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Guardian 24,448 (Puck)

Posted by diagacht on July 23rd, 2008

diagacht.

Apologies for a very late post!

Across
1 QUOTATION MARKS: QUOTATION (estimate) + K in MARS (next door planet)
11 TOERAGS: TOE (digit) + RAGS (newspapers)
12 TRIPLEX: a kind of double definition
13 ORGAN: OR (men) + NAG (reversed)
15 DECAPODAL: A POD in DECAL (transfer)
17 MAELSTROM: anagram of MORE MALTS
20 RHEUM: first letter of Recurring Hourly Ending Up Monthly
21 RUN-OFFS: HE + A TRASH
23 STEWPOT: STEW (fix) + TOP (reversed)
25 CONCRETE: CON (tory) + CRETE
27 INVERTED COMMAS: anagram of VARIED COMMENTS
Down
1 QUESTION MARK: anagram of MUSKET ON IRAQ
2 OF USE: F in OUSE (river)
3 ALL SAINTS: Cleary a girlie goup but although referring to the gospellers not sure that it could encapsulate ‘all saints’
4 INFUSED: F (sex) in anagram of UNDIES
5 NILOTIC: pertaining to the river Nile. Nil-O + TI (half-time) + C (Charlie)
6 AIOLI: a garlic mayonnaise; every second letter of mAn Is OiL rIg
7 KNOWLEDGE: K + NOW + L + EDGE
10 EXCLAMATIONS: anagram of CAN A MOL(e) EXIST. Moles live underground so delete final ‘e’
14 GREENHORN: GREEN + HORN(y)
16 PARLEYVOO/strong>: anagram of POLO and A VERY
18 RESPECT: PEC in REST
19 MISDEED: anagram of DID SEEM
22 FICHE: hidden in terriFIC HEroism

9 Responses to “Guardian 24,448 (Puck)”

  1. Barry says:

    Ref 10d I think the “with head cut off” refers to the e in exist rather than the e in mole. It seems more logical to me.
    Ref 16d Parleyvoo. Why is this informal Frenchman? The only memory I have of that word was in a rather vulgar WW1 troop song which I think was titled “Mademoiselle from Armentieres”
    Apologies if I have broken any comment courtesy rules, this is my first attempt.

  2. Shed says:

    12 ac: the wordplay is surely TRIPLE/X (for XXX). I don’t understand 9ac, which must be FOLLOW ON, but what’s it got to do with dog-leg? Otherwise I enjoyed this.

  3. Rob says:

    I was rather disappointed with 26ac. Presumably it’s “VIRGO” but I thought “ill-tempered woman” for “virago” was a bit of a stretch.

  4. David says:

    Shed: to dog is to follow, and leg refers to the ‘on’ side in cricket. (As opposed to the ‘off’.)

  5. David says:

    Diagacht: I’m not sure about C=Charlie in 5 down. I’ve offered a different explanation in the placeholder blog. What do you think?

  6. Jon says:

    I don’t understand the explanation for 21ac: surely it’s an anagram of FUN FOR + S (half of US)?
    16d: ‘Parleyvoo’ can informally (colloquially/in slang) mean ‘speak French’, ‘the French language’ and ‘a Frenchman’.
    10d: I agree with Barry that the clue makes more sense as indicating an anagram of CAN A MOLE + (E)XIST (i.e. EXIST headless).
    5d: I took the final C to be short for ‘cent’ (sounds like ["radio report"] ‘sent’).
    I still don’t fully grasp 4d: why ‘on the contrary’?
    Quite a tricky puzzle; I have to admit I didn’t get half a dozen of these (though some of the other clues where quite straigtforward.

  7. Jon says:

    I’ve just looked at the placeholder blog, and Andrew’s suggestion (Comment 16) makes perfect sense of 4d’s ‘on the contrary’: i.e. not UNDIES* during F but F during UNDIES.

  8. davey b says:

    3 down Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in such a girlie group? No 19 for them!
    Can anyone please explain the reference to No 19?

  9. Andrew says:

    I took it to mean that Saints (which M, M, L & J are) aren’t responsible for any MISDEEDS. To answer Diagacht’s comment – they aren’t all the Saints, but they are all saints. Hmm: not one of the best clues, I thought.

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