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Guardian 24076 / Rufus – Straightforward start to the week

Posted by tilsit on May 14th, 2007

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Solving time: 13 minutes

A straightforward start to the week from one of the masters of the cryptic definition.  Nothing too troublesome,
although a tiny grumble for the purists might be he use of “a” in 12 across.

ACROSS   (* = aNAGRAM, CD = Cryptic definition  R = Reversal)

8  QUARTERS      Double definition
9  NARROW    N (Pointed)  +  ARROW (Weapon)
10 APEX     APE = Primate  X = sign of a vote
11 CORNFLAKES    CLEAN FORKS*
12 BERBER     Half a number = BER – Doubled
14 CRACKERS    Double definition
15 SATISFY     STAYS IF*
17 ADDISON    IS AN ODD*
20 WHEATEAR    A WEATHER*  (Wheatear featured in the Indy puzzle as well)
22 HEELED     EEL in HE’D
23 DOTTED LINE     CD
24 NAIF     AN (R) + IF (The Kipling poem)
25 MOUNTS    Double def
26 SCANTIES    SCAN + TIES  _ Hadn’t thought of this as a noun.

DOWN

1  SUBPOENA     BEAN SOUP* Nice surface reading
2  CRUX     RU (game) in C X (Roman numerals)
3  FENCER    Cryptic def – one who uses a foil – Not over-keen on this clue.
4  OSTRICH     O + ST (way) + RICH
5  UNAFRAID    IN A FRAUD*
6  BREAD KNIFE    A BEEF DRINK*
7  POSEUR    Cryptic def
13 BRIGANTINE    TRAIN BEING*   Nice surface
16 FIENDISH     FINISHED*
18 ONE SIDED    Cryptic def/double def
19 TRAIPSE     PARTIES* 
21 HOODOO     HOOD (Robin) + O O (Two ducks in cricket)
22 HYENAS    YEN inside HAS
24 NOTE     Double def 

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