I completed today's puzzle still having question marks in my mind concerning a few of the clues.
Some possibly unfamiliar abbreviations, people, places, words and expressions used in today's puzzle
TV - abbreviation
wind up -
Links to Solutions
A review of today's puzzle by talbinho can be found at Times for the Times [ST 4351].
Commentary on Today's Puzzle
27a Forgetting one's complaint (8)
Talbinho seemed to like this clue fairly well, "
4d Angry lady's maid on TV (5-7)
I did get the correct answer; but I was definitely puzzled by the wordplay. I looked in vain for a British television show called (or dealing with a) CROSS-DRESSER. It did not help that I did not think that a dresser is necessarily a "lady's maid". My understanding was reinforced by the fact that every reference I consulted defined it similar to Oxford, namely "
19d Two-piece practised here with explosive results (6)
A ''two-piece" is a BIKINI, and clearly the latter part of the clue relates to Bikini Atoll, a U.S. nuclear test site from 1946-1958. I was not convinced that I fully grasped the wordplay and thought that Talbinho might provide some guidance. However he was not much impressed with this clue, stating "
At that point, I decided to undertake some further research which led me to think that it perhaps is not such a bad clue - if one understands a bit about nuclear physics. In an atomic (fission) bomb, two sub-critical masses of fissile material are combined into a single super-critical mass (
Should this reading of the clue be correct, then it would not be a two-part clue at all, but rather a cryptic definition with "two-piece" also serving as an additional reference to the swimsuit.
By the way, I found the story of the origin of the name bikini for the swimsuit rather interesting. "[T]
Signing off for this week - Falcon