Posted by neildubya on December 31st, 2007
Monday is usually the day the crossword editor sends down a “loosener”, such as the recent series of pleasing, humane Rufus puzzles.
This isn’t a usual mundane Monday, so he’s let loose the mighty Enigmatist upon us.
The following is the result of some fumbling, some help from Mrs. Stan, a fair amount of broadbandage <<and no little help from Commenters below>>.
1 T-SQUARE : Well, it is used as a rule and “as”=QUA, hooker’s heel=R, all in TSE (half of tsetse) <<thanks Foggy Web>>
5 PONTIFF : (PINTOFF)* Benedict is the current Pope
10 UNCO : What would New Year’s Eve be without Rabbie Burns. “Unco” is a very Burns way of saying “very” - “regular” is a Crosswordish indicator to take alternating letters tUrNaCtOr
11 M(A,URITAN)IA – beheaded puritan, AIM backwards around it <<thanks to Foggy Web for the explanation>>
12 ROSTRA : plural of rostrum, and hidden in (clouded by) cirROSTRAtus
13 WINDPIPE : Air Duct that is also WINE (port) surrounding DPP (director of public prosecutions) holding I <<thanks to Croque for the explanation>>
14 Finally, a straight anagram I can leave out ‘cos we don’t do them all here
16 GNAR-L – which is L-RANG in reverse <<thanks again to Croque>>
17 OSSIA – First advantage of sleeping with a woman with a Music and English degree – Mrs. Stan knows about this – an alternative passage in a piece of music.
18 ST.AG(n)ES-HOW : Second advantage : Mrs Stan knows Keats’ “Eve of St. Agnes Day” – take the “N” out (unnamed) and the rest is WHO’s anagram. CATS is a Stage Show.
23 V-A(P(OR)I)S-E : A little vague on the word play, but you divide V-AS-E by PI. Not sure how “/2″ becomes OR
24 ONSIDE : Too easy if you know cricket and soccer, probably impossible if you don’t
25 ELEVEN-PLUS : (VENUES-PE-LL)*
26 LOIN – Can’t work out the explanation, but it is a cut. I had (S)NIP, which I still feel is a valid solution.
29 PRIMULA – “marsupial” minus “as”, then anagrammed. A Primula is something from the garden, which is why I had no earthy chance of getting it <<Thanks for the rescue, Comfy Settee>>
2 Straight anagram omitted here. Do you know the way we work here by now?
3 U-BOAT : TABU reversed around O
4 RAM-PART : very droll wordplay
6 ON-I-ON-S : Working is ON – I is first and S is second
7 TRAPPINGS : fancy clothing and the results of trapping
8 FLIP-PER : More cricket knowledge required , Shane Warne’s most feared weapon was this type of ball. A “flip” is an old-fashioned mulled drink, and “per” means “for every”
9 OUT-WITH-THE-OLD : Not sure of the origin of the term, but it’s a very New Year’s Eve thing to say
15 PRISON-VAN : Clever Cryptic Definition – the other type of “sentence”
21 OLD-BILL : Mrs. Stan strikes again. Carroll’s poem runs “You are Old, Father William” – which gets condensed here to Old Bill – slang for the police.
22 SI-ENNA : ANNE IS backwards
25 SALEM : Lot 13 would be sale m (m=13th letter), with knock-down being a reference to an auction. Salem is the State capital of Oregon (not the witch-trials town – that’s in Massachusetts).