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Quiptic 596/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on April 18th, 2011


A well-clued and straightforward puzzle from Hectence today, with only a couple of clues falling into the more difficult category.

dd  double definition
cd  cryptic definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator


Snatch sailor’s pipe
A charade of AB for Able-Bodied sailor and DUCT.  I suppose if you were being picky you could suggest that since the clue contains a possessive, it leads to ABSDUCT.  Personally I’m not in a picky mood this morning.

Pop out in Burlesque star’s helicopter
(POP)* inserted into CHER.  I couldn’t understand the Burlesque reference but a quick furtle online shows that Cher starred in a film of that name in 2010.

Lie has fooled doctor
(HAS FOOLED)*  The anagrind is ‘doctor’.

10  Feel sorry for decapitated bird
REGRET without the first letter.

11  Provide black belt
A charade of B for black and RING.

12  Spoon and dish expressly for fruit
Unless someone has a better idea, I think this is a homophone (suggested by ‘expressly’) of NECK and TUREEN.  The definition of  ‘spoon’ is the amorous one, where when you cuddle somone, you ‘neck’ them.  Not that I’d know much about that, obviously, at my advanced age.  Update: of course it’s terrine, not tureen.  Thanks to scchua and Stella.

13  I left medicine for distribution in a particular area
(MEDICNE)*  Hectence is asking you to take out the I from MEDICINE before making the anagram, suggested by ‘for distribution’.  Nice surface.

15  Half of lime for Queen’s alternative to alcoholic drink
A charade of LI, QU and OR.

17  Join forces with UN soldiers retreating to base camp
Perhaps one of the harder ones: it’s a reversal of UN GIS and P, which is the bottom, or base, of camP.

19  Shrink articles on dress style taking a quarter out
Again, quite a tricky one: ‘shrink’ is the (psycho)analyst and you need two articles (AN and A) on LYST, which is (STYL)*.  The ‘quarter’ which you need to take out is E for East.

22  Unending fog on a little road round bends is dangerous …
If you’d got the Z from the down clue then it could never be anything else, but parsing it took me some time.  It’s a charade of HAZ (unending HAZe), A, RD for little road, O for round, and U and S for U-bend and S-bend.  I think.

24  … suggest travel on motorway coming back
A charade of PLY (travel) after IM, the M1 motorway, coming back.  The southern end of the M1 is not a stretch you’d want to be using during this morning’s commute.  The ellipses in 22 and 24ac are, as usual, five-eighths of naff all to do with anything.

26  Mia organised leave with friend from Madrid
A simple charade of (MIA)* and GO.

27  Father’s taking a trip, playing bridge
A charade of (A TRIP)* and ARCH.  The anagrind is ‘playing’.

28  Cat having a hard time gets meaner
An insertion of H for hard and T for time in TIGER.

29  Snake swallowing up fish becomes dormant
An insertion of LEE (a reversal of EEL) in ASP.  Some people would argue that this clue is faulty, because you can only use ‘up’ as a reversal indicator in a down clue.  I’m one of them.


Friendly fellow in story
An insertion of F in A FABLE.

Indian capital emerged from citadel Hindus built
Hidden in citaDEL HIndus.

Minister’s chapter left Germany in disarray
A charade of C for chapter, L for left and (GERMANY)*.  The anagrind is ‘in disarray’.

Will supplement from fish get old chemical company money?
A charade of COD, ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) and L for pounds as money.  A codicil is the thingy you tack onto the end of your will when you’ve fallen out with someone.

Times returned in last letter
The last letter of the Greek alphabet is a reversal of two words for ‘time': AGE and MO (as in ‘just a mo’).

Prison may result in penny-pinching!
(PRISON MAY)*  Nice clue.

Sailor’s knocked head over heels by girl – yes, indeed!
Another lovely story-telling surface.  A reversal of TAR added to HER (girl). ‘Rather!’ is what posh folk say to mean ‘Yes, indeed!’

Toothache’s half gone after taking first nip of brandy
This might be step too far for a Quiptic, although to be fair to Hectence you have got three crossing letters and it’s a clear definition.  It’s a charade of COG for tooth and AC (ACHE with half missing) surrounding N (first letter of nip).

14  Daughter starts off whingeing as it’s raining a bit
A charade of D and [G]RIZZLING.

16  Puts rider in and completes course
A dd.

18  Shakespearean dismisses love with flourish!
A removal of O for love (as in tennis) from PROSPER[O], a protagonist in The Tempest.

19  Donkeys carrying a ton of goods
An insertion of T in ASSES.

20  Play with posh offspring at Hamleys, say
A charade of TOY for ‘play (with)’ and (SHOP)*.  Is ‘offspring’ an appropriate anagrind?  Your call.  Hamleys is the toyshop in London (Oxford Street, I think).

21  Cross in defeat
I think this is just a dd, but would be happy to be proved wrong.

23  Egg’s found in strange sort of place for birds to nest
This time it’s O represented as an egg that you need to insert into (SORT)*.  The anagrind is ‘strange’.

25  Design super handbag for American girl
Hectence is exploiting one of the many hundreds (thousands?) of words that are different in American and British English.  It’s (SUPER)*, the anagrind is ‘design’, and perhaps an American commenter will tell us what their ladies call a purse, ‘cos I don’t know.

I enjoyed this puzzle.  Many thanks to Hectence.

6 Responses to “Quiptic 596/Hectence”

  1. scchua says:

    Thanks for the blog Pierre, and Hectence for a nice puzzle.

    Re 12A NECTARINE, I think the 2nd homophone is “terrine”, a dish, as in an appetiser. Another reading for U + S in 22A HAZARDOUS is U’s = “bends”, a couple of U-turns, I think.

    Favourites were 22A HAZARDOUS, 3D CLERGYMAN, and 8D COGNAC.

  2. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Hectance and Pierre for an enjoyable puzzle.

    There’s a coincidence at 19ac with today’s Rufus, which made it easier than it might have been :)

    I agree with scchua re ‘terrine’. I found the clue rather clever.

    In answer to your query, though I’m not American, I think she would call her purse a wallet.

    I think my favourite is probably 6d. Nice clue, as you say.

  3. Pierre says:

    Thanks, both – of course you are correct. It’s both the vessel itself and a kind of coarse paté (sorry, my laptop won’t do circumflex accents …)

  4. Robi says:

    Thanks Hectence and Pierre. Largely OK for a Quiptic but I failed to parse COGNAC and HAZARDOUS (attack of the bends) properly.

    As Stella says there’s a coincidence with today’s Rufus. A purse in America means a woman’s handbag.

    I did like NECTARINE, although ‘expressly’ may not be a very usual homophone indicator (?). Also liked PATRIARCH and TIGHTER.

  5. crosser says:

    Thanks Hectence, and Pierre: I needed your explanation for the parsing of “nectarine” at 12a.
    In 22a, I hadn’t thought of S bends, just the usual boring “U”s!
    I agree with Stella about American women’s use of “wallet” for the British “purse”, and I think they also say “pocketbook”, a word I discovered when I first started teaching English in France – as a translation of “porte-monnaie”.

  6. Derek Lazenby says:

    Damn hard work for a Quiptic, or was the on-line poker distracting me?

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