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Guardian 24398/Rufus – should have stayed in bed

Posted by ilancaron on 26th May 2008

ilancaron.

Somewhat patchy Rufus — some doubtful cryptic definitions but elsewhere some clever misdirections. I’m writing this up through the fog of a migraine so no promises as to quality. In retrospect, I wonder why I got up so early to do this. Wasn’t really worth it. On reading the comments below, I feel I must have let my migraine-induced grumpiness get the better of me.  There are some nice clues here indeed: 5A, 18A, 20A — I found 26A and 19D transparent but i can understand their appeal (on the other hand, I am often mystified by allusions that others find obvious…).

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Independent 6742 – Eimi / Bank Holiday Fun

Posted by tilsit on 26th May 2008

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Solving time: 24 minutes

A good stiff Bank Holiday mental workout. A very entertaining curate’s egg of a puzzle for me in that i really liked some clues, but one or two definitions seemed a bit “loose” to me. 10 across’ definition is an example. Correct, I suppose, but inadequate to me. Incidentally, I can’t find a cartoon dog named Tom ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_dogs ), was this a misprint for Cat?.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 365 – I will survive

Posted by beermagnet on 26th May 2008

beermagnet.

This was most enjoyable.

Across
6 NOAH NO-AH “Flood survivor” I had a real blank on this one. I expect it was just me. It ended up being the last in. I left it at N?A? but saw it immediately when I looked a while later. Nice clue.
7 COLOSTOMY CO (MOSTLY O)*
11 IAGO I-A-GO One-on-one giving I and A Naughty boy.
13 GOVERNMENT (GNOME TV ER N)* Gnome enterprises of all sorts are controlled by the legendery Lord Gnome, supremo of The Eye
15 TREMOR T(REM)OR ROT< about R.E.M The Chinese might dispute “tremor” being synonymous with “tingle”.
17 COHORT COO and HRT interwoven (“before and partly during”) I liked this and was surprised and pleased when the answer popped out using the wordplay
20 ADAM AND EVE ADA MAN D EVE Cockey slang for believe, i.e. credit
23/12 ONCE OVER ON C[ivil] E[ngineer] [l]OVER
24 COWPUNCHER COW PUNCH ER I had the check that a C is a cowboy (“He’s often mounted”)
25 BRASSIERE BR ASS IE RE Re is an alternative to Ray in the Solfa scale
26 BERK BERK[s]
 
Down
1 IN CLOVER LOVE (“really enjoy”) inside INCR (“solvent briefly” in the money sense)
2 LABOUR (BAL[f]OUR)* We’ve seen the “F-off” technique used before, it still raises a smile.
3 CONCAVE (CAN)* inside COVE (“old bloke”)
4/22 DOGSBODY DOGS BODY
5 IMOGEN [l]IMO GEN[t] Despite using the general “Girl” as a definition, this gets the favourite clue award:
Girl, fancy car, top off, bloke getting end away (6)
8 TRIUMPH PM (“Brown”) and later I (“Cyclops”) inside HURT (“sting”) all reversed (“mounted”)
9 HANGER-ON HANGER (NO)*
14 RACKED UP [c]RACKED UP On first reading the clue implied to me the “opposite” wordplay to that required. I was wondering how “Raked up” apparently meant “burst into laughter” before parsing it as shown:
Burst into laughter when Conservatives’ leader goes “Accumulated points” (6,2)
16/10 MEMBERS ALLOWANCES
18 REDNECKS NECK inside REDS
19 NETWORK (WET)* inside NORK is Nork a particularly Aussie term? Well known enough in the UK now anyway.
21 DONORS CD
22 BUCKET BUCKE[d i]T This is the trickiest in the puzzle, I hope I’ve parsed it aright. It would’ve been the last in if I hadn’t suffered Noah-blindness. The answer is clearly bucket as you kick the bucket when you die, I’ve assumed the last phrase is the definition, the middle “kicked it” gives “bucked it” and the first “Di going spare” indicates removal of “di”. If so, all very clever but there is no way anyone would use such wordplay to discover the answer:
Di going spare, kicked it, Di kicked it (6)
24 CHIT C HIT

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