Posted by Uncle Yap on August 17th, 2010
Another wonderful way to start the day, solving the Master who, as usual, tantalised and teased. Like all compilers, he would gladly that we all see throught his runic ruses and devious devices. My, am I in an almost alliterative mood today?
4 NUGGET NUG (rev of GUN, weapon) + GET
6 HUNTRESS Cha of HUN (barbarian) TRESS (hairpiece) What a lovely def chasing girl !
9,20 WHAT OF THAT W (first letter of words) + ins of OFT (frequently) in HAT – HAT (covers)
10 ABEYANCE ABBEY (Church) minus middle letter B + AN (article) + CE (Church of England)
11 INTERCHANGE Ins of HANG (oath) in *(in Crete)
15,14,16 HOW LONG IS A PIECE OF STRING Cha of HOWL (loud protest) ON (over) GI’S (soldiers) APIECE (each) + *(GIFTS New OR) traditionally regarded as rhetorical rather than seeking an answer. It’s a question often asked to parallel the unanswerability of another question.
17 MILLAIS Ins of ILL (poorly) in MAI’S (French for months of May) Sir John Everett Millais, (1829 – 1896) was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
18 SCHOLARSHIP Ins of HOLARSH (ins of O, circle L, line in HARSH, tough) in SCIP (rev of PICS, films)
22 HAVERING Cheeky way to allude to what the best man at a wedding should, ie have ring. Havering is a London borough in North East London, England and forms part of Outer London. The principal town in Havering is Romford and the other main communities are Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham.
24 TALENTED Cha of T (time) A LENT (fast) ED (editor, pressman)
25 BROGUE B (born) ROGUE (scoundrel) with dual def of a lilting Irish accent and a stout shoe, usu with a decorative pattern of holes; a rough shoe of untanned leather formerly worn in parts of Scotland and Ireland.
1 DEVOUR *(OVERDUE minus E)
2 DUMB ANIMAL Ins of BAN (veto) I’M (setter’s) in DUMA (an elected council, esp the Russian parliament before and since the Communist era) L (left) In Numbers Chapter 22, there is an account of Balaam and his donkey which was enabled to talk in protestation of Balaam’s rough treatment of whipping.
3 STAY WELL Ins of TAY (river) in SWELL (movement of sea)
4 NEW LIGHT *(Glen with)
5 GRANTOWN Cha of GRANT (admit) OWN (confess) Grantown-on-Spey is a town in the Highland Council Area in Scotland
7 ERNE ha I wonder about the extra words and loughs and thanks to NeilW Lough Erne refers to two lakes in Northern Ireland, which are in effect widened sections of the River Erne.
8 SPEY Thanks to koran, rev of YEP’S ( dialect and informal variation of YES, consent) for a river in Scotland and yes, there is a SPEYFEST from 29 July – 1 Aug 2010 where there was music and dancing.
12 HIGH-HANDED The English certainly have long memories (e.g. John Cleese and his reference to the Germans in WWII) and now another poke at the famous (or rather infamous) hand of God goal scored by Diego Maradona in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England. Argentina won 2-1 and then went on to win the World Cup. Elsewhere, the erudite Eileen has correctly pointed out that reference is to the high-five celebratory gesture rather than to Maradona’s goal. I will let the mistake alone as it is still a good story.
13 YACHTING Y (first letter of you) ACHTUNG (German for warning) with U replaced by I
19 REFORM Cha of RE (about) FORM (class)
21,23 OVAL OFFICE Cha of OVAL (famous test cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth) OFF ICE (not on ice, therefore not skating) for the official office of the President of the United State
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