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Guardian 24,302 Rufus : “Baggsies !”

Posted by neildubya on February 4th, 2008

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Another Monday, another Rufus – it’ s starting to become rather a comforting sight. Although I did stare at this puzzle to no good effect for a worrying length of time wondering if I’d had a stroke. Once I’d got going though this didn’t put much resistance. As usual, some excellent wordplay and a pleasing accompaniment to a medium Americano.

ACROSS

1  BENCHES : “settle” as in the long seat. Helps to know some German (“Sessel”), but English is already enough to expect on a Monday morning.

5 TO(ERA)G

9 DOORNAIL : as in “dead as a …”

10 GIMLET : Not my regular pint, but it is a cocktail and a tool also.

12 WILL O’ THE WISP : (WHITEPILLOWS)*

15 EXTRACTION Not exactly sure about the “strain” bit

17 GIN – Distilled (still produced) in Holland – and where would crossword compilers be without (gin=trap) when you have an -ing word to clue.

19 ‘OWL – one drops one’s aitches in the East End.

20 COALMINING

22 ASCERTAINING – (SEATING IN CAR)*

26 IN(S)TAL

27 PUR(CHA)SE

28 NESSIE – (IS SEEN)*

29 STEPS ON – if you board – you “step on”

DOWN

1 B(rig)ADE

2 NOON – Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong. (Clock strikes 12 times)

3 HANDICAP – reference to golf handicaps

4 SPILL -either the thing used to light candles or a reference to theatrical “spill lights”

6 Omitted on purpose – straight cryptic definition

7 Omitted on purpose - rather flat cryptic definition

8 GET UP AND GO – (A PET GUN DOG)*

13 DECORATION

14 AT ALL COSTS – (CLASS TOTAL)*

16 TOO BAD – hmm not too satisfying. Is it just “too bad” = what a shame and “too bad” = excessively awful ?

18 P(INN)ACLE

21 Omitted on purpose – easy anagram

 23 N(O)UNS

24 BAGS – As in the childish construction “Bags I … !” when you want to claim something.

25 MEAN 

3 Responses to “Guardian 24,302 Rufus : “Baggsies !””

  1. Shirley says:

    15Ac Isn’t a strain another word for a type of something e.g a breed of dogs could be a strain which also forms their extraction?
    1A I thought the benches were where the judge sits in court as well as being settles.

  2. Geoff says:

    Agree with Shirley that strain = extraction in a genealogical sense.

    For 1ac “Settles in court” would have been enough of a clue – the “or out of” doesn’t really add anything useful (although ‘settle out of court’ is the more usual phrase).

    Typical Rufus, with clues mainly anagram or cryptic definition. Didn’t think his CD’s were quite as crisp as usual – a single cryptic definition for a clue needs to be very carefully composed to avoid ambiguity. I had ROLLING OUT for 7dn until the impossibility of 20ac forced a re-think!

  3. ygor says:

    Could strain and extraction both be related to the products of filtration, also?

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