Posted by michod on August 13th, 2007
My favourite clues combine Rufus’s trademark cryptic definitions with wordplay, so as to keep you guessing for longer – 5 and 11 across require unravelling, whereas 17 across couldn’t be anything else.
5. O(X)TAIL (hom. tale). A lot going on in this clue, with ‘love story, say’ giving O TAIL, but the beauty is in the definition. Had the clue been simply ‘Neat ending’ I would have looked immediately for a CD and felt less satisfied.
10. NEATNESS (SEAN SENT*). Is this the beginning of a theme?
11. AN ON. Very simple wordplay, another neat definition – ‘name-dropping’.
17. PRIVATE EYE. CD which, on its own, leaps straight out at you.
13. PACE SETTERS. Rufus avoids the obvious self-reference offered by ‘setters’.
18. AMANUENSIS (I NAME SUSAN*).
23. GLANCE. Ref glancing shot in cricket and shooting a glance at an attractive leg.
24. TEETHE. CD.
2. BIG TOP. As in a spinning top.
3. PLEASANT (AT NAPLES*). Good surface.
5. ON HAND. I think this is it, but don’t see why it’s ‘next door’, except in the same sense as it’s ‘present’, but that would hardly be a double meaning.
7. E S SAYS. Goood misleading surface using dual meanings of ‘tracts’ and ‘states’.
8. ANN IVERSAR Y (ARRIVES*).
15. REP EATER. Chambers says it’s a watch that repeats, but I’m not sure what that is exactly – does it mean I can have my time over after all?
17. TRACES. As in ‘kicking over the traces’.
20. SIGNET (hom. CYGNET).