Posted by Eileen on October 13th, 2008
A pretty straightforward puzzle from Rufus, with no real ‘complications’ [one of two rather weak clues, I thought] and perhaps fewer cryptic clues than usual.
dd: double definition
cd: cryptic definition
1 REPROACH: [or preach]*
5 CLOCHE: dd – a cloche was a bell-shaped hat popular in the 1920s.
9 DIVIDEND: DIVIDE[N]D
10 EMBALM: EM + [lamb]* – an EM is a measure in printing, hence ‘typical’.
12 CYNIC: hidden answer – fanCY NICknames. [Diogenes, one of the original Ancient Greek Cynics is said to have lived in a tub, to show his contempt of knowledge and current morality.]
13 ARTHRITIS: [Irish tart]* - I think I would call arthritis a condition rather than an illness but that’s perhaps too picky.
14 LOSE PATIENCE: dd – Patience is a card game for a single player.
18 COMPLICATION: dd? – are these really two distinct meanings?
21 BRITANNIA: dd – Britannia metal is a pewter-type alloy, 93% tin, 5% antimony and 2% copper and is apparently used to make the Oscars, which are then plated with gold.
23 USERS: [ruses]*
24 UNISON: UNI[S]ON
25 OKLAHOMA: dd
26 DIGITS: DIG [understand] + IT’S
27 ATTEMPTS: AT + TEMPTS
2 PAVING: cd
3 OLD SCHOOL: dd
4 CONVALESCENT: the other dodgy dd / ?cd Surely it’s the same use of the word?
6 LEMUR: L[EMU]R
7 CHASTENS: [cats, hens]* – nice use of ‘cows’
8 ENMESHED: EN [ME + SHE] D
11 STRAITJACKET: cd
15 INOCULATE: [I clean out]* I thought ‘wound’, which I took to be pp of ‘wind’, was a great anagrind.
16 ICE-BOUND: dd
17 UMPIRING: cd – Cricket enthusiasts will be horrified to learn that I was all set to challenge the apostrophe here but I found that the ground I always thought of as “Lords’” was named after its founder, Thomas Lord. [But you all knew that ]
19 RECOUP: RE + COUP
20 ASSAYS: AS[SAY]S
22 ALOFT: A + LOFT