Posted by duncanshiell on November 8th, 2010
From today, there is a slight change to the Guardian blogger team, with a three week cycle for most bloggers, except Uncle Yap who continues as a Tuesday regular.
I’ve blogged quite a few crosswords on Fifteensquared – Inquisitors, Independent Saturday Prize Puzzles and Guardian Geniuses – but this is my first attempt at a Guardian daily puzzle.
My daily puzzle of choice is usually The Times, but I have done many Guardian puzzles over the years, and in particular have done many of the puzzles in the Rufus volume of the Guardian Setters Series. I know what to expect from Rufus. Today’s puzzle struck me as fairly standard Rufus fare. It seems to me that one or two clues contain link words or extra words to ensure a smoother surface.
I usually use Chambers to check the wording in my blogs. For all but two of the answers and clues, I note all the definitions in the clues align exactly, or very closely, with wording in Chambers. Collins gives a formal link between ‘complain’ and ARRAIGN. I can’t find a 1:1 definition between ‘contract’ and ENDOWMENT, but the clue presumably refers to the signing of a contract between both parties to some form of endowment.
I’ll leave you all to debate whether MINSK is in Russia, or whether ‘B, A outset‘ can be used to indicate that A contains B. Having read many comments on Guardian puzzles on Fifteensquared I am sure people will feel free to challenge anything they disagree with in the blog.
|1||BAYONET (reference fixed bayonets)||BAYONET (reference bayonet charge) double definition|
|5||Anagram of (for a change) SEEM SET||ESTEEMS (values)|
|10||GRAFT (hard work) excluding the final letter (mostly) T||GRAF (reference Steffi Graf, former Ladies Tennis World number one)|
|11||Anagram of (organised) ROUND TRIP + G (first letter of [leader] GUIDE)||PROTRUDING (sticking out)|
|12||ILL (producing harm) contained in (in) BOW (front of ship)||BILLOW (big wave)|
|13||LUKE (Reference Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the four New Testament gospels – LUKE follows MARK) + WARM (close)||LUKEWARM (indifferent)|
|14||Anagram of (possible) NO CURE + AGE (time)||ENCOURAGE (support)|
|16||JELLY (dessert; sweet)||JELLY (reference Jelly Babies, also a sweet) double definition|
|17||S (first letter of [leader] SOVIET) contained in (in) MINK (fur)||MINSK (Capital of Belarus; a town or built-up area - Russian build-up. Belarus was part of the Soviet Union)|
|19||MASTERY (expertise) containing (taking) ON||MONASTERY (house for a community of monks or brothers)|
|23||Anagram of (curious) CHARM IS A||CHARISMA (personal quality)|
|24||Reversed (back) hidden word in (in) COMMON MUTUAL DEFENCE||AUTUMN (described as the Fall in some parts of the world)|
|26||SUPERHUMAN (one with significant strength or power)||SUPERHUMAN (above man; above the rest of us) double definition|
|27||PLANE (aircraft) excluding the final letter (tailless) E||PLAN (blueprint)|
|28||C (100, many) + ENSURE (make certain)||CENSURE (blame)|
|29||S (point of the compass) + TORIES (politician)||STORIES (jokes)|
|2||A + RRAIGN (sounds like =[we hear] REIGN [rule])||ARRAIGN (accuse publicly, call to account, complain about)|
|3||OFF (away with!) + A + L (learner; student)||OFFAL (refuse)|
|4||REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) reversed (mounted) containing (to secure) POW (prisoner of war)||EMPOWER (give authority to)|
|6||STRIKE (pound); STRIKE (hit)||STRIKE (industrial action) triple definition|
|7||Anagram of (break) WOMEN TEND||ENDOWMENT (something that is settled on a person or institution; reference endowment mortgage, endowment insurance; contract)|
|8||M (1000, many) + anagram of (get upset) LONGER||MONGREL (an animal, especially a dog, of mixed breed; a cross)|
|9||COLLEGE OF ARMS (a bearing is a heraldic device or coat of arms)||COLLEGE OF ARMS (will help you get your coat of arms) cryptic definition|
|15||OBSERVERS (people deputed to watch; watchmen)||OBSERVERS (people who comply with [the rules])|
|18||Anagram of (confusion) HEINOUS||IN-HOUSE (within a company)|
|20||AT containing (outset) GAINS (profits)||AGAINST (opposed to)|
|21||(A + MP [politician]) contained in (in) RAGE (tantrum)||RAMPAGE (storm about)|
|22||Anagram of (a change of) THERE’S||ESTHER (Biblical queen)|
|25||TAPER (to become gradually smaller towards one end; get thinner)||TAPER (a long thin waxed wick or spill; a lighter)|