Posted by Uncle Yap on May 22nd, 2008
From Prize Puzzle 12,765 Monday 12 May 2008
Overall, quite a do-able puzzle for a Monday morning in spite of the fact that there was really only one anagram clue (14Down). A typical broadsheet puzzle would normally have 20 to 25% anagram clues.
1 DOUBLE-CROSS Amusing punny clue if you remember that most voting processes require you to put a X against the candidate of your choice
7 CUD from the odd letters of C-o-U-l-D
9 IRISH Allusion to Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)
10 AMPERSAND In music the & symbol is for the treble clef
11 PLEURITIS Charade of PL (place) EUR (endless cash or EUR(O)) IT IS
12 PIECE Homophone for peace (hush)
13 NO SWEAT 1 down is dripping; so it must be ‘no sweat’
15 RARE Charade of R (runs) ARE
18 ACER Charade of ACE (one in a pack of cards) R (starts roosting) – I am a tad uncomfortable with the plural indicator of the initial letter. Perhaps, “One roosted initially in maple tree”
20 MUNDANE Charade of M (male) UN (foreign one) DANE (Hamlet was a Danish prince)
23 RECAP Removal of D (not dead) REDCAP (a military policeman)
24 FACE VALUE The first two lines from Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe were an allusion to Helen of Troy
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
26 WORK FORCE Interpret “employed by the church” as “work for CE (Church of England)” and you will get the aha effect
27 LOOFA is the reversal of A FOOL
28 RAY bream minus r = beam = ray which is also a fish
1 DRIPPING dd
2 UNIVERSE Read “poetry from Oxford” as University verse
3 LEHAR ha
4 COAL TIT Charade of COAL (fuel) T (time) IT
5 OPPOSER Charade of OP (short for opus, musical work) POSER (show-off)
6 SCRAP IRON Charade of SCRAP (dispute) IRON (press)
7 CHASER (*search) I was introduced to this quaint and delightful Scottish tradition of downing a pint of whisky after a dram of beer (or is it the other way round?) when I spent my first Hogmanay with the Munton-Bakers in Edinburgh in 1971/72. In those halcyon days when my hair was totally black, I was a most welcome guest in many a Scottish homes on New Year’s Day that I had to be carried back.
8 DODDER Charade of D (daughter) ODDER (stranger)
14 EXCEPT FOR (*fox Peter c for caught)
16 NAIL BOMB cd – brad is a kind of nail but used here as if it were the name of a person.
17 BEVERAGE Insertion of V (very) in BEER (porter) + AGE (mature)
19 REFORMS Charade of RE (religious education) FORMS (classes)
20 MACHETE Charade of MAC (Scotsman) HET (*the) E (English)
21 DRAWER Reversal of reward (prize money goes up)
22 SCURVY An old disease from Vitamin C deficiency from S (start sunbathing) CURVY (like page-three girl in the Sun tabloid)
25 VALET Charade of VA (Virginia state) LET (permit). Passepartout is a character in Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. He is valet to the novel’s English protagonist, Phileas Fogg.