Posted by Uncle Yap on November 25th, 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
What a superb day! I was solving this puzzle with a good friend, Dr Gurmukh in his house, sipping a glass of Glen Morangie, arguably the best 10 year-old single malt in the world when he said out loud “Cool without a splash” and I immediately replied “Neat, as this glass of excellent Scotch”
From then on, the day just continued to improve and Paul gave us much to laugh about, as well as challenging us to the limit. Another well-crafted set of clues for a most entertaining day.
1,18,14,10 GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION *(affected acceleration tyres due on I go car in) Being familiar with the British system of education (having gone through the British Ordinary Levels aka Senior Cambridge, Advanced Levels and varsity) this one did not take long to unravel. I think Paul encountered more difficulty composing the fodder than solvers untangling. Anyway, it is a truism that diners take a shorter time eating than the chef in preparing a dish. Yummy, yum yum
5 CONFORM Cha of CON (against as in pro’s and con’s) Form (paper)
9 FICHU ha for a three-cornered cape worn over the shoulders in the 18c and 19c, the ends crossed on the chest; a triangular piece of muslin, etc for the neck.
11 AMENDMENTS Ins of MEN (people) in Admen (commercial types) TS (rev of ST, street or way)
12 KISS Cha of K (last letter of neck) I’S (one’s) S (son)
21 INCH “at the altar” is “in church” or IN CH
22 ATMOSPHERE Cha of ATM (automated or automatic teller machine) OS (out-size or huge) P (power) HERE (available)
25 LLANDUDNO Ins of AND in LLUD (rev of Dull or tedious) NO (certainly not), a town in North Wales
26 NADER Rev of RED (Socialist) AN (article) Yes, Ralph Nader (he should have stopped at “Unsafe at any speed”) the spoiler in the 2000 American Presidential Elections where Al Gore lost narrowly to George W Bush in the pivotal state of Florida.
27 SCRUMMY S (first letter of shocking) CRUMMY (inferior) scrumptious.
28 ESSENCE Essen (German city) CE (first and last letters of conservative)
1 GUFFAW Guff (nonsense) A W (bearing)
2 NICKER dd a pound sterling
3 ROUND ROBIN (10) Simple cha of a paper with signatures in a circle, so that no one may seem to be a ringleader; any letter, petition, etc signed by many people
4 LIEGE dd, a province in Belgium
5 CRUSTACEA Ins of RUST ACE (decline one) in CA (state of California)
6 NEAT I’ll drink to this cd
7 ORIGINAL Ins of I Gin (one catcher or snare) in ORAL (test)
8 MINDS EYE Ins of D SEY (rev of YES Diamonds) in MINE (where diamonds are found)
13 UNDERPANTS Punny clue where under-pants is breathes too little
15 SAINTS DAY Ins of Aint (isn’t) & SD (sad or sombre, without the middle) in SAY (voice)
16,19 ACHILLES TENDON Delightful *(in Scotland heel) where heel played double duty as part of the def
17 ARMCHAIR Cha of ARM (supply) CHA (tea) IR (Irish)
20 HEARSE Cha of HE (man) ARSE (behind) This is what I call a reversed Cyclops clue
23 OZONE Cha of Oz (Aussie) ONE (individual) part of the atmosphere (22Across)
24 EDAM “Kissed and made up” My favourite clue of the lot; most ingenious use of a chestnut device for this word.