Posted by jetdoc on December 20th, 2009
An Azed of average difficulty this week, I think; I needed a dictionary to check several answers. The words ‘whample’ and ‘sprangle’ were both delightful discoveries. No clue stands out as favourite of the week, but I’ll give my vote to 10a.
I wish you all a brilliant Christmas and New Year, and a cruciverbally fulfilling 2010.
|1||GASTHOF||GAS = garrulity; THO = even if (though); F = loud (forte). A German hotel or guest-house.|
|6||IMBAR||A mimbar is a mosque pulpit; remove M (mass) from the beginning, and you get this archaic word meaning ‘shut in’.|
|10||AIGRE-DOUCE||*(Die courage), with ‘in the wars’ as an anagram indicator; ‘for the wife’ indicates that this is the feminine form of the French adjective. There’s a music link here.|
|11||STUMPAGE||TUMP = mound; in SAGE = wise old fellow. In the US, standing timber, its monetary value, or money paid for it.|
|13||SIDER||RED IS, reversed. Someone who takes a side.|
|14||VAISYA||*(Siva), with ‘incarnation of’ as an apt anagram indicator; AY = alas, reversed. A member of the third caste of Hinduism. The Sudras, or Shudras, are the fourth caste.|
|17||HALLANS||ALL = entirely; HANS = a German. A hallan is a partition or screen between the door and fireplace in a Scottish cottage, or bothy.|
|18||CHEAPEN||*(ache); PEN = author|
|19||SKAT||K = king; SAT = was fitting. A three-handed card game using 32 cards.|
|20||RONG||Sounds like ‘wrong’ = defective; an obsolete past tense of ‘ring’.|
|21||WHAMPLE||MP = commoner (a member of the House of Commons); WHALE = big un. A lovely Scottish word, meaning a stroke or blow.|
|23||ANATASE||A = one; former tennis player Ilie Nastase (with an accent over the first a which needs a font with an extended character set), minus his third letter. Anatase is one of the three mineral forms of titanium dioxide.|
|26||GEMONY||‘Hegemony’ minus ‘he’. An obsolete word expressing surprise, defined in Chambers in the entry for geminate, possibly related to the word ‘geminy’, a pair of eyes.|
|28||STREP||‘Perts’ (impudent people) reversed. Streptococcus, a genus of spherical Gram-positive bacteria, with a name derived from the Greek meaning ‘easily bent or twisted, like a chain’.|
|30||GRIPTAPE||GRIPE = complaint; TAP = a metal piece attached to the sole and heel of a shoe for tap-dancing. A rough adhesive tape, as used on skateboarding equipment to provide extra grip.|
|31||NIBELUNGEN||*(linen begun). The Nibelungen, in Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelungen, were dwarves, the guardians of a magic ring that granted the power to rule the world.|
|32||DISME||Hidden in ‘yield is measured’. A tenth or tithe.|
|33||BALNEAL||NEA[r] = almost; in BALL. Of baths or bathing.|
|1||GOSS||S-SOG, reversed. An informal short form of ‘gossip’, in Chambers (2008) but not in the earlier version on my computer.|
|2||ANTIPHONER||*(then piano r). A book of antiphons or of anthems (also called ‘antiphonary’ and ‘antiphonal’).|
|3||SAUDI||‘S = has; AUDI[t]|
|4||TIME LAG||*(Get mail)|
|5||ORACHE||Hidden in ‘sailor a cheap’. Atriplex hortensis, the garden orache, also called red orach, mountain spinach, or french spinach, is an annual leaf vegetable with a salty, spinach-like taste. There’s also an oblique reference to Popeye, who gained his strength from eating spinach.|
|6||IDEAL GAS||IDES = fish; ALGA = seaweed. An ideal gas is a theoretical gas composed of a set of randomly-moving, non-interacting point particles.|
|7||MOBIL||MIL = military; OB[o], a vessel designed to carry oil and bulk ore, together or separately. Mobil is a major American oil company which merged with Exxon in 1999 to form ExxonMobil.|
|8||BUSS||Frances Mary Buss (16 August 1827 – 24 December 1894) was a headmistress and an English pioneer of women’s education. ‘Buss’ is also a rude or playful kiss, a smacker.
Miss Buss was associated with Dorothea Beale, headmistress of The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, in a (rather sexist) satirical rhyme:
Miss Buss and Miss Beale,
Cupid’s darts do not feel.
How different from us,
Miss Beale and Miss Buss.
… so maybe rude or playful kisses were out of the question.
|9||REMASTER||REM = an American rock band; ASTER = the Michaelmas daisy|
|12||SYNALOEPHA||*(Elsa aphony). The melting of a final vowel or diphthong into the initial vowel or diphthong of the next word.|
|15||SCRAG-END||RAG = a scrap of cloth; SCEND = to pitch into the trough of the sea (given in Chambers in the entry for send). A joint of mutton from the neck of the sheep.|
|16||SPRANGLE||SPANGLE = glitter; R = middle of array. In the US, a straggling line or group.|
|19||SMITTEN||SEN[t] = ecstatic; MITT = hand|
|22||HEMINA||HA = expression of scepticism; EMIN = Tracey Karima Emin, whom I can’t help admiring, even if I don’t rate her art much. A hemina is a measure for corn, of varying amount.|
|24||TOTEM||Hidden in ‘some to treasure’, reversed (‘erected’ works for reversal when it’s a down clue)|
|25||CRANE||Double definition — the demoiselle, Anthropoides virgo, a graceful variety of crane; and ‘to stretch out the neck, usually in order to see better’.|
|27||MOBS||First letters of ‘make overtures by soliciting’. Loose women (unlike Miss Buss and Miss Beale).|
|29||PEEL||P = phosphorus; EEL. John Peel was a Cumbrian huntsman, the subject of the 19th-century song D’ye ken John Peel?, and he wore a grey coat.|