Posted by Eileen on August 2nd, 2010
A typically straightforward Rufus, with the usual generous sprinkling of double and cryptic definitions and anagrams, with some nice touches. Nothing too controversial, I think.
1 CROESUS: anagram of SOURCES: the wealthy king of Lydia whose disastrous Delphic response I mentioned last Wednesday.
2 SOURCES: anagram of CRUSOE’S
9 MANET: reversal of 10 a.m.
10 ABOUT TURN: cryptic definition
11 DETERGENTS: DETER [put off] GENTS [public conveniences: [something of a crossword cliché but a rather better clue than some I’ve seen].
12 HEIR: cryptic definition
14 VATICAN STATE: VAT [tax] I CAN STATE
18 ROLL IN THE HAY: anagram of HEALTHILY RON
21 COCK: double definition
22 GET THE SACK: cryptic definition, the ‘bag’ being the quantity of game taken in a shoot.
25 PASTORALE: ORAL [said] in PASTE [dough]. I wonder if anyone else spent time saying this word aloud, trying to hear a homophone?
26 UNTIE: reversal of IT in [j]UNE: a nicely constructed clue.
27 TINY TOT: double definition
28 ABYSSES: BY in ASSES [beasts of burden
1 COMEDY: M[iddle] E[ast] in CODY [William] ‘Buffalo Bill’, the American soldier, bison hunter and showman
2 ORNATE: N[orth] in ORATE [hold forth]
3 SATURNALIA: anagram of Australian: ‘a period or occasion of wild revelry’, from the ancient Roman festival celebrated in December
4 STAKE: double definition
5 SHORT WAVE: anagram of OVER WHAT’S
6 UP TO: anagram of PUT + O [nothing
7 CAUSEWAY: CAUSE [reason] + WAY [method]
8 SENTRIES: S[outhern] + ENTRIES [gates]
13 ESTATE DUTY: double definition: in the UK, this is now called Inheritance Tax.
15 IN THE PAST: H[ospital] in anagram of PATIENTS: another nicely constructed clue.
16 CRACKPOT: CRACK + POT
17 CLOCKS IN: cryptic definition
19 MANTIS: cryptic definition: a tropical insect colloquially called the ‘praying mantis’, because it rests with the first pair of legs raised, as if in prayer.
20 SKIERS: R[ight] in SKIES [the heavens]: my instinct [should I ever need to use the word!] would have been to spell it SKYERS, to distinguish it from people who go on skis – and I’ve just seen that that is the first spelling given in Chambers. It’s not one of the better clues, I think.
23 THETA: HE in TT [Tourist Trophy – annual motorcycle race in the Isle of Man] + A
24 COLT: C[ommanding] O[fficer] + LT [lieutenant]