By now, Peter’s probably down Tom Brown’s cafe in Magaluf for the all-day breakfast, lining his stomach ahead of a night on the town (15 pints of Watney’s Red Barrel, karaoke and a fish supper – can’t be beaten).
I feared he’d leave me a monster while he was off for two weeks with the Tea Break Quickie, but this wasn’t so tough, most of the difficulty coming from unusual vocabulary, especially down south (them and their la-di-da ways). I really enjoyed some of the little by-ways down which these sent me.
Oh, happy Canada Day.
4 CHANCE,LLOR – (roll)reversed. Some hope, darling
11 C(AL)ASH – one of these
12 L,AID,BARE – .. sounds like ‘bear’
14 VERA – easy hidden word, but it’s my cat’s name and I promised her a mention
15 TOOTHBRUSH – boom, boom!
20 POOP – double def. Unusual to see the verb anywhere but in the participial adj. (“I’m pooped”)
21 ST,ROLLER – def. is “Pushchair in US”
25 SUI GENERIS – (genius)* + (sire)reversed
2 P(H)I,LATE,LIST – ah, philately’ll get you nowhere
3 TOP BANANA – wonderful expression coined (supposedly) by Russian born Yiddish Vaudevillian Harry Steppe, creator of one of the great slapstick routines. If you have five minutes to spare, try not laughing
4 CAT,CH IT
5 A CHILD OF OUR TIME – Michael Tippett’s oratorio ends with the spiritual ‘Deep River’
6 C(ADD,IS)H – ‘companion’ is C.H., Companion of Honour, a crossword standard
13 REST,ORATION – the “to make” feels like the cart pulling the horse, but no big deal
18 P(E)LISSE – plissé being “a textile finish characterized by a puckered or blistered effect”
19 EARNEST – double def., an earnest being a pledge or promissory token
22 RABAT – turn up a short tabard