Posted by Uncle Yap on March 2nd, 2010
A delightful potpourri of various cryptic devices to brighten up a Tuesday morning. Not too difficult and quite entertaining, too.
1 RUSSIA LEATHER RUSSIA (country) LEA (meadow) THERE minus E ; a fine brownish-red leather impregnated with birch tar oil, used esp in bookbinding.
10 TODDLER Cha of TODD (Michael, Elizabeth Taylor’s third husband) L (left) ER (Elizabeth Regina) Very clever use of Elizabeth (and no double duty as well)
11 CRYSTAL Cha of CRY (shed tears) STALL (stop) minus L
12 HARRY dd The victor at the Battle of Agincourt was, of course, King Henry V and the nickname for Henry is Harry which also means to plunder
13 STENOTYPE *(notes) + TYPE (class) A brand name for a typewriter used for recording speech in phonetic shorthand.
14 SNAFU Reversal of U (united) + FANS (supporters) for the famous acronym – Situation normal, all f***ed up
16 COUP D’ETAT Ins of P (power) in *(act due to) What a beautiful &lit 18 MIDSUMMER Ins of I DS (one with empty dreams) in MUMMER (actor) with June as the def. Thank you molonglo for the correct parsing.
19 ELITE ha
20 TORTUROUS Ins of R (last letter of driver) in TORTUOUS (roundabout, full of twistings and windings; devious; far from straightforward, circuitous)
23 BLEAR Cha of B (British) LEAR (from Shakespeare’s King Lear, a stage play)
24 MEG RYAN *(Germany)
25 SALADIN Cha of SALAD (healthy food) IN (at home) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saladin
26 TENNIS PLAYERS *(painless entry) with a nicely disguised def
2 UNDERPAID Cha of UNDER (removing top from SUNDER, part) P (first letter of providing) + AID (help) Thank you, Monica M for correcting my initial error and jvh for additional input)
3 SALLY Cha of S (south) ALLY (confederate)
4 ARRAS ARRAN (Scottish island) substituting S (south) for N (north) indicated by changing course; rich tapestry (as formerly made at Arras in France); a hanging screen of tapestry for a wall.
5 EXCHEQUER EX (old) CHEQUER (sounds like checker of financial statements, aka auditor like Uncle Yap was for many years with Coopers and PW years ago)
6 TOY POODLE TOY (play) Ins of D (first letter of Dalmatian) in POOL (game) + E energy) Toy Poodles are bred for their miniature size
7 ENTRY GENTRY (well-bred people) minus first letter
8 AT THE SAME TIME An excellent dd
9 ALBERT HERRING Cha of ALBERT (Queen Victoria’s husband) HER RING (band) a comic chamber opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten
15 URUGUAYAN Reversal of NAY (No) A U (university) GURU (teacher) I like the surface; very creative charade
16 COMPOUNDS COM ( rev of MOCK, false minus K) POUNDS (money)
17 TAIL-ENDER Ins of AIL (trouble) in TENDER (sore) In cricket, the last batsman to get on after the loss of nine wickets
21 ROGUE Allusion to rogue elephant ( a term for a lone, violently aggressive wild elephant) and rogues’ gallery (police collection of photographs of criminals, convicts and the usual suspects)
22 SISAL ha
23 BILLY dd a cylindrical container with a wire handle and lid for boiling water. Also billy goat to denote a male goat
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram