Posted by Simon Harris on January 20th, 2013
This was a particularly challenging week, I found. In fact it’s rare that I’m completely beaten by a clue even as I blog the puzzle, but two have come along at once. At 29ac and 6dn I’ve reproduced the clue and the checking letters.
In both cases, I can see how the clues seem to work, but just can’t find any likely candidates in Chambers, so all help welcome.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||SENSE – (N + S) in SEES. North and South are partners in the game of bridge.|
|6||APSES – S in APES.|
|10||PILGARLICK – (RAG + LIP)< + LICK.|
|11||RETRIAL – I in RETRAL.|
|13||ANDROCENTRIC – (INCORRECT AND)*.|
|14||ETHE – ET + HE.|
|16||KOREA – K + O’ + [a]REA.|
|17||CHEVERIL – EVER in CHIL[d], and I think &lit.|
|20||LACROSSE – L + ([c]ROSS in ACE).|
|21||USURY – U.S. + [j]URY.|
|23||MEEK – MEE[t] + [fol]K.|
|25||DIDELPHYIDAE – (YIELDED APHID)*.|
|27||OIL SAND – (IN LOADS)*.|
|28||CONCINNITY – CON + (INN in CITY)|
Monkey runs from park officer once.
|30||LESSEE – LESS EE, as in the word “beer” less the “ee” would be emptied out.|
|1||SCRAE – SCRA[p]E.|
|2||EPENTHESIS – S in (E + PEN + THE + IS).|
|3||SIR-REVERENCE – (NEVER* + C) in SIRREE. An interesting word, new to me of course. It comes from a contraction of “save-reverence”, prepended to statements much as we might say “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…”|
|4||ELIOT – E + (0 in LIT) One hardly need add that the poet is T.S. Eliot.|
|5||MALEVICH – LEVI Strauss in Ernst MACH.|
A flow of water!.
|7||PLUTONOMISTS – PLUTO + NO + MISTS. Another interesting word, this time for its newness: this seems to have been coined by financial boffins in 2005 and added to the OED in 2006.|
|8||SIERRAS – S + I ERR + AS.|
|12||BIENSEANCE – (A + N + C) in (BIEN + SEE).|
|15||CRAMPONS – CRAM + PONS.|
|18||EXUDING – EX[cl]UDING.|
|19||JUDICA – (D in JUIC[e]) + A.|
|22||KYLIE – I in KYLE. Nothing to do with Ms. Minogue, rather this is an Australian term for a boomerang.|
|24||KEDGE – K + EDGE.|
|26||LAIR – [f]LAIR.|