Crossword 809 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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Crossword 809 solution

Oh dear. Another blunder. PILAU (9 across) is not Spanish. At least it’s based on a broth, if not actually a broth itself. I was of course thinking of paella.

Pilau, also known as pilaf, peleau and plov, is a dish of Persian origin. It consists, Wikipedia tells me, of rice cooked in a broth along with various other ingredients. Wikipedia deals with it extensively but prefers to call it pilaf.

I do hope it’s as well known as paella.

I imagine and of course hope that this clue, even with the false lead, was not too hard. Nevertheless and naturally it carries my sincere and humble apologies. In the shadow of it I feel extremely disinclined to pontificate on any other matters cruciverbal this week. No appetite for it.

 Across  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 IN BLACK AND WHITE
“Fifty Shades of Grey” could not be printed thus with Iceland bank collapse (2,5,3,5) Anagram of WITH ICELAND BANK
9 PILAU
A Spanish broth made in Mississippi, laughably (5) Hidden word, Mississip PI LAU ghable
10 NEEDLING
Being a goad when wanting to hug learner (8) wanting = NEEDING, learner = L
11 QUICK FIX
Expedient work by the manicurist? (5,3) Double definition
14 SHEATH
Hat she designed as a place to hide a knife (6) Anagram of HAT SHE
16 SEMITRANSPARENT
Masters in disguise, mother or father � it’s not entirely clear (15) Anagram of MASTERS IN + PARENT
20 MARSHALL ISLANDS
Smallish lads ran wild in a Pacific archipelago (8,7) Anagram of SMALLISH LADS RAN
23 EL NINO
Work out on-line to find an occasional weather pattern (2,4) Anagram of ON-LINE
25 AT ANCHOR
Moored in Yucatan. Chorizos available (2,6) Hidden word in Yuc ATAN CHOR izos
28 INSIGHTS
Stirs up, say, feelings of understanding (8) Homophone, stirs up = incites
29 BRAWL
Bellow about the right to be free for all (5) Bellow = BAWL, right = R
30 RICHARD THE THIRD.
Lacking energy, Thatcher hired out tax collectors in what could be a Shakespearian tragedy (7,3,5) Anagram of THATCHER HIRED lacking energy = E + tax collectors = IRD.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 NEPTUNE
Write up melody for a Roman deity (7) Write = PEN, up = reversal indicator = NEP, melody = TUNE
3 LILAC
Phone up about one for a decorative shrub (5) Phone = CALL, up = reversal indicator, one = I
4 CHUFF
A bottom to please? (5) Double definition
5 ANNEX
Grab territory from princess with kiss (5) princess = ANNE, kiss = X
6 DRESS UP
Put on special clothes to see Dr English turn over the kitty (5,2) Dr English = DRE, turn over = reversal indicator + the kitty = PUSS reversed = SSUP
7 HALVE
Divide into two equal portions in a lethal verdict (5) Hidden word (with a not-so-subtle reference to the most famous judgement of Solomon)
8 EGG WHITES
Pavlova ingredients for the gigs we organised (3,6) Anagram of THE GIGS WE
12 KETCH
A drawing, topless � one of those two masters so I hear (5) Deletion, a drawng = S KETCH. (Ketches have two masts so can be termed “two-masters”)
13 IN ALL
Everything considered inside nominally (19 to the contrary) (2,3) Hidden word in nom IN ALL y
15 ATE IN
Dined at home from a can containing vitamin (3,2) a can = A TIN, vitamin = E
16 SOMMELIER
The waiter who pours more slime out (9) Anagram of MORE SLIME
17 MORON
Half-wit rides first in a satellite (5) rides first = R, satellite = MOON
18 SHIFT
A typing key used in case of change? On the contrary (5) case of change on the contrary = change of case
19 ALL IN
Ready to drop everybody at home (3,2) everybody = ALL, at home = IN
21 ANOTHER
One more doctor on Earth (7) Anagram of ON EARTH
22 DOODLER
She did aimless scribbles and drooled dementedly … (7) Anagram of DROOLED
24 IRISH
… like someone from Cork in the Mangatawhiri shops (5) Hidden word in Mangatawh IRI SH ops
25 ASSET
Whilst jelled it is a good thing to have (5) Whilst = AS, jelled = SET
26 AMBLE
Walk slowly to find the heart of a pokie enthusiast (5) a pokie enthusiast = gAMBLEr
27 COACH.
Bus or train (5) Double definition.

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