Posted by Eileen on January 17th, 2011
There are some slightly trickier clues here today from Rufus but there are the expected ingenious anagrams and witty surfaces, with rather fewer cryptic definitions, I think, for those who dislike them. Anyway, a pleasant start to the week, as usual. Thank you, Rufus.
5 AMUSED: A MUSED [thought]
6 CHAINS: double definition: a chain is 22 yards [and there are ten chains in a furlong and eight furlongs in a mile, as we used to chant in primary school.]
9 POLLUX: reversal of LOP [cut] + LUX [the SI unit of illuminance]: Pollux is the brightest star in the constellation of Gemini.
10 ENSLAVES: cryptic definition: I checked that this was the correct solution, rather than ‘ensnares’, which is possible but less good.
11 LATE: double definition – ‘quick’ as in ‘the quick and the dead’, i.e. alive. [In fact, I was tempted at first sight to enter ‘dead’.]
12 STIPULATED: anagram of DETAILS PUT
13 DECORATIONS: anagram of COORDINATES [I’m not entirely happy with the definition ‘colour schemes’.]
18 IMPEDIMENT: I’M PENT [in prison] around DIME [money]
21 TOPS: double definition
22 GRAFFITI: cryptic definition, which raised a smile
23 LOOTED: anagram of TO DOLE, lovely surface, exploiting two meanings of ‘sack’
24 LEEWAY: reversal of WEE [tiny] in LAY [‘inlay’] – an unusual kind of clue for Rufus!
25 UNFAIR: double definition
1 BULLSEYE: double definition: as well as being a peppermint sweet [and the target in archery] a bullseye is also a small circular or oval window – or ‘light’.
2 XERXES: reversal of REX [king] + reversal of SEX: ‘king’ is doing double duty, as Xerxes was King of Persia 486-465 BC.
3 THESAURI: anagram of HEAR SUIT
4 TIRANA: IRAN [country] in TA [word of thanks]: Tirana is the capital of Albania.
5 AVOWAL: homophone of ‘a vowel’, so it’s ‘I heard A’. I liked that!
7 SWEDEN: reversal of ED [journalist] in anagram [actually reversal, as in 2dn, where, again, the wordplay suggests an anagram] of NEWS
8 PERIPATETIC: anagram of PRECIPITATE
14 ORIGINAL: anagram of AN OIL RIG
15 NOT SO BAD: double definition
16 AMORAL: A MORAL [dictum]
17 APPEAR: PP [double parking] in A EAR [ a feature]
19 EIFFEL: IF inside anagram of FEEL: another nice surface for the famous Paris landmark.
20 TALENT: TALE [relation] + N[o]T