Posted by beermagnet on October 27th, 2012
Nimrod has put on his fedora, strapped his bullwhip to his belt, stuffed a revolver in his shirt and gone on an archeological adventure in Chambers. And we had to follow in his footsteps to discover some of the more arcane answers in this puzzle.
Who knew “En arriere” was part of the English language, or that J is an acceptable abbreviation for Joint. I expect it depends upon the company you keep.
I see from the clock it took me 2 hours – wait a minute – the clock has stopped. In fact it took a good while longer. During which my copy of Chambers saw more action than it had for a very long time.
Sticking my neck out I declare there is no Nina or theme – just a tough puzzle as we expect from Mr N on prize day. This grid design is packed with so many clues that it felt like a giant puzzle.
|1||RIPPON||Priest appearing in Yorkshire location as high-kicking presenter (6)
P[riest] inside RIPON Ref. Angela Rippon newscaster noted for her appearance on the Morecambe and Wise show 1976
|5||DENDRON||Doctor admits target after projection (7)
END (target) inside DR, ON (after?)
|9||SAMUEL JOHNSON||Judge has united “unfashionable” stage performer and London wordsmith (6,7)
I could see it might be out favourite eighteenth century lexicographer from the definition and enumeration, and Johnson was soon confirmed from the crossing Dijon. But whether it was Doctor J or Samuel J I could not divine till I revisited 15A SPAM with its cross-reference. I did not begin to unravel the wordplay until doing the blog. While solving I was stuck thinking that Judge delivered the J but I now see it probably simply equates to Samuel as in the old Testament book. I still don’t understand how we get JOHNSON from the rest of the clue.
Double Aargh! Judge doesn’t give us either J or Samuel. See Comment 2 below where Dormouse puts me right
|11||RENT DAY||Time to settle down West at last, and ready to reproduce? (4-3)
([dow]N [wes]T READY)* AInd: to reproduce? Extremely misleading Anagram indicator plus well hidden def. (Last in with 4D)
|12||NEWBIES||Special for good, we begin afresh (7)
WE BEGIN (swap S for G)* AInd: Afresh Semi-&Lit. First answer (after being confirmed by the more definite answer for the crossing 13D)
|15||SPAM||Unwanted communication about page boy, little 9? (4)
P[age] SAM (little Samuel)
This gave the confirmation that 9A was Samuel rather than Doctor Johnson
|16||PHILO||On film, he kept Clyde phosphorus-abundant, then -scarce (5)
P (Chemical symbol for Phosphorous) HI (abundant) LO (scarce) Ref. the Film Every Which Way But Loose where Clint Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe with an Orangutan called Clyde
|17||NEAP||One unmentioned in hymn turning tide … (4)
|19||ALSO||… and further extract from nuptial song (4)
Hidden in nuptiAL SOng
|20||CHLOE||Woman companion not against adoration (5)
CH (Companion (of Honour)) LOVE – V (adoration not against (versus))
|21||JANE||Again wife rolled joint before this woman! (4)
J[oint], ANE[W] (again with the W[ife] “rolled” off). J for Joint in the marijuana sense. This confused me no end. With crossing letters -A-E, Jane looked like a likely answer and as it happens to be the name of Nimrod’s wife it seemed he was making some allusion to his own personal circumstances – surely not!
In truth this was the answer I was least sure of till spotting the wordplay while blogging.
|23||BOOKEND||Bust, daughter’s slipping ring over end of finger support (7)
BROKEN (bust), D[aughter] but swap O (slipping ring) for [finge]R. Edited. Thanks to commenters pointing out the garble
|27||BLUE-ROT||Discoloration making trouble strifeful? (4-3)
(TROUBLE)* AInd: strifeful. Why the US spelling of discolouration? Fancy finding a word that is the anagram of trouble. It is a fungal disease caused by the Ceratostomella fungus.
|28||LAKE CONSTANCE||What’s used to cut cake’s not unusually consumed quite a bit of water (4,9)
(CAKE’S NOT)* AInd: unusually, inside LANCE
|29||SUMMERS||Sue’s rear pinched in Episode 1 of Mr & Mrs - happy days! (7)
SUE with the “rear” E inside M[r] MRS
|30||KILLER||Passionate chap loses heart to overtures of luscious lady, stupendous! (6)
L[uscious] L[ady] for SS in KISSER (passionate chap). The def. is that exclamation meaning “Great!”, “killer” being a modern usage
|2||IFS AND ANS||French writer among one admirer’s possibilities (3,3,3)
SAND (French writer) inside 1 FANS I found this very difficult – though I have heard the saying I thought it was “ifs and ands” as a kind of partner to “if and buts”.
|3||POMADE||Travel partners prepared capital application (6)
P & O (travel partners – ferries) MADE (prepared). Capital as in your head
|4||NEEDY||Wanting balls, say, charging rising passion (5)
ED (balls, ref. the Shadow Chancellor – more usually found inhabiting Private Eye clues) inside YEN<
Last in (with 11A)
|5||DIJON||Stopping row, my beloved’s mustard! (5)
JO (my beloved) inside DIN (row)
|6||NOHOW||Definitely not showing expertise in speech (5)
Homophone: “Know how”
|7||ROSTI||Potato cake, right? Big it up! (5)
R[ight] OS (big) IT<
|8||NONE-SO-PRETTY||October day? Pro, versatile artist, on London Pride (4-2-6)
NONES (October day?) PRO* AInd; versatile, then ETTY Ref. artist William Etty
Not sure why Nones should be associated with October as opposed to any other month – there is something I’m missing here, probably covered by that darn “?” So London Pride isn’t just a beer and a song by Noel Coward.
|10||CRYSTAL BALLS||Line on unusual last dance ringed by extremely crapulent guests, we predict (7,5)
RY (line) LAST* AInd: unusual BALL (dance) all inside C and S from C[rapulent guest]S
|13||EMOTE||Show feelings in roadside motel (5)
Hidden in roadsidE MOTEl
|14||AISLE||First passage of married life? (5)
|16||PECAN||Nut, odd lecturer, shifted place name (5)
(PLACE – L (L[ecturer] shifted) )* AInd: odd, N[ame]
|18||EN ARRIERE||Behind one year, hirer heads off and out (2,7)
([o]NE [y]EAR [h]IRER)* AInd: Out
|22||TUNNEL||Escape sister, heading down when phone’s ringing (6)
NUN with N shifted down inside TEL
|24||OAKUM||Drink in bars betting money for old rope, loosely (5)
[s]OAK U[p] (Drink in – SP (betting – Starting Price)), then M[oney]
|25||EMCEE||I announce bride, groom arrive finally outside establishment (5)
[brid]E [groo]M [announc]E outside CE (Church of England = establishment)
|26||DENIS||He is helping to get bridesmaids in edgeways – from below! (5)
Hidden reversed in bridesmainS IN EDgeways
Not sure how anyone can get this without all crossing letters, how does “helping” contribute to the clue
From comments: helping is part of the hidden indicator – see comment 4
|27||BATIK||Coloured fabric for outfit? Rating soars! (5)
KIT (outfit) AB (rating) all reversed