Posted by Pierre on April 25th, 2011
Called off the bench by Gaufrid as substitute blogger. I suspect the difficulty is that the Guardian website is still showing last week’s puzzle. Anyway, if anyone does access the crossword, then this is my (very quick, since I’m trying to multi-task) take on what I thought was a good Quiptic, with only one or two trickier clues.
I enjoyed this, and am sorry that I couldn’t give it full attention. I need to devote myself to the second task for the next hour or so, but will be back later to tidy up any queries (including those of my own which I’ve indicated below).
An insertion of M for minute in DECAP, which is PACED backwards.
It’s CLIPS, cuts, in a reversal of diocese, SEE.
It’s the capital of somewhere I haven’t time to look up, and it’s MAN plus a reversal of ALI.
10 FORGET IT!
A charade of TIT (bird) following FORGE (fashion). Liked this one.
11 BEETLE CRUSHERS
A homophone (sound of) those who would want to put down the Fab Four, The Beatles. I presume BEETLE CRUSHERS are footwear, but I’m too young to remember and too rushed to look it up.
13 FILL THE GAP
An anagram of (HALF PIGLET)*
A reversal of I LED (light emitting diode).
A double definition.
An insertion of TFI (reversal of one foot) in FLASHES. Great clue, where Nutmeg is making use of the fact that the plural of members of the fish family is often the same as the singular.
21 HUNGER STRIKERS
A very clever clue, exploiting the two versions of the word ‘fast’.
23 IN DETAIL
It’s hidden (to some extent) in a reversal of humiLIATED NIxon.
Because folk from the East End of London allegedly say ‘arder for harder. But it’s a good surface.
The definition’s ‘most rum’, but beyond that, I’m going to ask the audience.
A charade of DIM and E for English.
An insertion of (GONE)* in CAL for California.
This is phone a friend time, since I’ve used up ask the audience.
(RICH MAESTRO’S)* Nice almost &lit.
Clever. A homophone of IN JEST.
7 SO THERE!
A charade of SOT (the regular letters of ‘escort’) and HERE, in attendance.
An anagram of (IF TEA IS)* inside SS, ‘on board’ a ship.
A charade of TING, the sound of a bell after (SEVERAL)*
A kind of double definition: the famous bridge over the River Forth has a reputation for needing constant repainting.
Tough for a Quiptic: it’s C (the leader in Cheerleader, inserted into BIKE and then followed by RED for traffic light.
Again, very cleverly done: it’s (DOING)* inside K and M as the two abbreviations for ‘thousands’. Great surface.
An insertion of MO for doctor in HORN (cape) with the addition of E (last of ‘male’).
20 BEAT UP
Nutmeg is asking you to transfer the first two letters of UPBEAT to the end.
A charade of GR for King George (in Latin) and IT.