Posted by rightback on April 25th, 2009
Solving time: 6 minutes for most of the puzzle and the same again on 19dn.
Paul is running the London Marathon tomorrow in support of the deafblind charity Sense. There’s more information at his website www.cryptica.co.uk, and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/johnhalpern.
Music of the day: Sense by The Lightning Seeds.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||RUN-IN + TO|
|9||BURNT; B.T. (= ‘Phone people’) around URN – a cautionary tale into the dangers of hoovering.|
|10||ORANG-UTAN; RANG in OUT, + AN|
|11||FLATULENCE; (ALL)* around T.U., all inside FENCE – good surface reading.|
|12||PSST – one of the few four-letter words not to contain a vowel or a ‘Y’. ‘Brrr’ is another, and I think you can pluralise the Welsh word ‘cwm’ (valley).|
|14||HOSPITALISE; (ISOLATES HIP)* – nice anagram.|
|18||IMPROVIDENT; IMP, + VI (= ‘six’) in RODENT – being picky, ‘rat’ = RODENT requires a ‘perhaps’ or similar indication, since a rodent is not necessarily a rat.|
|21||TORT; rev. of TROT|
|22||MISCELLANY; (IS CELL) in MANY – I think this word came up clued similarly in The Times recently. I struggled then but it came much faster this time.|
|26||IN UNIFORM; I + NUN + I + FORM|
|26||OWLET; O, + L in WET – ‘the rain’ = ‘the wet’, I suppose.|
|27||THEREAT; HERE in TAT – ‘adverb’ is a bit of a cop-out as a definition!|
|28||OBSERVE; [j]OB + SERVE|
|2/19||NORMAN MAILER – this is the one that stumped me, as I didn’t know the name; NORMAN was obvious but I spent several minutes looking at ?A?L?R for a word meaning ‘someone who might deliver’ before plumping for ‘Mailer’ without much optimism. Wikipedia tells me that Norman Mailer won two Pulitzer Prizes, helped to free a murderer, had six wives, eight children and thought women should be kept in cages.|
|3||NOT MUCH COP (2 defs, 1 cryptic)|
|4||OBO(T)E – Milton Obote was twice President of Uganda.|
|5||FRANCHISE; HIS in FRANCE (i.e. having crossed the Channel) – ‘franchise’ in French actually means ‘candour or frankness’, presumably from the same root of Old French franc (‘free’) as this answer word, though Chambers doesn’t seem to think these are cognate with ‘France’.|
|6||RAGA; rev. of AGAR|
|7||ARTISTIC; ARTIC around (I + ST)|
|8||MINSTREL; N,S in MITRE, + L|
|13||PANTALOONS; PAN, + O in TALONS (= ‘the grip of birds?’) – lovely wordplay. The definition is ‘Old bags’ as in ‘old trousers’.|
|15||SPIT IT OUT – I guess when you’re wine-tasting you must spit out each sample?|
|16/24||DI + STRICT + LINE – Temple is on the District Line and the answer to the quiz question “What is the only name shared by stations of the Paris Métro and the London Underground?”.|
|17||APERTURE; PERTUR[b] in A,E|
|20||MYRTLE; rev. of (TRY in ELM)|
|23||CAMEO (2 defs)|