Posted by linxit on May 28th, 2007
Solving time 11:05
Well, surprise surprise! A Rufus puzzle with only a couple of (good) cryptic definitions, and overall a great set of clues with excellent surface readings throughout. Rufus has complained in the past that we give him a “weekly bashing”, but I thoroughly enjoyed solving this and don’t have anything to grumble about (well OK, 18dn should be hyphenated).
10 ROOKS – I liked this CD, as it’s a well-known phrase in its own right meaning something else entirely. I have a question for any chess experts though – why, if the correct name for the castle-shaped piece is a rook, is switching it with the King called “castling”?
12 INCITED – “inn sighted”
13 R(HE)UM – nice to see this clued without a homophone for a change, and reminded me of the Israeli ambassador to El Salvador who was in the news recently. Heh!
16 LET ONE’S HAIR DOWN (island, nowhere to)* – hard to spot the anagram fodder in this one (and took me a while to spot that it was an anagram clue).
22 V(IV)ALDI – quartet (IV) inside valid*
23 EMPIRIC – double definition, one of which (charlatan) I didn’t know.
24 LISTS – great clue. The Lists is another name for a jousting arena.
1 CINDERELLA – (recalled in)*
5 STRIP(TEAS)E – I liked “taking off show” as the definition, although it took me far too long to spot it.
15 DINING CARS – another good cryptic definition. Sent me in the wrong direction until I had a few crossing letters anyway.
17 NOVELIST (television – i.e.)*
18 ON,STREAM – I thought file=stream was a bit loose but just about acceptable.
21 TOP,DOG – as usual if “boxer” is in the clue it’s 99% certain that it’s a dog!
22 VALE – double def., one of which is Latin for goodbye.