Posted by Simon Harris on July 21st, 2012
I must admit that this looked like being a somewhat embarassing “I don’t have a clue what’s going on here” blog post pretty much right up until the last clue was solved. Thankfully, everything fell into place in the end.
We have this rather odd circular list of eight or so clues which are deemed to be “like” each other, which didn’t seem to offer much in the way of guidance. Add to that the fact that there was some really quite obscure vocabulary in there, and things did not look promising for your blogger.
I took my usual approach in these circumstances, that of trying to stay calm and pick off what I could and not worry too much about the thematic stuff. Progress was slow but steady. Finally the Nina was spotted in the top and bottom rows, spelling out COUNTRY DANCING.
But none of the clues seem to refer to dances at all! Think a little more cryptically, Simon. And there it is: the thematic entries are all anagrams of countries.
Great stuff from Tyrus, but a far from relaxing solve for a blogger!
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|8||ARSON – [p]ARSON.|
|9||OPERATOR – ([rac]E + RAT[e]) in POOR*.|
|10||LIMA – M in AIL<. The first of our thematic entries, and an anagram of MALI.|
|11||LEASTWISE – LEAST WISE, and an American idiom, hence “in Hollywood” – a device that wouldn’t be out of place in a barred crossword.|
|12||REFUNDED – UNDERFED*.|
|15||CUSHTY – CU (“see you”) + (T in SHY). “Brilliant” as might be phrased by a certain celebrated yet fictional Peckham resident, of course.|
|17||EIGHTSOME REEL – (GEE I’M THE LOSER)*.|
|20||SYMBOL – hom. of “cymbal”.|
|22||SUMERIAN – (US MARINE)*, and an anagram of SURINAME.|
|24||ESTIMATOR – (RIOT TEAMS)*. Anagram of EAST TIMOR.|
|26||SOLA – SO LA[x]. “By” as in “multiplied by”, hence X. Anagram of LAOS.|
|28||DISHONOR – (SH + ON) in Christian DIOR.|
|29||LEARN – L + EARN.|
|1||CADI – C + A D.I. New to me, but apparently a judge in a Muslim country. Again, something that I’d be less surprised to be explaining in a Beelzebub blog post.|
|2||OSNABURG – (ROB ANGUS)*.|
|3||UNCLAD – [n]UN + C + LAD.|
|4||NOMA – MOAN*. Anagram of OMAN.|
|5||TESTICLE – STIC[k] in TELE, I think.|
|6||RABIES – BAR< + (E in IS). Anagram of SERBIA.|
|7||YOKE – YOKE[l].|
|13||ENEMY – (Y (“why”) + MEN + E[scaped])<. Anagram of YEMEN.|
|14||DROSS – R in DOSS.|
|16||TALMA – [hospi]TAL MA[tron]. Anagram of MALTA.|
|18||TELEMANN – LEMAN in TEN. “Leman” seems to date from Chaucer, meaning “mistress”.|
|19||ETRUSCAN – (UN REACTS)*.|
|21||BETCHA – (THE CAB)*.|
|23||MURALI – MURAL + I. A common shortening of the name of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.|
|24||ENID – DINE<.|
|25||TORC – TORC[h].|
|27||LUNG – N in LUG.|