Posted by Gaufrid on July 29th, 2009
After last Wednesday’s romp, this week’s Cinephile, though easy in places, proved to be more of a challenge. One clue (24a) has defeated me completely so far and I have been unable to parse another (5d). I also have question marks against a few more clues (12a,18d & 20d).
Whilst writing this post a partial explanation for 24a has occurred to me, see below. Edit: now a full explanation for 24a.
1 WASTE OF SPACE WAS (used to be) *(POETS CAFE)
8 NUMBERS cd
9 ABSALOM AB (sailor) SAL (lass) OM (high honour)
11 PIONEER ONE in PIER (support)
12 DIAMOND is this meant to be a dd? If so how does ‘cutting’ equate with ‘diamond’?
13 LIE IN cd&d
14 AMSTERDAM [h]AMSTER (burrower) DAM (mother)
16 GROUNDHOG UND (and, in German) HO (house) in GROG (drink)
19 CACTI C (more or less) ACT 1 (first part of play) – ‘more or less’ = about = C
21 TETANUS TAN (sunburn) in SUET (fat) reversed
23 OBTRUDE *(REDOUBT)
24 C_A_T_N – the only word I can think of that will fit here is ‘chasten’ which could loosely mean ‘beat’. Charles X was a 19th century king of France and Sten (the Elder or Younger) was regent (not king) of Sweden in the 16th century (not 17th), but whether this is relevant to the clue I’ve no idea!
Charles X could be interpreted as CHAS TEN
24 CHASTEN cd&d&cd – Charles X (CHAS TEN) of France, ‘beat’, Charles X (CHAS TEN) of Sweden.
25 INITIAL hidden in ‘begIN IT I ALways’
26 PEPPER CASTER *(RESPECT PAPER)
1 WIMPOLE WIMP (feeble person) OLE (cheer)
2 SHEBEEN BE in SHEEN (glitter)
3 EASY REACH AS in EYRE (Jane) A CH (a companion)
4 FRAUD FRAU (German lady) D (Germany)
5 PASSAGE – ‘bad’ in French is ‘mauvais’ or ‘grave’. Passé could, I suppose, be loosely described as ‘bad’ but this does not account for the AG so I am stumped. Edit: see Eileen’s comment #1
6 COLLOID LOI (law, in French) in COLD (at low temperature)
7 UNAPOLOGETIC UNA (single girl) POLO (game) GET (attain) 1 (first) C (century)
10 MADEMOISELLE MADE (compelled) MOI (me (surely not?)) SELL (deal) E (ecstasy)
15 SIGNORINA SIGN (put her name on paper) OR IN A (article)
17 OUTRAGE OU (where, in French) TRAGE[dies]
18 NONSTOP NS (opponents) in NOT OP[ponents] – NS are partners in bridge (the usual crossword usage) so presumably ‘opponents’ is referring to something else. I initially thought about the opposite poles of a magnet but these attract rather than oppose.
19 CATMINT cd
20 COURIER COUR[t]IER (royal attendant with time off) – should this not be ‘time out’ rather than ‘time off’?
22 SENOR *(NORSE)