Posted by Eileen on December 31st, 2012
Manehi has had travel problems today, so I’m a late substitute
A most enjoyable topical puzzle on the theme of bells from Crucible, with all his usual wit and ingenuity, with lots of clever and amusing misdirection. I won’t delay the blog any longer by waxing lyrical, though I certainly could – I loved it! Many thanks, Crucible and a very Happy New Year to you and everyone else.
Definitions are underlined.
1 Grow into suit
9 Stoker’s back from Spanish resort, leaving girl
marbELLA [Spanish resort] minus reversal [back] of BRAM [Stoker]
10 Training nights also covering day’s agenda
THINGS TO DO
anagram [training] of NIGHTS + TOO [also] round [covering] D [day]
11,4 Winning three set out, appearing after 8
RING IN THE NEW
anagram [out] of WINNING THREE
12 Bush in suitable place, one assumed originally
GARDEN [suitable place for a bush] + I [one] + A [assumed originally - thanks to mike@2]
13 Bird in illuminated tableau left by a British king
LIT [illuminated] + TabLEAU minus ab [left by a British] + K [king] – what a lovely construction!
15 Can good come of a little 2
TIN [can] + G [good] for a little CLANG [2dn]
16 Basis of economy in China more sound than 15
E [first letter – basis – of economy in PAL [China] – very clever misdirection!
17 Scottish team faces local team as outsiders
I think this is the first letters [faces?] of Scottish team + RANGERS [local team]
21 Stir nuts into evergreen mint
anagram [nuts] of STIR in PINE [evergreen]
22 In the style of eg Titanic wake-up calls?
À LA [in the style of] RMS [Royal Mail Steamer, eg Titanic]
24 They go 15 etc for you but not for me, dammit!
‘The bells of hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling [for you but not for me]‘ was a First World War song and was used in ‘Oh! What a lovely war’.
25 Tax loss
26 Ship’s bell‘s old first note falls within range
UT [old name for the first note of the scale, now called doh] in LINE [range]
27 Wizard of Oz Dorothy initially cautioned
[Shane] WARNE ['wizard of Australian cricket] + D [Dorothy initially] – great surface!
1 Call independent Northern Ireland painter
BELL [call - as in 'Give me a bell'] + I [independent] + NI [Northern Ireland]
2 20’s resonance a feature of Celtic languages
hidden in celtiC LANGuages
3 PM’s performance tense in headquarters
T [tense] in MAIN [head] + EE [quarters
5 Light opera with no plot twists, causing exodus
anagram [twists] of lIGHt opERA minus plot – my favourite clue, I think
6 15 aren’t engaged in gossip
anagram [engaged] of TING [answer to 15] + AREN’T
7 Row in golf club curtailed match celebration
DIN [row] in WEDG[e] [golf club curtailed] – a lovely story-telling surface
8 Steptoe’s cry topped first of Lord’s seasonal line?
RING OUT THE OLD
[b]RING OUT THE OLD [rag and bone man Steptoe's cry 'topped'] – but I don’t get the ‘first of Lord’s’] [Please see comments 6 and 7]
14 As conductor may comment on note: “I mean it!
16 Yank hosts exceptionally rich English barman
PULL [yank] round [entertains] RC [alternate letters - exceptionally - of RiCh] E [English] – witty definition for the English composer
8 Great Lake too reduced in extent
ALS[o] [too reduced] in AREA [extent]
19 Red plum duff not ordered
anagram [duff] of RED PLUM
20 Striker‘s being replaced after bad start
anagram [replaced] of BEING and B [bad start]
23 One of The Three Bells in W3
Acton Bell was the pseudonym of Anne Brontë [Charlotte's being Currer and Emily's Ellis] and Acton is a district of London. [I forgot about this one when I said 5dn was my favourite!]