Posted by Pierre on April 10th, 2011
The usual pleasing puzzle from Everyman to accompany my Sunday morning. A good variety of clue types, and for me today some exceptional surfaces: of the acrosses, I could point to 10, 13, 15 and 25, but you could name several from the down clues as well.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
1 Second drink in isolated spot
A charade of BACK and WATER.
6 Glimpse object of especial interest
This one took me a while to understand. It’s a dd: if you glimpse something, you sight it; and if something is of especial interest, then it’s a ‘sight’ to see. I got focused on Everyman’s use of ‘especial’ rather than ‘special’, thinking that must have been central to the clue. Wrong.
9 Taking photographs of spectators where marksmen practise
A straighforward charade of SHOOTING (taking photographs) and GALLERY (spectators).
10 Land shortage ignored by duke
A removal of D from DEARTH.
11 Maintenance allowance Olympian squandered
(OLYMPIAN)* It’s a term derived from PAL and ALIMONY, where the assets of a live-in but unmarried couple are divvied out after separation. A quick flirt online suggests the neologism dates from 1977.
13 Literary character, jumping bail, put in prison
An insertion of (BAIL)* in CAN for prison. A character in Shakespeare’s Tempest.
15 Likely to remain fine in South, possibly after about one
A charade of S (South) and (AFTER)* around I for one.
16 After last of nightmares, refuse to sleep
A charade of S and LUMBER.
17 Pal carrying revolutionary weapon
An insertion of CHE, the setters’ favourite revolutionary, in MATE.
18 Cop loses out in disgusting place
20 Itinerant US actor making a comeback
A reversal of DAMON. Referring to Matt Damon, the US actor. I’m not that into cinema, but even I’d heard of him.
23 Fruit British head dropped into perfect drink
Clever. It’s B for British and NUT inserted into UTTER (perfect) and SQUASH (drink). This seems to crop up a lot in crosswords, perhaps because it’s got fifteen letters and is ripe (no pun intended) for cluing in various ways. Like the tomato, it is technically a fruit, although cooks would probably regard it as a vegetable.
24 Helped let learner driver out
LEASED with the removal of L.
25 As good as gold? Not us
1 A nervous wreck in box, on trial
A charade of BASKET and CASE. I’d normally associate this word with the recent difficulties of the PIGS eurozone, but the SOED does give the ‘nervous wreck’ definition.
2 Group of singers sing endlessly about love
An insertion of O for love in CHIR[P].
3 Perform a baptism to celebrate a birth
WET THE BABY’S HEAD
4 Can one holding drill start to repair a kitchen utensil?
Can (TIN) plus ONE enclosing PE (drill) and first letter of repair.
5 Royal feast cut short
REGAL[E]. This is the nounal version of REGALE: ‘a sumptuous meal, a feast, an entertainment’.
6 I’m unfortunately turned over by a trick, a computer fraud
A reversal of I’M ALAS plus TECHNIQUE. I vaguely knew this term, and on checking I find that it’s a method of fraudulently obtaining funds by regularly taking small amounts of money from accounts, so that it won’t be noticed: a bit like slicing a salami very thinly until you’ve got the whole sausage, I suppose.
7 New measuring device, reportedly for fruit
A charade of GREEN (new, naive) and GAGE, a homophone of ‘gauge’, a measuring device.
8 Film and play opening in Soho
A charade of TOY (play) and S. A 1992 comedy, which I had never heard of; but the answer couldn’t be much else.
12 Amity shown by female diner relaxed on liner
A charade of F, (DINER)* and SHIP.
14 Rule at sea confused eminent poets
(RULE AT SEA)*
15 Dope easy to name
A charade of SIMPLE, TO and N.
19 Proprietor in state of depression having day off
21 Upset mason grumbles
22 Efficient porter grabbing first of bags
An insertion of B in ALE.
Many thanks to Everyman as always.