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Guardian 24381 / Taupi Tough but fun

Posted by tilsit on May 6th, 2008

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A tough Tuesday workout from the Moleman.  Lots of nice clues with terrific surface reading and a good challenge all round.  Bit puzzled over the explanation for 18.

 

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

1  DEWDROP      WED (R) + DROP

5  FRACAS     FR + ACAS  (Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service) – a group for medioating against employment decisions / strikes etc.

9 PILASTER   LAST inside PIER

10  SLIP UP   PUPIL’S (R)

12  INSTRUMENTAL  Double def.

15  ATTENDANCE   DECENT TAN*

17 19  LAMBED  Loved this clue -  brought into the fold (LAM – 17 BED – 19)  and caused uproar (BED – 19  LAM -17).

20 LEDERHOSEN  (CD)  Hide = leather shorts that would be found in a German bar.  Brings back chilling memories of the Hofbrauhaus in Liverpool. Don’t go there, and if you have the blackmail photos, I’ll pay.

22  DO-IT-YOURSELF   TEDIOUSLY FOR*

26  ICE BAG      I.E. with C (COLD) +  GAB (R)

28  ERSATZ    Hidden answer

29  RENAMED  MEN DARE*  Windscale Nuclear Power Plant was renamed Sellafield.

DOWN

1   DOPE     DO P.E.

2 25  WALLOWED   ALL inside WOWED

3  RESONANT   REASON minus A + ANT

4  PLEAT    POLECAT minue O and C.  Tiny grumble but having the same unusual device in consecutive clues is a shame.

6   RELIEF   Double def, one of which is relief as in the artistic meaning.

7  CAPITALISE   nice CD

8  SUPPLEMENT    SUPPLE MEN + T

11  MUSCLE    Homophone for MUSSEL

13  BARBED WIRE   BEWARE BIRD* 

14  STODGINESS    DOTS (R) + G I + NESS

15  AVENUE    Hidden reversal

18  CHILDREN   Issue is obviously def, plus I can see C + HEN for Cold Bird but not sure about remainder of clue.

21  TYRANT    THEY RANT minus HE

22  SEVER     V inside SEER

24  SIAM     Nice hidden clue  

 

Thanks to Taupi for an enjoyable puzzle.

 

7 Responses to “Guardian 24381 / Taupi Tough but fun”

  1. Eileen says:

    16dn:I thought just he same as you initially, then light dawned: ‘chilled wren’!

  2. Andrew says:

    18dn – “Chilled wren”… Took me a while to get this – like you I was fixated on trying to fit it around C HEN

  3. Andrew says:

    Snap!

  4. muck says:

    1dn: I had DIPS. Rather tenuously, to dip is “to involve in money difficulties” ie to fool. I believe dips are a form of excercise torture.

    17,19 was clever. 18dn too.

  5. Shed says:

    20 ac: Small quibble, but ‘Bierkellar’ should be ‘Bierkeller’, which made me think something more complicated was going on. Excellent puzzle otherwise.

  6. John Ridge says:

    21dn – I can see T(he)Y RANT, but where is the def?

  7. tilsit says:

    I took it as an “&lit” clue, with the whole clue defining it.

    Thanks for the explanation to “Children” as well.

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