Posted by Uncle Yap on January 27th, 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
I am so glad I took time off from my wining and dining during this period of Lunar New Year to solve Paul’s superb puzzle and to attend to this blog. Solving and parsing were such delights with only one teeny-weeny reservation about enumeration at 8Down.
To readers celebrating, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Niu (Mandarin for ox) Year
1 FOETUS Cha of FOE (hostile type) TUS (tusk, elephant’s long tooth cut short) and what a well-disguised definition
5 TREE FROG Ins of REEF (rocky line like the Great Barrier Reef) in TROG (move wearily)
9 VEGEMITE Ins of EG (say) EM (me back) in VITE (cunningly shown as one word). In this part of the world, we have something similar marketed as Marmite.
10 PRETTY dd
11 CONVERSATION Ins of at in Conversion (reformation) Is conversation really a lost art?
13 GOYA Ins of Y (notation for unknown in algebra) in GOA (former Portuguese colony in India, now a popular holiday destination)
14 CERBERUS What a cracker of a clue for “the monster that guarded the entrance to Hades, a dog with three heads” C-c-clever clue and coming on top of yesterday’s offering from Dante in FT 12,984 (A guard dog from hell?) what a remarkable co-incidence for the same blogger!
17 POLTROON POL (Rev of lop or cut) Troon, famous for its Royal Troon golf course, one of the hosts to the Open Golf Championship. The course is chosen to host this annual event roughly every seven years.
18 ETCH As I was solving this and having a nice sip of good Scotch with my good friend, Dr G, he threw a ball and then commanded his dog “Spottie, fetch!” No, his dog is not a setter
20 GROUNDHOG DAY Cha of Ground (earth) + ins of OGD *(god) in HAY (grass) Groundhog Day is a 1993 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the film, Murray plays Phil Connors, an egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event (February 2) in Punxsutawney, finds himself repeating the same day over and over again
23,2D MAIDEN OVER Cha of Maiden (miss) Over (extra) A MO is an over of six balls delivered by the same bowler from which the batting side scored zero run.
24 MOURN FOR Ins of URN (vessel) F (female) in MOOR (open space)
25 STURGEON St (street or way) Urge on (egg on)
26 SPHINX Ins of P (pence or copper) in SHIN (bit of leg) X-rated (sexy) Defining one of the numerous massive stone statues built by the ancient Egyptians as “old poser” is a scream
3 TRENCHANT Trench (front line) ant (soldier)
4 SKINNY Ins of INN (opportunity for a drink) in SKY (heaven)
5 THE DESCENT OF MAN *(Fate condemns the). Perhaps this is Paul’s way of paying tribute to Charles Darwin near the 200th anniversary of his birth on 12 Feb 1809
6 EXPOSURE What a cryptic dd
7 FLEET Cha of Flee (run) T (last letter of wicket)
8 OUT TO LUNCH The enumeration in the puzzle is (10). The crossing letters O?T?O?U?C? produced nothing from One-Look so I figured the answer must be Out to lunch (dining elsewhere) Alas, try as I did, I could not explain the wordplay. Let’s see who is the first ….
12 COLOURFAST *(cut aslo for) “indicating non-runner”, what a lovely misleading definition
15 EVERY INCH Cha of E (English) VERY (extremely) IN (popular) CH (Companion of Honour)
16 CONDENSE Ins of DENS (private rooms) in CONE (solid shape)
19 ODOURS Ins of DOUR (grim) in OS (outsize or considerable)
22,21 DOWN UNDER Ins of NUN (sister) DE (50% of deaf) in DOWR *(word)