Posted by Uncle Yap on April 6th, 2010
I found this puzzle very much like last week’s Gordius. Challenging and interspersed with some witty and humorous definition. Definitely an enjoyable and delightful solve.
1 BOLIVIA B (bachelor) Olivia (girl)
5 LAMBADA Ins of A in Lambda (Greek letter with Lysander, a Greek name indicating so)
9 SUMATRA Ins of MA (scholar) in SUTRA (Sanskrit sayings)
10 MANKIND I must confess the word-play here foxed me as I never knew the Isle of Man was ever a battleground for the US Armed Forces. Then I saw the reversal indicator and NAM (short for Vietnam, where the US was engaged in an ill-advised and protracted war) + KIND (the German word for a child. Phew !
11 ARTILLERY Ins of ILL (evil) in Artery (major road)
12 ANNIE rha very well disguised, straddling three words
13 DODGE dd
15 INDIGENES Ins of GEN (information) in Indies (exotic locations) native born; originating or produced naturally in a country, not imported, opp to exotic.
17 TRAPPISTS Ins of PP (very quiet) in *(straits) Cistercian monk of the reformed rule established by De Ranc (1626-1700), abbot of La Trappe in Normandy, noted for its austerity and rule of silence. Would you call this an &lit ?
19 ERRED Even letters in dEaR fRiEnD’s
22 APRON Ins of PRO (in favour of) in AN
23 ENAMOURED E (sweetheart or the middle letter of swEet) + *(around me)
25 FINNISH Ins of INN (local) in FISH (sole perhaps)
26 TWADDLE T (first letter of telly) WADDLE (funny walk) This clue is so well crafted that I could not help but remember John Cleese doing that famous MPATFC skit
27 COMPEER Ins of PE (physical education or gym) in COME (turn up) + R (right) person who is the equal of another in rank, ability or status;
28 SATISFY *(fist say)
1 BUSTARD Bust a rd (rev of dr or doctor, under arrest) Nice misdirection
2 LIMITED Ins of MITE (small child) in LID (cap)
3 VITAL Cha of VITA (Victoria Mary Sackville-West, The Hon Lady Nicolson, CH (1892–1962), best known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author and poet. Her long narrative poem, The Land, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927) + L (first letter of lesbianism)
4 ACADEMIES *(ideas came)
5 LUMPY Cha of LUM (chimney or smoker) PY (first and last letters of Pitlochry)
6 MONTAIGNE *(enigma not) Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre
7 AVIGNON Ins of VI (six) G (middle letter of niGht or midnight) in ANON (soon) French city with a bridge made famous by a song hence “noted bridge” Very clever definition
8 ADDRESS I thought this was a dd but Chambers did not support it. Then I remember the common phrase “name and address” and the sen (the Malaysian coin, 1/100 of a ringgit) dropped… name successor, indeed !
14 EXPENSIVE Ins of PENS (swans) I V (see) in River EXE. What a creative and amusing definition – requiring a lot of bread
16 DESCARTES cd alluding to that famous quote “I think; therefore I am”.
One of the jokey “quotes” which made the rounds years ago:
To do is to be – Descartes
To be is to do – Jean Paul Sartre
Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra
17 TRAFFIC What a delightful dd, jam maker, indeed!
18 ACRONYM Cha of A Crony (mate) M (married) Orlando’s def made me laugh
20 REREDOS Rev of SOLDERER (joiner) minus L (left)
21 DODDERY Ins of DD (Day after day) in DOE (a deer a female deer, ray a ….) + RY (railway)
23 ESHER FRESHER (new student) minus FR (father)
24 OP ART O (love) PART (some)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram