Each Clue explanation is divided into Analysis, Aesthetics and Afterword.
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Wordplay : Italics with keywords underlined as well
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G3 : 'Scoo-bi-doo' etc seen as square by jazz fan (4) _ _ _ T
'Scoo-bi-doo' etc seen as square by jazz fan
square = s
jazz fan = cat
by indicates that s is beside cat
'Scoo-bi-doo' etc = scat
The quote marks about scoo-bi-doo indicates that its meant as a particular kind of phrase.
Etc confirms that there are similar kind of phrases.
These kind of nonsensical phrases are typical in scat singing.
You dont hear much of that now. The wordplay exactly seems to suggest that it's no longer cool!
Here's a clip of scat singing by the great Ella Fitzgerald.
H3 : Verb in 'was concerned' is cut up. (6) _ _ _ _ E _
Verb in 'was concerned' is cut up.
was concerned = cared
verb = v
v in cared = carved = cut up
The quote marks again tell us that we need a synonym for 'was concerned'
Its a bit of a lazy way to link the word verb and the actual verb in 'was concerned'.
I3 : I'm spectacular after dark, 'Most Excellent' in bed. (5) _ _ M _ _
I'm spectacular after dark, 'Most Excellent' in bed.
Most Excellent = ME
bed = cot
ME in cot = comet which is spectacular after dark.
Nice reading. It first throws you off - of someone boasting of his prowess.
Halley's comet , when it came around in 1986, was not that spectacular even at night.