Posted by ilancaron on April 8th, 2012
I kept an open mind about this but the APRIL FOOL theme was unavoidable — i.e. once the grid was full there was no obvious way to resolve the clashes other than to leave (or remove?) APRIL FOOL. I suspect we’re meant to leave it – though it would be just as consistent the other way round.
1 STR[O/A]PPY – definition is STROPPY and wordplay is S(TRAP=gin)PY
7 S[C/P]OTS – definition is SCOTS (e.g. Burnsian according to TBRB) and wordplay SPOTS=rev(stops)
11 C[H/R]AP – definition is CHAP (fellow) and wordplay CRAP[e] – where crape=is think crinkled silk
12 RECOLLET – French recollect, a Franciscan monk – did you submit a clue?
13 COTT(U)S – a fish and U=all to see (in the cinema) and COTTS are archaic small boats.
14 [I/K]RONER – KRONER are still used in Scandinavia (what kind of Europeans are they??) and IRONER is hidden.
17 AGORA – hidden – though you could argue that traditionally no money was spent on a kibbutz being a socialist community. Oh well. Can’t argue that anymore.
18 TID,E RIP – tid = Latin three times a day followed by pier*.
19 W(HIP)LASH – hip in shawl*
21 ROU[L/P] – one of my last: ROUL is an archaic rule is the definition register. And wordplay [e]UROP*[e] is ROUP=something Scots… in this case “a sale by public auction”.
22 BASE – 2 meanings (low, starting point) and wordplay “B as E” ( base) changes bar to ear thus “give attention”. Rather unwieldy.
23 TERIYAKI – (Ikea I try)*
27 L(EON)INE – one* in LINE=short letter and LEONINE=”a kind of Latin verse”.
28 O[A/F]TEN – definition is OFTEN and wordplay is O(ATE)N where ON=”just after” (according to TBRB along with many other definitions).
33 D[A/O]VIES – definition is DOVIES (little darlings) and wordplay DA(VIE)S=vie in rev(sad) — I suppose DOVIES is in the OED because I can’t find it in TBRB (or DAVIES for that matter) though “dovie” is there (Scots stupid) as is Davie (in “some first names”).
34 EN D,A,SH – it’s a type of hyphen.
35 E,U,ROSEAT[e] – what an EMP occupies presumably. Roseate=pinkish.
36 [k]ENYA – she’s Irish though. I think.
37 STEN[O/T] – another tough one: definition=STENO=secretary and wordplay S(T)ENT.
38 G[R/L]OSS,ED – Definition is GROSSED=turned over. And wordplay is G,LOSS,ED=Miliband and G is the constant gravity.
2 T,[H/R]OUGH – definition is THOUGH=allowing and wordplay T,ROUGH=preliminary crude sketch.
3 RAT POISON – (anti spoor)*
4 [O/A]PTER – tough clue again: definition is “one picking”=OPTER (I suppose) and wordplay is A,PTER[is] where pteris a fern genus. Of course.
5 PRU[di’s]H – it’s what you say in Scotland to get a cow to get a move on.
6 PE(SET)A – former Spanish currency.
7 S,OR,D – a flock of mallards and the limits of “stand” are indeed an S or D.
8 [P/C](LOVE)RY – definition is PLOVERY=lots of plovers and wordplay is love=nothing in cry.
9 TEED – hidden
10 S(TRIP)[P/L]ING – I really wanted the definition to be streaking but it’s STRIPPING and wordplay is trip in sling (our missile launcher)
14 [I/K]RIS – definition is KRIS=piercing blade and the wordplay rev(IRIS)=siri=betel=pan. Really.
16 CROATIANS – a=abbrev(are) in cast-iron*
20 PENSI,ON – board and wordplay is: pines*,ON=close to.
24 ENDS – finished and take S from send=ship and move to end.
RED EA[R/L] – I found this difficult as well: RED EAR is definition and not in dictionary but makes sense: what you get from boxing indeed. And wordplay is just leader*
26 KE[pt],KSYE* – nice clue since KEKSYE is a Scots name (for an umbellifer) – and I like the smooth surface reading of “kept losing part” to indicate KE[pt].
29 [F/A](I’D)ES – definition is FIDES=faith and wordplay is I’d in rev(sea).
30 T,[A/O]UT – definition is tense=TAUT and wordplay T,OUT=not normal.
31 PE,S[O/T] – definition is nuisance=PEST and wordplay is PE[cans],SO=like this
32 INTO – “enthusiastic about” but the wordplay? “chanting nation lost” - OK wordplay’s chanting=INTO[nation]. Thanks Matthew!