Posted by beermagnet on January 5th, 2013
The gods of the old year brought me another Tees to blog, which is fine by me.
I always find Tees’ puzzles a pleasure as his clues always make some kind of sense on the surface. Like this one they can sometimes be a bit tough for my brain. Indeed, I struggled a bit with this. When blogging the deconstructed clues seem very fair …
… apart from the ones I can’t explain of course: A couple of loose ends to be tidied on the wordplay front, and one major failure (12A). Finally, I can’t see any theme. (Here we go again – I’m expecting something blindingly obvious to be revealed in the comments.)
|1||STEAMY||Salacious girl sent back into corrupt place (6)
MAE< in STY
|4||ASHRAM||Retreat when sheep surround husband (6)
H[usband] inside AS RAM (when sheep)
|9||TENDERFOOT||Sentimental old Labour leader a new employee of mine (10)
TENDER (sentimental) FOOT (Michael – leader 1980-83)
I’m not sure why the clue mentions “of mine”. I think of tenderfoot in context of outdoor activities, e.g. cowboys and indians
|10||DARK||Closed as theatre, sinister and bleak (4)
Double (Triple?) def. Last in – foiled by Radar – spotted soon enough when the D appeared
|11||CARAFE||Soldiers in bar drink from this (6)
RA (soldiers) in CAFE (bar)
|12||SATURDAY||Ace dropping in perhaps for time at weekend (8)
I cannot explain this one. Who is the Ace? What’s dropping? Is time part of def. or wordplay?
|13||HERO||Priestess at Sestos has male leave the room (4)
Remove TOM (male) from THE ROOM, so effectively hidden in tHE ROom. See below for more.
|14||INFIGHTING||Say two GIs with Ninth tussling over female? (10)
(GI GI F NINTH)* AInd: tussling. &Lit
|16||HIEROPHANT||One into 13 visits local worker for mystagogue (10)
I inside HERO (13 see above) PH (local, Public House, PH as on ordnance survey maps) ANT (worker)
|18||ELAN||Knocking back northern beer shows style and vigour (4)
N ALE all reversed. First answer entered and the only one I would call a “write-in” in the whole puzzle.
|20||A BIT MUCH||Somewhat excessive answer to letter from Greeks spiteful woman receives (1,3,4)
MU (letter from Greeks) inside A BITCH (spiteful woman)
|23/22||BEAR WITH ME||Antigonus’ plea for patience? (4,4,2)
One of those quirky double defs. with the whole clue making a nice joke: Antigonus is remembered from Shakespeare for his exit “pursued by bear” in A Winter’s Tale.
|24||EARTHBOUND||Stuck here, or travelling back from the stars (10)
A very nice double def. My favourite clue in this puzzle
|25||DONATE||Prospective partner holds forth to give in kindness (6)
ON (forth?) inside DATE (prospective partner). Not 100% sure about this clue analysis – there is probably more going on as I cannot explain the apparently extraneous “in kindness” clue suffix
|26||BODEGA||Old alumnus in turn shows concern for alcohol (6)
AGED (old) O.B. (Old Boy – alumnus) all reversed. ”Concern” as in business concern
|1||SEEPAGE||Consult with servant, liquid having soaked through (7)
SEE (consult) PAGE (servant)
|2/3||ENDEAVOUR MORSE||Dexterous character maybe to strive for longer, collaring crooks at the finish (9,5)
ENDEAVOUR MORE (strive for longer) around (collaring) [crook]S. Author and noted cruciverbalist Colin Dexter created the Oxford-based detective Morse, thus “Dexter-ous”
|5||SITS TIGHT||With vermouth carried in ship, drunk is waiting patiently (4,5)
IT (vermouth) inside SS (ship) TIGHT (drunk) I initially wrote in “sits still” which held up that area a while
|6||RADAR||Sat in posh car, an American lawyer waves to expose foe (5)
A DA (an American lawyer) inside RR (posh car – Rolls Royce) “Waves” looked so much like an anagram indicator that for a long time I thought the def. was just “foe” and was transfixed with the idea the answer was Rival
|7||MURRAIN||Year lost to our champion at court, in plague (7)
MURRA[y] IN Ref. Andy Murray and tennis court
|8||HORSE FEATHERS||Film sons, entertained by topless trollop, getting on down (5,8)
S[ons] inside [w]HORE, FEATHERS (down). Marx Brothers classic (don’t forget the password for this clip)
|14||IMPRUDENT||Unwise to be disrespectful about leader in Russia (9)
R[ussian] inside IMPUDENT (disrespectful) What’s this? Advice for Pussy Riot?
|15||TWENTY-ONE||Score requires English to follow on in game (6-3)
TWENTY (score) ON E[nglish] Maybe a second “write-in” for some. The game that I would call Pontoon
|17||INBREED||Astride brother, I want to reproduce with relatives (7)
BR[other] inside I NEED (I want)
|19||ARMENIA||Song about People’s Republic (7)
MEN (people) inside ARIA (song)
|21||TURIN||Persecuted boffin abandoning grand Italian location (5)
TURIN[g] Ref. Alan Turing, certified genius
|22||WAHOO||Sympathy expressed in court for swimmer (5)
AH (sympathy) inside WOO (court). A Wahoo is a fish – I had to check but I think that’s one I will remember
Re 13A. First few lines of Christopher Marlowe’s (unfinished) poem Hero and Leander:
On Hellespont, guilty of true love’s blood,
In view and opposite two cities stood,
Sea-borderers, disjoin’d by Neptune’s might:
The one Abydos, the other Sestos hight.
At Sestos Hero dwelt; Hero the fair,
Whom young Apollo courted for her hair.