Posted by Eileen on November 26th, 2009
This is perhaps [in some ways] a puzzle for those who dislike cryptic definitions – not one in sight, but lots of simple charades, including a couple of rather hackneyed ones and some definitions I’m not very keen on. [I think I’ve said before that I don’t understand why Chifonie is rated on this site as ‘hard’.] I shall be going out shortly, until mid-afternoon, when I will respond to any comments / corrections / complaints.
1 CHARON: CHAR [cleaner] + ON [working] : the mythological ferryman who bore souls over the River Styx into the Underworld
4 PASSAGE: PASS + AGE
9 DISREPUTE: RE [soldiers] in DISPUTE
10 ACRID: C[old] in ARID
11 [thanks, Ian!] VISTA: 1ST in VA
12 DISTEMPER: DIS [Pluto]+ TEMPER
13 RETSINA: anagram of TRIES AN: the most awful wine I’ve ever tried, so almost, for me, &lit! It’s a favourite crossword word, because it has several anagrams, incuding NASTIER!
15 DANGLE: anagram of GLENDA – but it doesn’t really mean ‘tempt’, without a direct object: you dangle something in front of someone, ‘as an encouragement or enticement’ [Chambers]
17 TENNIS: reversal of INN [local] in SET [crowd]
19 MATISSE: IS in anagram of STEAM
22 ARCHITECT: CHIT [girl] + EC [established church] inside ART [expertise] This puzzled me at first: I was looking for a reversal indicator for CE but was surprised to see [though not in Collins] that EC is an abbreviation for ‘established church’.
24 ROVER: R [hand] OVER [surplus]
26 BRAND: R [again!] in BAND [society]
27 SUNK FENCE: SUN K [Le Roi Soleil] + FENCE [duel]
28 ARTISAN: [p]ARTISAN
29 AT REST : R in ARREST ] edit: of course, I meant R in A TEST [thanks, Lanson]
1 CADAVER: DAVE in CAR
2 ASSES [s]
3 OPERATION: PE [training?] in ORATION
4 PLEASED: P + LEASED
5 STAKE: S [old shilling, colloquially called a ‘bob’] + TAKE [‘profit] I’d expect ‘takings’ but Chambers gives ‘take’ as ‘ the amount of money taken’ – which is not all profit, but perhaps that’s too niggly!
6 ACROPOLIS: anagram of POOL CAR IS
7 ENDURE: END + URE: yet another outing for my beloved Wensleydale river
8 TUNDRA: DR in TUNA
14 TRENCHANT: TR [transport leaders] ENCHANT [fascinate]
16 NET PROFIT: NET [capture] PRO [supporting] FIT [position – as a verb]
18 STEPSON: STEPS ON: named by one of my fellow-bloggers as ‘the most abused relative in crosswords’.
19 MATINS: MA + TIN [can] + S[on]
20 EARNEST: anagram of RESENT A – earnest = firm?
23 INDUS: [h]INDU’S:
25 VENUE: [a]VENUE