Posted by Uncle Yap on September 7th, 2010
What a delightful puzzle from Puck with a mini-theme of certain Internet-related terms here and there. The devices employed are multi-various and many would raise a snigger or even a guffaw. Most entertaining.
1 WEBPAGE Cha of WE (The Guardian) BP (British Petroleum, a company not exactly the darling of people near the Gulf of Mexico) AGE (time)
5 GOTHIC Cha of GOT (understood) HIC (sounds like HICK, a person from the country; any unsophisticated or unintelligent person)
9 STROLLER Cha of ST (street, road) ROLLER (car, the Rolls Royce)
10 REMAIN *(Armenia minus A, first letter)
12 HOUSEY-HOUSEY *(you + she) x 2 for a game in which numbers are drawn at random and marked off on players’ boards until one is clear (now usu called bingo, lotto, tombola).
15 LOWER HOUSE What a fantastic cd clue alluding to the lowing or mooing of bovine creatures. The elected assembly in the bicameral parliamentary system such as found in the UK
17 URL ha Uniform Resource Locator (the system of addresses for the World Wide Web).
19 CUT = slash Thanks to JS, I now learn HALF-CUT is another slang word for drunk
20 CLIPBOARDS *(BALD COP IS Right)
22 JOHANNESBURG Ins of AN (article) in JOHN (can, loo, toilet) + *(BRUGES)
26 CUDGEL Thanks to NeilW, CUD (bovine food brought back up) + GEL (facetious rendering of an upper-class pronunciation of girl)
27 IGNORANT *(Tr na nOg + I) Either I am missing something or is there a missing I in the anagram fodder? Apparently not, according to JS, the pdf version gave the annie fodder as Tir na nOg ~ roughly meaning “Land of Youth” the most popular of the Otherworlds in Irish mythology.
28 SINGER ha
29 PINBALL Spooner would say BIN (rubbish) PALL sounds like PAUL (setter in the Guardian stable) “Pinball Wizard” is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the English rock band The Who, and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy.
1,2 WESTBURY WEST (W) BURY (inter) very clever device
3 ALL FOURS 16 to 5 is 4.44 or ALL FOURS (aka crawling)
4 EXECS *(SEX EC, inner city of London) A SUIT (from requirement to wear suit as office attire) is a business manager or accounts executive (as contrasted with ordinary workers or creative individuals)
6 OBERON Ins of ER (Elizabeth Regina, queen) in O (love) B (Bottom) O N (first letters of Oh not) king of the fairies, husband of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy by William Shakespeare in which PUCK, our setter’s namesake aka Robin Goodfellow is also a character
7 HEADSQUARE HEAD (someone who takes hallucinogenic drugs ; often in combination as in acid-head) SQUARE (old fashioned) square of material worn as a covering for the head.
8 CANDYFLOSS Another smile-inducing cha of CANDY (name of girl) FLOSS (what the dentist advises)
11 HYSSOP Ins of Y (unknown) in *(posh S)
13 BLACKJACKS Cha of BLACK (ban) JACKS (sailors) US slang for a leather-covered cosh
14 SWITCHED ON *(COD WHITENS)
16 OILMEN Cha of OIL (crude) ME (Puck) N (first letter of NOT) Very cute definition, well-connected people
18 FOUR DOWN *(row found)
21 SNEEZE S (Sunday) NEEZE (sounds like knees, joint’s)
23 BIG UP Rev of the ins of GI (soldier) in PUB (hostelry)
24 JAVA J (Jack) And VerA computer-programming language, designed for the Internet.
25 HTML tHe TaMiLs – hypertext mark-up language, the language used to create World Wide Web documents.
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