Posted by Pierre on February 21st, 2011
I thought this was a super puzzle from Pan – just right for a Quiptic, with everything clearly clued and some smooth surface readings. It’s been mentioned several times since we started the Quiptic blog on Fifteensquared how difficult it is for a compiler to set an ‘easy’ puzzle, so well done to Pan today for producing this one.
Thankfully there were no Grauniad typos, wrong enumerations or missing clues today to spoil the enjoyment. I have tried to give full explanations to help newish and improving solvers.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
( )* anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
A charade of THIN (poor) and KING (ruler), and a witty start to the acrosses.
An insertion (covering) of END in BRA
A reversal (rejected) of TANG
I needed some crossing letters to get this: it’s a charade of CAN (Canadian) DI (girl) and DATES (goes out with).
Hidden (stocked) in GrantHAM MERchant.
Aries is of course the star sign of the Ram; so Arians are Rams. Reversing (returning) this gives us SMAR and adding TEST (exam) gives us the answer.
An anagram of (O MAN)* plus CO for company. A really clever surface.
A charade of CE (Civil Engineer), MEN (labourers) and T (beginning to test). Again, the surface reads very well.
My last one to go in. It’s another charade of S (Saint) and an insertion (in) of A (Augustine’s head) in ESCAPE, to flee.
The famous painter is an insertion of I for island in TITAN, from Greek mythology. Titans were members of a family of giants, the offspring of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). They got into a bit of a spat with Zeus and came off second best. That’ll learn ‘em.
Very clever: it’s a kind of cd, since if a clergyman was delighted, it would be a REV ELATION.
It’s a reversal (back) of ROOD. ‘A crucifix, especially one stationed above the middle of a rood screen’ (SOED). I wonder if Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh is derived from this meaning?
An anagram of (FREE BT)*. The anagrind is ‘deal’, in the sense of dealing out (and therefore changing the position of) cards.
I couldn’t see this for ages, yet hidden answers are supposed to be the easiest to spot. It’s tucked away in ElePHANT AS Mate, and this is indicated by the ‘of’. A slightly unusual word, but since it’s staring you in the face, fair play.
A charade of K for King, monarch, and NIT.
An anagram of (CRIME)* with N for new inserted. The anagrind is ‘organised’ and the insertion indicator is ‘to steal’.
A charade of A (BID)* CAT and E for Earl. The anagrind is ‘suspect’.
(TEN TRAMPED)* The anagrind is ‘around’.
I smiled at this one, but it’s a tad cheeky. The definition is ‘snakes': their partners on board are of course LADDERS; if you chop the head off this word you’ve got your answer. The slight liberty in my opinion is the stretch from ‘executed’ to ‘beheaded’.
A charade of G (first letter of gangster) and (SHANE)*. The anagrind is ‘reformed’. This Hindu god.
(SIN MERITED)* The anagrind is ‘awful’.
A clever charade of CHAP AT TI. TI is a homophone of ‘tea’, a meal, and ‘heard’ is the homophone indicator.
18 TEA TOWEL
This is T (end of Oktoberfest) plus (WEE A LOT)* The anagrind is ‘drunk’. Interesting image that the surface reading provides …
BEEF, a complaint, surrounding LI (Light Infantry).
EVEN (flat) ‘housing’ LE (the in French). Pan has put ‘say’ at the end to indicate that a football team is just one example of an ‘eleven’.
Hidden in frostbitTEN DONor.
An insertion of N for Nitrogen in DUG.