Posted by Eileen on January 18th, 2010
There’s vintage Rufus here – some beautifully smooth surfaces and clever anagrams – with some easy charades thrown in for good measure.
1 SLAUGHTER: S[hake] + LAUGHTER
6 EMMA: the familiar crossword ‘novel girl’, this time linked with Lady Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s ‘companion’.
8 FALSETTO: FAL [river] + SET-TO [row]: a great surface, with the play on ‘row’.
9 PAEANS: [not very] cryptic definition
10 HEN RUN: a much better one!
11 PROFILES: PRO[fessional] + FILES [record holders]
12 OPEN UP: double definition
15 STUDIOUS: IOU [financial liability] in STUDS [bosses]
18 STAR TREK: STAR [celebrity] + TREK [long hard journey]
19 ENDING: END + anagram of GIN
21 POWERFUL: anagram of PURE FLOW
22 SILENT: simple anagram of LISTEN – but what a surface! [rather close to home ]
24 ORDEAL: DE [of French] in ORAL [viva voce]
25 JEREMIAH: I [one] in anagram of JAM HERE: another very nice surface, referring to the Old Testament prophet of doom and supposed writer of the Book of Lamentations.
26 LION: cryptic definition, referring to ‘the lion’s share’ [with a whiff of a 'mane' homophone?] This one took me longer than it should have, together with 13dn, with which it crossed, since I didn’t have the final ‘i’. Because this was Rufus, I initially assumed that both clues had a nautical connection. Sometimes you can [think you] know a compiler too well!
27 OLYMPIADS: double definition: an Olympiad was originally the four-year period between consecutive celebrations of the Olympic Games, used by the ancient Greeks as a unit of chronology. It now refers also to a staging of the modern Olympic Games – or to an international contest in bridge, chess, etc.
1 SCALE: cryptic definition
2 ALSO-RAN: cryptic definition
3 GET ON: double definition
4 TROUPES: anagram of STORE UP: a clever anagram indicator
5 REPRODUCE: anagram of PROCEDURE
6 EMERITI: a nice & lit: MERIT [worth] in reversal of I.E.
7 MANNEQUIN: MAN [male] + NÉ [born] + QUIN [tuplet]
13 POTPOURRI: POUR [serve] inside POT [vessel] + R I [right one]: as I said, I was, at first, completely wrong-footed here by the clever surface. I thought initially that Rufus was stretching it a bit with ‘stew’ and was surprised to find that this is, in fact, the original meaning.
14 PORTFOLIO: anagram of OPT FOR OIL – another fine surface.
17 ROEDEAN: reversal of OR [alternative] + E[nglish] + DEAN [academic]: famous school in Sussex
18 KILLJOY: KILL [game - the animal[s] killed in a hunt] + JOY
20 DILEMMA: reversal of LID [hat] + EMMA [here she is again!]
22 STRIP: double / cryptic definition, referring to the expression ‘to tear a strip off’ [someone]
23 NEARS: EAR [listener] in N S [different directions]