Posted by tilsit on December 3rd, 2007
Greetings and apologies for the delay.
While in hospital recently I managed to have a serious problem with my laptop which meant that my PC Doctor had to reformat the hard disk and onsequently I lost all my documents, stored email, mail addresses, passwords, etc. Yesterday I managed to get a replacement password but it wouldn’t let me back into the site afterwards. Thanks to Neil W for sorting it out.
Now where was I? Yesterday’s Rufus puzzle. Not as much fun as a normal Rufus puzzles and one clue rather made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Some nice anagtrirams and the usual clever cryptic definitions, although I thought 15a a bit contrived though I can see what the clue was trying to achieve, it sort of missed the mark for me, personally. Would liked to have seen the anagrams spread throughout the puzzle a bit more, but that’s a small point.
Solving time: 11 minutes
ACROSS (*)= ANAGRAM (CD)=CRYPTIC DEF (R)=REVERSAL
1 HOLY WAR (CD)
5 ARNOLD A RN + OLD Rugby being Rugby School Dr Thomas Arnold its most famous Headmaster.
9 FOURSOME MORE OF US(*)
12 PARADE GROUND (CD) Nice clue.
15 APOCRYPHAL LAY CHAP PRO (*) See above
17 RAN Hidden answer
19 AID A + I’D
20 VIETNAMESE NAVIES MEET (*)
22 INTRANSIGENT RENTING ISN’T (*) Another really clever clue attached to a smart definition.
26 ORGIES RISE + GO (*)
27 BARBECUE (CD)
28 SIT-UPS I PUT (*) inside S S (On board [ship])
29 TALENTS Double def. A talent is a biblical measure of money.
1 HAFT H + AFT
2 LAUD Homophone of Lord
3 WISEACRE WISE (perceptive) + ACRE (Middle-eastern seaport)
7 OBITUARIES (CD)
13 CALAMITOUS TO A MUSICAL (*)
18 CANNIBAL Hmm…..
21 WAKE UP New one on me. See Chambers def (2). WAKE is the spray generated by a moving ship.
25 PEWS (CD) Nice clue - form being a type of seat.