Posted by Uncle Yap on May 28th, 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
ha = hidden answer
rev = reversed or reversal
cha = charade
ins = insertion
After my baptism of fire with The Master, I am equally blessed this week with my assignment, blogging Pasquale aka Don Manley, whose Crossword Guide (Chambers) was a trusted companion during my early crossword days. Quite an entertaining puzzle with some new words for me.
8 CAMOMILE Cha of CAM (river/flower) O (old) MILE (lots of yards, 1760 to be exact)
9 TO A MAN Ins of A MA (a mother) in TON (fashion)
10 NARDOO Cha of NARD (aromatic plant) OO (ducks) I quite like the imagery of aquatic birds being drawn to an aromatic plant
11 RIGADOON Cha of RIGA (capital of Latvia) DO ON (party taking place)
12 EDGE dd
13 EPISTOLARY *(Italy prose)
15 FEBRILE Cha of FEB (month when it should be cold for the Northern Hemisphere) RILE (bother)
16 COLOGNE Ins of LOG (record) in CONE (something locking road) Could there possibly be a misprint and locking should be blocking?
18 OSTEOPATHS *(as the stoop)
19 CLEG Cha of C (circa/on) LEG (to dash away) Somehow I am uneasy with “at maximum speed” to indicate LEG
20 BANNERET Ins of ANN (girl) in BERET (hat)
22 REFUSE – referee use
23 CLOSET Ins of L (large) in CO (firm) + SET (group)
24 CONSERVE Cha of CON (Tory) SERVE (minister)
1 SAN ANDREAS FAULT cd This earthquate-related geographic feature lies in the vicinity of Los Angeles where Hollywood is
2 COLDHEARTEDNESS What a clever and cheeky way to graphically show that C (cold) is in the middle of ICE
3 BIT ONES LIP Ins of I-TONES (one sounds) in BLIP (minor deviation) Devilishly clever clue that escaped me the first time …. this parsing due to collective wisdom of the community. Thank you.
4 GEORGIA This state anthem Georgia On My Mind was by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael. It was a huge hit for Ray Charles
5 STAG ha
6 DANDELION COFFEE *(no offence laddie) Is there really such a drink?
7 LABOUR-INTENSIVE Charade of LABOUR (party) IN (at home) ins of IV (4) in TENSE (nerve-racking)
14 TROUSERING How does one categorise this kind of clue? Punny definition? But I learned another meaning for ‘trouser’
17 STATICE Cha of STATIC (not going anywhere) E (energy)
21 ROTH Philip *(authors minus a us)