Posted by beermagnet on September 22nd, 2012
Bannsider has raided his “special list”. You know the one…
… The one he compiles when leafing through Chambers and comes across something outrageous, preferably in a sub-entry so it’s especially hard to spot.
I spent a while looking for a theme or Nina, as you do these days – especially when blogging. As I read through the answers it reminded me of a game of “Word for Word” from “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” where players have to say words complete disassociated from the previous words. So I’ll be astonished if there is one I’ve missed this time.
Blog has some wordplay deficiencies, I’m sure someone will be along to fill in the gaps.
|1||BAND OF HOPE||Temperance group‘s anti-drugs slogan receiving opprobrium from home at first (4,2,4)
BAN DOPE (anti-drug slogan) around O F H (first letters Opprobrium From Home). Now called Hope UK
|6||SMEW||Diver heads for surface, making enormous waves (4)
First letters from Surface Making Enormous Waves. This bird
|10||ATTUNED||Receptive backing of French teachers who’ve organised volunteers (7)
All reversed (backing): DE (of French) NUT (teachers) TA (Volunteers)
|11||NEOCONS||Son once travelling right across the US (7)
(SON ONCE)* AInd: travelling. Last answer entered (where checking not required). Misled into thinking the word ended in OUS. Failure to recall also shows how effective putting things out of mind can be
|12||COMEUPPANCE||Approach step to receive new punishment? (11)
COME UP (approach) PACE (step) aroun N[ew]. Lovely word, seems dated to me. (Seems to be hyphenated as COME-UPPANCE in Chambers. Ug!)
|13||EEL||Slipper, or part of one, hard to shift (3)
[h]EEL I had this pencilled in early on awaiting crossing confirmation
|14||PRANG||Possible argument with van Persie’s beginning: Gunners no good! (5)
P[ersie] RA (Gunners) N[o] G[ood] Slang for a minor traffic collision. Correct non-capitalisation of V in van Persie used to good effect in that clue. Another word that seems dated. Does all ex-RAF slang?
|16||QUIZ SHOWS||Squish flies with ounce weight for entertainment on box (4,5)
(SQUISH OZ W)* AInd: flies
|17||SWEET TALK||Rabbit to get round dog – little time involved (5,4)
Def. “Rabbit to get round” i.e. persuasion. STALK (dog) around WEE T (little time). I suspected the second word was ‘talk’ and the def. ‘rabbit’ from early on, wondering why Small talk wouldn’t fit. So was pleased and surprised when the resolved wordplay showed up the lengthier definition
|18||NEGUS||Retro paper cups for one hot drink (5)
SUN< around (cups) EG (for one) Can ‘e.g.’ mean ‘for one’? Spent too long thinking of 5-letter drinks ending F or beginning T while trying the more usual FT as the ‘paper’
|19||YEA||Approval that ends on 30 September? (3)
YEA[r] i.e. 3/4 of a Year which ends on 30-Sep. I think this gave me the best PDM of the puzzle
|20||EAT MY SHORTS||Homer’s treated with tasty offer from Bart (3,2,6)
(HOMER’S TASTY)* AInd: treated. I dug up an illustrative youtube reference for non-Simpsons fans (In truth I haven’t seen an episode for years)
|24||IN DOUBT||Badly bound, it’s far from fixed (2,5)
(BOUND IT)* AInd: badly
|25||UM AND AH||Hesitate, being from the East End: was forced to come west (2,3,2)
|26||TOAD||Small amphibian kicked out of one’s trap (4)
Homophone “Toed” = Kicked; Indicator: out of one’s trap(!). A homophone I liked!? Probably because it’s an exact homophone (to me – can’t imagine different accent differences here) and the trickery is in the slangy h. indicator plus comic surface
|27||DIDGERIDOO||Was Spice Girl idle music-maker? (10)
“Did Geri Do” Ref Geri Haliwell (now ‘an item’ with Russell Brand – a match made in heaven)
|1||BLANC||White and black side of red rose trimmed (5)
BL[ack] or B[lack] then what ?? [For the answer see nmsindy's comment #1]
|2||NOTUM||Part of insect‘s leg raised on stomach (5)
ON< (leg in the cricketting sense) TUM. From Wiki: The notum is the dorsal portion of an insect’s thoracic segment.
|3||OMNIUM-GATHERUM||Cycling event team hug, right after swimming medley (6-8)
Def. medley. OMNIUM (Cycling event) (TEAM HUG R)* AInd: swimming. The Ominium is like the pentathlon or decathlon of cycling consisting six different disciplines gathering points from each. I wonder why it isn’t called a Sexathlon?
|4||HAD UP||Put on trial screening of women ignoring doctor finally turning up (3,2)
PURDAH (screening of women) – [docto]R all reversed (up) I found UP both in clue and answer really misleading, I discounted the possibility at first. I can just about see why Bannsider thought it fit to leave it in the clue. Another dated expression. People don’t get their comeuppance by being had up before the beak so much these days.
|5||PEN-AND-INK||Artwork exercises family woman with delicate touch (3-3-3)
PE (exercises) NAN (family woman) DINK[y] (delicate – with a touch missing more like)
|7||MAO ZE DONG||Chairman adding nothing in complex passages on the character of Lear (3,2,4)
O (nothing) in MAZE (complex passages) then DONG from the famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear – The Dong with a Luminous Nose (I only realised this much, much later after reading about the new exhibition at the Ashmolean of his other work: Edward Lear: 200 Years.
I blighted the top right corner of my grid by writing in KIM IL SONG convinced that the wordplay was something ending in O (nothing) inside KING (Lear)
|8||WISH LISTS||Long Rolls? They might include one (4,5)
WISH (long) LISTS (rolls) I’m not sure what to underline as definition here
|9||LOVE IS IN THE AIR||A duck flies – or a number (4,2,2,3,3)
LOVE (duck) IS IN THE AIR (flies) Def. ‘number’ as in song Ref. a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young
|14||PUSSY RIOT||Pity USSR has re-formed, imprisoning old dissident group (5,4)
(PITY USSR O[ld])* AInd: re-formed. First answer. Very young dissident group as it happens
|15||ALEXANDRA||Drink with artist, saving kiss for princess (9)
ALE (drink) AND (with) RA (artist) enclosing X (kiss). When I only had the first and last As I was trying to squeeze in ANASTASIA
|16||QUARTETTI||Italy’s players question Arsenal midfielder briefly: appeal overturned (9)
QU[estion] (Mikel) ARTET[A] IT, (appeal as in Sex Appeal) Plural of ‘group of four musicians’ in Italian. Appears in my old paper (9th ed) Chambers(!) under quartetto, which is a ‘group of four musicians’, so it must be a group of quartetto. I could also question how many solvers would recognise the current Arsenal Number 8
|21||YOUNG||Year-old antelope being reared? (5)
Y[ear] O[ld] GNU< Def definitely must be part of wordplay here, but I can’t describe the clue as a full &Lit
|22||REDID||Former Home Secretary having drunk his last gets carried out again (5)
D inside REID ref. John Reid, Last Home Sec. under Tony Blair 2006-2007
|23||SCHMO||Fool discounting odds, form, checks tips (5)
Alternate letters (odds) reversed (tips) from FORM CHECKS, i.e. SkCeHc MrOf (that was incredibly difficult to type)