Posted by Pierre on January 24th, 2011
It’s the first time I’ve blogged a puzzle by Moley, and I was pleased when her name came up because I’ve enjoyed her Quiptics in the past. I enjoyed this too and thought it was a well-constructed, beginner-level crossword. However, if you’ve ever wondered why The Guardian is called The Grauniad, read on …
I think it was Eileen in her Guardian Cryptic blog last week who said that the errors in the Guardian crosswords were getting beyond a joke. If further proof were needed, it’s here: in one clue the enumeration given is wrong; in a second there are random brackets around the clue; and in a third, well, you tell me.
Anyway, on with the blog.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
A nice charade of PAR (RAP reversed or back) THEN (previously) and ON (about). Someone who knows more about Classics than I do will give you chapter and verse on the structure.
An anagram (about) of (WAS IT)*
A charade of L (learner, beginner) APT and OPS (works). OP is an abbreviation of opus, the musical work, and is very common in crosswordland.
A charade of OCT (of Celtic tradition first letters) and (ROBE)*. The anagrind is ‘new’.
A homophone of ‘sees’, or watches. ‘Reportedly’ is the homophone indicator. Are these two words homophones? You’ve reached the age of consent, so you decide.
A charade of MONO (single) MAN (guy) and IA (A1, excellent, reversed). A slightly unusual word, but clearly clued.
16 ELECTION ADDRESS
A charade of ELECTION (choice) and ADDRESS (location). Fine as far as the clue is concerned, but the enumeration is given as (15) and not (8,7) which meant that once I’d discovered that ELECTIONEERING didn’t fit, I was left scratching my head.
An anagram (‘broadcast’) of (E ARTISTES)*. ‘A spoken or written story or narrative’ (SOED).
A charade of CAME and L for lake. I may have seen this once or twice before.
A charade of BO (body odour, personal problem) and (RIVAL)*. The currency of Venezuela.
An anagram of (THAT WON)*. The anagrind is ‘reappraisal’. ‘A stand with shelves, used for keeping or displaying small objects’ (SOED)
An inclusion of E (East, a quarter) in BEST.
An anagram of (CON OR A BAD)*. The anagrind is the second ‘bad’. It’s a mineral known as ‘black diamond’. I’d never come across the word before, but it was a pretty obvious anagram. That Chemistry you studied a long time ago should have told you that diamonds are a form of carbon, and there’s not much else that (DOA)* can be, innit?
I liked this one. It’s a charade of O (love) PALE and SCENT.
Moley has not produced a carbon-neutral crossword for us today. Here’s the second mention for the element with atomic number 6. It’s an anagram of (GREAT HIP)*.
A charade of CH for church, OO (circles) and SE (south, east, two points of the compass).
A pretty obvious anagram of (GUNS)*.
An anagram of (CASINOS MIN)*. The anagrind is ‘fantastic’. Setters often use ‘mainly’ in this way to tell you that you need to lose the last letter of the word indicated; here MINE becomes MIN.
A charade of TWO, TIME and D for died.
A charade of RIB and BON (BONE, trimmed of its last letter).
Hidden in teST IRrational. ‘Some’ tells you to look for a hidden answer.
A charade of MOON, our satellite and STRUCK. ‘Deranged or mad’ (Collins). One of several words suggesting lunacy relating to the moon.
A charade of AB (Able-Bodied Sailor) and SOLUTION.
Gallery is almost always TATE. If you put it and IV (Roman numeral for 4) inside it, you have your answer. The clue is surrounded by square brackets. Does anyone have a notion why?
I liked this clue a lot, especially for its smooth surface. It might be a bit of a stretch for a beginner though. It’s an anagram of (METAL)*. You’re then invited to ‘box (in)’ MEN or ‘workers’.
A charade of EN (East, North) and LIST. Plenty of compass points today.
A charade of CRAY and ON.
A further charade of BA (graduate) and BY. Simple, but good.
As you will have seen, the clue is ??? (4). Occasionally, you do get odd clues like this, but in a Quiptic? So brains were racked to no effect before sticking the crossing letters into a wordsearch, which suggested nothing likely. So I cheated, finished the puzzle and then said a really, really bad word about the Crossword Editor, because I can only imagine that this is down to him. ‘Edit. Bring into order for publication’ (SOED). But clearly not today.
A fine puzzle from Moley, but if I were her I’d be pretty hacked off that it had been marred by these three errors.