Posted by michod on July 25th, 2007
Yes, as JFK said, I truly am a doughnut – I’ve been waiting for someone else to post, when all along it was me – d’oh! A nice Pauline puzzle anyway, mit einem Deutschen Thema – nine German words, all pretty familiar in English. Ten if you include DIESEL, named after inventor Rudolph Diesel, but I don’t think they call it that in Germany, so it’s really our word. A couple of indirect indications of the sort customary with this setter, flagged up with a ? in the clue.
1. F(OR)EVER. Gold is in fever, but only diamonds are forrreverr…
5. DIES EL. It’s occupying my petrol tank anyway.
10. SECOND. Good double meaning.
12. D(OP PE(L)G) ANGER. Double containment deployed, with ‘double’ as the def.
15. OXYGENATED. (O EG NEXT DAY). Opinions vary on this kind of indirect anagram – personally I don’t mind ‘for example’ giving e.g. as anagram fodder, but am not keen on ’round’ for O in such a context.
20. RAM SHACKLE. Very nice image.
22. PUMP ER NICKEL. I think of bailing out as by hand with a bucket, rather than pumping, and Chambers seems to agree.
27. DEAD LINE. With which your phone won’t work.
28. (h)ER(SA)TZ. Regular readers will have heard my rant on the archaic ‘it’=SA nonsense, but ‘name of frequency’ for Hertz is nice. By this point I was looking for Germanisms.
29. ST RUDE L. I couldn’t see where ‘short’ came in at first, but it’s in the sense of being short with someone, i.e. rude.
1. FRAU(d). This seems to be the wrong way round. The clue suggests that Dutch (Dutch wife, Cockney slang) is unfinished, when actually fake is.
2. (t)RUMP. Only cut at the top – bottom’s the definition.
6. IPECAC. Hidden. Not German.
7. SPONGE CAKE. I’m having trouble with the surface here – I suppose it might just be sweet if you’re bathing the baby!
8. LEDE(RHO)SEN. Thigh-slappingly good.
11. PLIERS. Double def.
13. TO>< OT H(P)ASTE. Ref Signal brand of toothpaste – do our overseas solvers have that too? I know Bush and Blair both use Colgate. P(oint) is ‘in HASTE’, i.e. quickly – hence the question mark.
14. BY A NY MEANS. Weakest clue for me – through=BY, a state= A NY, and capital=MEANS, but it all feels a bit woolly somehow.
18. CA(LEND A)R. Just as ‘quickly?’ means in HASTE, so ‘being driven?’ means in CAR.
21. PE(DAN)T. I.e. nitpicker.
23. CHE SS. Five word definition, two word subsidiary indication. Neat.
24. LIED. Song in German.
25. HEEL. Oxford as in shoe.