Posted by Eileen on January 31st, 2013
An interesting and entertaining puzzle from Brummie, which turned out to be more straightforward than it looked at first sight. There are some clever and amusing surfaces, some of which may be a little clunky but I have no real niggles. In fact, I found it an enjoyable solve – many thanks to Brummie.
It was only when I came to write up the blog that I remembered, with sinking heart, that Brummie’s puzzles usually have a theme, so I took another look and saw five pieces of furniture, which I’d missed when solving. There may be more …
Definitions are underlined.
9 Marsh ground in Goa?
anagram [ground] of IN GOA for the New Zealand crime writer, Ngaio Marsh
10 Exploitation by commanding officer, one in sizzling casual wear
USE [exploitation] + CO [commanding officer] + A [one] in HOT [sizzling]
11 Close associate‘s bottom sagged — that’s painful!
BED [bottom] + FELL [sagged] + OW [that’s painful!]
12,23 One with an agenda — hacking car phones with iridium implant
anagram [hacking] of CAR PHONES round [with implant of] IR [iridium]
13 Line in mate’s clothing
L [line] in COBBER [Antipodean mate] for a slang word for clothing
15 Died wearing examination supports
D [died] in [wearing] TRIPOS [Cambridge University examination]
17 Stupendous housing tip
hidden in [housed by] stUPENDous
20 Soup from rounded, duck-black vessel
reversal [rounded] of O [duck] + B [black] + MUG [vessel]
22 Keen to go having been needled?
double / cryptic definition, referring to hypodermic needles
25 Act of sleeping produced by bad opera’s length!
anagram [bad] of OPERA’S + L [length]
26 Collective curios mostly outrival returns
hidden reversal [returns] in oUTRIVal
27 Making tiger come out of a pyramid, say
anagram of TIGER COME
30 Admirable features, thorough observations
double definition, although I’ve never seen the second in the plural
31 One seen in rushes of movie, ultimately eaten by plant?
E [last letter – ultimately – of moviE] in [eaten by] MOSS [plant]
this one made me laugh: a clever use of ‘rushes’, referring to Moses being hidden in the bulrushes – and, of course, there have been several movies about Moses.
1,3 Puggish feature of bonuses distributed and reduced internally
anagram [redistributed] of BONUSES round N [‘and reduced’, as in fish ‘n’ chips]
2,21 She would ineptly get players into bad habits
this was almost my last entry: it sprang instantly to mind at first sight, simply from the letter-count and I struggled to find anagrams [ineptly, bad] or other wordplay: it was only when I had all the crossers that light dawned that it’s [just] a cryptic definition: an inept wardrobe mistress would get the actors into the wrong costumes – bad habits. Doh! [I still haven’t decided whether I think it’s very clever or rather weak.]
4 Oh, to be back in New Circle Cross
reversal [back] of OH in anagram [new] of CIRCLE
5 Be more ingenious than blooming joker
OUT [blooming] + WIT [joker]
6 Coming to a stop, pretty high on drugs?
FETCHING [pretty] + UP [high on drugs?]
8 How annoying to be turned over for lead
reversal [to be turned over] of RATS [how annoying]: and no annoying ambiguity – hurrah!
13,7 Idle person with set habit needs analyst’s aid: “Doctor too pat”
COUCH [analyst’s aid] + anagram [doctor] of TOO PAT – nice use of ‘set habit’ for Chambers’ ‘a person whose leisure time is spent sitting shiftlessly in front of the television or video’
14 One physically representing an actor needs stiff drink of spirits
BODY [stiff] + DOUBLE [drink of spirits]
16,24 Homer’s after second cutter, say, for grass
PIGEON [homer] after S [second] TOOL [cutter, say]
19 Old, much performed piece? Actually, a modern hit
double definition, referring to the play / film based on Michael Morpurgo’s book
26 Greens commonly associated with top grade star
VEG [greens commonly] + A [top grade]
28 Oscar’s equivalent of a thief’s aid (not jack)
[j]EMMY [thief’s aid] minus J [jack, in cards]: are there any legitimate uses for a jemmy?
29,18 “Nice little earner” from bread and milk supplier
CASH [‘bread’] + COW [milk supplier]