Posted by Eileen on November 2nd, 2012
A highly entertaining, characteristically Paul puzzle today, with lots of witty, clever and misleading surfaces and wordplay, so plenty of smiles and ‘aha’ moments to help the solving along. Many thanks, Paul, for a very enjoyable end to the week.
1 Resemble King Edward, say, squeezing fake bust
TATER [potato – King Edward say] round [squeezing] anagram [bust] of FAKE – a cheeky surface, alluding to the antics of King Edward VII, maybe
6 Union strike
8 Half-baked bread out, becoming hard
anagram [half-baked] of BREAD OUT
9 Turn on a river, one that’s great?
A R [a river] + OUSE a river that’s great, i.e. the Great Ouse , a river in the East of England
10 Schmuck wearing jacket
JERK [schmuck] + IN [wearing]
11 A very wide, short, winding path for a vehicle
anagram [winding] of A VERY WID[e]
12 Rat artist’s dropped as held in trap
DEG[as] [artist] minus – has dropped – ‘as’, in BAG [trap]
15 Toms Cruise, Selleck or Courtenay, but ___ I don’t want them!
NOT [Tom] HANKS – a laugh out loud clue – and a second airing this week for Mr Cruise.
19,1down Item of furniture‘s pedal wrapped in wire
OF FEET [pedal, as an adjective – very neat] in CABLE [wire]
21 Rosary cursed then? Go on!
BE A DEVIL
BEAD EVIL [rosary cursed] – a little poetic licence needed here, as a rosary is more than one bead
22 Whale‘s ear boxed by princess, briefly
LUG [ear] in [boxed by] BEA[trice] [princess briefly]
24 Mouth of Nile beside separate river
N [first letter of Nile] after SEVER [separate]
25 Misshapen genitals, funny things?
anagram [misshapen] of GENITALS: this being a Paul puzzle, I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one to have initially taken this as a cryptic definition and entered something totally different, until the down clues put me right
26 Bowl over, balls knocked back
reversal [knocked back] of NUTS [balls] – and the juxtaposition of these two clues makes me think the misdirection was not simply in my head!
27 Lark about with the milkman, perhaps?
amusing cryptic definition, alluding to the sayings ‘up with the lark’ and ‘the early bird catches the worm’
2,16 A snack attack, you might say?
3 A political victory as before
4 Squash tournament’s ending — turn to the next chapter?
T [last letter of tournament] + READ ON [turn to the next chapter?]
5 On a record, one C natural
RE [on] A LIST [a record] + I [one] C
6 What’s produced by injection into stuff, endless disease
HOLE [what’s produced by injection] in CRA[m] [stuff endless]
7 Björk finally launches new release
anagram [new] of K [last letter of BjörK] + LAUNCHES
13 Wonder when a former prison staff toilet’s opening
A MAZEMEN [staff of the former Maze prison] + T [first letter – opening – of Toilet]
14 Child out of venison, Grace cooking beef
anagram [cooking] of VENI[son] [child out] + GRACE
17 Forgery gets good long time for offence
DUD [forgery] + G [good] + EON [long time]
18 From which one draws solace at first under Labour leader (among other misfits)
HOLSTER [ Corrected: please see comments 5 and 7]
S [first letter – at first – of Solace] under L [first letter – leader – of Labour] in [among] an anagram [misfits – although I think there’s something slightly wrong with the cryptic grammar here] of OTHER [Please ignore this reservation: see comment 6]
20 Film director dropped in upright character
FELL [dropped] IN I [upright character]
22 Vehicle that’s diseased, you might say?
23 In the end smoking grass produces strong desire
G [last letter of smokinG] + REED [grass]