Posted by scchua on March 12th, 2012
This was a fair level of difficulty for a Quiptic. Enjoyably so, so thanks Hectance. Definitions are underlined in the clues. The picture sets at the bottom each has its own unidentified link to the crossword.
1 Liberal plot captures street opinion (5-6)
BROAD-MINDED : BED(earthen plot for growing flowers, etc.) containing(captures) [ROAD(street) + MIND(opinion, as in “he’s of like mind”)]
Answer: In a general, and not the narrow political, sense.
9 For the most part, place is getting right set in (7)
LARGELY : LAY(to place) containing(is getting…in) [R(right) + GEL(to set,become firm,solidify, as with, well, gelatine/jelly.
10 Twitter has power to upset (7)
PRATTLE : P(abbrev. for power, especially in physics) + RATTLE(to upset,unnerve)
11 Heavenly lilac trees in trouble without a river (9)
CELESTIAL : Anagram of(in trouble) [LILAC TEES](“lilac trees” minus(without) “r”(river)
12 God’s briefly absorbed by points of morality (5)
ETHOS : THO(“Thor”,Scandinavian god of thunder, lightning and farming) minus its last letter,briefly contained in(absorbed by) [E & S(east & south,points of the compass). I’m wondering whether or not the “’s” is superfluous.
13 Show off retro dress (4)
BRAG : Reversal of(retro) GARB(dress in general). Nicely misdirecting one to a retro dress like the sack.
14 Old historian, very sick by end of life, died tormented (10)
BEDEVILLED : BEDE(Saint Bede, 7C monk who wrote the earliest history of England apparently) + V(very) + ILL(sick) plus(by) E(last letter,end of “life”) + D(died).
16 Athlete’s facing disqualification, having hidden drug in vegetable (6,4)
RUNNER BEAN : RUNNER(athlete) plus(facing) BAN(disqualification) containing(having hidden…in) E(slang/abbrev. for the drug, ecstasy).
19 Man who fell for a woman (4)
ADAM : A DAM(a woman, specifically the female parent, and especially used for domestic livestock.
Defn. and Answer: The first man, who fell to Eve’s, first woman‘s, temptation, and hence fell from grace, in the Bible; and brought all their descendants down with them, so the story goes. Nice surface.
20 Man reflected on partners’ stories (5)
YARNS : Reversal of(reflected) RAY(man’s name) plus(on) [N & S](in bridge notation, the partners occupying the north and south positions).
21 Eavesdrops on revolutionary Leninists (7,2)
LISTENS IN : Anagram of(revolutionary) LENINISTS
23 Dozing professor’s brought round by sound of bell (7)
NODDING : Reversal of(brought round) DON(professor at a university) plus(by) DING(sound of a bell).
24 Do away with old boy by way of note (7)
OBVIATE : OB(abbrev. for old boy) + VIA(by way of) + TE(or ti, in music, the syllable for the seventh note of the diatonic scale).
25 Brewed mild ales ’ere in Ireland (7,4)
EMERALD ISLE : Anagram of(brewed, perfect indicator for the surface) MILD ALES ‘ERE.
Answer: The poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside (lots of it).
1 Writer of book on Queen has ably represented popular link (5,10)
BERYL BAINBRIDGE : B(abbrev. for book) plus(on) ER(the Queen,Elizabeth Regina) plus(has) anagram of or reversal of(re-presented, note the hyphen) ABLY + IN(popular,fashionable) BRIDGE(link from one side to another).
Answer: English authoress, Whitbread Award winner, and Booker Prize nominee.
2 Does as instructed by old governors (5)
OBEYS : O(abbrev. for old) plus(by) BEYS(formerly, provincial governors of the Ottoman Empire).
3 DIY team worked in light (7)
DAYTIME : Anagram of(worked) DIY TEAM.
4 Stimulus of 50% off mink raised heart rate! (7)
IMPULSE : Reversal of(raised) MI(“mink” minus “nk”,2 letters out of 4,50% off) + PULSE(heart rate).
5 Sugar-intolerant little girl has help with sick heart (8)
DIABETIC : DI(little girl, Diana in full) plus(has) ABET(to help) plus(with) IC(middle letters,heart of “sick”).
6 I scheduled teams for treatment for tree blight (5,3,7)
DUTCH ELM DISEASE : Anagram of(for treatment) I SCHEDULED TEAMS. Nice surface of tree surgeons in action.
7 Gleaning fruits of smart communication? (13)
BLACKBERRYING : Cryptic defn: Of communication with the Blackberry smartphone.
And the One Ronnie has one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI
8 Doctor’s patient demeanour? (7,6)
BEDSIDE MANNER : Cryptic defn: The demeanour,beheaviour of a doctor when attending to a patient, whether the latter is lying in bed or not – not something they teach at medical school?, judging by some of the doctors I’ve been treated by
15 Dad in Paris tears round in sweat (8)
PERSPIRE : Reversal of(round) RIPS(tears) containing(in) PERE(French word for “father”,dad, heard in Paris).
17 British lagoon designed for Italian city (7)
BOLOGNA : Anagram of(designed) [B(abbrev. for British) + LAGOON].
18 Run away with sailors to fish round Norway (7)
ABSCOND : ABS(plural of abbrev. for able-bodied seaman,sailors) plus(to) [COD(fish) containing(round) N(International Vehicle Registration code for Norway).
22 Conjure a vision to show the Glastonbury man (5)
EAVIS : Hidden in(to show) conjurE A VISiion.
Answer: Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis, in full, English dairy farmer who started the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (in full) or the Glastonbury or Glasto held annually at his farm (though not in 2012). No link at all to the Glastonbury Festivals of 1914-1925, of more classical performing arts.