Posted by Pierre on September 6th, 2010
The third Monday of Fifteensquared’s coverage of the Quiptic, with two super blogs already from Gaufrid and Stella. No pressure, then … Before his death earlier this year, Rover was a regular setter of the Guardian cryptic, so whether this is one of his ‘easier’ puzzles or whether it was set specifically for the Quiptic, I’m not sure.
1 WINDOWS ‘Lights’ is a definition of ‘windows’, which could be French.
5 UNHITCH A charade of UN (‘a’ in French) and HITCH (couple).
10 EVIL Hidden in dEVILry.
11 ARISTOCRAT An anagram (using) AI TRACTORS. A common ploy by setters to use A1 to stand for AI.
12 EDGING A double definition, I guess, since ‘finish’ could also be defined as ‘edging’. Unless someone has a better idea.
13 ELEMENTS Some help with this, please. ‘Ingredients’ is the definition, but since brass contains only two (copper and zinc) where does that leave us? My other thought was to take three of the letters of ‘these’, but that doesn’t seem to work either. Pommers has an explanation for this at no1. And Pandean has it fully parsed at no 7. Thanks to both.
14 ORNAMENTS An anagram (off) of NORMA SENT.
16 PSALM I struggled with this. SAL is a woman, but the Eden reference? Eve, where art thou? Of course, the clue’s referring to Sir Anthony Eden, a previous Prime Minister (PM). So it’s SAL inside PM. Good clue.
17 STAGE A charade of STAG (a male partygoer) and E (last letter in champagne).
19 BAPTISTRY ‘In a Baptist chapel, a receptacle containing water for baptism by immersion.’ (SOED). So a kind of cryptic definition. Hmmm …
23 INTEREST An anagram (queer) of STREET after IN. I liked this one for its clever surface reading.
24 MID-OFF A fielding position in cricket. Flintoff initially is F, and I’m guessing that the way the clue works is that F is in the middle of OFF. If so, I don’t like it. The player is ex-England all-rounder Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, best known for terrorising the Aussies in the 2005 Ashes series and navigating a pedalo when completely trolleyed.
26 AUCTIONEER A cryptic definition, with a play on words with ‘lots’.
27 ZEAL Hidden in freeZE ALways.
28 MEASURE A charade of ME (I as an object pronoun) A and SURE (certain). The sixteenth definition in the SOED has ‘(A step of) a dance.’
29 ASININE A clever charade of AS (like) I (one) and NINE (over the eight).
2 INVADER Unless I’m being completely thick, the kindest thing I can say about this is that it’s quick and not cryptic. I suppose there are just about two definitions, but I don’t like it much as a clue if there are.
3 DELHI An anagram (cavorted) of IDLE and H. H for Henry is very common in crosswordland, coming from the term in physics for a unit of inductance.
4 WRANGLE A cowboy (WRANGLER) with the R taken off (unfinished).
6 NUTTER To butt someone is to ‘nut’ them, I suppose, in a slang definition.
7 INCREASES A cryptic definition with another cricket reference: batsmen stand ‘in creases’. Where would setters be without our national summer game? The Aussies in the Ashes this winter? Bring them on …
8 COASTAL A charade of COAST (sail) A and L for lake.
9 SILENT PARTNER Cryptic definition. Not the greatest one I’ve ever seen.
15 AIGRETTES An anagram (can also make) of GREAT TIES. ‘An egret’s plume; a tuft of feathers or hair; a spray of gems etc worn on the head.’
18 TONSURE Cryptic definition, since the shaving of the head can happen before a man enters religious orders.
20 TIMBRES An anagram (processed) of TIMBERS. If you’re called Pierre, you’ll know that the answer is French for postage stamps. If you’re not, then you’ll need to have dredged up some schoolboy/schoolgirl French.
21 REFRAIN The only way I can make this work is with a charade of REF (judge) and RAIN (drops), but that doesn’t explain what ‘advice’ is doing in there.
22 VELOUR An anagram (available from) EURO and LV (55 in Roman numerals).
25 DOZEN A charade of DOZE (sleep) and N (number).