Posted by Simon Harris on August 18th, 2012
Having agreed to swap blogging slots, one often wonders what one has let oneself in for, and I must admit there was an “oh crikey” moment when I discovered I’d drawn Tyrus again. The memory of our last meeting remains vivid.
Thankfully, this week’s prize puzzle seemed a little more tractable, at least at first. I expect that the venerable TV quiz show Mastermind will be familiar to most solvers, though how well it travelled to other corners of the globe I can’t be certain.
My task was greatly aided by spotting the theme fairly swiftly, thanks to 1ac and 8ac. Having owned a cassette copy of Telly Hits 2 as a youngster, I had a distinct advantage in being familiar with the name of APPROACHING MENACE, the Mastermind theme music.
The iconic BLACK CHAIR, and Magnus Magnusson’s signature phrase I’VE STARTED SO I’LL FINISH, along with perhaps ANSWERS complete the thematic material, unless I’ve missed something. I’m sure readers will fill me in if so, just as I am sure that they will be happy to clarify one or two answers where the wordplay is lost on me.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||APPROACHING – absolutely no idea about the wordplay:
Tom desperate (with relief reportedly not far off).
|8||MENACE – MEN + ACE.|
|9||ASPIRATE – ‘AS + (I in PRATE).|
|10||CAME TO PASS – CAME TOP ASS. Clever one.|
|12||CHID – CH + [m]I[n]D.|
|13||DOWNHILL – DOWN + [c]HILL.|
|15||BLACK – B + LACK.|
|16||CHAIR – C + HAIR, a musical which I’ve never seen, but which apparently contains some nudity – hence “revealing musical”.|
|18||TWEETING – TIN in (WE GET)*.|
|20||AMOS – I’m sort of guessing here, it’s a book, at least.
Need a diet book.
|21/25||I’VE STARTED SO I’LL FINISH – (SHALL DESIST IF OVER TI[me] IN)*.|
|23||ANTECEDE – ANT + (DEC in [w]EE[k]).|
|24||TRIPOD – TRIP + DO<.|
|1||ARENA – (AN ERA)<.|
|2||PHASE IN – hom. of “fazin’”.|
|3||ONE – [ro]ONE[y].|
|4||CHAGALL – CHA + GALL. Marc Chagall.|
|5||IMPIS – [w]IMPIS[h].|
|6||GERTCHA – CH in GREAT*.|
|7||STRICKEN – (IT’S + R)* + KEN. I assume this is a reference to Ken Barlow, the character from Coronation Street, which I do not watch, and so whether he is considered a lothario or not, I couldn’t possibly tell you.|
|11||OSIER – [r]OSIER.|
|14||ONCOMING – (C + MOONING)*.|
|15||BLEAT – TABLE*.|
|17||ANSWERS – W in REAS[o]NS.|
|18||THE BELL – T + H[ack] E[very] + BELL. Iris Murdoch, rather than Rupert of that ilk, as Tyrus would have us believe.|
|19||TERMINI – (RE + [sea]T)< + MINI.|
|21||ICENI – [tw]ICE NI[ghtly].|
|22||ENOCH – CONE< + H.|
|24||TWI – TWI[g].|