Posted by scchua on January 22nd, 2013
Though quick, solving this was quite enjoyable with some clever surfaces and devices. Thank you to Crux. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]
1 Generosity displayed by leader of Samaritans, say (8)
LARGESSE : Homophone of(say) “large S”, the uppercase letter that’s the initial letter of(leader of) the word “Samaritans”. And of course, Samaritans, by definition, display generosity.
5 Not quite accurate summary (6)
PRECIS : “precise”(accurate;exact) minus its last letter(not quite).
9 How to impress a sailor in the big city (8)
SHANGHAI : Double defn: 1st: To coerce;impress someone, as done by the once Press Gangs, into naval service – I guess “how” is there for the surface, since to shanghai is to impress; and 2nd: The big (and most populous) city and seaport in China, which gave its name to the 1st defn., presumably because a lot of those shanghaied sailors ended up on ships sailing there (or at least in that direction).
10 Clever bit of songwriting that Sting does (6)
SMARTS : SMART(clever) + initial letter of(bit of) “songwriting”. Nice surface as Sting has done a bit (in fact, quite a bit) of songwriting.
Answer: What a bee (or wasp or any of various insects) sting does.
12 Animal more excited if given head’s start (5)
OTTER : One gets “hotter”(more excited, as in “getting hot under the collar”, especially on encountering an exciting hot bod) if “otter” is given the initial letter of(…’s start) “head”.
13 White rose cultivated differently (9)
OTHERWISE : Anagram of(cultivated) WHITE ROSE.
14 Soar aloft, like Chelsea’s first goal (6)
ASCEND : AS(similar to;like, as in “good as gold”) + initial letter of(…’s first) “Chelsea” + END(goal;objective;that which “justifies the means”?).
16 Sails south to conduct survey (7)
CANVASS : CANVAS(collective word for ships sails, from the material used for making them) + S(abbrev. for “south”).
Answer: To conduct a survey, as in “to canvass the voters’ opinions” – and to solicit their votes.
19 Social climber put off acquiring celebrity (7)
UPSTART : Anagram of(off) PUT containing(acquiring) STAR(a celebrity).
21 Mark time in one’s declining years (6)
DOTAGE : DOT(a small roundish mark, eg. in “fifteensquared dot net”) + AGE(a length of time).
Answer: Increasing in age, but declining in faculties, and hopefully not becoming too dotty.
23 Period of confinement, apparently, enjoyed in America! (6,3)
LABOUR DAY : Cryptic defn: LABOUR DAY(cryptically;apparently, the period of confinement for a would-be mother at imminent delivery of the baby, which period could possibly stretch into a full day).
Answer: The first Monday in September, a holiday in America to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. On the other hand, Labour (as opposed to Labor) Day is celebrated in many countries on 1 May regardless what day it falls on, hence the specific reference to America’s enjoyment of the long weekend break.
25 Only solution that contains disinfectant (5)
LYSOL : Hidden in(that contains) “Only solution“.
Answer: The trademark for the solution of cresols in water used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Lysol advertising then (1940s) and now:
26 Middle Eastern relations go into digs (6)
TAUNTS : The middle letter of “Eastern” + AUNTS(relatives;relations).
Answer: Snide remarks;gibes.
27 Widespread female fighting force about to take a breather (3-5)
FAR-FLUNG : F(abbrev. for “female”) + anagram of(about) RAF(the British aerial fighting force) plus(to take) LUNG(the organ that takes in the air you breathe;a breather). Which reminds me:
Doctor (putting stethoscope on chest): Big breaths!
Patient: Yeth, thank you! And I’m only thigthteen.
28 Nonentity who can square the circle? (6)
NOBODY : Cryptic defn: Reference to the mathematical problem of constructing a square equal in area to a circle in a finite number of steps with a compass and ruler. Now proven to be impossible and therefore nobody can or ever will do it.
29 Some actors follow directions when making 18 (8)
NEWSCAST : CAST(some actors;those in a film or play) placed after(follow) N,E,W,S(the four compass directions).
Answer: A news bulletin(answer to 18down) made over the radio or on television.
1 Learning experience we might have with global warming? (6)
LESSON : Cryptic defn: A literal interpretation of global warming;a worldwide temperature increase might mean that we go around having less covering/clothing on.
2 Heaps will fail them (4,5)
ROAD TESTS : Cryptic defn: Reference to test drives in road vehicles performed by the likes of Jeremy Clarkson, and the jalopies;heaps that will be found wanting.
3 Agree to differ, like one who can’t wait (5)
EAGER : Anagram of(to differ) AGREE.
Answer: Like an eager beaver.
4 Ordeals suffered by naval man (3,4)
SEA LORD : Anagram of(suffered) ORDEALS.
Answer: Either of 2 senior serving naval officers sitting in the UK Ministry of Defence.
6 Old master to take class in new term (9)
REMBRANDT : BRAND(a class;a kind;a type of persons or things with common attributes, characteristics, qualities, etc. regarded as forming a group) contained in(in) anagram of(new) TERM.
Answer: van Rijn, 17th century Dutch master painter, with biblical and mythogical scenes the subject of many of his paintings.
(I’m sure they didn’t have Lysol in those days, so what did she use?)
7 HM’s best friend? (5)
CORGI : Cryptic defn: If a dog is man’s best friend, then the corgi is Her Majesty the Queen’s.
8 Old poet endlessly us around causing anxiety (8)
SUSPENSE : “Spenser”(Edmund, 16th century English poet) minus its last letter(endlessly) placed after(follows) reversal of(around) “US “.
11 With it a bird lacks perception (4)
CHIC : “chicken”(a fowl) minus(lacks) “ken”(perception;knowledge;understanding).
Answer: Fashionable;with it.
15 Caveat due for revision is abandoned (9)
EVACUATED : Anagram of(for revision) CAVEAT DUE.
17 Rabbit with some stuffing in adds that special favour (9)
ANGOSTURA : ANGORA(a breed of rabbits raised for its long silky hair) containing(with … in) first 3 letters of(some) “stuffing”.
Answer: The drink, bitters, made from the bark of certain citrus trees, originally made in the town of the same name in Venezuela. It is often added to cocktails for that special flavour – and tasting nothing like stuffed rabbits.
18 What loaded gun had, shown in report (8)
BULLETIN : Cryptic defn: A loaded gun would have had a bullet (or more) in its chamber/clip.
Answer: A report;statement issued for the information to the public.
20 Substantial order (4)
TIDY : Double defn: 1st: Quite a bit, as in “her ring must have cost him a tidy sum”; and 2nd: To (put in) order.
21 24-hour supervision – what some mothers need! (3,4)
DAY CARE : DAY(a period of 24 hours) + CARE(supervision;protective control, as in “someone in doctor’s care”).
Answer: What working mothers need for their children during the workday.
22 Minor insult (6)
SLIGHT : Double defn: 2nd: A snub;an act or omission showing disrespect;an insult.
24 Obscure blood group printed on jacket (5)
BLURB : BLUR(to obscure;to make something indistinct) + B(one of the blood groups into which human blood is classified according to the presence or absence of certain antigens. And it’s all determined by your genes).
Answer: What’s printed on a book jacket, that promotes the author or book.
25 Holds up free transport (5)
LIFTS : Double defn: 2nd: Free rides in transportation going the same way/to the same place as you.
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