Posted by scchua on September 20th, 2012
This took a bit of time to get into, the key being 10. After getting some of the others, I finally got it via 2 and 16across. The pace quickened after that, and it turned out to be quite an enjoyable solve. Thanks to Crucible. (Apologies for the slight delay in posting – I had to interrupt the writing of the blog for a doctor’s appointment.)
All the references to 10 in the clues are to transport craft/vehicles of one kind or another, except for 19down and 23down, where the setter seems to have deviated from the theme (I hope I got the definitions for these last 2 correct). There were also other transport related items, like 7, 8(?), 13, 4, and 5. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom has unspecified links to the puzzle. The last 2 pictures should be considered together. Please enclose comments about them within double brackets.]]
7 Virgin, perhaps Irish, wearing flared style (7)
AIRLINE : IR(abbrev. for Irish) contained in(wearing) A-LINE(a cut,style of a dress or skirt which flares from the shoulders or waist down, in the shape of, well, the letter A).
Answer: An example of which,perhaps is Virgin Atlantic, founded by Sir Richard Branson.
8 Bumper edition of “Latin for Everyone“? (7)
OMNIBUS : Double defn: 1st: A collection of works by a single author or several works on a similar topic reprinted in one volume, or even a re-broadcast in one of two or more radio or TV programmes broadcast earlier; and 2nd: Translation into Latin of “for Everyone“. As this is also a 10across, the setter could have linked this directly to the theme.
9 Asian capital hasn’t managed to progress (2,2)
GO ON : “Rangoon”, former name for Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, formerly Burma, in Asia minus(hasn’t) “ran”(managed).
10,21 Hit by 2 and 16 across, new Pathfinder got lost crossing river (9,2,7)
TRANSPORT OF DELIGHT : Anagram of(new) PATHFINDER GOT LOST containing(crossing) R(abbrev. for river).
Answer: A song Hit by Flanders(answer to 2down) and Swann(answer to 16 across). A singing British comic duo.
12 10 was boss on board (5)
SLEDS : LED(was boss,managed) contained in SS(abbrev. for steamship eg. the SS Titanic) (on board).
13 Line in religious writing by Hardy that’s deleted another line (8)
PLIMSOLL : L(abbrev. for “Line“) contained in(in) PI(short for pious,religious) + MS(abbrev. for manuscript, a piece of writing) plus(by) OLL[nickname for Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy fame, "Ollie" minus(deleted) "i.e."(abbrev. for that is,that's)].
Answer: The line drawn on a ship’s hull to show how low in the water she is allowed to be, ie. the maximum load she can carry.
15 10s despot’s scratching head (4)
VANS : ["Ivan"(the Terrible, Russian despot) + 'S] minus(scratching) its initial letter(head).
16 Pen name for Proust’s hero (5)
SWANN : SWAN(the female of which is a Pen) + N(abbrev. for name).
Answer: The hero in “Swann’s Way” the first book of French novelist, Marcel Proust’s multi-part work “In Search of Lost Time”, earlier translated as “Remembrance of Things Past”.
17 10‘s about right (4)
CART : CA(abbrev. for circa,Latin for about) + RT(abbrev. for right).
18 Touching a female in Indian dress after game (2,6)
ON SAFARI : ON(Touching, as in “his essay was on another subject”) + A F(abbrev. for female) contained in(in) SARI(an Indian dress for women).
Answer: What you could be on if you’re after game, presumably armed with your camera only.
20 Elizabeth Fry’s nursing 10 (5)
FERRY : ER(Elizabeth Regina, the Queen) contained in(…’s nursing) FRY. Elizabeth Fry was an English prison reformer, by the way.
21 See 10
22 Non-striker’s first to finish 10s (4)
CABS : “scab”(a Non-striker when others are out) with its initial letter(…’s first) moved to the end,finish of the word.
24 Kit is able to enter “Come Dancing” (7)
MECCANO : CAN(is able to) contained in(to enter) anagram of(Dancing) “COME“.
Answer: Trademark name for the children’s model construction Kit.
25 10 dashes round to collect papers (7)
SIDECAR : Reversal of(round) RACES(dashes,in a hurry) containing(to collect) ID(abbrev. for identification papers).
1 10 put up two million, ignoring banks (4)
LIMO : Reversal of(put up, in a down clue) O MIL["two million" minus(ignoring) its outer letters(banks)]
2 Leader of foreign country regularly rearms in battle zone (8)
FLANDERS : F(initial letter,Leader of “foreign“) + LAND(the country) + E,R,S(the second, fourth sixth letters,regularly of “rearms“).
Answer: A battle zone in Belgium in WWI.
3 Joins Victorian 10s touring province (6)
UNITES : UTES[Australian slang for utility transport(answer to 10) vehicles which may be found in Victoria, the Australian state) containing(touring) NI(abbrev. for Northern Ireland, a province of the UK)
4 Avoid one in time for discharge (8)
EMISSION : [MISS(to Avoid) + I(Roman numeral for one)] contained in(in) EON(a very long period of time).
Answer: Eg. what comes out of the back of petrol-burning 10across vehicles.
5 7 commanders pistol-whipped (6)
PILOTS : Anagram of(whipped) pistol.
Answer: Aircraft captains,commanders in an airline(answer to 7across).
6 10 set to cross Norway (4)
PUNT : PUT(to place,set) containing(to cross) N(abbrev. for Norway).
11 A very quiet part of London’s attractive (9)
APPEALING : A + PP(abbrev. for pianissimo,musical instruction to play very quietly) + EALING(a borough,part of London).
12 Lover was injured at home (5)
SWAIN : Anagram of(injured) WAS + IN(at home,not out).
14 Liberal’s sad leader discarded 10 (5)
LORRY : L(abbrev. for Liberal,a member of said political party) + ORRY["sorry"(sad, as in "she was sorry she didn't get the job") minus(discarded) its initial letter(leader)]
16 10 understand a scheme’s boring (8)
SEAPLANE : SEE(to understand, as in to “see the point of the joke”) containing(…’s boring) [A PLAN](a scheme).
17 County Clare ordered small 10s (8)
CORACLES : CO(abbrev. for County) + anagram of(ordered) CLARE + S(abbrev. for small).
19 Lincoln nearly escaped so-called 10 (6)
ABDUCT : AB[ "Abe"( Lincoln, US President of long ago) minus its last letter(nearly) +homophone of(so-called) "ducked"(escaped,avoided).
Answer: To carry and move off,transport(answer to 10across), illegally.
20 Jazz pianist's ideal climbing shrub (6)
FATSIA : FATS(Waller, Jazz pianist) + reversal of(climbing) AI(looks like A1, the best,the ideal).
21 An up-and-coming Cole Porter entertained 10 (4)
OPEL : Reversal of(up-and-coming, in a down clue) hidden in(… entertained) Cole Porter.
Answer: A German make of transport vehicles, mainly cars, and therefore by extension, one of those vehicles.
23 Old 7 runs 10 (4)
BEAR : BEA[abbrev. for British European Airways, a former,Old airline(answer to 7across)] + R(abbrev. for “runs“, as in cricket). Apt surface.
Answer: To carry and transport.