Posted by Pete Maclean on December 13th, 2007
This puzzle is the most difficult Cincinnus I can remember tackling, not hard across the board but very challenging in a few places. Did others find it unusually tough as well?
1. CHANCE – hidden word
4. SLACKERS – S (small) + L (large) + ACKERS (Naval slang for foreign currency). I was unfamiliar with this Naval jargon.
9. ADULT – A (article) + DU (of the, French) + LT (lieutenant)
10. BRASSERIE – ER (Eastern recipe) in BRASSIE (club). A brassie, I understand, is a golf club — new to me!
11. SKINFUL -K (knucklehead) in SINFUL (wrong)
12. HUNDRED – double definition
13. CLIP – double definition
14. NEBRASKA – anagram of A BANKERS
17. MAGELLAN – anagram of LEGAL in MAN (isle)
19. ZERO – double definition
22. EXTINCT – EX (former) + T (Tory) + IN (in) + CT (court)
24. KINKING – KIN (family) + KING (royal). Another one that took me a good time to figure out.
25. DESERT RAT – anagram of RESTARTED
26. QUITO – QUIT (leave) + O (Oscar)
27. MEATLESS – anagram of SET MEALS. Yummy!
28. VERSED – VERSE (poetry) + D (hardback)
1. CLASSICS – double definition.
2. ALUMINIUM – cryptic definition referring to the American “aluminum”.
3. CUT OFF – CU (copper) + TOFF (swell)
5. LEATHERJACKET – double definition
6. COSINES – COSINES[s]
7. ERROR – R (end of race) + OR (or) + RE (start and end of race) all reversed
8. STEADY – double/cryptic definition
10. BELLES LETTRES – LET (allowed) in anagram of BEST SELLERS
15. APERITIFS – anagram of A SPITFIRE
16. LONGFORD – LONG (marathon) + FOR (pro) + D (Duke). This was the most difficult clue for me. Longford is, I think, well known as an aristocratic name but still I had not heard of the Earl, actually a member of the Irish peerage.
18. GONERIL – anagram of ONE GIRL
20. SELDOM – S (singular) + DO (party) in ELM (wood)
21. UNIQUE – UNI (university) + QUE (that in France)
22. TOSCA – hidden word