As the time suggests, a quite easy puzzle today. I was happy to see the clock stopping before double figures clicked over. (A very rare event I should add.) RESTHARROW was the only word I didn’t know but it was easily seen from the cryptic indication and the crossers. There will be chestnut-complainers today. Bring ’em on, I say!
|1||E,C,STATIC. And I surely was as soon as I saw the clue coming off the printer!|
|9||HOME RULE. Homer is the poet; then the extremes of UnusuaL; E for ‘English’.|
|10||T(RA)UM,A. Our old friend ‘corporation’ for the belly, tum; including the standard artist (RA); getting A.|
|11||MINOR CA,NO,N. Minorca is the island; then NO; N for ‘name’. Hands up if you thought this was a musical work.|
|12||I regret having to omit this one.|
|13||PROVEN,AN,CE. The def is ‘Source’.|
|16||ARMOIRE. Anagram of ‘More air’.|
|17||SAMPLER. Take the I from ‘simpler’ and replace it with an A.|
|20||MINESTRONE. Anagram of ‘in Rome sent’.|
|22||LOOM. That is, ‘gloom’ minus its first.|
|23||REST,HARROW. Ononis repens.|
|25||ON HAND. Two defs with a pun-ish intimation. For any Heideggerian ex-banana growers (the set of which I may be the only member): vorhanden or zuhanden?|
|26||LOOKER-ON. Anagram of ‘OK, no role’.|
|27||TAKE|AWAY. Two defs if the word can be split. Also a New Zealand soprano.|
|2||CA,ROLLER. There are several birds to choose from here. These from the Mac (US) Oxford:
• a brightly colored crow-sized bird with predominantly blue plumage, having a characteristic tumbling display flight. Genera Coracias and Eurystomus, family Coraciidae: several species, esp. the widespread European roller (C. garrulus).
• a bird of a breed of tumbler pigeon.
• a bird of a breed of canary with a trilling song.
There’s also this: ‘a broad surcingle, typically padded at the withers’. Go figure … and be grateful the setter didn’t use ‘surcingle’ instead of ‘bird’.
|3||TOUCH(S)TONE. I guess there’s such a thing as a touch-tone handset? My knowledge of the word comes from philosophy of science where it means just that: a standard for the commensurability or otherwise of competing theories.|
|4||TEAM SPIRIT. Anagram of ‘part-time is’. Smells like that anyway.|
|5||C(H,IN)OOK. Cook is the navigator and he includes H — top of ’hat’ — and IN. A wind experienced by those on the East side of the Rockies as winter ends. [[Thanks to kevingregg for finding my error]]|
|6||E(M)IR. M for ‘male’ inside a truncated EIRE (republic).|
|7||TURN IN. Two defs. Not a million miles from 27ac.|
|8||RE,IN,DEE,R. RE is a headless ‘aRE’; IN (the river) DEE; last letter of (‘close to’) the word ‘bordeR’.|
|14||ENAMELWORK. Anagram of ‘Normal week’.|
|15||APPAL,A,CHIA. The friend is a ‘china’, minus N for ‘North’.|
|16||A(DM)IR,ALS. Song = AIR. First letters of ‘Drum’ and ‘Majors’ are inserted. Then ALSO sans O (‘too short’).|
|18||EGOMANIA. Anagram of ‘I manage’ including O (‘circular letter’).|
|19||T(OR)RENT. Our favourite men (Other Ranks, For The Clueing Of) in the river TRENT.|
|21||Omitted from the downs. It’s nested?|
|24||A-WRY. Sounds like ‘a rye’.|