Posted by Uncle Yap on November 3rd, 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
After Enigmatist’s tough puzzle last week, this one was a stroll. Not many hard-boiled eggs (see * below) and the four biggies (two easy annies and two cd’s) gave away most of the connecting letters.
8 FUSELAGE rha
9 GENEVA *(avenge)
10 REACT *(trace)
11 MASSACRE Ins of S (small) + SAC (bag) in MARE (horse)
12 SPAT Rev of TAPS (hits)
13 CHEW THE FAT to talk at length and in a rambling fashion (from rhyming slang rabbit and pork, talk).
Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean;
And so betwixt them both,
They lick’d the platter clean.
15 MIRACLE Ins of RAC (rev car, vehicle) in MILE (distance)
16 FRIENDS Cha of FRI (Friday) ENDS (goals)
18 MISFORTUNE *(form is) TUNE (air)
20 HUGUENOT Hague with a (one) replaced by U (university) plus NOT for a French Protestant. I never quite like this kind of parochial clues where an international audience (from Kuala Lumpur, Ottawa, Brisbane, Cape Town, Tallahassee and Port Moresby and wherever this puzzle is syndicated to) is supposed to know a former PM-wannabe aka William Hague (a not-so-famous Tory leader some years ago) or some obscure British TV show.
22,19 CHINSTRAP Cha of CHINS (hits) TRAP (mouth as in shut your trap)
23 FLUKES dd “tails” is defined in Chambers .. see fluke3 … part of whale’s tail
24 MORTGAGE Beautifully misleading cd
1 SURREPTITIOUSLY *(tourist pleurisy)
2 SEBASTIAN FAULKS *(suitable asks fan)
3 PARTICULAR dd
4 VERMEER VER (extremely or very minus y) MEER (counter or meter minus t)
5 AGES AnGlE.rS
6 ENGAGEMENT RINGS Nice cf and intended means people who have promised to marry each other
7 OVERLAND PASSAGE cd main = ocean
14 THREESCORE *(secret hero)
17 CUSTOMS dd
21 NEST ha
*p/s When I was training to be a Chartered Accountant, we had a lecturer, Jeremy Handley (I heard he became a Tory MP) who was as irreverent about CA’s as John Cleese. He told us this story of a CA who led such an excruciatingly dull life and was an examiner for the Professional II accounting paper. One morning, he boasted to his wife “Darling, last night I crafted a consolidation question about a British company acquiring a company in Hong Kong during a time of wildly fluctuaing exchange rates and to cap it, they have non-co-terminus financial year-end dates”
“Capital, darling, for that you deserve a hard-boiled egg”
From that day on, a hard-boiled egg came to denote something extremely convoluted or difficult.