Posted by Eileen on April 4th, 2012
Many thanks to Andrew for standing in for me last week.
A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Brummie, which I found quite enjoyable but the very clear definitions and / or enumeration in the clues for the longer answers, eg 29/18, 3, 4/19/25. 15/7, meant that they practically wrote themselves in, without the need for wordplay, and made it less satisfying. There seem to be rather a lot of charade-type clues.
9 WORDSMITH: WORD promise] + SMITH [singular of The Smiths - British pop group]
10 ADULT: anagram [movement] of DUAL + T [centre of waTch]: definition ‘dirty’, as in adult humour, etc, hence the question mark
11 YAHOO: reversal [perversely] of OO [love twice] + HAY [grass]
12 INSPECTOR: I hoped that the explanation of this would come to me while writing the blog but I’m afraid it hasn’t, so over to you.
13,6,1 CHINESE TAKE AWAY: I thought I was in for deciphering some intricate wordplay here but it’s a cryptic definition, depending on several double definitions – clever, but it made me feel rather uneasy
14 LEG SPIN: reversal [upsetting] of GEL [hair product] + SPIN [journey], ‘deliveryman’ being a bowler in cricket
17 MOTET: MOTE [spot] + T [time]
20 FOYER: YE [you once] in [interrupted] FOR [on behalf of]
21 CHIRRUP: anagram [filthy] of RICH + R [right] + UP [cheerful]
22 BURNISH: BURN [stream] + anagram [wheels] of HIS: I thought ‘wheel’ usually indicated a reversal in crosswords but Chambers gives it as ‘reel, be giddy’, so it does work
24 MAJOR-DOMO: M [miles] + A [one] + anagram [working] of MOJO round [roping in] anagram [rocking] of ROD: definition, steward
26 HEFTY: hidden in tHE FT Yearbook
28 BERYL: double definition, the artist being Beryl Cook
29,18 ADD INSULT TO INJURY: anagram of JOURNALIST, NUDITY and D [democrat]
2 BRAHMI: BRAHMs [German composer] with the s [south] replaced by I [one] to give the ancient Indian script
3 C S FORESTER: C S [first letters of Create Series] + FOR [on behalf of - again] + anagram [blighted] of TREES: C S Forester wrote a series of books about Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
4,19,25 DIVIDE AND RULE: anagram [revolutionary] of DAREDEVIL HINDU minus [escaping] H [hard]
5 WHISTLED: WHIST [game] LED [produced the first card] – a clever surface
13 COMIC: COsMIC [on a grand scale] minus [excluded] S [society]: I think there perhaps ought to be a ‘say’, or ‘eg’, as the Beano is an example of a comic
15,7 GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY: GO FORTH [sounds like [said] Go fourth, ie wait until after No 3] + AND [reversal [about] of DNA] + MULTI-PLY [many-stranded, like wool, for instance]
16,8 NORTH STAR: anagram [rounding - which, again, for me, suggests a reversal] of HORN around [about] T [time] + STAR [lead] – a nice nautical surface
19 APPROVAL: PR [prince in [tucks into] anagram [nuts] of PAVLOVA minus one V [very]: definition, OK
22 BROODY: ROOD [cross] IN B[ab]Y [baby's limits] – this made me laugh
23 INFLUX: IN [accepted] + FLU [viral infection] + X [kiss]
24 MOBS: hidden in memoriaM OBSessed
27 YETI: YET [even] + I [crossword setter]