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Guardian 24130 / Rufus – Solid start to the week

Posted by tilsit on July 17th, 2007

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SOLVING TIME:  11 MINUTES

Normal Monday fare, a gentle warm-up in the cryptic company of Rufus with the usual large quantity of Cryptic definitions and anagrams to encourage  solvers.  Ideal for the new solvers and those wanting to make the leap across from the straightforward puzzles.

ACROSS        

 * = ANAGRAM   cd = Cryptic Def  DD = Double def   R = Reversal

1  GRAND NATIONAL    CD
10 DETONATES  ETON inside DATES
11 TEASE  T + EASE
12 EMCEE  The abbreviation for Master of Ceremonies, a word in its own right.  
13 HOUSEBOAT  If you lived by the “bank” of a river, where would you live?
14 TENURES       NET (R) + SURE*
16 STIFFEN  TIFF inside SEN (Chinese currency)
18 STEPS UP  DD  “Up” often appears in crosswords defined as “at University”
20 SIERRAS  RA inside RISES*
21 MEMORANDA  ROMAN MADE*
23 MAYBE  MAY + BE
24 NAOMI  I + MAN with O inside
25 UNDERSHOT  CD
26 BEATEN BY A HEAD Another CD

DOWN
2  RETICENCE  My only tiny grumble.  Do you have reticence? show reticence? Never heard it follow “have” 
3  NONCE  N + ONCE
4  NOTCHES  ON CHEST*
5  TISSUES  ITS USES*
6  ON THE LINE  DD, one cryptic
7  ALAMO  A LA MO  (Doctor-style)  Nice clue!
8  ADVERTISEMENT One of the most used words in blocked crosswords. 
This was a nice CD clue for it!  Adverts can be circulars / plugs
9  MEET ONES DEBTS DEEM NOTES BEST*  Is “WAY” an anagram indicator?
15 RESTRAINT  REST with TRAIN inside
17 FORSYTHIA  SOFT HAIRY*
19 PENGUIN  PEN + GUN with I inside
20 STAND BY  Two defs
22 MOOSE  MOO (Low, as in a cow’s noise) + S E
23 MARCH  Two defs 

3 Responses to “Guardian 24130 / Rufus – Solid start to the week”

  1. brontolo says:

    It was the first puzzle I have managed to complete ‘help-free’ after 3 months of trying. The wife did blurt out one clue though so I can’t claim full bragging rights.

    Didn’t like reticence either and had to look up a ‘proper’ definition of nonce.

  2. Paul B says:

    Good puzzle – although I’d like to know in what way ‘way’ serves as anagind too (for my records, you understand)!

  3. Rufus says:

    My original clue for MEET ONE’S DEBTS was “Deem notes best settlement” where “settlement” was the anagram indicator and the whole clue was the definition (&Lit). “Way to settle” was suggested by the editor and as I thought that this phrase did the same job – as both definition and anagram indicator – I agreed to the change.
    As “reserve, restraint” are synonyms for “reticence” I think you can “have” reticence, although to “show” reticence is more elegant.

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