Posted by michod on March 12th, 2007
Doing better than last week - I’ve managed to post in the morning even though the paperboy delivered the Telegraph with ‘Sorry, no Gaurdian’ written on it (no irony intended, I assume).
Sorry if it’s a bit of a recurring theme, but once again Rufus frustrates, tantalising with some nifty wordplay, a couple of very clever punning definitions playing on the paradoxical double meanings of words, but spoiling the fun for me with several cryptic definitions that barely merit the c-word. Any takers for 23ac?
1. GRATER (hom. greater). Simple, but a very nice pun.
5. AIRS TRIP. ‘Aircraft base’ as definition is surely too close to the solution.
9. AC QUAINT. ‘Get bill reduced’ here gives AC, usually clued just as ‘bill’, so the wordplay needed a little unpicking.
11. CLIFFHANGERS. Perfectly reasonable CD – bluff as in cliff.
14. APOSTLES. CD, I presume., but equally could be a straight definition… is there something clever going on here?
17. CANNIBAL. CD. Obvious once I realised I had 16dn wrong.
20. SCAN DIN AVIAN. Beautifully simple charade.
23. ?O?T?A. Any offers? Portia’s the only person I can see who fits, but I don’t think she was a barmaid – or even a ‘barmaid, say’. And surely there should be an L somewhere.
24. EVIL OMEN. OLIVE<MEN. Good incorporation of a cryptic definition for ‘olive’ withing the wordplay – that’s how I like to see them used.
25. RHEOSTAT. OTHERS AT*. And here the CD is backed up with an anagram.
26. EF(FOR)T. An eft is a newt.
2. ROCK. It’s stable, but rocky… clever, eh?
3. TRUNCHEON. But this one is less so.
5. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. And again. Maybe it’s because I think in headlines, but this clue screamed the answer at me in 72-point.
6. RADIATOR. Whereas this is very neat, another paradox.
7. THING. NIGHT*. As remarked before, I’m OK with nounal anagram indicators in principle, but I don’t see how ‘work’ can be one except as a verb.
12. BROADCLOTH. As in the Norfolk broads.
15. TAKING OFF. What next? ‘End of flight’ for ‘landing’?
16. OBEISANT. OBE IS ANT. I initially put ‘hesitant’ – IS THE* (after an order) + ANT. The definition’s a little strained (‘Bolton are holding back, Gary, showing Arsenal too much respect’) but it kind of works.
21. N(OT) S (j)O(b). Nice wordplay, I like ‘job centre’ for O.