Posted by Gaufrid on May 11th, 2010
Uncle Yap is away enjoying himself so I have the opportunity to cover a Guardian puzzle at leisure, rather than rushing at the last minute when someone fails to turn up. Unfortunately there was not much for me to get my teeth into in this puzzle which was very straightforward, even bordering on simple in places.
There were a number of very obvious charades and anagrams which made for an easy solve. In fact some of the anagrams were too obvious, such as 5dn which basically involved rearranging three letters and inserting them into a given word and 6dn which simply required moving a letter from the end of a word to the beginning, though the definition might have been unfamiliar to some. Initially I was loath to enter the obvious answer to 15dn because a variant of this had already been used as the wordplay in 1dn but when the start of the entry was S?Y there was no other possibility.
9 LUNCHTIME L[a]UNCH (start without a) TIME (magazine)
10 THETA THE TA (child’s thank-you)
11 ERRANDS *(DARRENS)
12 RAILING [dine]R AILING (sick)
13 ENEMY *(YEMEN) – in the words of W B Yeats:
“The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time”
14 TURNPIKES TURN (convert) PIKES (weapons)
16 COSMETIC SURGERY cd
19 LABRADORS cd
21 SKIER cd – a mogul is a mound of hard snow forming an obstacle on a ski slope.
22 AGONISE *(GOES IN A) – as in ‘rack ones brains’.
23 HYDRANT cd – ref. a ‘water main’.
24 CADRE *(RACED)
25 SEVENTEEN EVENT (match, say) in SEEN
1 BLUE-PENCIL BLUE (sky) PENCIL (writer)
2 SNORTERS dd – I can find no indication in the usual references for a ‘snorter’ being specifically a ‘horse’. The nearest definition is in Collins which has “a person or animal that snorts” so maybe the clue should have read ‘horses perhaps’.
3 SHANDY cd – a reference to ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’, a novel by Laurence Sterne.
4 FIRS FIR[m]S (firm’s hacking out a million)
5 TERRORISTS *(ITS TERRORS)
6 STRIPPER *(TRIPPERS) – I would have liked ‘excited’ to have been ‘head over heels,’ rather than an anagram indicator, to indicate moving the ‘s’ of ‘stripper’ to the end to give ‘trippers’ (hence the ‘this ecdysiast’ rather than simply ‘ecdysiast’ in the clue) but the definitions of ‘head over heels’ all indicate turning over completely as in a somersault so this would give a complete reversal of the word rather than moving a single letter.
7 MEDICK homophone of ‘medic’ (doctor)
8 TANG dd
14 TRICOTEUSE *(TO SECURE IT) – “(literally, a woman who knits) in the French Revolution, one of the women who enthusiastically attended public meetings and executions, knitting as they sat” (Chambers).
15 SKYWRITING d&cd – I assume the ‘exhausted fliers’ is referring to the smoke discharged by a plane when undertaking this activity.
17 EXAMINER EX (former) *(MARINE)
18 EMIRATES *(TIMES ARE)
20 BLOODY dd – a reference to the cocktail consisting of vodka, tomato juice and seasoning.
21 SIDING cd – ‘line’ as in railway track.
22 ARCH hidden in ‘mARCHers’
23 HOVE HOVE[l] (unfinished shanty) – that place near Brighton.