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Guardian 24374 / Auster Holding things together

Posted by tilsit on April 28th, 2008

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Solving time: 12 minutes

Pleasant thematic start to the week, reminiscent of Altair’s puzzles, for those of an age.  A nice puzzle for those wanting to find their way into cryptics and themed puzzles.  With my purist’s hat on, I have a few reservations.

Hadn’t heard of 8 down before and not keen on 12 across as it part-uses an answer already in the grid.  13 across doesn’t quite work for me, either.  Nevertheless, good fun and thanks to Auster for a nice challenge.

Mood music:  Bad Penny Blues by the late, wonderful and incomparable Humphrey Lyttelton.  RIP Humph.

ACROSS     (*) = ANAGRAM  –  (R) = REVERSAL     (CD) =  CRYPTIC DEFINITION

1.   EMBOSS    EM (R)  +  BOSS (Master)

4   VACANT    VA (Virginia)  +  CANT

9   OPEN         O + PEN  (How to address the writer!)

10  ACCESSIBLE  ACCESS (Gate) = IB (1B) + LE   Definition = 9 across 

11  CANDID   CANDID (ATE)

12  OPEN BOAT  OPEN (9) + OB (R) + AT  I don’t like to see a word used again in a puzzle.

13  INGENUOUS  I presume  this is supposed to be INGENIUS with the second “I” replaced by a homophone for “You” (U), but what about the “O”. 

15  FREE  Double def

16  UNDO  Hidden answer – Discovered at just about works for me as a container indicator.

17  ASSASSINS  ASS + ASS (Fools) + IN (as in cricket) + S (Start to spinners) 

21  STALE AIR     ALE inside STAIR

22  SECURE   SEE around CUR

24  DAY-TRIPPER  (CD)

25  AJAR  A + JAR

26  HAS A GO    HA(S) + SAGO (Pudding loved by grannies loathed by schoolkids)

27  PATENT   PATIENT minus I

DOWN

1   EXPLAIN     EX + PLAIN

2   BONED       I don’t think this needs explanation!

3   SPANDAU  SP (Spanish – NOT in Chambers though!) + AND + AU  Prison where Rudolf Hess was held for many years.

5   ANSWER   A NSW (There are states outside the USA, you know!)  + RE (R)

6   ACID BURNS  A C.I.D. + BURNS

7   TILLAGE    TILL + AGE

8   OCTOPUS STRAPS   OCT + OPUS + STRAPS  Never heard of ‘em!

14  ENDPLATES  N PEDESTAL (*)

16  UNTEACH   U (Turn) +  CAN’T HE (*)

18  AUSTRIA    AUSTRALIA minus AL (Gore)

19  NOR’EAST  SENATOR (*)

20  GAPING    GA + PING

21  CRANE    RAN inside CE

 

5 Responses to “Guardian 24374 / Auster Holding things together”

  1. John McDonald says:

    Re. 13 Across

    The word for “clever” is INGENIOUS, thus replacing the second I with U provides INGENUOUS meaning uncomplicated, open.

    John McDonald

  2. tilsit says:

    Thanks John, he said, with a rather red-face.

  3. Paul B says:

    Lot of familiar stuff in here (assassins clue for example), plus some non-avoidance of root meanings in SI breakdown. Not my kind of puzzle, I guess.

  4. Comfy Settee says:

    OCTOPUS STRAPS are bungee-type ropes, but with several hooked legs coming off a central hoop. Enormously useful on ships, for tying down computer monitors or anything else likely to fall off a bench when the ship rolls. Use them lots, but never thought Id see the phrase used in a crossword!

    Enjoyed this puzzle, in a target-practice sort of way. Paul B’s comments are pretty valid, but it didnt spoil it for me.

  5. ACP says:

    OCTOPUS STRAPS or OCCY STRAPS are pretty commonly known in Oz. More usually they’re a single strap with a hook at each end but Comfy explains where they’ve originated. Every household would have one or two rotting away in the garage waiting for ‘just the right time’.

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