Posted by Gaufrid on July 5th, 2010
After a break last week, Rufus returns to his Monday slot with a puzzle that is typical beginners’/beginning of the week fare. A gentle stroll with nothing too taxing for those who have had a hard and/or stressful weekend. The high point for me was 3dn.
A handful of clues that I have indicated as being a cd (cryptic definition) should really be annotated sd (simple/single definition) but unfortunately sd is not an abbreviation that is used on this site (though perhaps it should be introduced for puzzles such as this).
1 BELFRY cd – a reference to ‘bats in the belfry’
5 SAFE SEAT cd&d
9 CAMELLIA CAMEL (beast of burden) AIL (trouble) reversed
10 REBATE cd
11 BLOODTHIRSTY cd
13 DENT cd
14 NINETEEN IN reversed NET (goal) EEN (even)
17 RUNS INTO dd
18 LAID DIAL (face) reversed
20 RESTAURATEUR *(A TRUE STAR) RUE reversed (French back-street) – the keeper of a restaurant so not necessarily a ‘chef’.
23 CONSUL CONSUL[t] (endlessly ask the advice of)
24 IMPOUNDS I (one) M (thousand) POUNDS (sterling)
25 POSEIDON *(POISONED)
26 RIDDLE dd
2 EDAM E (key) DAM (engineering work)
3 FLEA-BITES *(FEELS A BIT)
4 YELLOW dd
5 STANDING OVATION cd
6 FIRM HAND FIRM (company) HAND (employee)
7 SOBER SO (thus) BE[e]R (three quarters of the beer) – I would have expected the ‘three quarters of …..’ to have yielded BEE rather than BER.
8 ANTITHESIS ANTI (opposite) THESIS (scholarly exercise) – ‘opposite’ doing double duty as part of the definition and the wordplay.
12 REFUSE TO GO REFUSE (rubbish) TO GO (for disposal)
15 TALK ROUND dd
16 UNFURLED cd
19 TEMPER cd
21 TASTE cd – one of the five senses and a reference to ‘no accounting for taste’
22 IDOL I’D (I would) LO (look) reversed