Posted by Eileen on February 15th, 2010
It’s Monday. A classic Rufus puzzle. No further preamble necessary.
1 CRUMBS: cryptic definition: ‘Crumbs’ and Crikey’ were two favourite expressions of Billy Bunter, the ‘Fat Owl of the Remove’, in the stories in ‘The Magnet’.
4 ASCRIBES: CRIB [berth] in anagram of SEAS
9 FABIAN: cryptic definition: Fabian Society: an association of British Socialists, advocating the establishment of socialism by gradual reform, so called after the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus, whose policy of following and harassing Hannibal, while refusing an engagement, earned him the surname Cunctator [‘the Delayer’].
10 HANDICAP: cryptic definition
11 MARKET RESEARCH: cryptic definition
13 ODD NUMBERS: ODD [unusual] + NUMBERS: the fourth book of the Old Testament
14 EMIR: reversal of RIME [of The Ancient Mariner] – poem by Coleridge
16 FADE: FAD [craze] + E[bb]
18 MEAGRENESS: anagram of GENERAL minus L[ong] in MESS [his eating place]
21 NINETEENTH HOLE: cryptic definition: the bar in a golf clubhouse
23 ANTIMONY: TIMON ‘encased’ in ANY: a brilliant containment indicator: ref. to Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’
24 TREPAN: gruesome cryptic definition!
25 HEDONIST: I had quite a journey with this one. I first thought it was DON in HEIST, which would have meant a new meaning for that word – but it wasn’t in any dictionary – then light partially dawned and I saw that it was DON IS in HET – as in ‘het up’, I thought, except that it only exists as a past participle. Then the penny finally dropped: an anagram of THE! A lovely surface and a great clue.
26 WYVERN: W and N [different points] around anagram of VERY: a heraldic beast with the head of a dragon and the tail of a serpent
1 CUFF: double definition
2 UPBRAID: double definition
3 BLACK OUT: LACK [what’s missing] in BOUT [fight]: this is usually written as one word, so I think it must be taken as a verb here.
5 STAGE FRIGHT: an excellent cryptic definition
6 RIDGES: RIDES around niGht – ‘saddle’ as in ‘a mountain col between two peaks’ [Chambers] – great surface
7 BUCKRAM: BUCK + RAM: a stiffened cotton or linen fabric used in bookbinding
8 SAPPHIRES: anagram of IS PERHAPS
12 TABLE TENNIS: anagram and semi &lit of BAT, NET and LINES
13 OFFENBACH: OFFEN [homophone of ‘often’] + BACH
15 LETHARGY: anagram of H[ead] and GREATLY
17 DENOTED: NOT in DEED
19 ELLIPSE: ELL [an obsolete measure of about 45 inches that we met not so long ago] + anagram of PIES
20 STAMEN: ST [good man] + AMEN [response in church
22 ANON: A + NON [French ‘no’]