436 Virgilius

July 3, 2012

I wasn’t sure I’d have time to blog this, but Virgilius kindly avoided anything difficult – except 20dn. A nice allusion to newspaper rivalry at 1ac, and ‘A male and a female’ at 29ac is such an obvious and smooth clue I’m almost surprised I haven’t seen it before.

A poetic theme made a nice sideline with COLERIDGE, TENNYSON, LORCA, BURNS and BYRON, to say nothing of POETS’ CORNER in WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

Across

1. GUARDIAN: d.d.
5. TIP-OFF: TIP + OFF.
10. AIL: dAILy mAIL’s fAILure.
11. WESTMINSTER: {ITS NEW TERM}.
12. ABBEY: A + B + BEY.
13. ROUTE: ROUT + E.
14. PIE: P = I.E. (ref penny pies).
15. ASSISTANT: ASS + I(n)STANT. ‘Instant’ has two N’s, of which the first is lacking.
18. POETS: O in <STEP.
19. BELLE: B + ELLE.
20. COLERIDGE: {ODE GIRL} in CE.
23. LAM: “lamb”.
24. LORCA: terueL OR CAstellon.
25. BIBLE: B in BILE.
27. VINTAGE YEAR: {YET A VINEGAR}.
28. ROS: initial letters.
29. AMANDA: A + M + AND + A.
30. TENNYSON: NY in {SONNET}.

Down

1. GRANADA: A in GRANDA(d).
2. AD LIB: d.d.
3. DOWRY: e.d.
4. AUSTRIA: AUSTR(al)IA.
6. INNKEEPER: {PEN + INK ‘ERE}.
7. OUTSPREAD: d.d.
8. FORCEPS: P in FORCES.
9. AMOUNT: A + MOUNT.
16. SALAMANCA: <ALAS + MAN(x) CA(t).
17. STEEL BAND: L in {NEED BATS}.
19. BOLIVIA: B + OLIVIA.
20. CORNER: d.d. Not being a follower of the Beautiful Game, I wasn’t aware of the footballing meaning of ‘set piece’.
21. LEAVE BE: (E + B) in LEAVE.
22. EMERSON: EMERS(i)ON.
25. BYRON: BY + <(NOR).
26. BURNS: d.d.

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