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Guardian 24,816 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on September 28th, 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

An exemplary Monday puzzle – no odd constructions but still enough to exercise the grey matter on the commute.

Across

8. ON THE HOP. double definition
9. SPEARS. S.(PEAR)S.
10. TEMPTS. TE(MP)ST*.
11. NUISANCE. NU(IS)ANCE.
12. STYE. STY + E.
13. DECREE NISI. DESIRENICE*. Decrees Nisi are used in divorces, but not exclusively enough for me to be comfortable with it being used as a synonym.  Nice surface, though.
15. REGALIA. ALGERIA*
16. ACETONE. AC(ETON)E.
18. HEAD KEEPER. d.d.
19. BUMS. d.d.
20. ETHEREAL. ALETHERIS*
22. MISERY. MISER(l)Y.
23. REASON. SANEOR*
24. NON-LEGAL. LONGLANE*.

Down

1. UNDER THE WEATHER. d.d.
2. CHAPTER AND VERSE. c.d. Before a bible reading (‘lesson’) the chapter and verse are announced.
3. WHIST DRIVE. WHIST + DRIVE. I wasn’t previously aware that whist meant ‘shush’.
4. SPINACH. NIPS< + A C.H.
5. ASTI. AS + IT<
6. REMAINS TO BE SEEN. d.d.
7. BRICKS AND MORTAR. d.d.
14. ESCARPMENT. CAMPERS* + (t)ENT.
17. OPULENT. OP. + U + LENT.
21. ETNA. ANTE<

13 Responses to “Guardian 24,816 – Rufus”

  1. Lanson says:

    Thanks for blog Ciaran, 20ac I’m sure you mean ALETHERE*

  2. Gaufrid says:

    1d is *(THE THUNDER WE ARE) rather than a simple dd.

    Etna appears in today’s Indy with a very similar clue “Put up stake for mount with hot tip?” and ‘asti’ is in today’s Times though with totally different wordplay.

  3. Lanson says:

    Also spinach appears in todays Quiptic

  4. Dave Ellison says:

    I finished all but about 4 of the clues in a pb of about 8 minutes; the 4 took another 20 mins. These were 9a, 11a, 5d and 7d. It didn’t help to have SOUP for 5d, which would have been a typical CD for Rufus.

  5. NealH says:

    I’m missing something with Bricks and mortar (or is it brick-sand-mortar ?) What exactly is the “of course” about ? Damp courses ? I know new graduates wear mortarboards, but that doesn’t quite seem sufficient to link it to courses.

  6. Ciaran McNulty says:

    @NealH – A horizontal row of bricks in a wall is a ‘course’ (as in damp course).

  7. Gaufrid says:

    NealH
    Bricks are laid in ‘courses’. A course is a row of bricks or as Chambers puts it ‘a range of bricks or stones on the same level in building’.

  8. John Gorman says:

    Just one away from finishing my first guardian crossword, i had ‘acetone’ in but with a different reason/guess( i had one + t inside ‘ace’ as in card ace in a card school)- which is wrong lol, i still cant figure out the real reason even tho you have posted it. I liked the ‘spinach’ and ‘remains to be seen’ clues. Good website by the way. Cheers.

  9. ray says:

    John – it’s ETON (school) inside ACE (one)

  10. Derek Lazenby says:

    I’m starting to get fed up with this chemotherapy thing. When you are in such a fog that even a nice Rufus is a struggle it takes the fun away. Strangely, yesterday’s Everyman was no such problem, same doses. I don’t understand. Oh well, it was still fun seeing the explanations as Rufus is fun, so I got something out of it. Take all the positives eh? Got to like a guy who has the same appalling taste in puns etc!

  11. Ciaran McNulty says:

    Whoever managed to send am MMS to my email, I can’t reply to your message.

    A stye is a complaint in the sense of a medical condition.

  12. Phaedrus says:

    Derek – sorry to hear about your need for chemo. I went through it a few years ago – not fun at all – but came out fighting on the other side. I’m sure you’ll be rattling off Rufuses again before long!
    Chin up old boy.

  13. Paul B says:

    Ditto. My fave uncle’s having his first dose this afternoon.

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