Posted by Eileen on June 18th, 2010
An entertaining puzzle from Bonxie, featuring references to Guardian crossword compilers, past and present. [I must admit to having forgotten some of them.] Lots of clever surfaces and wordplay.
8 GADABOUT: A DAB [a fish] in GOUT [complaint]
9 HINGE: IN in HG [chemical symbol for mercury] + swEet. Mercury appears in the Guardian’s [very long] list of compilers but there are none of his puzzles on the website or on 15².
10 HI-FI: cHIFonIe
11 CAPITULATE: C[rossword] + anagram of the very sadly missed TAUPI + LATE [deceased]
12 STAMEN: another chemical symbol: TAME [weak] in SN [tin]
14 NATTERED: alternate letters of NeAr To TeE fRiEnD. We seem to be seeing a lot of this type of clue.
15 GRISKIN: RISK [hazard] in GIN [trap]. I spent too long trying to justify bet = trap for BRISKET, as I’d never heard of this [dialect, Chambers says] word for lean meat from a loin of pork. Hazard is another setter who seems to have sunk without trace. I don’t remember the name and, like Mercury, s/he doesn’t appear in Jonathan Crowther’s A-Z of crosswords.
17 REDCOAT: RED [Rufus is a homophone of 'rufous'] + COAT [film]: the Redcoats are the entertainments staff at Butlin’s holiday camps. I wonder if Bonxie knows that Roger Squires’ [aka Rufus] first job on leaving the Navy was as Entertainments Manager at the Bognor Regis Butlins? The clue works perfectly well without that but, with it, it’s brilliant!
20 MEA CULPA: anagram of PAUL CAME – and a lovely story-telling clue! The wrong enumeration is given in both the paper and online version.
22 ENSIGN: double definition – but I don’t understand the reference to America, since it is/was both a flag and a ‘boatman’ in the UK, too.
23 ESTIMATING: anagram of Enigmatist
24 ARIA: Araucaria minus AU [gold - yet another chemical symbol] CAR [Roller - I think there should have been a 'say' here but otherwise it's a super clue]
25 TITHE: hidden in beaT IT HEctence, whose name I do remember but, again, it’s not in either of the archives or the A-Z.
26 OPENCAST: OPEN [unlocked] + CAST [shed - as in casting clouts]
1 RADIATOR: double definition: a radiator heats a room but helps to cool a car engine.
2 SAKI: double definition: I think the drink is more usually spelt sake.
3 TOUCAN: anagram of OUT + CAN [vessel]
4 STIPEND: STI ['raise it's'] + P[asquale's] + END [objective]
5 WHITE TIE: HITE [Shere Hite, feminist] + T [model] in WIE [Michelle Sung Wie, American golfer]
6 INFLUENCES: a double definition, I suppose, but I think the two meanings are too close; definitely the weakest clue, for me.
7 BEATLE: a very easy insertion of T[ime] in BEALE, another setter whom, alas, I don’t recall.
13 MASOCHISTS: anagram of SCOTS AMISH: as in 4dn ['pay raise - it's'] this is a clever use of ‘splinter / group’.
16 ILL-FATED: ILL [dicky] + FATED [certain]
18: ANGRIEST: anagram of INERT GASES
19 TALIPOT: anagram of TAIL + POT [pan]: I’ve only ever come across this word in crosswords: it’s an E. Asian palm with large leaves used for fans and thatching houses.
21 ERSATZ: ER [monarch] + homophone [oral] of SATS [Standard Attainment Tests]
22 EAGLET: A [one] in EG [say] + LET [permit]
24 ARCH: ARCH[e-type]: the E-Type Jag, icon of 1960’s motoring, was, in March 2008, ranked first in the Daily Telegraph’s list of the “100 most beautiful cars of all time”: a great clue to end with.