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Guardian Quiptic nº568, by Hectence

Posted by Stella on October 4th, 2010


A straightforward Quiptic this week, with a number of tried and trusted devices, and very few less-known words. A good one for a beginner, my only quibble being 25ac., which I’m not sure is common use.


ACQUAINTANCE   charade of A(tti)C charade of + anagram of CAN ANTIQUE indicated by ‘repair’

LOOPIER   charade of L(aunch) + OO (= ’rounds’) + PIER (=jetty)
GLIMMER   anagram of *RIMMEL after G(ood)

11 Talked big of man going after snakes (7)
BOASTED   charade of TED (=man) after BOAS (= snakes)
TROWELS   charade of anagram of *WORE after T(ime) + LS (= beginners)

13 Be up to working with young wood (5)

EBONY   charade of <BE  (reversed, indicated by ‘up’)+ ON (=working) + Y(oung)
I’m not too happy with ‘up’ being used to indicate reversal in an across clue.

OLD MASTER   charade of OLD(= ‘former’) + MASTER (=boss’)

MILLINERY   anagram of *PRELIMINARILY (indicated by ‘models’), minus (= lacking) PAIR

Chambers online: milliner noun someone who makes or sells women’s hats. millinery noun 1 the hats and trimmings made or sold by milliners. 2 the craft of making such articles.

CACHE   homophone of ‘cash’ indicated by ‘announced’

UNCIVIL   charade of <(o)LIVI(a) reversed (ie. ‘Olivia’s heart recoils) after U (= ‘posh’) + N(ew) + C(onservative)

HEEDING    HEADING, with E for A (= ‘to exchange (musical) notes’)

SHAMPOO   I’m not sure about this, and a little Googling hasn’t quite managed to dispel the doubts, but I seem to remember we used to refer to the drink as ‘shampers’ or ‘shampoo’, due to the similarity of sounds. Do they still sell ‘Babysham’?

IN THE LONG RUN   cryptic/double defintition


AVOCADO    charade of anagram of *CAVA around O (= ‘ring’) + DO (= ‘party’)

QUIETLY   charade of QUIT (= ‘leave’) around E(cstasy = ‘drug’) + L(aundr)Y

AERODROME   charade of anagram of *ROAD +E(ast, = (compass)’point’), + ROME (=’capital’)

NIGHT   k(NIGHT) = ‘Sir’ – no further explanation required :)

ARIZONA   charade of ARI(d) (=’dry’) + ZON(e) (= area), both ‘unending’, + A

COMMENT   double definition/&lit = ‘how’ in French

BLABBERMOUTH   charade of anagram of *BABBLE + RUTH around M(edical) O(fficer) a common crossword abbreviation for ‘doctor‘, the other one being ‘dr’

RESURRECTION   charade of R(ex, = ‘king’) + anagram of *CENSURE TRIO  indicated by ‘involved’

DRY SEASON cryptic definition

LECTERN   charade of Hannibal LECTER ( + (campaig)N

INVEIGH   charade of I(= one) + anagram of *GIVEN + H(ospital)

Chambers online: inveigh verb (inveighed, inveighing) intrans (usually inveigh against someone or something) to speak strongly or passionately against them or it, especially in criticism or protest.specially in a church or lecture-hall.

CORSAIR   charade of homophone of ‘coarse’ (= ‘vulgar’), indicated by ‘spoken’ + AIR (= ‘manner’)

CHEAPEN   charade of anagram of *EACH indicated by ‘poor’ + PEN (= writer)

LEGAL    charade of LEG (= ‘support’) + A (= ‘top grade’) + L(earner) (= ‘student’)

8 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic nº568, by Hectence”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you, Stella. I think this falls into the category of ‘easy but good’ that someone was looking for on the blog the other week. I liked CACHE and ARIZONA for their clever clueing; needed your explanation for MILLINERY (this was good but not so easy); and shared your reservations about SHAMPOO. Okay, once you’d got the crossing letters it couldn’t be anything else, but a bit obscure, maybe. I was too young in the 1950s to drink the stuff.

    And as the father of a daughter whose name gets misspelled frequently (my fault for naming her that way, natch), I think you need to change ‘Hectance’ to ‘Hectence’. This will give her further cheer after her team’s good result on Saturday – my thanks to her for an enjoyable solve today.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Or Sunday, even!

  3. tupu says:

    Thanks Stella and Hectance

    Some nice clues and some teasers.

    A tiny point – millinery is an anagram of preliminarily minus pair as I’m sure you meant to write. I got this one but didn’t parse it carefully and assumed it was preliminarily minus a pair of letters.

    I liked 8a and 17d (kept thinking Hannibal’s last + L)

  4. Stella says:

    Thanks, tupu and K’s D. Corrections noted. Hannibal kept me up at 17d, too, and I didn’t manage to pass it correctly until I was actually writing the blog.

    My younger sister’s name is exactly the same as your daughter’s, K’sD, so I have no problem spelling it. I think it’s the Welsh spelling, or so my Mum intended it :)

  5. Derek Lazenby says:

    Needed this to restore a little confidence having failed miserably on today’s Rufus for the first time in ages. It would be interesting to here from our silent readers for once as I was thinking “not sure that’s a beginner’s clue” a few times, then we would have a better idea of real beginners struggle with as it’s sometimes hard to remember one’s self.

    My last was 24 because I got hung up on first two letters = AB, sigh.

    One more vote for never heard it called shampoo but it couln’t be anything else from the crossings.

  6. Stella Heath says:

    Hi Derek, I’m glad you’re feeling more confident. Stick to it! :)

    While it’s true there were a couple of less well-known words, I think the cluing was fair here, and the unknowns guessable.

    Regarding ‘shampoo’, while I, like Kathryn’s Dad, was too young to be drinking champagne in the 50’s and 60’s, I do vaguely remember family and schoolmate jokes and things like that.

  7. Derek Lazenby says:

    BTW, I was poking around the Quiptic archive and came across this amusing gem, “Ban all Quiptics for perfect harmony! (5,1,5,4)”. No doubt the detractors of these puzzles would approve the surface! To me it says fun can be had from simplicity as well as brain torture.

  8. Stella Heath says:


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