Posted by Eileen on November 27th, 2008
I don’t remember seeing a Logodaedalus puzzle for a while, so it’s a welcome return. I found this pretty straightforward, with some nice surfaces and anagrams, although I have a couple of quibbles. I’ve learned two new words today.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
1 ANCIENT MARINER: c.d. ‘The salt of the earth’ refers to Jesus’ saying in St Matthew’s gospel: ‘Ye are the salt of the earth’, which would not be an apt description of Coleridge’s mariner.
8 BREDA: [bread]* Breda is a town in the South of the Netherlands, best known to me from the Declaration made from there by Charles II before his Restoration.
9 AMARETTO: A MA + OTTER< I think that Amaretto is the Italian almond-flavoured liqueur from which Amaretti biscuits are made, rather than the biscuit itself. [Edit - see various comments below]
11 SETBACK: SET BACK
12 ECLIPSE: [L + PIECES]*
13 ALIBI: A LIB I
15: REHOBOAMS: RE[HOBO]AMS: a Rehoboam is a wine bottle equivalent to six normal bottles; a ream is [now] 500 sheets of paper and is used in the plural as ‘lots of paper’, eg ‘to write reams’.
17 REPENTANT: RE[PENTA]NT
20 TIMER: TI[M]ER
21 SET DOWN: simple charade
23 ILLNESS: st[ILLNESS]
25 ABNORMAL: AB NORMA [the 1831 Bellini opera beloved of crossword setters] + L
26 AGGRO: AG GRO[ats]
27 PERSON-TO-PERSON: ["No port" response]*
1 AMBASSADRESS: AM BASS A DRESS: I didn’t like this one at all, I’m afraid! An Ambassadress is a female Ambassador, [although I think she would now be called an Ambassador] not the wife of one. Also, the clue needs ‘a’ before frock’.
2 CHEAT: CHAT round E [end of life] – as in to cheat death, I suppose.
3 EMANATION: ME< NATION
4 TRACKER: dd
5 ACALEPH: [CHAP]* round ALE: a class of radiate marine animals, including the jellyfish and medusa, also called sea-nettles. [My first new word]
6 IDEAL: I DEAL [softwood timber, such as pine or fir] The hyphen in ‘fairy-tale’ tells us that it’s used adjectivally. [I did for a moment toy with 'idyll'.]
7 ECTOPLASM: [A POET'S CALM]*: the supposed 3dn from the body of a medium during a seance.
10 DESSERT SPOON: simple enough charade but what a delightful picture!
14 IMPUTABLE: I’M PUT ABLE: I’m not entirely happy with this, since it’s the offence that’s imputed to a person rather than the person being imputed with it. SOED has the latter meaning as obsolete in 1596. [I really must buy a Chambers!] [Edit - see Geoff's comment below]
16 BATTLEAXE: BATTLE [engagement] AXE [cancel]
18 AGNOMEN: [MAN GONE]*: an agnomen was an additional [fourth] name for a Roman, eg ‘Africanus’, an agnomen given to Publius Cornelius Scipio, for his victory over Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC. Believe it or not, he cropped up in discussion only yesterday!
19 TWIGLOO: TWIG [suddenly grasp] LOO [a gambling card game] A twigloo [my second new word] is a temporary circular shelter built from thin branches.
22 OBOES: O BO[n]ES
24 EDGES: hidden answer: hEDGE Sparrows