Posted by Uncle Yap on August 10th, 2010
Today’s offering from Gordius is not too complicated if you know a lot of not-so-well-known names as Gordius name-dropped left, right and centre. Without access to Google, I do not think I would be able to complete the puzzle as some of these names are not known to me.
1 SHAMPOO Cha of SHAM (artificial) POO (dog mess)
5 ANTACID Chambers gives FORMIC as relating to ants; containing or derived from formic acid, so you could cheekily say that Formic is acid of ants or antacid, which, incidentally is also a medical preparation for counteracting acidity of the stomach. I understand Rennie is a popular British brand of antacid tablets manufactured by SmithKline Beecham. First name dropped for this brilliant clue, my COD
9 TANGO ha
10 GALLSTONE Second name dropped of Asterix which I happen to know extremely well since I have the entire collection of The Adventures of Asterix The Gaul, a series of French comic books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. Sounds like Gaul’s tone (Asterix’s voice)
11 ESTAMINET *(meat in set) a small bar or cafe
12 PERSE Allusion to per se ( by himself, etc; essentially; in itself)
13 YETIS Y (symbol for unknown in algebra) ETIS (rev of SITE, location)
15 SUPPLIANT Ins of I (one) in SUPPLANT (oust) for a humble petitioner or beggar
18 SUSPENDER Ins of US in SPENDER (Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, 1909–1995, was an English poet, novelist and essayist)
19 TUTSI T (time) + *(suit) a member of a Bantu speaking people living in Rwanda and Burundi
21 IDEAL Cha of I (one again) + DEAL, a town in Kent, England lying on the English Channel eight miles north-east of Dover and eight miles south of Ramsgate. Third name dropped
23 GERIATRIC Cha of GERI (Halliwell, British pop singer) Fourth name dropped + A + TRICK (knack) minus K
25 ANIMOSITY Ins of NI (Northern Ireland, Ulster) + OS (outsize or great) in AMITY (goodwill) with “lack of goodwill”as the def; Quite clever construction
26 REALM Ins of L (Roman numeral for 50) in REAM (a lot of sheets)
27 HASSLED *(lads she)
28 LOW GEAR dd
1 SATIETY SATIE (Fifth name dropped of Éric Alfred Leslie Satie,1866–1925, a French composer and pianist) + TY (TOTALLY without the middle letters or heartless)
2 ANNOTATED *(notes at an)
3 PROEM Ins of R (right) in POEM (verse) an introduction; a prelude; a preface.
4 ORGANISED Cha of ORGAN (the Guardian, for instance) IS ED (Alan Rusbridger, the Editor of the Guardian, sixth name dropped)
5 ALLOT (B) ALLOT
6 TEST PILOT TEST (Cricket match) + ins of I (one, used the third time in the same puzzle) in PLOT (plan) I have always been told by my crossword moderator, Dr Brian Skinner that one should use a device once and only once in a particular puzzle. repeating a device (unless it is a deliberate themal thingee) may not be wrong, but it is inelegant. I like the indirect def, whose flight is under scrutiny.
7 CHOIR Sounds like QUIRE (number of sheets)
8 DEEPEST Cha of DEE (river) PEST (plague)
14 STEEL WOOL *(lose towel)
16 PORTRAYAL PART (role) ROYAL (of sovereign) Swap A (one) in PART with O (nothing) in ROYAL. Quite clever and devious
17 ALTERNATE *(at eternal)
18 SPINACH *(an chips) with SAY as anagram indicator ????
20 INCOMER Cha of INCOME (earnings) R (right)
22 EMITS *(times)
23 GRIND Ins of N (name) in GRID (here, in this crossword puzzle) Well, Gordius did not find it too difficult to name-drop 6 times here.
24 ARROW (H) ARROW. I wonder whether arrow can be described as a weapon. We normally say a gun is a weapon but we do not say a bullet is a weapon, do we?
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