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Guardian 24,793 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 1st, 2009

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

I woke up extra early today (something about the excitement of a blogging day) and decided to download, solve and blog before doing anything else. Paul was, as usual, challenging and entertaining with his multivarious devices to try and fool us, solvers. Most enjoyable, especially supplemented with his monstrous theme (marked with * before clue number)

*1 HUMONGOUS Ins of ON GO (journey) in HUMUS (organic matter) the first of the monstrously themed clues
*6 MEGA Rev of A GEM (splendid thing) another monstrous clue
*8 COLOSSAL Ins of LOSS (disappearance) in COAL (black stuff) for the third monstrous clue
9 SONANT Cha of SON (child) ANT (soldier)
10 TYPHUS Ins of Y (male chromosome) + P (pressure) in THUS (so)
11 ADULTERY *(lady true) This reminds me of my all-time favourite clue from Paul – Man United playing away from home (9)
12 SIENNA Rev of ANNE (queen) + IS
15 EXTERIOR EX (old) ins of E (English) in TRIO (threesome) R (right)
*16 WEREWOLF WE (the Guardian newspaper) + REWOLF (rev of flower, Virginia stock, a Mediterranean plant (Malcolmia maritima) with pink, violet or purple flowers) First of the noun monsters

19 HERESY Lovely &lit of HERE’S (I give you) Y (last letter of impiety)

*21 WHOPPING This monster sounds like Wapping, East London where Rupert Murdoch moved his newspaper empire (Times & Sun) to in 1986 in a bid to smash the strangle-hold of the unions in Fleet Street
22 HEIGHT H-8 is where the black rook is at the start of a chess game … what a fantabulously creative clue
24 HEARTH Cha of HEART (centre) H (hot)
25 ORDINARY Cha of OR (gold) DINAR (an ancient Arab gold coin of 65 grains’ weight) Y (unknown)
26 TSAR Ins of S (last letter of toilets) in TAR (Jack, the seaman)
27 DASTARDLY Ins of STAR (celebrity) in DADLY (tichy way to say paternal)

1 HOOEY HONEY (sweet thing) with O substituted for N to give you nonsense or humbug
2 MOORHEN *(hormone)
3 NOSES Ins of S (second) in *(ones) What a whopper of a definition! Those picked! Got me laughing
4 OILCAKE Ins of ILC (I left carbon) in OAK (tree) + E (energy) to give you a residue which is either fed to farm animals or used as fertilisers
*5 SASQUATCH Ins of SQUAT (dumpy) in SAC + H (bag + husband) a large hairy manlike creature said to inhabit parts of W Canada (also called Bigfoot)
6 MONSTER very obvious ha for the mini theme
*7 GINORMOUS Cha of GIN (spirit you drink with tonic) OR + MOUSE minus E – huge, altogether enormous from blending gigantic and enormous
13 ICE SHEETS *(cheesiest)
14 ABOLISHED A + ins of OLISH (European or Polish minus first letter) in BED (base)
17 EMPEROR Rev of (ins of REP, agent in ROME, capital)
18 FAGGOTS Ins of GOT (acquired) in FAGS (cigarettes of a which a popular brand in the UK is Embassy manufactured by Imperial Tobacco) roll or ball of minced meat, esp pig’s liver, mixed with bread and savoury herbs for cooking as food … Chambers
20 REIGNED Sounds like RAINED (fell)
*22 HYDRA HYDE (R.L.Stevenson’s c0-creation with Dr Jekyll) minus E (detailed) + RA (Royal Academy or artist) (Thanks to Chunter & NeilW) a water monster with many heads, which when cut off were succeeded by others.
*23 HARPY The last mythical monster is a rapacious and filthy creature, part woman, part bird. Tichy (in case you haven’t cotton on yet, I am trying to coin a new word to describe tongue-in-cheek wordplay) allusion to popular image of angels playing harps in heaven.

25 Responses to “Guardian 24,793 – Paul”

  1. mike says:

    Thank you for such an early blog, Uncle Yap. I did not however find this an enjoyable crossword.

  2. Chunter says:

    22ac: the ‘creation of Stevenson’ is HYDE, so it’s HYD + RA (Royal Academician, who ‘might … paint’).

  3. Chunter says:

    I meant 22dn of course.

  4. NeilW says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap.

    Just to complete Chunter’s little correction, of course “detailed” removes the E from Hyde.

    Unlike mike, I thought this was great fun, as usual. Thanks, Paul

  5. Andrew says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap. I found this one great fun, with big laughs at 11ac and 3dn. 6dn was so obvious that it took me a while to spot it (not till I’d found WEREWOLF and HYDRA, in fact).

  6. Mick H says:

    A fine puzzle – I love all Paul’s little ‘tichy?’ touches such as harp-y, and ‘dadly’ for paternal. I had HOKEY for HOOEY at first, which seemed to fit, and (briefly) ABANISH for ABOLISH (as in “I hereby abanish ye from this land forthwith!”

  7. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Uncle Yap and Paul.

    I was unable to finish because of GINORMOUS and MEGA.

    No complaints: I enjoyed the challenge.

  8. mhl says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap.

    Excellent fun today – I got most of the “large” synonyms before 6 down, so it was nice to have the second “a-ha!” when getting the noun monsters…

    EXTERIOR had the most awkward wordplay, I think – it has to be read “English inspired (by threesome, right)”, which I didn’t see until right at the end

  9. beermagnet says:

    I too had a HOKEY answer that I later found was HOOEY

  10. liz says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap. I loved this and found it very funny, particularly the surface of 26dn, 3dn and 11ac. SASQUATCH was new to me.

    I guessed that it had to be HEIGHT, but didn’t know why, so thanks for the explanation! V clever.

  11. rrc says:

    mega and ginormous escaped me but this was a puzzle I thoroughly enjoyed doing

  12. Chunter says:

    22ac: this clue reminded me of 2dn in 24733, in which Gordius made use of the notation for king’s side castling (O-O).

  13. Eileen says:

    And Araucaria clued WEREWOLF using reversal of ‘flower’ just a couple of weeks ago.

  14. Dave Ellison says:

    Very enjoyable, and not too hard. 22a I agree was wonderfully inventive.

    I managed to get the key 6d straight away, probably a first for me for these themed Xwords.

    I had to pause on 7d, as I was reading the incomplete solution with a short I sound, from the GIN, so in my head it sounded something like jeenor-mouse, until the penny dropped.

  15. ray says:

    Didn’t do too well on this – only about 2/3 of it. But really loved the creativity of 23d – can’t be many instances where one would want to describe something as being like a harp !

  16. Brian Harris says:

    I really enjoyed this today – playful, fun, with some quite cheeky constructions (DADLY, HARPY etc) and slang(ish) answers. On another day, however, I’d probably have hated it. Took me ages to get 6dn, but after that I raced to the end.

  17. The trafites says:

    Great puzzle. ‘Those picked’ indeed 😀 – brilliant.


  18. stiofain says:

    A totally brilliant puzzle and a welcome return for some typical Paul smut the mental picture of him taking a sailor round the back of the toilets was particulary outrageous.

  19. James Droy says:

    I’ve been very poor this week and saved buying papers for bus fares so I came to this very late and the first time I’ve tried to solve on line, and, do you know what, it is so much easier. For dyslexics like me to see the answers in type, rather than my own clumsy hand, somehow makes them more real, true. Add to that impetus that you can type answers in and decide they don’t work, gives sudden epiphanies that scribbling in ink doesn’t.

    That said, I got nowhere near sienna, but I love things like ‘detailing’ because I spot them so rarely that when I do they light up the puzzle.

    I recently wrote to the Guardian to say that I miss Bunthorne and can we have a new setter to match or repeat grids on days when they are short of inspiration. Taupi is gone now too and some of he new boys are a little obvious. When I started struggling with Arry, Shed and Bunthorne the others seemed too easy but then Paul appeared. How long will we have to wait for a new challenge.

    Note to self: stop typing after the second glass…

  20. Jacq says:

    An excellent work.

    Uncle Yap, 11ac reminded me of my favourite Paul clue:

    Is porn ever about depravity? (10)

  21. RB says:

    Some great clues! Didn’t manage to complete it but it’s only my 3rd Paul.

    A couple of queries on abbreviations:
    pressure=p Do I vaguely remember this from doing physics at school?
    husband=h What’s the justification for this?

    And, Uncle Yap, what’s the answer to your Man U clue?

  22. Uncle Yap says:

    Chamber gives, inter alia,

    P symbol: (as a medieval Roman numeral) 400; (on road signs, etc) parking; pawn (in chess); phosphorus (); power (); pressure ().

    H symbol: The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations

    h. harbour
    • hard(ness)
    • heat
    • height
    • high
    • hip
    • Sport hit
    • horizontal
    • Music horn
    • horse
    • hot
    • hour
    • house
    • hundred
    • husband

    You are going to kick yourself when I expose the adulterer :-)

  23. RB says:

    OK, I’ll think about it a bit more. My first thought was anagram of Man United. My next thought was Tommy Docherty. I’m still waiting for my third thought.

  24. RB says:

    I give up. If it was (2,3,4), I’d say “bit on side”.

  25. RB says:

    I think the penny may have dropped! I considered “adulterer” early on but tried to explain it this way:
    United=erer Huh?

    But now I see “Man United” is a cryptic def for a male engaged in sexual congress! Very amusing!

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