The central character (in bold below) was ERIC CHALKLEY himself.
B E G 32/6 (G)IROSOL; or (rev.) in anag; TOP(B)OOT; too pot (all rev.)
A R M 31/10 (M)ARTIN; Ar tin; (A)RROYO; y in r r O O
T I P 13/29 RA(T)LINE; anag; (P)ONTIFF; on tiff
A C T 14/27 BL(A)MEWORTHY; B + w in anag; MA(T)RILINEAR; anag.
I C E 25/16 R(E)MIGAT(E); MiG in rat; FR(I)EZES; fre(E)zes
W H Y 17/21 SCRE(W) NAIL; anag; AURORALL(Y); a U r oral l
M A D 24/1 LUR(D)ANS; ran in lus(t); ARABIS(M); rabi in as
I L L 3/23 FOAM(I)ER; f + anag; A(L)BERTI; B in anag.
S K Y 22/4 OLIVAR(Y); (b)olivar; COB(S)WAN; cob wan
A L E 15/6 B(E)AUTIFUL; anag. – t; TERR(A) FIRM(A); t err firm
Y E T 7/12 POL(Y)HEDRONS; anag; (T)HEREAGAINS(T); here again + s
B Y E 8/26 (B)OUNCE; 2 mngs; M(E)UNI(E)R(E); anag.
1 AFFECT; a ff ECT; insane = MAD (1/24d)
11 AEROBUS; bore (rev.) in AUS; incompetent = ILL (3/23d)
18 DREE; d ree; blue = SKY (4/22d)
20 ASIA; S in A1 a; question = WHY (17/21a)
30 SIGNEUR; anag. + R; performance = ACT (14/27a)
33 ARTICS; it (rev.) in arcs; request = BEG (6/32a)
2 FROLICS; r in folic’s; beer = ALE (6/15d)
5 TARO; hidden; dump = TIP (13/29a)
9 TSETSE; sets in T,e; still = YET (7/12d)
19 ELLAGIC; anag. + c; extra = BYE (8/26d)
20 ARIOSI; ari(d) + I so (rev.); power = ARM (10/31a)
28 LYRA; aryl (rev.); methamphetamine = ICE (16/25a)
The winning clues to ERIC CHALKLEY were:
New year, check list, blimey, no end of joy: it’s ____ _______ MBE!
(comp. anag. & lit; Kevin McDermid; Eric was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for 2003)
Fine fellow – “Apex” of Listener (it’s vital to include that!)
(eric + chal + L in key & lit; Richard Morse)
Mostly chicken in pie with really crinkly chips
(anag; Tim Moorey; outside crosswords Eric was a carpenter)
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