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Guardian Quiptic 594 / Pan

Posted by Big Dave on April 4th, 2011

Big Dave.

A puzzle well-suited to the Quiptic genre.  A few nice clues but nothing out of the ordinary.

All definitions given are from Chambers 11th Edition. Most of the standard abbreviations used in the wordplay are shown with the unused letters in brackets e.g. V(ery).


1a VENICE – V(ery) and E(nglish) are followed by an adjective meaning kind to get this Italian city

4a FEEBLE – hidden (‘S = HAS – thanks Andrew) inside coffee blend is a synonym for weak – there appears to be no indication that the answer is hidden

9a ORAL – an anagram (decomposed) of (M)OLAR without its first letter (cap) gives a word meaning relating to the mouth

10a UNABRIDGED – a word meaning full length or uncondensed, usually applied to a book, is an anagram (massage) of BED DURING A

11a KIDNAP – a word meaning to unlawfully take a person, usually for ransom, is constructed by putting DNA (what makes us human) inside (during) a KIP (sleep)

12a DETAINEE – put a DIN (racket) around (involving) ETA (Basque separatists) and follow them with E(ast) and E(uropean) to get a prisoner

13a MOUSETRAP – a charade of MO (Medical Officer / doctor), U(niversity), SET (ready) and to RAP (criticise) gives a means to catch an animal

15a AT IT – split A TIT (a bird) as (2,2) and you get “having sex”

16a COPY – this back up of computer files is a charade of COP (copper / police officer) and Y (end of partY)

17a MACHINATE – a word meaning to conspire with is constructed by putting CHINA (country) inside (invading) MATE (ally)

21a SMOOTHER – put SMOTHER (asphyxiate) around (without) O(xygen) to get an adjective meaning easier – without can be used for deletion as well as insertion, although its use in the latter case is debatable as it means outside not around / surrounding c.f “There is a green hill far away; Without a city wall”

22a LENTIL – put I (the setter) and L (beginning to Look) after LENT (fast) to get this pulse

24a TOOTHPASTE – put TASTE (culture) around (welcoming) an anagram (doctored) of PHOTO to get this hygiene product

25a BASE – a homophone (heard) of BASS (singer) gives BASE (bottom)

26a TURTLE – this animal is derived by putting an anagram (loose) of LET after RUT (period of sexual excitement) reversed (over)

27a ANKLET – a charade of A, N(ew), K (king / monarch) and LET (permitted) gives an ornamental chain for the ankle


1d VERTIGO – the Roman numeral for five is followed by an anagram (spinning) of TIER and a word meaning to leave to get this dizziness experienced when the sense of balance is disturbed

2d NYLON – this fabric is hidden inside (to hold) many long

3d CRUMPET – put C(aught) and PET (the abbreviation used in the Bible for the letters of Peter) around (pinching) RUM (drink) to get a thick, flat, savoury cake with a soft, porous texture

5d ERRATA – put ERA (time) around (to admit) RAT (strike-breaker) to get mistakes in print

6d BADMINTON – a charade of BAD (immoral), MINT (place where money’s made) and ON gives this game played with rackets and a shuttlecock

7d EVEREST – the world’s highest mountain is a charade of EVE (girl) and to REST (chill out)

8d CARDIAC ARREST – put an anagram (worried) of CARER SAID inside CART (transport) to get this medical emergency

14d SUPPORTER – to get this advocate put O (love / a score of zero in tennis) and RT (right) inside (to tuck into) SUPPER (evening meal)

16d COMPOST – this manure consisting of a mixture of decomposed organic substances is used to encourage the growth of plants; it’s a charade of CO(mpany), M(oney) and a POST (stake)

18d HOLBEIN – put BE (live) and IN (at home) after HOL (hols / short vacations without the S /Sun less) to get this sixteenth century German artist

19d TWINSET – put TWIT (fool) around (secures) N, S and E (three compass points) to get a cardigan and jumper made to match (matching tops)

20d CHAPEL – this place for prayer is derived by putting H(ospital) inside an anagram (troubled) of place

23d NOBEL – the founder of a well-known prize is built from NOB (head) followed by E (Edward’s top) and L (first in Languages)

9 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 594 / Pan”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you for an informative blog, Dave.

    This was a generally sound puzzle with some nice touches. KIDNAP and LENTIL were the ones I appreciated today. I do agree with you, however, about FEEBLE – there appears not to be a hidden answer indicator. Another Grauniad typo?

  2. Andrew says:

    I think the hidden indicator is just the ‘s in “blend’s” – I’m not keen on this device, but I’ve seen it used a few times, by Araucaria for example.

  3. Robi says:

    Thanks Pan and Dave for a good, pictorial blog (I see your turtles 15 have disappeared.)

    I wondered whether blend in 4 was doing double duty as a hidden indicator (meaning to fuse the words?) I particularly enjoyed KIDNAP, LENTIL, BADMINTON and HOLBEIN.

  4. Big Dave says:

    Presumably the ‘S is supposed to represent HAS, not really appropriate wordplay for a Quiptic.

  5. Robi says:

    P.S. Your turtles have reappeared on my computer.

  6. Big Dave says:

    The turtles were obviously embarrassed, so I located another pair.

  7. Kathryn's Dad says:

    I’m embarrassed now, Dave. Are they playing leapfrog or something?

    I see how FEEBLE works now, but like you, I don’t think that kind of device is appropriate for a Quiptic.

  8. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Pan and Big Dave. I enjoyed this much more than today’s Rufus. Agree with Andrew 4ac. The clue worked for me anyway. Liked EVEREST – chill out, indeed!


  9. Derek Lazenby says:

    As usual, the more expert completely get wrong how hard the puzzle is. I nearly gave up at halfway, but eventually made it. And I do mean eventually. Having said that, there isn’t anything specific to mention, so just tricky is all.

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