Posted by Uncle Yap on April 24th, 2011
I have always found Quixote to be scrupulously fair and Ximenean so when I approached this first non-Quixote puzzle in this series, I was filled with a bit of trepidation. My fear, alas, was justified. Many of Raich’s clues, if entered in any of the rpc competitions, would have been politely but firmly rejected. There seemed to be quite a few extraneous words that were also rather obtrusive. I am not exactly enthralled by Raich.
7 BOOTLEG Cha of BOOTLE (North West port, Merseyside) G (first letter of gangster)
9 AFFRAY CAFF (slang for cafe, restaurant) minus C + RAY (fish)
10 JERBOA J (Jack) + *(A BORE) for a desert rodent (family Dipodidae) that jumps on long hind legs like a kangaroo.
11 MANDRAKE MAN (soldier) + Sir Francis DRAKE 1540-1596 (old traveller) for a poisonous plant (genus Mandragora) of the potato family, formerly thought to have magical powers because of the human-like shape of its forked root
12 OIL PAINT *(INTO PAIL)
15 ERNST ER (middle letters of term) ISN’T minus I for probably Max Ernst (1891–1976) a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. I find the word, break very obtrusive. Does it have a function?
17 YORICK YO (yore minus re) RICK (haystack) for the court jester in Hamlet
19 SIESTA *(Tassie)
21 SIREN Ins of RE (about) in SIN (evil-doing)
22 LOBBYIST *(B-list boy)
24 CHITCHAT Cha of C (Conservative) HITCH (problem) AT
26 CALLAS *(La Scala minus a) Maria Callas (1923–1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century
29 EGESTS E (energy) + GESTS (sounds like jests, which is what a court jester does)
30 SNORKEL *(plonkers minus P for piano, quiet)
1 OBOE OB (old boy, former pupil) OE (middle letters of poet) Instrument clued as player?
2 COMB CO (company) MB (Bachelor of Medicine, doctor)
3 ALKALI ha
4 SAUNDERS Cha of SA (sex appeal) UNDER (beneath) S (society) defined as one associated with French. A quick check with Wikipedia showed some 70 notable people with that name; so I wonder which?
5 EFFRONTERY *(entry offer)
6 YANK dd
8 GAMETE GAME (ready) TE (note)
13 ICONS *(coins) I wonder why the setter didn’t trim off they’re ?
14 PRIORITISE *(Poitier Sir) what a clunky and clumsy anagram clue. It would have been so logical to knight Poitier and let him do whatever …
16 TOTES Cha of TOT (young child) ES (middle letters of desk) and I fail to see the relevance of the ellipsis (what connects 14 and 16)
18 KINSHASA Cha of KIN (relatives) S (son) HAS (owns) A (area) Can someone tell me the function of supporting?
20 PLATES Ins of LATE (delayed) in PS (post script, more to say)
23 BECKON BECK (Footballer, David Beckham minus ham, meat) ON (cricket side)
25 HIGH Sounds like Hi! (greeting)
27 LAKE First letters of lyric admired, keenly embraced – The “Lake Isle of Innisfree” is a poem written by William Butler Yeats in 1888. I find the def a tad stretched since Isle of Innisfree is also another item with its own identity
28 ALLY RALLY (some tennis) minus R (right)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram