Posted by Pierre on April 18th, 2011
My first foray into blogging a daily cryptic, so a slightly (actually, very) scary moment. But Quixote’s clear cluing got me over the line eventually, with only a couple of the final solutions holding me up. I haven’t been a regular solver of his Sunday Indy puzzles, so I think some of my initial hesitation might have been due to me getting used to his individual style.
Since my blogging career so far has been with the Everyman and the Guardian Quiptic, where I’ve been trying to help less experienced solvers (like me, par exemple) I will probably have put in too much detail, but you can always ignore it. There is just one I could do with some help with.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
A charade of ICI (‘here’ in French) and L in DOME.
A reversal (coming round) of RAC’s. For overseas solvers, RAC is the Royal Automobile Club, a roadside rescue organisation. Their motorbike people used to salute you when they saw the RAC badge on the front of the car, which tells you how old I am.
A charade of MAN U and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Given the events at Wembley on Saturday, Quixote thankfully decided not to involve the red-and-white side of Manchester in the clue. Why is Massachusetts so hard to spell?
11 LETS RIP
A charade of vigi[L] and (PRIEST)*
12 LORD PRIVY SEAL
(V SILLY PADRE OR)*
A charade of PAR and ODISTS for poets.
This is obvious, being the river that forms some of the border between England and Scotland. Even with all the crossing letters in I couldn’t see it and had TREAD for a good while, thinking that it was something that ran along the edge of a tyre. Perhaps I should go back to just doing the Quiptic.
But when writing up the blog, I was reminded why I do know this. It’s from Dick Gaughan’s song on one of my favourite albums, Handful of Earth:
Let the love of our land’s sacred rights
To the love of our people succeed
Let friendship and honour unite
And flourish on both sides the Tweed
An insertion of G into ROUÉ for rake.
My last to go in. I presumed (always a dangerous strategy when solving a cryptic) that it was an anagram of (AUNTIE SET)*, with ‘puzzle’ as the anagrind. So it turned out, although the word itself was unfamiliar. ‘A solid solution of carbon in a non-magnetic high-temperature allotropic form of iron’ (SOED). I’m always pleased to see a science-based clue, so I’m not going to whinge about its obscurity, especially since it’s an anagram.
NEIGH (beastly noise) plus BOD (fellow) outside UR (the famous old city) and HO for house and O for old. A bit going on, but it’s all clearly signposted. Perhaps Quixote is going for the record number of elements in a charade, but I’m too much of a new kid on the blog to say whether he gets that particular sticker.
Not prosaic would be ‘in verse’, and INVERSE means contrary. I liked this one when I finally twigged it.
DO and RANT with M for maiden (over) hidden in the middle. Cricket and Cryptics are BFFE.
The actress Greta GARB[O] without the O for nothing. A bit like in Casablanca, where her fellow Swede Ingrid Bergman never said ‘Play it again, Sam’, she never said ‘I want to be alone’ in Grand Hotel. Apparently.
A reversal (turned over) of P for musically soft and MUD for slime.
An insertion of ANGLE (point of view) in MR.
I initially put in a misspelling of CARMARTHENSHIRE here, which wasn’t a big help. Pretty obviously it’s (BEGRIMED HIS CAR)*
4 LIT UP
LIP for audacity around TU for Trade Union.
7 ROPE LADDER
I think that this is ELLIPS[E] plus IS but would welcome confirmation or another parsing.
9 STAYS THE COURSE
I really liked this one too. I could see that there was a ‘reversal’ indicator to get from ‘boy’ to ‘yob’, but the bracketed bit of the clue took me a while to work out.
Children clued as SEED with the inclusion of A SON.
GRI[M] plus EVER.
DIA, a reversal of AID in INNS.
Hidden in 3dn, CambRIDGEshire. It’s ‘surprising’ because, if I may be forgiven for lapsing into the vernacular, the Fenlands in Cambridgeshire are as flat as a kipper’s dick.
Half of STUDents, learners. And ‘stud’ and ‘boss’ are synonyms.
Phew! Thanks to Quixote for a pleasing and not too difficult solve.