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Guardian 24,380 (Rufus)

Posted by diagacht on May 6th, 2008

diagacht.

Apologies everyone. I did this crossword yesterday but failed to see that I was on blogging duty.
A good but straightforward Rufus!

Across
9 ODD NUMBER: &Lit
10 AMEND:MEN in AD
11 GALLANT: GALL + ANT
12 INGRATE: anagram of TANGIER
13 UNTIE: aUNTIE without first letter
14 SOPORIFIC: anagram of PROOF IS + IC
16 PERSONAL PRONOUN: of which He is an example
19 REDESIGNS: GIS reversed in RE DENS
22 CULPRIT: as in the one responsible
23 PUSHING: SHIN in PUG
24 BLEAK: B (first of but) + LEAK
25 RURAL DEAN: anagram of RULER AND A
Down
1 LONG JUMPER: double definition
2 IDOLATER: anagram of TAILORED
3 CURATE: TA reversed in CURE
5 DRAINPIPES: anagram of IANS RIPPED
6 KANGAROO: a jumper that first lived in a pouch
7 BEHALF: BE + HALF
8 EDGE: double definition
14 SLAUGHTERS: LAUGHTER in SS
15 CONTINGENT: G (last of fighting) in CONTINENT
17 ON STRIKE: referring to lighting a match and getting out in cricket
18 OLD WIVES: &Lit
20 DELVES: D + ELVES
21 RESULT: anagram of RULES + T (team leader)
23 PART: reverse of TRAP

3 Responses to “Guardian 24,380 (Rufus)”

  1. Andrew says:

    17dn – surely a reference to the “industrial action” meaning of ON STRIKE, as in “everybody out!”.

  2. struggler says:

    17dn – I read this as a triple reference: to lighting a match, to being in (batsman facing the bowler) in cricket, and to getting out of the workplace and onto the picket line.

  3. Andrew says:

    I parsed it as:
    bring the match alive = STRIKE
    playing = ON , which comes “before”
    out = ON STRIKE

    And there’s also the cricket-related surface reading, which nearly works as an &lit, apart from indicating the wrong part of speech.

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