Posted by Uncle Yap on June 16th, 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
I found Puck such a delight to solve although I do have misgiving about the parochial slant for a puzzle that travels round the world. Preston (10A) is hardly a city (was there not a time when a place can only be called a city if it has more than a million residents?) and Prescott is hardly well-known outside the UK. We all know Manchester United and Arsenal and Chelsea and Liverpool but Sheffield Wednesday and The Owls? The Pussycat’s companion is better known.
1 BANANA Ins of NAN (Indian bread) in BAA, baa black sheep (bleat)
4 BENDER Cha of BEND (curve) E (east point) R (river)
9 CONVENIENCE FOOD CONVENIENCE (water closet or loo or gents) + ins of O (duck) in F (first letter of Fields) OD (overdose) What a creative use of “WC Fields” a cricketing hero of yore
10 VIOLET *(to live)
11 PRESCOTT Ins of COT (somewhere to sleep) in PRESTON minus ON (city when not working or on). Very lame def like defining Smith as carpenter (I am sure you will be able to find a carpenter with this surname) Probable allusion to John Leslie Prescott, former Deputy PM during Tony Blair’s time; but now an ordinary backbencher.
12 CHAMBERS Ins of MBE (honour) in CHARS (charladies or dailies)
14 SATURN Cha of SA (sex appeal or it) TURN (go)
15 CANNED dd The answer to 9 is “food (partly) prepared before sale so as to be ready, or almost ready, for the table” and I suppose most canned food are almost ready for consumption
18 ENTIRETY Ins of RE (Royal Engineers or serving men) in ENTITY (thing)
21 GRAF SPEE Grafs sounds like graphs (charts) pee (???)
22 OLDIES *(soiled)
24 FLUSHING MEADOWS Flushing (like a water closet) Meadows (Fields)
Tennis fans will readily identify the site of the US Open in Queens, NY. Another very creative (nay, inspired) use of “W.C.Fields)
25,26 CLOSET QUEENS Cha of CLOSE (near) T (last letter of defeat) QUEENS (area in NY where Flushing Meadows is)
1 BOORISH Ins of OOR (rev of KangaROO, jumper) in BISH (error)
2 NAVEL rha. I am reminded of “What does the Pope do in his bath-tub?” Answer: “Contemplating the problems of the unemployed” I wonder whether Dave Allen ever cracked this ….
3 NANETTE What a delightful but oblique allusion to No, No, Nanette that famous musical comedy
5 EXCEEDS EX (former) CEEDS (sounds like seeds, fancied players at, say, US Tennis Open)
6 DEFECATOR Ins of A (first letter of army) in DEFECTOR (deserter)
7 ROOSTER Ins of STE *(set) in RO & OR (other ranks)
8 HERPES Ins of R (first letter of ram) in *(sheep)
13 MANIFESTO Cha of MANIFEST (show) + O (first letter of off)
16 ACRYLIC *(Lycra) IC (first letters of in crop)
17 DEPRIVE Ins of PRIV (privy or closet minus last letter) in DEE (fourth letter of the alphabet)
18 EMERGE Ins of ER (Elizabeth Regina or a queen) in EM + GE (MG)
19 THOREAU This was my last clue as I really cannot parse the answer. Back to nature is, I think, the letter E which when added to AUTHOR and then with the thor element brought to the front to give Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) , an American author who became very interested in nature in the twilight of his life.
20 THE OWLS *(hols wet) Nickname of Sheffield Wednesday, a football team in UK.
23 DODGE Remember the fairground bumping car attraction, Dodgem?