Posted by Eileen on January 3rd, 2013
A classic Paul puzzle, brimming with clever, witty clues and ingenious constructions, providing several ahas and smiles while solving, along with – not surprisingly – a couple of lavatorial references.
16ac was my last in, as I had CORBLIMEY initially for 16dn and had a fruitless [!] search for a politician called CORBY.
Many thanks, Paul, for the entertainment.
[Definitions are underlined.]
1 Watery lake, wet banks
SOPPY [wet] round [banks ] L [lake]
4 First persons in Europe to welcome leader of regime, old, old city
JE [French] and ICH [German] first person pronouns round [to welcome] R [first letter – leader – of Régime] + O [old]
9 Hawthorns tip on one side
COCK [tip – both as verbs] + SPURS [one side – Tottenham Hotspurs]
11 Mad reservists?
B ARMY – nice one!
12 Lethal drug containing Irish whiskey? Ultimately, it’s not true
FATAL [lethal] round [containing] IR [Irish] and Y [last letter – ultimately – of whiskeY] [+ E [drug] accidentally omitted earlier – thanks NeilW @11]
13 Cross bridges if to give evidence
TESTY [cross] round [bridges] IF
15 Warning that’s right about which man’s after my own heart?
R [right] around which is GUY [man] after AU [pAUl’s own heart] – a very neatly constructed clue
17 Old wine in Pinot, bowels evacuated
ASTI [wine] in P[ino]T [bowels evacuated!]
19 Bleat about faceless joint, one serving non-alcoholic drinks
BAA [bleat] round [w]RIST [faceless joint]: interestingly, it’s just a couple of days since Crucible gave us faces = first letters, which I didn’t remember having seen before
24 Toilet empty, entering toilet is a gamble
T[oile]T [toilet empty] in LOO [toilet]
26 Double entendre primarily in string
TWIN [double] + E [Entendre primarily]
27 Bitter bread possibly English, I’m not sure Napoleon eating it
BONEY [Napoleon] round [eating] E [English] + ERM [I’m not sure] – amusing definition, bread being slang for money
28,8 Cause trouble, as might a 3?
MAKE THE FUR FLY
29 Shrub mainly robust, leastwise at every border
first and last letters [at every border] of MainlY RobusT LeastwisE
1 Old instrument still under fire
BUT [still] under SACK [fire]
2,22 Blade Runner film award is the peak, pope claims
OSCAR [film award] + PIUS [pope] round [claims] IS TOR [peak] – a nice misleading ‘lift and separate’ surface
3 Putin not entirely sorry, not right when subversive girls ultimately jailed — them?
anagram [subversive] of PUTI[n] + SOR[r]Y [sorry, not right] + S last letter [ultimately] of girlS – not quite & lit but a very clever construction and surface
4,10 Can I see limits in Jamaican running, accepting premier of sprinters is Olympic gold medallist?
anagram [running] of CAN I SEE J[amaica]N round [accepting] first letter [premier] of Sprinters + IS – a clever clue for the Olympic golden girl, with a reference to Jamaican sprinting wonder, Usain Bolt
5 Very eager to lose gram to get thin
[g]REEDY [very eager] minus G [gram]
6 For starters, consider each northern constellation — to be one in the south?
First letters [starters] of Consider Each Northern + TAURUS [constellation]
7 Shellfish gobbled by boy’s terrapin
hidden in bOYS TERrapin
16 I’m surprised to see politician with a large strawberry scoffing fruit
GORBY [politician with a large strawberry] round [scoffing] fruit
Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthmark is, actually, a port-wine stain [nevus flammeus] – see here rather than a strawberry hemangioma but I hope that won’t be too contentious
18 Thumb thing — thumbthing thought?
the lisping wordplay refers to the game of ‘Hunt the thimble’, in which the thimble is something sought
19 Kind of case where risk overshadows challenge
BET [risk] round [overshadows] ASK [challenge]
20 Untrustworthy in the end, locate new attendant
anagram [new] of LOCATE + last letter [in the end] of untrustworthY
21 Unpleasant stuff deposited in an amount of money
PUT [deposited] in SUM [amount of money]
23 Open on time
OVER [on] + T [time]
25 Principle number eight, gutless
TEN [number] + E[igh]T