Posted by Eileen on August 30th, 2010
A pleasant Bank Holiday diversion from Rufus, after Saturday’s tour-de-force from Araucaria, with several smiles along the way. Thank you, Rufus, and a happy holiday, everyone!
9 EBULLIENT: BULL [farm animal] + IE [that is] in anagram of NET
10 ENEMY: cryptic definition: there has been discussion in the past about the derivation of ‘time = enemy': the nearest seems to be the quotation from W.B. Yeats: “The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time”.
11 END USER: anagram of ENSURED
12 IN ROADS: IN ROADS, roads being anchorages
13 TOSCA: anagram of ASCOT. [I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Ascot scene from ‘My Fair Lady’, with the stunning Cecil Beaton costumes. [Here’s a wee Bank Holiday treat! :
14 ANCESTRAL: anagram of LANCASTER: I’ve seen this anagram more than once before but this is a particularly elegant treatment of it, I think. [And a reminder of the setting of another film but I don’t want to start an argument about whether it’s up or down the line from Lancaster! ]
16 VICTORIA STATION: cryptic definition, Victoria being a variety of plum
19 SUPPLANTS: SUP PLANTS!
21 CIVIL: cryptic definition
22 SLEIGHT: LE [‘the’ French] in SIGHT [view]
23 AVIGNON: anagram of GIN in AVON
24 CHAIN: double definition
25 ONE ACROSS: cryptic definition. For newer cryptic solvers, ‘light’ is crosswordese for the horizontal or vertical series of white spaces in the grid. It’s a pity there isn’t a 1 across in this puzzle but it’s rather neat that this is the last across clue.
1 DETECTIVES: cryptic [?] definition
2 CUL-DE-SAC: anagram of L [learner driver] + ACCUSED: this was gettable immediately from the enumeration but what a beautifully constructed clue, with a lovely story-telling surface reading!
3 ALASKA: double definition, baked alaska being a dessert of ice cream on cake, covered in meringue and baked very quickly to set the meringue.
4 BEAR: cryptic definition
5 STAIRCASES: cryptic definition
6 NEBRASKA: anagram of A BANKERS: another fine surface reading – and nothing to do with rivers!
7 REPAIR: REP [material – ‘a silk, wool, rayon or cotton fabric with a transversely corded surface’] + AIR [display]
8 EYES: cryptic definition
14 ALIENATION: A LIE [an attempt to deceive] + NATION [people]
15 LONELINESS: anagram of ONE ILLNESS
17 OBLIGING: double / cryptic definition
18 INVENTOR: VENT [outlet] in anagram [wrought] of IRON: great surface
20 PIEMAN: cryptic definition: Simple Simon [or the pieman] was ‘going to the fair’.
21 CLINCH: C [large number] + L[eft] + In + Ch[urch]
22 SICK: sounds like SIC [‘just so’]
23 ABEL: ABE [Abraham] + L[incoln]: Abel, often ‘first murder victim’ in crosswords: see Genesis 4: 1-8