Crossword 809 answers and explanations

by David Tossman / 23 February, 2013
Culinary confusion
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 CluesExplanations
"Fifty Shades of Grey" could not be printed thus with Iceland bank collapse (2,5,3,5)Anagram of WITH ICELAND BANK
A Spanish broth made in Mississippi, laughably (5)Hidden word, Mississip PI LAU ghable
Being a goad when wanting to hug learner (8)wanting = NEEDING, learner = L
Expedient work by the manicurist? (5,3)Double definition
Hat she designed as a place to hide a knife (6)Anagram of HAT SHE
Masters in disguise, mother or father � it's not entirely clear (15)Anagram of MASTERS IN + PARENT
Smallish lads ran wild in a Pacific archipelago (8,7)Anagram of SMALLISH LADS RAN
Work out on-line to find an occasional weather pattern (2,4)Anagram of ON-LINE
Moored in Yucatan. Chorizos available (2,6)Hidden word in Yuc ATAN CHOR izos
Stirs up, say, feelings of understanding (8)Homophone, stirs up = incites
Bellow about the right to be free for all (5)Bellow = BAWL, right = R
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 CluesExplanations
Write up melody for a Roman deity (7)Write = PEN, up = reversal indicator = NEP, melody = TUNE
Phone up about one for a decorative shrub (5)Phone = CALL, up = reversal indicator, one = I
A bottom to please? (5)Double definition
Grab territory from princess with kiss (5)princess = ANNE, kiss = X
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
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)
Pavlova ingredients for the gigs we organised (3,6)Anagram of THE GIGS WE
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")
Everything considered inside nominally (19 to the contrary) (2,3)Hidden word in nom IN ALL y
Dined at home from a can containing vitamin (3,2)a can = A TIN, vitamin = E
The waiter who pours more slime out (9)Anagram of MORE SLIME
Half-wit rides first in a satellite (5)rides first = R, satellite = MOON
A typing key used in case of change? On the contrary (5)case of change on the contrary = change of case
Ready to drop everybody at home (3,2)everybody = ALL, at home = IN
One more doctor on Earth (7)Anagram of ON EARTH
She did aimless scribbles and drooled dementedly ... (7)Anagram of DROOLED
... like someone from Cork in the Mangatawhiri shops (5)Hidden word in Mangatawh IRI SH ops
Whilst jelled it is a good thing to have (5)Whilst = AS, jelled = SET
Walk slowly to find the heart of a pokie enthusiast (5)a pokie enthusiast = gAMBLEr
Bus or train (5)Double definition.
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