Posted by ilancaron on February 26th, 2012
I was held up rather badly by the SW corner — all because I hastily opted for ABAFT instead of ABACK (25D). As a result, the mostly full grid lay fallow on my desk at work all week — until I remembered the blog this morning (Saturday) – quick trip to the office to retrieve grid to the surprise of the security guard since I was dressed in full weekend regalia (shorts, sandals and unshaven). As per usual, the BRB proved a rather useful prop.
1 J(IPYA)PA – palm leaves used in panama hats. (I pay)* in J=joint (the kind you smoke), A=advance. Matthew points out the wordplay is actually: J=joint (the kind you smoke), (I pay)* with PA=Panama preceding and of course definition is just: palm leaves used in hats.
6 WE(A,M)B – archaic belly.
10 OXYNTIC – (tiny cox)* – acid-secreting.
11 PROO[f] – Scots call for horse to stop (thus Jock and “pull up”).
12 CAT,A,CLAS(I)S – deformation of rocks by crushing. CAT=caterpillar (tractor)
14 SANGAREE – (AA, Greens)* – Indian sangria.
15 TROTS – ref. Trotsky. Also, “toddling child” and for Shak. an old woman
17 GROPER – grouper or bass and also someone groping around without a clue (in the dark e.g.).
20 STAGER,Y – greats*,Y[ear]
22 [m]ELO[n],CUT,E – pompously hold forth.
24 M(ANOA)O – a shrub and ANOA is a wild ox.
26 ASCOT – two meanings.
28 BORDELLO – (doorbell)* and kip is an Irish brothel.
30 IN,DI(A,N PO)KE – US buttercup (hellebore). (A,pon[d]*) in DIKE=ditch.
31 NE(W[as])T – my last solved clue. Amazingly swift is archaically a newt – it was emotionally very hard for me to abandon speed and/or birds.
32 DISFAME – archaic evil reputation. (fades, I’m)*
33 G(R)EEK – another late clue. Feels somewhat politically incorrect nowadays for a GREEK to be a “cunning rogue” — but it’s indeed archaic. Our “eccentric” one is a GEEK. Guilty as charged.
34 S,TERNAL – implants are in a bit of disfavour now due to the French scandal.
2 IXIA – I in rev(axi[ng]). S. African iris indeed.
3 PYCNOGONID – (doing poncy)*. Spider with lots of legs.
4 ATT,ASK – to take to task (rebuke: hypothetical since possibly but doubtful Shak.)
5 P(I)ARIS,T – ref. Joseph Calasanza religious congregation.
6 W(ALE)R – Aust. horse for export. Ref. New South Wales.
7 EPAG,OGE,S – induction. rev(ego=I, gape=fail to meet)
8 MO(ID)ERS – id in morse*. Dialect for confuses.
9 BO(S,TRY)X – “cymose inflorescence in which each lateral axis arises on the same side (cyclically) of its parent axis.” So there.
13 SUPERCLEAN – (scruple, e, a)*
16 ‘T,ACONITE – low-grade ore. And ACONITE is monkshood (poisonous plant).
18 K(EMP)ING – Scots “striving for mastery”.
19 PLA(N,N)E,[yea]R – N,N=names in leap*.
23 VA(DO)SE – of underground water…
25 AB,[h]ACK – I misled myself into thinking this was AB,[h]AFT. Oh well. Ref. ‘ired ‘ack = cab.
27 TO,W,EL – ref. roller towel and EL=L=start of lunch.
29 LIMA – hidden