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Guardian 24283/Rufus

Posted by ilancaron on January 15th, 2008


Sorry this is late — I completely forgot. A pretty nice puzzle with a couple of clues that I wouldn’t have been surprised to have enountered in an Araucaria: e.g. 22D and 23D both of which I enjoyed, even 9A and 6D.


9 IRON=”Brand”, CROSS=”X”
12 OUTDO,OR – ref. OUTDOOR sports.
13 IS,LET – def is “a bit of land”.
14 THIN ON TOP – one of the few CDs.
16 HOW GOES THE ENEMY? – OK, another one. The ENEMY we all share: namely, time. Another way of asking what time it is.
21 MOO=”low”,CH
24 ELEMI – hidden rev in “tIME LEft”. A familiar crossword word for a kind of fragrant oil.


1 KINGFISHER – (F, shrieking)*
2 CO(LES)LAW – LES is “the” in French.
4 GOLF – rev(flog=beat). A common cryptical reversal.
6 KNOTHOLE=”not whole” – and “deal” is wood in this context.
8 SLUR – two meanings with a nicely constructed and smooth surface.
14 TEST DRIVES – two meanings: with “runs” actually referring to drives in your car.
15 PSYCHOLOGY – nice CD. Wasn’t obvious to me at first. I suppose if you saw it immediately you’d think less of it: “Subject for those who have the mind to study”.
20 N[otts],AILED – “caught” by the fuzz for instance.
21 M,A,LI(C)E – M is “many” (a thousand) and C for “caught”. Slightly unfortunate that “caught” showed up in two consecutive clues.
22 C,OED – a (female) student and OED is our dictionary. Nice clue. Third consecutive appearance of C for “caught”. No longer unfortunate, perhaps a theme!
23 PUPA=rev(A PUP) – another nice clue: baby animals up or down.

4 Responses to “Guardian 24283/Rufus”

  1. Ron says:

    Am I the only person never to have heard the phrase ‘How goes the enemy’?

  2. Struggler says:

    I enjoyed the crossword, but I must say that I had never come across the expression ‘How goes the enemy?’ before and had to look it up to make sure I had completed 16A correctly. Has anyone encountered this phrase in real life (as opposed to Brewer’s Dictionary)?

  3. muck says:

    Google “how goes the enemy” finds several references. I didn’t know it.

  4. Rufus says:

    Sorry, I thought this a well-known phrase – perhaps it is now only used by us oldies – I did check that it was in Chambers before using it.

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