Posted by Uncle Yap on March 24th, 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
In another private crossword group that I belong to, the good Reverend is known simply as The Master and today, he showed his mastery again with his various devices and trickeries. In fact, I found I got the answers most of the time from the definition and then had to double-back to unravel his very elaborate (but fair) wordplay. In this, I was not always successful. The whole experience was one of great challenge and enjoyment.
1 BREADWINNER I was stopped in my tracks trying to understand the workplay. Apart from seeing ‘AD’ as poster, the rest … ?
9 INROADS cd
10 HAIR DYE What a lovely def. Partial ins of IE (that is) in Thomas HARDY (novelist)
11 TEUTONISM *(I must note) I do not understand “putting verbs at end of clauses”
12 ANNAN dd Kofi Annan (former UN Sec-Gen) and place/river in Scotland
13 NEAT Triple def
14 RHINOCEROS Ins of O C (old Number 100 in Rpman numeral) in RHIN (River Rhine minus e) & EROS (love)
16 CORDON BLEU *(Old bouncer)
19 BULB dd I always love Spring in the UK when the tulip bulbs burst out in glorious colours after the drab grey winter. I am scheduled to be there for the whole of May and wonder whether I would be able to see such a sight
21 BRAVO dd I had to confirm with Chambers that there is indeed such a meaning – interj (also ) well done; excellent (also brava when addressed to a woman, bravi to a number of persons).
n (pl bravos or bravoes) a call of *bravo*; a daring villain; a hired assassin.
22 GODOLPHIN Cha of GO (leave) Dolphin (swimmer) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Godolphin,_1st_Earl_of_Godolphin
24 LUGHOLE Cha of L (learner/student) Ugh (expression of disgust) Ole! (expression of approval) aka the ear
25 MADE HAY Allusion to Make hay while the sun shines
26 ELASTIC BAND Cha of Elastic (flexible) Band (musicians)
1 BERMUDA TRIANGLE Bermuda shorts (garment or rig) *(alerting)
I simply love the definition
2 ERATO Era (time) T (time) O (love) a muse
3 DISTICH ha A new word for me
4 INHUMAN Ins of HUM (sound) in INANE minus E
5 NUISANCE Ins of IS in Nuance (subtle)
6 RIDING ROUGHSHOD Riding (of Yorkshire) Roughs (hooligans) Hod (carrier of bricks)
7,8 MILTON KEYNES Ins of TON (heavyweight) * KEY (clue) in Milne’s
Alan Alexander Milne (1882 – 1956) The Open University’s HQ
16 COBALT Cha of COB (horse) A Lt (a lieutenant, officer)
17 BIGFEET Three feet make a yard and if the feet are big, then …
18 ENDEMIC Someone?
20 BENZYL Karl BENZ (1844-1929) (car inventor) Y (year) L (left)
23,15 LYDIA LOPOKOVA Lydia (don’t know why she is old countryqoman) + ins of P (Parking) in LOOK (see) & OVA (eggs) Wife of Keynes