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Guardian 24,337 (Sat 5 Apr)/Taupi – Double trouble

Posted by rightback on April 19th, 2008

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Solving time: 11:40

This puzzle had a theme of 12 double word phrases, where the second word in one phrase was the first in the next. Starting with 9ac, these were BLANK, CARTRIDGE, PAPER, TIGER, SNAKE, PIT, STOP, SHORT, CIRCUIT, BOARD, GAME, POINT and back to BLANK, and the definitions in each clue were to the relevant phrase and not the individual words. Very clever indeed, and although this isn’t really my type of puzzle and so I didn’t enjoy this as much as a normal crossword by this setter, I’m sure others will say the opposite.

If anyone can explain 15ac or 26ac I would be much obliged.

Music of the day: both for the theme and 18ac/26dn, it has to be The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
9 B + LANK (= ‘straight and flat’)
10 C(HIP)OLA + TA
11 EX ACT NESS – Kevin Costner played Eliot Ness in The Untouchables.
12 S(N)AKE
15 CIRCUIT – what has this got to do with ‘Knight’s regalia’? [Edit: "SIR KIT" - see comments.]
17 P(O)INT
18 POINT – ON
20 PRO(N)G – clever double use of ‘point’, the answer to 17ac.
22 ROLL MOP – wordplay in the answer.
25 B(ESME)AR
27 CAR + rev. of (E.G. + DIRT)
30 O + RAT(OR)IOS
31 BOARD; BROAD (= ‘extensive’) with the R moved.
Down
1 [s]ABLE
2 M(A + CAR + ON)1
3 SKIT; rev. of TI[c]KS
4 SCREW TOP; (WET CORPS)*
5 AIR SAC – ‘concerning’ as a hidden indicator?
6 CON + SCRIPTS – this took me a while; ‘on the head’ just means ‘at the start of the clue’.
7 XANADU; X + A + (AND)* + U – Xanadu was the capital of Kubla Khan’s empire.
8 GAME – ‘game point’ being a point in a tennis set in which one of the players (strictly, the server) can win the game.
13 PAPER; “PAY PER” [view] – this took me a while to understand post-solve; like many of the other double-answer phrases, I didn’t really consider the wordplay as the answer was clear.
14 ESTIMATION; (IS AT NO TIME)*
16 TI(G)ER – a tiger snake is one of these.
19 TUBEROSE; (TO BE SURE)*
21 OVER + DRAW
23 LOO + FAH
24 P[rot]ECT + IN
26 STOP – don’t really understand this. The wordplay seems to be ‘Up-downs'; maybe ‘down’ = ‘pot’, as in ‘pot-hole’? [Edit: 'pot' = 'down' as in snooker; see comments. I'll try to think before blogging in future...]
28 ROBE[son]
29 EDDY – Nelson Eddy was an American singer.

9 Responses to “Guardian 24,337 (Sat 5 Apr)/Taupi – Double trouble”

  1. puisne says:

    CIRCUIT = SIR KIT = Knight’s regalia…

  2. rightback says:

    Hmm. Thanks for the explanation, but thumbs down from me on that one, I’m afraid: “sir kit” (as opposed to “sir’s kit”) is dubious enough, but “…is delivered by some” as a homophone indicator? I wonder if the clue was supposed to read “…as delivered by some”, which would at least make the cryptic construction sound.

  3. Paul B says:

    Great idea from Taupi though, and something of a signature. Think he’s done a ‘daisy-chain’ thingy before. Splendid.

  4. stilt says:

    26D: “pots” as in snooker, I think.

  5. Eileen says:

    26ac: a short is a shot of gin, whisky etc. and a short circuit cuts out the ‘juice’ [electricity]

  6. rightback says:

    26dn – yes, snooker. Thanks Stilt.

  7. John Dryburgh says:

    Isn’t the answer to 31 across Board and not Broad which doesn’t fit in with 21 down Overdraw because it needs to be to make circuit board

  8. muck says:

    Brilliant circular puzzle.

  9. rightback says:

    Yes, the answer to 31ac is BOARD; I’ve edited the post to make it clearer.

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