Posted by Gaufrid on June 21st, 2010
A very easy start to the week and one completed rather quickly whilst watching the sun rise on the summer solstice.
A typical Rufus with the odd good cd (3dn) and some less so (eg 5dn, 18dn & 23dn) because they were barely cryptic. I rather liked 9ac and 13ac, in addition to 3dn, but otherwise this was routine fare and not quite enough of a challenge for my taste. However, as usual with Rufus, the surfaces were generally good, apart from perhaps 18dn, but the repeated use of the same wordplay in 15dn and 19dn should have been avoided.
7 PIKESTAFF PIKE (fish) STAFF (rod) – a reference to the saying ‘as plain as a pikestaff’.
8 RAPID P (quiet) in RAID (attack)
9 PARAMEDIC *(AID CAMPER) &lit
10 RANGE dd
12 NEWARK NEW (novel) ARK (craft) – not the city in 2dn but the market town in Nottinghamshire whose full name is Newark-on-Trent.
13 ELEVATOR *(TO A LEVER) – ‘resort’ needs to be read as ‘re-sort’.
14 LAYETTE cd – a baby’s complete set of clothing, etc.
17 ANISEED 1′S (one’s) in A NEED (a lack of)
20 LEAD UP TO LEAD (senior counsel) UP TO (competent enough)
22 ABOARD BOAR (pig) in AD (time)
24 ADAGE A D (number) AGE (time) – ‘saw’ as in a saying or proverb.
25 SEMIBREVE SEMI (house) B (key) EVER (always) reversed
26 STRUT dd
27 ARCHANGEL ARCH (chief) ANGEL (financial backer)
1 MIRAGE I’M reversed RAGE (anger)
2 DELAWARE DE LA (of the French) WARE (merchandise) – ‘ware’ is more usually used in the plural these days.
3 STREAK cd
4 OFFICER *(FORCE IF) &lit
5 BANANA cd
6 DIAGNOSE *(AGONISED)
11 HEWN *(WHEN)
15 ANECDOTE O (love) in *(A DECENT)
16 TAPE dd
18 SPORRANS cd
19 VOYEURS O (love) in *(SURVEY) – a repeat of the wordplay in 15dn, not desirable.
21 DUGOUT dd
22 ALIGHT A LIGHT (blonde)
23 REVIEW cd