Posted by Gaufrid on September 15th, 2010
It’s Wednesday and we are overdue a themed puzzle from the good Rev.
An enjoyable themed puzzle today which would probably have been easier for those who watched ‘The Blue Planet’ series or similar natural history programmes. I thought some of the clues were rather easy (by Cinephile standards) but others will have caused problems for some solvers. I had not come across the heron in 16ac before but I’m sure that squacco will stick in my mind should I ever need it again.
The beasts’ common element is that they are all marine mammals, with the possible exception of the beast in 21ac/27dn which is not necessarily a mammal. All definitions come from Chambers.
1 DUGONG GO (leave) in DUNG (waste) – “a herbivorous marine mammal of the order Sirenia, up to 3m long, with flipper-like forelimbs (the supposed original of the mermaid)”.
4 ISOMORPH *(MOOR SHIP)
9 WALRUS WAL[l] (most of barrier) RUS[sia] (half a country) – “an aquatic, webfooted, carnivorous animal, related to the seals, having the upper canine teeth developed into enormous tusks (also called morse or, formerly, seahorse)”.
10 SAWBONES SAW (maxim) BONES (dice)
12 CACHALOT CA[t]CH A LOT (almost a successful predator) – “the sperm whale”.
13 ADVICE AD (these days) VICE (something gripping)
15 SOUL SOU (five centimes) L (pound)
16 SQUACCO homophone of ‘quack’ (vocal message from duck) in SO (thus) – “a small crested European heron, Ardeola ralloides”.
20 MANATEE MAN (chap) A TEE (starter) – “a large aquatic herbivorous mammal (Manatus or Trichechus) of the warm parts of the Atlantic and the rivers of Brazil”.
21 LEVI LEVI[athan] (first part of beast) – “a biblical sea-monster, described in the Bible (Job 41), apparently a crocodile; a huge sea-monster”.
25 RESIGN RE-SIGN (agree to contract again)
26 GRAMPIAN GRAMP[us] IAN – grampus: “technically, Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus); a popular name for many whales, esp the killer”.
28 HEADACHE HEAD (top) AC (billing) HE (man)
29 JUJUBE JU-JU BE (to have a charmed life) - “a chewy, fruit-flavoured lozenge or sweet made with sugar and gum or gelatine (also shortened to jube (Aust))”.
30 DOLPHINS *(OLD) homophone of ‘fins’ (steering gear) – “any of a group of small toothed whales belonging to the family Delphinidae, about 2.5–3m (8–10ft) long, with a beak-like snout”.
31 WHALES homophone of ‘Wales’ (land of dragons) – “any of an order of cetaceous mammals, including the toothed whales, such as the sperm whales and the dolphins, and the whalebone whales, such as the right whales and the rorquals, in which the teeth are only rudimentary”.
1 DOWNCAST DOWN (county) CAST (attempt to catch fish)
2 GOLF CLUB FLOG (beat) reversed CLUB (group)
3 NOUGAT *(TO A GUN)
5 SEAL dd – “a member of the Pinnipedia, carnivorous marine mammals, incl the eared seals of the family Otaridae (sea lions and fur seals), and the true or earless seals of the family Phocidae (eg the grey seal, common seal, monk seal and elephant seal)”.
6 MOBY-DICK MO (little while) BY DICK[ens] – the eponymous whale in Herman Melville’s novel.
7 RANCID RAN CID (had senior police job)
8 HASTEN HAS TEN (number)
11 RORQUAL hidden in ‘honouR OR QUALity’ – “any whale of the genus Balaenoptera (finback)”.
14 MADEIRA MADE (produced) *(AIR)
17 BAR GRAPH GRAB (seize) reversed RAP (knock) H (hard)
18 RESIDUAL LAUD (praise) IS ER (hesitantly) reversed
19 LINNAEUS NAE (no Scot) in LINUS (early pope) - Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist.
22 ORCHID ORC (beast) HID (concealed) – orc: “a killer whale or orca”.
23 ASSAIL ASS (animal) AIL (suffer)
24 AMBUSH BUS (transport) in AM (early) H (hour)
27 THAN [levia]THAN (last part of beast) – see 21ac.