Posted by RatkojaRiku on April 22nd, 2011
Solving today’s crossword has made a not insignificant contribution to my vocabulary, both for new words in the language (such as at 6 and 15) and for words which have doubtless been around for a lot longer (such as at 8 and 18). In three out of these four cases, I worked out the solution from the wordplay, although I didn’t know the acronym in 8 either and had to search Chambers for the solution to complete the puzzle.
I looked in vain for an Easter theme – perhaps there’s something lined up for tomorrow’s prize crossword instead?
Incidentally, I hadn’t come across this grid before, with a high number of long entries and yet with the first letters of many entries not being checked, thus heightening the challenge for the solver. Having a Q in a checked square in 5 and 14 is a rare treat, not to mention an X in 1 and 21; 5 and 14 kept me guessing for a long time and were the last clues that I solved (other than 8, of course). My favourite clue was the very compact & lit. at 7.
*(…) indicates an anagram.
|6||WEBISODE||WE + BIS (encore, i.e. in music, a direction indicating that a section is to be repeated) + ODE (=poetry); according to Wikipedia, a webisode (web + episode) is a short episode which airs initially as internet television as opposed to broadcast or cable television.|
|8||ARNICA||A + RN (=lot of sailors, i.e. Royal Navy) + ICA (=modern artists, i.e. Institute of Contemporary Artists); according to Chambers, arnica is “the tincture of a composite plant which is applied to sprains and bruises (but not to open wounds)”, hence “natural remedy”.|
|10/2||SIDELINE||DELI (=food store) in SINE (function, i.e. in maths)|
|11||NIGHTSHIRT||*(<sleepwea>R + THIS THING); “ultimate in” means last letter only is used; “possibly” is the anagram indicator; & lit.|
|12||SUBSTRATUM||[*(BUST) + RAT (=scoundrel)] in SUM; “broken down” is the anagram indicator.|
|14||QUIP||<e>QUIP (=kit, as a verb; “giving off Energy” means the “e” is dropped); the definition is “crack” as a noun meaning joke, wisecrack.|
|15||CROWDSOURCING||[*(OUR WORDS) in C C (=couple of Conservatives, i.e. 2 x C)] + IN + G (=government); according to Wikipedia, crowdsourcing (crowd + outsourcing) is “the task of outsourcing tasks to an undefined, large group of people or community”, hence “community production”.|
|17||SMUT||TUMS (=corporations; “backed” indicates a reversal); smut originally meant soot, dirt, hence “pollution from burning”.|
|18||CLERESTORY||C<hurch> L<eaders> (“openings for” means first letters only are used) + ERE (=before) + STORY (=news item); according to Chambers, a clerestory is “an upper story or part with its own windows, especially the storey above the triforium in a church)”.|
|19||ALTARPIECE||Homophone of “alter (=change) + peace (=silence)”|
|21||EXPEND||[X (=times, in maths, as in 2 x 3 = 6) + PEN (=writer)] in ED (=editor); the definition is “waste” as a verb.|
|22||LIGATURE||*(GAULTIER); “new design” is the anagram indicator.|
|1||OEDIPUS COMPLEX||“Freudian idea” is the definition; the solution provides a cryptic definition to the remainder of the clue “pseudo one, apparently”, in that OEDIPUS is an anagram of PSEUDO + I (=one) with “COMPLEX” as the anagram indicator.|
|3||CORNERED||[<ca>R (“finally” means last letter only is used) in CONE (=traffic marker)] + RED (=like No Entry sign, i.e. in colour)|
|4||BANTAM||ANT (=soldier possibly) in BAM (=hoax)|
|5||ON THE QUIET||ON (=working) + THE + QU (=queen) + I.E. (=that is, in Latin) + T (=tense, in grammar)|
|7||EIGHTSOME REEL||SOME (=a few) in *(HERE LEG IT); “wildly” is the anagram indicator; & lit.|
|9||CARRIAGE RETURN||Definition: “how the author starts a new line”, i.e. when using a typewriter/word processor; cryptic definition: “what the ball guests wanted before departure”, i.e. for carriage to return to pick them up.|
|13||SHORTCAKES||*(TACK) in SHORES (=coastal areas); “variety of” is the anagram indicator.|
|16||RE-EMERGE||REE<f> (=rocks; “most of” means the last letter is dropped) + [G<ravel> (“source of” means first letter only) in MERE (=lake)]|
|18||CUPIDS||I’D in CUPS; “in one’s cups” means drunk, hence, cryptically, I’D is in its CUPS.|
|20/20A||PIT-A-PATS||[TAP (=source of water) + A (=one)] in PITS (=mines)|