMIE: A [top grade] RAM ['butter'] in LIE [lounge]: I’m afraid I’m old enough to remember this
28 NUNNERY: NUNN [Trevor, theatre director] + anagram [converted] of RYE: the surface amused me!
1 GO WEST: double definition,referring to this quotation
2 DELIUS: DELIS [shops] round [nassa]U to give this composer [he assembled scores] – another nice surface
3 ABHORRENCE: anagram of HERE CARBON: and this one is superb – my favourite, I think
4.19 IRISH COFFEE: IRIS [part of eye] + H[ospital] + COFFEE [instant? - the question mark indicating tha t instant is one type of coffee]
5 MUSSOLINI: anagram [poor] of SOULS in MINI [small car]: I liked this picture!
7 TENNYSON: TEN [figure] NYS [New York's] ON [performing]
8 ABERDEEN: ABE [Lincoln] + R[ight] + anagram [to change] of NEED
13 THE HAYWAIN: THEY [those people] round [crossing] HA [first letters - 'peaks' - of High Andes] + WIN [triumph] round [taking] A: I’m sure this
is the well-known picture intended, so I would question the enumeration. [I did find this one, too, which would be correct!]
15 GATEHOUSE: anagram [novel] of THE USAGE + O [love - thanks, NeilW] and a clever reference to this novelist
16 ATYPICAL: hidden cleverly enough in floATY PI CALculation to make me look for a minute for an anagram of ‘floaty pi’
17 RETAINER: double / slightly cryptic definition
20 IN PLAY: double definition
22 NOT ON: a palindrome [going up and down]
24 ATOM: A TO M