Posted by duncanshiell on January 31st, 2011
This was a fairly standard puzzle from Rufus that will no doubt divide the solving community along the usual lines.
As ever, from Rufus, there were a number of clues based on cryptic definitions and double definitions.
I got through three quarters of the puzzle fairly quickly, but slowed down in the SE corner where SIEGE, GYMNAST and SAMSON were the last to fall.
I note that Rufus tends towards definitions that sometimes reflect modern usage of the language rather than the strict dictionary definition. English remains a rapidly evolving language and crosswords should reflect this. For example THERAPY, DEMEANOUR, OVERCOME, PHENOMENON and EMACIATE seem to me to be defined slightly differently in a number of dictionaries, in some cases only very slightly differently, from their usage in the clues.
I suspect I will not be the only person who tried to make an anagram out of GLUE LID in 22 across. I thought this clue had a good piece of misdirection in the use of the word ‘upset’.
|9||ADVENT (coming) + URE (reference River Ure, the major one in Britain being in North Yorkshire)||ADVENTURE (risk)|
|10||NEATH (used by poets as a word meaning ‘beneath’ [in a type not worthy of the dignity of] ; poetically inferior)||NEATH (a place in Wales)|
|11||LARCENY (the legal term in England and Wales for theft)||LARCENY (an offence that involves ‘taking’ things) Cryptic definition|
|12||THEY (those people) containing (without [outwith]) RAP (a criminal charge)||THERAPY (treatment, curative power; cure)|
|13||BLOOD (is in circulation round the body)||BLOOD (may be stored in a Blood Bank) Double definition|
|14||PAL (friend) + PIT (hollow) + ATE (scoffed)||PALPITATE (beat rapidly)|
|16||EBENEZER SCROOGE (principal character in Charles Dicken’s novel ‘A Christmas Carol’)||EBENEZER SCROOGE (in the novel, Scrooge is visited by three Ghosts; the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come) Cryptic definition|
|19||Anagram of (unusually) ENAMOURED||DEMEANOUR (behaviour, manner towards another; appearance)|
|21||SIEGE (if sieges end happily it will be as a result of the lifting or relief of the siege)||SIEGE (one reference is the Relief of Mafeking in the Boer War. I am sure you can all think of more) Cryptic definition|
|22||CAP (lid) + SIZE (a weak glue or gluey material used for stiffening paper or fabric)||CAPSIZE (upset)|
|23||GYMNAST (successful gymnasts undergo substantial training to reach and stay at the their peak)||GYMNAST (one of the apparatus used by gymnasts is the vaulting horse, hence gymnasts are ‘trained in horse jumping’) Cryptic definition|
|24||WREST sounds like (say) REST (repose, a pause in speaking; peace)||WREST (use force to turn, twist, extract or take away)|
|25||OFF COLOUR (if a footballer is shown a red card it means he/she is being sent off the field. Red is therefore the ‘off colour’)||OFF COLOUR (if you are not well [Well, no!] you are off colour) Double and Cryptic definition|
|1||DAILY (cleaner) + BREAD (money)||DAILY BREAD (livelihood. I note from Chambers that BREAD on its own can also mean livelihood)|
|2||OVERCOME (get the better of, be victorius over; master)||OVERCOME (overwhelm, [a person] possibly to the extent of rendering him or her speechless; lost for words)|
|3||IN + DEED (act)||INDEED (in fact, in truth, in reality; certainly)|
|4||DUTY (tax on goods)||DUTY (service) Double definition|
|5||FERTILISER (a product that improves germination of seeds)||FERTILISER (a product applied to fields to improve growing; a ‘field dressing of growing importance’) Cryptic definition|
|6||RIO (reference Rio de Janeiro, port in Brazil) contained in [swallowed] INFER (imply)||INFERIOR (of a lower standard)|
|7||PA and MA (parents) containing (separated by) AN||PANAMA (reference Panama Canal which comprises a series of locks; an ascending waterway. It appears that the canal rises tthrough locks in each direction to a high point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans)|
|8||A + HOY (a large one-decked boat)||AHOY (a nautical term used to hail another boat)|
|14||Anagram of (exchange) MEN ON PHONE||PHENOMENON (strictly, anything directly apprehended by the senses; often used more loosely in the sense of a remarkable person or thing; ‘will be a rarity’)|
|15||ELEMENTARY (the phrase ‘Elementary my dear Watson’ is attributed to Sherlock Holmes, but it is said not to appear in any of the books by Conan Doyle. Wikipedia states that the phrase first appears in films. In the novels, Sherlock Holmes lives at 221b Baker Street)||ELEMENTARY (simple; dealing with first principles; no problem) Cryptic definition|
|17||(I CAME) reversed (up) + an angram of (brew) TEA||EMACIATE (to make extremely thin, to deprive of flesh, to waste away; dry up)|
|18||Anagram of (work) RATE POOR||OPERATOR (machinist)|
|20||MOP (clean up) + PET (favourite)||MOPPET (a term of endearment for a little girl or child; darling)|
|21||SAMSON (reference Samson, lover, sleeping partner of Delilah)||SAMSON (Delilah arranged for her servants to cut Samson’s hair [rob him of his main or capital assets] when he was sleeping, thereby depriving Samson of his power)|
|22||CO (company; firm) + W (West; direction) + S (South; direction)||COWS (cattle)|
|23||GIFT (thing given; present)||GIFT (talent; capacity)|