Posted by Eileen on November 22nd, 2010
It’s Monday, it’s Rufus, with the usual elegant mix of story-telling anagrams and cryptic and double definitions. I have one real quibble, which I think is a typographical error and / or editorial oversight.
1 ESTABLISH: a great anagram of HIS TABLES but, unfortunately, ‘are’ makes the cryptic grammar wrong.
6 TAPE: double definition
8 CRIES OFF: anagram of OFFICERS, with the same reservation as in 1ac.
9 NO MORE: double definition
10 TEETHE: cryptic definition
11 RESTLESS: REST LESS
12 STREAM: anagram of MASTER – a neat surface
15 ELONGATE: anagram of ALONE GET
16 AUDIENCE: double definition
19 NOTICE: anagram of INTO + CE [church]
21 MOURNFUL: MO [doctor] + anagram of RUN + anagram of FLU – another amusing surface
22 PRISON: cryptic definition
24 TOPICS: PI [sanctimonious] in reversal of SCOT
25 REDCOATS: anagram of SCARED TO
26 EYES: cryptic definition – reference to the instruction, ‘Eyes down, look in’, at the beginning of a Bingo game.
27 OPERATION: ERA [time] in OPTION [choice]
1 EYRIE: cryptic definition
2 THEATRE: double / cryptic definition
3 BROKE: double definition
4 IN FORCE: double definition – except that the clue word should be ‘effective’. Chambers: ‘affective: arising from or influencing emotion'; ‘effective: … powerful, actual, in force‘.
5 HANDS DOWN: double / cryptic definition. At first, I thought this signified an over-long school day but, of course, at 6.30, both hands on a clock are down.
6 TIME LAG: charade of TIME [sentence, as in 22ac] + LAG [convict]
7 PARASITIC: anagram of PATRICIAS
13 TAUTOLOGY: cryptic definition
14 MANIFESTO: two lots of wordplay [repeated] on MANIFEST + O: show + ring and clear + round
17 IN RUINS: anagram of IS RUN after IN [batting]
18 ENLARGE: anagram of GENERAL
20 TRIPOLI: TRIP [tour] + reversal of I LO [look]. The ‘on’ in a down clue will, no doubt, generate the usual comment. It works for me as ‘added on’.
22 PADUA: PAD [accommodation] + U[niversity] + A
23 OFTEN: OF TEN