Posted by nmsindy on July 16th, 2012
I found this a mixture of quite easy and very tricky, solving it in 32 mins though I’d all but the last four answers in around half that time. There are two where I don’t so far understand the wordplay (3D and 7D). Any help appreciated.
* = anagram
1 CLEAN SLATE cleans late (does overtime perhaps)
6 SWAP paws reversed
10 RHINO “wry” = ironic No (refusal)
11 NO-BRAINER nob Prince Rainier (Monaco) less I = Italy
12 AVARICE a vice (bad thing) around a (about) r (right)
13 DEFRAUD (fare)* in dud (counterfeit)
14 SHAMEFACEDNESS (as fence smashed)*
18 AS THE CROW FLIES Cryptic definition. Brilliant surface here. I got this straightaway but that was because I knew murder was a collective noun for crows which I learned when tackling a Listener crossword some years ago – if memory serves it had something to do with RED RUM (Grand National winner) being reversed.
22 TWOFOLD of old (long ago) after wt = weight (reversed) indicated by over in overweight
24 RAW DEAL raw (untreated) deal (wood)
26 TERMINATE definition: end term (expression) I (one) nat (native) E (end). So the clue cleverly splits at East/End and Cockney slang is not involved at all so good misdirection
27 DRAPE Would = d as in I’d = I would rap = charge lead to execution = e (1st letter) defn: hanging so good misleading context
28 STEW wets reversed
29 CATS CRADLE Cats = musical cradle = that’s supported by rockers (rocking cradle). The rest is the definition of the game.
1 CARNAL r = end of skewer (last letter) in canal = cut
2 EPITAPH (I tape)* over PH = public house
3 NAOMI “Upcoming Bowie Squeeze covers (No. 2) Goodbye Girl.” Got this when I’d crossing answers and have confirmed it’s correct. Definition is maybe girl but I’ve no idea how the rest works.
4 LONGED-FOR (golden)* fo (e) = enemy r = rule
5 TUBED debut (going upwards ie “start” up) Refers to London tubes using Victoria station
7 WANNABE “Aspirant girl entering Carroll’s place (in fantasy)” Got this quickly from the definition which is probably ‘aspirant’ or maybe ‘aspirant girl’ The rest may refer in some way to Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and the girl could be Ann or Anna but I can get no further than that. Or the Carroll reference could also be designed to mislead and refer to something else entirely. Have confirmed answer is correct.
8 PARADISE para (warrior dropping) dis (hell) e (earth)
9 DAFFODIL lid of fad (all going upwards)
15 MNEMONIC M(a)N (income)*
16 CO-WORKERS (p)ORKER in COWS
17 MASTITIS ma’s tit is
19 TOO TRUE toot (inhale drug) rue (herb)
20 EMERALD m (money) in (leader)*
21 FLEECE flee CE
23 DRAMA dram (tot) a (adult) I liked this – excellent misleading surface
25 WADER wander less N = north