Posted by Uncle Yap on July 17th, 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
A most intriguing set of clues which I enjoyed tremendously for their challenge and their deviousness. Brummie never fails to entertain.
1 UNFOCUSED Ins of CUSE *(clues minus L) in *(found)
10 TONER Ins of One (somebody) in TR (transitive)
11 NEOPHOBIA cd for someone with a dread or hatred of novelty
12 RESOUND RE (note) sound (heard)
13 TRELLIS TR (odd letters of ToRn) ELLIS – Henry Havelock (1859 -1939) British sexologist
14 SAFETY BICYCLE Cha of SAFETY (protecxted status) Bi (sexually ambivalent) CYCLE (turn)
17 STRETCHER BOND Cha of stretcher (to carry an injured) Bond (007)
stretching-bond is a method of building with stretchers only, the joints of one course falling between those above and below (Chambers)
21 THIN AIR alopecia is hair loss or baldness. Thus a prelude is thin hair, which without the h, becomes thin air, which is not good for breathing
22 LACK ALL To ostracise is to “black ball”
24 IN KEEPING A licensee’s work is keeping an inn. Take away one n (lacks new) and ….
25,6 BELLYACHE Belly (pot) A (top grade) Che (f) cook minus F (forte)
26 RORT This was such an obvious ha but I had to consult Chambers and learned a new word which means a fraud or to defraud
27 NON-MEMBER I well remember the vetos by France’s Charles De Gaulle’s on Britain’s entry into the EU. Non (French for no) member (limb)
1 UPTHRUST Cha of UP (excited) ins of H (hearts) in TRUST (faith)
I wonder how Brummie would have clued this as Cyclops
2 FUNDS Fun (leisure) DS (the old LDS system of pound shilling pence minus L (large)
3 CIRCUIT BREAKER *(criketer bra u i) Did you notice the other alter ego (the one with the eye in the forehead) trying to get into the act here? cricketer playing with bra !
4 SAND DAB Ins of N (new) DD (dates) in Saab, the Swedish maker of cars
5 DEONTIC Ins of *(no tie) in DC (District Commissioner, a colonial-day designation which has since been changed to District Officer) BTW deontology is the study of duty, ethics.
7 CABALLERO Cha of CABAL (plotters) *(role) a Spanish gentleman; esp in south-west US, a horseman.
8 ELAPSE Ins of LAPS (stages) in EE (points)
9 THREE-CORE CABLE *(echo cerebral et)
15 FOSSICKER FOE (enemies or foes minus E ) sicker (not so good). Another new word – fossick vi to search for gold, on the surface or in abandoned workings; to rummage.
16 C D PLAYER Corps Diplomatique (Diplomatic Corps) + Gary Player (classic South African golfer) I like the way Brummie disguised the definition “it makes tracks available to us” so this is my clue of the day
18 TORSION Ins of I in TORSO (trunk) + N (third letter of hand)
19 HALOGEN Halo (aura) Gen (general, officer)
20 ETRIER a small rope ladder of 1-4 rungs used as a climbing aid by mountaineers. Another new word for me
23 AD LIB A D (one day) LIB (rev of BIL (l))