Posted by Uncle Yap on October 14th, 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
Today, I had to keep looking above the grid to remind myself that the compiler is Rover and not Rufus. The slick smooth style that we normally associate with Mr Squires is quite evident in most of the clues.
1 REDCAP Simple cha from the red lining on their cap that military policemen wear
5 PLATTERS This is supposed to be a dd but how are platters chargers? (either horses or battery-devices) Never mind, I know either Eileen or Geoff will surely have a logical explanation for this.
9 ATROPINE *(operation minus o)
10 GENTLE Beautiful dd n a well-born person (); a trained falcon; hence a peregrine falcon (masc tercel-gentle; fem falcon-gentle); a soft maggot used as bait in angling.
11 CROSS-BENCHER punny clue
13 SHOE (A Mother Goose song for five toes)
This little pig went to market;
This little pig stayed at home;
This little pig had roast beef;
And this little pig had none;
This little pig said, “Wee, wee, wee!
I can’t find my way home.”
14 OPENINGS *(in sponge)
17 BRUSH-OFF Neat dd which I thought only Rufus knows how to craft
18 UGLY Huge lady minus head
20 BROUGHT ROUND This one didn’t do much for me
23 MURIEL Ins of U in *(miler)
24 NIGHTCAP An amusing dd
25 REHEARSE I really had to reassure myself that the compiler was not Rufus
26 RIDDLE dd
2 EATS dd
3 CROTCHETS Allusion to crotchety being whimsical
4 PRISON Nice one, Rover; a clever dd with Hammersmith’s Wormwood Scrubs being the other one
5 PRESS CONFERENCE cd
6 ANGLESEY Angle (fish) + SEY (rev of yes), a Welsh island
7 TUNIC *(cut in)
8 ROLLED GOLD cd and of course you know King Midas with his touch of gold
12 CHARTREUSE *(the car user)
15 INUNDATED In (home) undated (at sometime or other)
16 POTHOLER Another one of those punny clues ala Rufus
19 MUGGER dd; broad-snouted Indian crocodile.
21 UNITE Cha of unit (some soldiers) E (European)
22 HAIL Another good dd hail3 (Chambers)
n (in ball games) a goal; a score.
vt to score (a goal); to put into the goal.