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Guardian 24,479/Pasquale

Posted by golgonooza on August 28th, 2008


Another great crossword from The Don. I find he pitches them just right for daily cryptics – this wasn’t really tough but did require switching on the rusty old brain cells for some very elegant clueing.



4 CIRCULAR  cryptic/double def.


10 ARCHITECT  A+R(CH)ITE+CT  this took me a while to work out the wordplay, writing down all the possible combinations until something popped up!

11 DINING CAR  cryptic/double def.

12 SPAWN  S+PAWN  with ‘man’ being ‘pawn’

13 WAYS AND MEANS  SWAYEDMAN*+ANS  from Chambers: ” Committee of Ways and Means – the House of Commons sitting in the character of a committee to consider methods of raising money supplies”

17 STANDARD ROSE  sounds like past improvement


21 POINTLESS  cryptic def.

23 PANTALOON  PAN+TA(LOO)N  who was a character in Italian comedy, a feeble old man

24 TRAIN  to school is to train, and a train is also an alternative to a bus – I like this clue.


26 THETIS  THE+TIS  the memoir is ‘Tis” from Frank McCourt, the rather disappointing follow-up to Angela’s Ashes



1 SHOWDOWN  ie show the county, part of Ulster


3 MORAN MO+RAN  Churchill’s doctor friend and confidant, which makes this an &lit!

5 INCARCERATION  IN+CAR(C)E+RATION  nicely misleading – the whole thing is porridge – slang for jail, under custody is ‘in care’ with fixed portion of food being ‘ration’ with a ‘c’ for cold in. 




10 ACCIDENT-PRONE cryptic def

14 ASTRONAUT  UNTOASTAR*  another &lit



18 TRIP UP cryptic/double def.


12 Responses to “Guardian 24,479/Pasquale”

  1. mhl says:

    Goodness, I found this one rather difficult compared the the past week of dailies… Thanks for the blog on it – particularly the explanation of THETIS, which had me completely baffled.

    I think the surface of 13 across is referring the committee of the same name in the US Congress, which is better known to fans of the West Wing, anyway ;)

    There were lots of very satisfying clues in this puzzle… (TRAIN and INCARCERATION also particularly appealed to me.)

  2. golgonooza says:

    Of course, the Congress part refers to the American version, thanks for pointing that out mhl. I’ve never watched West Wing!

  3. John says:


  4. Geoff Moss says:

    ‘crimson’ as in ‘to blush’

  5. John says:

    Geoff: I think the reference is to having blood on one’s hands, but personally I’ve never seen crimson used in this way, i.e. to be crimsoned.

  6. Eileen says:

    That was my first reaction, John, then somewhere in the back of the mind stirred the memory of ‘O’ Level Literature: ‘Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy Lethe’ [Julius Caesar III i 75].

    I found this one quite tough to begin with but much more satisfying than some recent puzzles. I knew 26 was THETIS and looked up Collins to see if there was such a word as “tis”. I found “’tis” – and still the penny didn’t drop! Thanks, Golgonooza – I’ve actually read the book but, as you say it’s [obviously!] less memorable than ‘Angela’s ashes’.

    I liked 25ac and also 17ac, although I was looking for a homophone to begin with, because of ‘report suggesting’. Am I missing something? [I think there should be an acronym for this – we use it so often – but AIMS would be a bit confusing.]

  7. Geoff Moss says:


    I originally thought the boy must have ‘blushed with shame’ but on revisiting the clue I can see that you have a valid point regarding the hand becoming red.

  8. jvh says:

    I agree with Eileen — I too was looking for a homophone. golgonooza say “sounds like past improvement” but why “sounds like”?

    In 23A, another meaning for pantaloon is a buffoon in pantomimes, the butt of a clown’s jokes.

  9. John says:

    Could it be school report?

  10. golgonooza says:

    Jvh: Standard Rose is a sort of homophone where the words are the same but they have two meanings; you could say “last year the standard rose” if you were talking about improvement in the past, and obviously it also is a type of Rose. As a teacher this is the sort of thing I might well find myself saying!

  11. jvh says:

    Thanks. I like John’s school report suggestion. I was taking “report” to mean different words could sound the same.

  12. Eileen says:

    Golgonooza – as one [ex] teacher to another, I totally agree with what one might [hope to] say! However, although Collins defines a homophone as ‘one of a group of words pronounced in the same way but differing in meaning OR spelling’, I would have thought that, in general usage, and on this site in particular, the latter definition, i.e spelling, is more usual eg ‘standard rose / rows’ Wouldn’t this solution be more normally defined as a double definition? The presence of both ‘report’ and ‘suggesting’ did definitely lead me towards a ‘sounds like’! [I’m beginning to wonder if either word was strictly necessary, especially in view of the question mark!]

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