Posted by Eileen on May 24th, 2012
The usual Gordius mix, I think.
1 INVOICE: simple charade of IN [fashionable – yet again] + VOICE [singing]
5 GOODBYE: anagram [trip] of BODY and EGO: the clue actually indicates that it’s an anagram, for which there’s no indicator, of BODY in an anagram [trip] of EGO
9 RECKLESS DRIVERS: homophone [said to be] of WRECKLESS [safe?] DRIVERS
10 AGORA: AG [silver – precious metal] + OR A : I know this word as an ancient Greek place of assembly but it’s also one-hundredth of an Israeli New Shekel
11 LEARNEDLY: anagram [astray] of NEARLY LED
12 STIMULATE: TIM [Bresnan] IN ‘SULATE': no doubt many of you are on first-name terms with this cricketer: I’m not but I like this kind of clue, which made it very clear.
14 WAFER: FE [iron – another chemical symbol] in WAR [conflict]
15 HASTE: anagram [change] of AS THE
16 ACTINIDES: ACTIN[g] [drama ‘detailed’] + IDES: Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March
18 WRAPPED UP: double definition, although, for me, that’s not what ‘well dressed’ means.
21 SPEAR: SP [childless] + EAR [listener] : s p is a genealogical abbreviation of sine prole [wihout issue]
22 BUILDING SOCIETY: for overseas readers, this is a cryptic definition, referring to David Cameron’s ‘big idea’, launched in 2010, with the aim “to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a big society that will ‘take power away from politicians and give it to people'”. The Yorkshire is an example of a building society, hence the ‘say’
23 TANGLED: T [T-square] + ANGLED [cornered]
24 DISUSED: DIED [expired] round [without] SUS [suspicion]: I thought this had a double S but Chambers gives both spellings
1 INROADS: anagram [new] of RAIDS ON
2 VICTORIA STATION: anagram [perhaps] of TO[u]RIST VACATION minus U [fashionable] + I [one]: a clever idea but I don’t like U = fashionable
3 ILL-NATURE: anagram [translated] of LATIN RULE
4 EASEL: cryptic definition
5 GODPARENT: anagram [somehow] of GET PARDON
6 ONION: Reversal of I [one] in NO NO [repeated refusal]
7 BREAD OF IDLENESS: cryptic reference to Proverbs 31.27, extolling the virtuous woman, whose price is above rubies:
‘She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness’ [AV}. Idle people would buy bread ready-sliced but I’m afraid this doesn’t quite cut it for me.
8 ESSAYER: ESS [letter] + [A.J.] AYER [philosopher] : I didn’t like this one at all: an essayer is one who essays; to essay means to attempt or test, not to write; an essayist is one who writes. I was therefore shocked to find, buried deep in SOED – essayer: an essayist!
13 ABANDONED: DONE in A BAND [a body] – nice surface
14 WIND SOCKS: WIND [turn] + SOCKS [blows]
15 HAWKBIT: HAWK [warmonger] + BIT [a little] – a very straightforward clue for this [to me] unfamiliar weed
17 STRAYED: ST[r]AYED
19 PEDAL: cryptic definition and also hidden in stopPED A Lorry
20 POSED: OPPOSED [fought against] minus OP [work]