RulesTen questions, 20-odd pointsCryptic sometimes.One point for key-words. One point forclear explanations.
1.A set of 96 was made lighter by ninein 1968. The original arrangementwas restored in the 1970s, butbecame available en Anglaise onlythree years ago. Improve veg murkwith a beating. Three words inEnglish, and (1,5,6) in the original.
2.A Bangalore centre-piece is themost famous example Iknow of something with a namemeaning spark but not singes inGerman. What? (6)
3.This 3600 sq km location is split 45:55between Estonia and its neighbour andwas the site of an event that inspired afamous cinematic reconstruction in the1930s.(4,6)
4.Originally indicated a sense of moralexhaustion, and thus its associationswith lack of courage or moral fibre.Star dad may not be illegitimate but isnevertheless a despicable chap. (7)
5.Walk, dont run, musically. or enlist an Italianpoet. (8)
6.Once it meant not so much a period ofdietary virtue as time when you weregreen in judgment, and cold in blood.Now step very carefully, and add adash of Hindi to meet a dashing Kurdwith many statues to his name. (7)
7.Its that code word for toningdown, for evaporating linesor borders, for atoms fusing butbreaking up for a desirablesmokiness. (7)
8.Literally coated foil, all it takes is starchfrom coarse rice, sugar and an insanedegree of precision, and skill withupturned pots. What?(11/12)
9.When a species found in Kenya andTanzania was called a yellow horsebecause it was a shrew, there was nothingappropriate about that name, not evenperhaps the allusion. Explain everything.(8/9)
10.Take a nursery rhyme about afortune-telling game and mess with itswords till you have begun cashing inon a dance-craze. (4, 2, 6)