Posted by Ciaran McNulty on February 27th, 2009
My first venture into blogging about the Independent, and an enjoyable puzzle to start with! Plenty of good surfaces and not too many unfamiliar words (1dn and 23ac being the only times I had to reach for the dictionary).
I find elaborate c.d.s like 14ac a bit tricky sometimes, but after enough checked letters it became apparent.
c.d. cryptic definition
d.d. double definition
(E) = inserted
(e) = removed
< = reversed
* = anagram
1. DOGMATIC. DOG + MAT(e) + IC. I thought ‘dog’ for seaman and got a bit confused, but realised my mistake eventually.
5. ADDLED. (s)ADDLED
9. WINDSOCK. WIN(DSO + C)K. The Distinguished Service Order.
10. NORWAY. NO (R) WAY.
11. BAWDY. BA(W)D + Y.
12. ARCSECOND. CARDSONCE*
14. ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. Quite a roundabout c.d. They’re a force who are always ‘up’ (mounted), and famously always get their man.
20. STANDARDS. STAND (b)ARD’S.
21. CHIME. C(HIM)E.
22. CUDGEL. CUD + GEL.
23. KIRIBATI. KI(RIB)T + I. An island in the Pacific.
24. ONRUSH. ON(R)US + H.
25. TEA BREAK. c.d.
1. DEWSBURY. DEW(RUBS<)Y.
2. GANGWAY. GAN(g) AWAY. Scots dialect for ‘gone away’.
3. ASSAY. A S. + SAY.
4. IN CHARACTER. INCH + A RAC(T)ER
6. DUODECIMO. DU(MICE DO<)O. A book with 12 sheets.
7. LOW-DOWN. LOW + DOWN. A cow ‘lows’.
8. DRYADS. An unsuccessful ad would be ‘dry’?
13. CLANDESTINE. C’(LAND)EST + IN E.
15. LAUNDRESS. L.A. + UNDRESS.
16. BENEDICK. BE + NE(DI)CK. Batchelor from Much Ado about Nothing.
17. MEANDER. ME(A)NDER.
18. IMITATE. I + M(IT)ATE.
19. PSYCHO. HCOPY*.
21. CLIMB. C + LIMB.