Posted by Uncle Yap on October 30th, 2012
I always lament the last Sunday of October, which brings back melancholic memories of my first winter in Brrrritain. Now, in my hot humid tropical paradise, I bemoan the waste of an hour every morning as the UK reverts to GMT and I get my daily fix one hour later. Wasn’t there some kind of movement to permanently stick to BST the whole year round?
To add to my misery, the excellent Crossword Blogging Utilities set up by Paul Drury aka PeeDee refused to open; so I have to revert to my old style of presenting this blog. Sorry if you cannot read the clue by placing cursor over clue number.
Now is the winter of my discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of Chifonie
Thankfully, there were really no hard-boiled eggs in the puzzle today and the whole dish went down rather smoothly and painlessly. Very entertaining and heart-warming considering the circumstances this morning. Thank you, Chifonie.
5 SLOGAN SLOG (work hard) + A + N (new)
6 SARONG Ins of RON (boy) in SAG (hang) for a Malay skirt-like garment which my good friend, Dr G wears all the time in his house
9 COWARD Ins of OW (cry of pain) in CARD (eccentric). Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899–1973) an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise.
10 BLESSING Ins of LESS (except as in The landlord took the entire harvest except/less one sack of wheat) BING Crosby, singer-actor of White Christmas fame
11 DOES dd doh, a deer, a female deer. Non-natives like UY who have to learn the language never forget the exceptions to the rule about plural nouns having “s” at the end … others inlcude furniture, sheep
12 GHOST STORY GHOSTS (writes for) + TORY (Conservative, politician)
13 SINGLE TRACK SINGLET (underwear) + RACK (stretch as from the medieval instrument of torture)
18 REPUBLICAN RE (Royal Engineers, soldier) PUBLICAN (landlord of a public house or pub or inn or watering hole)
21 MOOD Rev of DOOM (condemn)
22 BLUE JOHN BLUE (athlete from the colours awarded to sportsmen who represent any Oxbridge team) + JOHN (evangelist who spread the words of Jesus Christ) for the semi-precious mineral, a form of fluorite with bands of a purple-blue or yellowish colour. In the UK it is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire. During the 19th century, it was mined for its ornamental value, and mining continues on a small scale.
23 MADRID MAD (wild) + RID (free)
24 MAENAD Ins of ENA (woman) in MAD (crazy) for a female follower of Bacchus, a bacchante; a woman beside herself with frenzy.
25 BROACH B (British) ROACH (fish)
1 POLANSKI POL (rev of LOP, cut) + AN + SKI (sports equipment) Roman Polanski (born 1933) is a Polish-French film director, producer, writer and actor. Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist & Oliver Twist are some notable works
2 LAPDOG Rev of GOD (divine) PAL (friend, companion)
3 GAMESTER *(GAS METER)
4 COSSET COS (lettuce) SET (planted)
5 SPOT ON Ins of POT (drug cannabis) in SON (issue)
7 GENTRY G (good) ENTRY (admission)
8 OBSOLESCENT OB (old boy, former pupil) + SOLE (only) SCENT (trace)
14 GALLOWAY Ins of ALLOW (permit) in GAY (happy) for an area in southwestern Scotland.
15 COMEDIAN *(A DEMONIC)
16 BEDLAM *(AMBLED)
17 POLISH Brilliant dd which would have been even more polished by dropping the apostrophe s
19 UNEVEN ha
20 NO MORE *(MONROE) Doctor would make a better anagram indicator
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(FODDER) = anagram