Posted by Eileen on May 9th, 2011
This is a classic Rufus puzzle, I think. All the hallmarks are there – succinct, witty cluing, clever anagrams [8ac, for instance] superb surfaces … There are rather more anagrams and fewer cryptic definitions today, I think, but there are some gems amongst those – 10ac and 2dn for example. Many thanks, Rufus, for an enjoyable start to the week.
1 QUOTIENTS: anagram of INQUEST TO
6 ERIE: reversal of EIRE [land]
8 SEAT BELT: anagram of LET’S BEAT: more obvious than most Rufus anagrams but what a surface! – &lit
9 MALADY: M.A. [qualification] + LADY
10 PETROL: cryptic definition
11 OFFERING : F [strong] in anagram of FOREIGN
12 PLAYER: double / cryptic definition: a cricket player might make a score [in both senses] and an instrumental player would interpret one.
15 DANSEUSE: anagram of SUDANESE
16 REFORMED: RE-FORMED: double definition
19 LARIAT: anagram of A TRAIL – great surface
21 NATIONAL: anagram of ON A LATIN: nicely misleading definition
22 CALIFS: anagram of FISCAL: I think I’d only met the ‘caliph’ spelling before.
24 ALL OUT: double definition and another fine surface
25 VIRGINAL: double definition
26 AWNS: anagram of SWAN: I think I learned this word from crosswords: ‘the grain-sheath of barley, oats, etc.’ [SOED]
27 SURRENDER: SUR [French ‘on’] + RENDER [return]
1 QUEUE: double definition
2 OUT TRAY: cryptic definition
3 IDEAL: IDEA [conception] + L [50 – ‘many’] – lovely surface
4 NET CORD: cryptic definition
5 SEMIFINAL: IF [provided] in SEMINAL [important] [I found it really odd to type that without a hyphen.]
6 ENLARGE: anagram of GENERAL
7 INDONESIA: ONES [units] in INDIA
13 LIE FALLOW: LIEF [willingly] + ALLOW [let]: I really liked the construction and surface of this clue.
14 RUMINATES: anagram of A TERMINUS
17 OMINOUS: O [nothing] + O [nothing] in MINUS [less]
18 DELIVER: reversal of REVILED [abused]
20 RALLIED: a really elegant double definition
22 CARVE: V [number] in CARE [custody]
23 FLAIR: FAIR [just] about L [a pound]