Posted by Eileen on March 23rd, 2009
Another gentle start to the week from Rufus, with, typically, perhaps more cryptic [some rather more so than others!] and double definitions than some would like but some clever anagrams and nice surfaces.
[ ]* anagram
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
[ ] < reversal
1 COLLARED: dd: a clergyman may wear a [dog] collar
2 CANARD: C[AN]ARD
9 PLYMOUTH: dd: my favourite clue, I think. Plymouth Rock is the spot in Massachusetts where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in 1620 and also a breed of American domestic fowl. Great surface!
10 BECALM: dd: BE CALM
12 OVOID: O + VOID
13 ART MASTER: cd
14 HUNGER STRIKE: cd
18 CHAIN-SMOKERS: cd
21 ABUNDANCE: A [BUN] DANCE
23 ALLOT: A + L + LOT
24 BRAINY: B[lustery] RAINY
25 SET APART: dd SET A PART: I initially thought this didn’t quite work and that the second meaning ought to be A SET [regular] PART but then realised that SET = ‘given’ and makes perfect sense.
26 ELEVEN: dd: I must have seen this before!
27 ESOTERIC: [TOES]* ERIC; a nice surface
1 CAPTOR: CAP + TOR
2 LAY LOW: dd
3 A GOOD TURN: dd: a reference to the saying, ‘One good turn deserves another’
4 ESTRANGEMENT: MEN in [A REGENT ST]*
6 ARENA: [AN ERA] <
7 ABATTOIR: B[utchers] in [RIOT AT]*
8 DEMURRED: [MURDERED]*
11 STOREKEEPERS: presumably a ‘cryptic’ definition but I’m afraid I don’t find it so at all!
15 TERMAGANT: [MAN TARGET]*: an &lit, I think
16 SCRAMBLE: dd: this was very easy but a nice surface, I thought
17 TABULATE: TABU [alternative spelling of taboo] + LATE
19 ALTAIR: A + LT. + AIR: Altair is a first-magnitude star in the constellation Aquila
20 STATIC: [CAT SIT]*: this raised a smile
22 DENSE: [NEEDS]*