Posted by Pierre on December 27th, 2010
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
A charade of WHISTLES (catcalls) and TOP (kill), defining a trip with lots of short halts. Using “politician’s” seemed a bit random to me, unless I’m missing something.
An insertion of IL (one litre) and CAN (an example of a container) in OS (outsize). I didn’t fall in love with this construction; I think it’s a bit clunky and has a lot going on for a beginner-level puzzle.
An anagram (suffering) of (E’S PALER)*
11 TOWEL RAIL
An insertion of OWELR (LOWER)* in TAIL (behind). The anagram indicator is “rough”.
A homophone of “I deal”, which is what a trader might say or assert.
“Company” is a synonym for “number” and two-thirds of that is “numb”. Hmmm.
An anagram (startled) of (UTTER A PEEP)*
Carey Street, I learned today, is the London thoroughfare where the bankruptcy court used to be situated. This was a new one on me.
A king (R) taken out of STERN.
A charade of ALL (everyone) and OW! (that hurt). Lovely surface and a fine clue.
An insertion (in) of BULLIE (briefly intimidated) in ENT. If you’re not already familiar with ENT as “hospital department”, now’s the time. “Ear, Nose and Throat”, and the department where doctors will give you the advice never to put anything in your ear that’s smaller than your elbow.
Hidden in AmeriCAN A STAr. It’s a card game, but I don’t know much about it.
A cd. The setter here isn’t Nutmeg, but the four-legged variety, who if he’d sadly snuffed it, would be gone. I presume the definition is “darned”, but I’m not sure what the asterisks are all about.
A charade of CONNECT (associate) I and CUT.
1 WELL-WOMAN CLINIC
An anagram (being treated) of (I L CALLOW MEN IN WC)*
2 IN ALL
Finally stripped of its outside letters.
3 TO SPARE
An insertion of SPA in TORE. Rent here is the past tense of the verb to rend, to tear.
An anagram (produced) of (RAF PLEA)*
5 TALK INTO
TALKING TO (a carpeting) without G for good.
6 PIPPED AT THE POST
7 ROOT AND BRANCH
A charade of ROOT (a homophone (we’re told) of route) AND BRANCH (fork).
8 TELL ME ANOTHER
An anagram (working) of (ALLOTMENT HERE)*
15 FROWNS ON
A charade of FR (father) and OWN SON. “Supporting” works because it’s a down clue.
An insertion (carrying) of RE (on) and S (son) in PAGE (servant). I didn’t much like this one, because for me, “threaten” is not a good definition of “presage”.
An insertion (held) of LD (first letters of locate dissident) in COUNT.
An insertion of GI (serviceman) in LOC (reversal of COL, colonel). I wasn’t keen on “stabs” as the insertion indicator.