Posted by Uncle Yap on June 15th, 2010
What a tantalising offering from Puck who teased and tormented us with such a wide and varied array of cryptic devices …. and like all masochistic cruciverbalists, I thoroughly enjoyed each clue.
1 JUTLAND Cha of JUT (stick out) LAND (win) The Battle of Jutland, on 31 May 1916, informally known by participants as Der Tag (The Day), was the largest naval battle of World War I
5 TOFFEES Ins of OFF (unavailable) in TEES (sounds like T’s, the middle letters of briTTany)
9 HOOTS SHOOT (film) move S (first letter) to the end
10 BIPARTITE Ins of I PA (one old man) in *(bitter)
11 NEAPOLITAN *(into a plane)
14 DICTATORIAL Ins of C (Conservative) TA (Territorial Army, volunteers) TO R (run) in DIAL (rev of LAID, set)
18 UNFORTUNATE Ins of TUNA (fish) in *(FOUR TEN) 4.10 … My COD for its devious use of numerals to represent the anagram fodder
21 CASH CLASH (jar) minus L (left)
22 DIAPHANOUS Cha of DI (Diana, dear girl) A (one) + *(a nosh-up) transparent; translucent; pellucid; clear; light, delicate.
25 KNOCK DOWN dd With a single slingshot, David was able to fell/knock down Goliath.
26 EXTRA ha
27 STERNUM STERN (back) UM, I’m not sure
28 CAYENNE Sounds like KN (first two letters from KNickers) a very strong, pungent red pepper (cayenne pepper) made from several species of capsicum.
1,13 JOHNNY COME LATELY Johnny (slang for condom or rubber) + ins of O (duck) in *(cellmate) + Y (yes)
2 TOO BAD Ins of OB (obituary or died) in TOAD (character from The Wind in the Willows, a classic of children’s literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908)
3 ABSCONDERS ABS (abdominal musles) + *(scorned) to abscond is to leave quickly and secretly, esp to escape a legal process … bad runners
4 DUBAI DUB (knight) AI (a motorway in the UK)
5 TOP BANANA Ins of BA (British Airways, airline) in TOP (supreme) NANA (fool)
6,12 FOREHEAD Cha of FORE (warning in golf; in all my years of playing, I have never heard anyone shouting “FORE!”. We always shout “BALL!”) HE (helium gas) AD (advertisement, bill)
7 EPIDEMIC EP (extended play record) IDEM (Latin for the same) I C (one clubs) a disease that attacks great numbers in one place at one time, and itself travels from place to place; a widespread outbreak.
8 STEADILY Ins of *(A DIET) in SLY (knowing)
15 CRUCIFORM Ins of RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary, now replaced by PSNI, Police Service of Northern Ireland) IF (provided) OR (last letters of tO editoR) in CM (centimetre or short measure) something shaped like a cross (50% of CROSSwords)
16 CUPCAKES *(case puck)
17 OFFSHORE One of those reversed angram clues where the answer is like anagram clue for HORSE
19 ROTTEN *(to rent)
20 ESCAPE E (Ecstasy, drug) SCAPE (scene)
23 PANIC Ins of AN (inside letters of bANd) in PIC (movie)
24 SKIN SKINT (broke) minus T, slang for drum
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