Posted by Pierre on May 16th, 2011
I see Orlando’s on double duty today, having also set the Guardian Cryptic. This was a sound puzzle, but there were a number of pieces of quite tricky wordplay which I’m guessing would have presented a challenge for less experienced solvers.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
1 Caveman’s grand boxing match? On the contrary!
If you’re going to fess up to not understanding a clue, it might as well be 1 Across. Here’s the first tricky piece of wordplay, which proved too tricky for me. The caveman reference is from the Fingal’s Cave Overture by Mendelssohn, but I need some help with explaining how the clue works. Edit: EB and Eileen share the gold star for parsing this for me – see comments 1 and 2.
5 Waffle appearing after meat
A charade of RABBIT and ON, appearing (as in ‘the band is on at eight o’clock’).
9 Crazy girl with a crazy song
A charade of MAD and (A GIRL)* Crazy is a definition first time round and an anagrind the second.
10 It’s strange – not even Capone has left the country
A charade of ODD and IT[AL]Y. ODD is not even, and AL (Capone) has to be removed from the country.
11 A cushion possibly sat on quite frequently
AS OFTEN AS NOT
A charade of A, SOFTEN and (SAT ON)* ‘Cushion’ is used as a verb here and ‘possibly’ is the anagrind.
13 Musical performance one must follow
Gigi is the musical; GIG is performance and Orlando’s inviting you to add I for one at the end.
14 Citizen’s native ground – around the northeast
(NATIVE)* around NE. ‘Ground’ is the anagrind. Nice surface.
17 Orlando’s reflected – outside, another setter danced
When the setter mentions him or herself, it’s usually an indication that there’s a me or I involved somewhere. This is the case here, but it’s complicated by the ‘reflected’ bit. ‘Orlando’s’ translates to ‘I’m'; when that’s reflected, you’ve got IMMI. Then you need to put SHED around that to get your answer; ‘danced’ is the definition. Shed is another setter in the Guardian stable. I think this clue is a bit unfair for a Quiptic since if you’re only at this level and have never attempted a Guardian Cryptic then you’ve no way of knowing that fact.
18 Part of speech originating from parrot
Hidden in speECH Originating. ‘Parrot’ is the definition.
20 Accountants collected a recent bonus
(A RECENT BONUS)* ‘Collected’ is the anagrind. Orlando is stereotyping accountants rather unfairly here, I think: they do much more than just keep score; they have full and interesting lives.
Q: What’s an accountant’s preferred form of contraception?
A: His personality.
23 Doctor in a US hospital made to jump
An insertion of MB for doctor in A US H. Nicely misleading use of ‘jump’.
24 I allow small number to enter in the dark
An insertion of NO in I GRANT.
25 That’s French freight for a northern railway line
It’s a great surface and clever clue, but goodness, I wouldn’t have fancied this as a beginner. It’s an insertion of C’EST (French for ‘that’s’) in A, N for northern and RY for railway. ‘Line’ is the definition and ‘freight’ is telling you that ANRY has to ‘carry’ C’EST.
26 Singer may be employed for this type of music – Enya’s first to be introduced
Again, this is a big ask. You need to know that ‘Singer’ is a brand of sewing machine (our mam had one where you had to wind the wheel on the side to make it go). SWING is a type of music and when you introduce the first letter of Enya you’ve got your answer.
2 My word is extremely angry!
A kind of cd/dd. Edit: Judy gets the silver star for explaining this properly at comment no 5.
3 What may be potted meat’s first eaten? That’s elementary
See my comment at 25 across. GERANIUM is what may be potted; M is the first letter of ‘meat’. If the first ‘eats’ the second you end up with the chemical element with atomic number 32.
4 Ten cohorts, say, accepted by Aslan
I must get some new specs. I spent far too long trying to solve this with ‘Asian’ as the final word. It’s EG (for example, ‘say’) in LION. Aslan is the lion in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. Aslan is also Jesus, according to some.
5 Why blood is thicker than water?
A cd. RELATIVE DENSITY is another term for specific gravity.
6 Chesterton’s father at home with good poet
Father Brown is a fictional character created by G K Chesterton. No, I hadn’t either. Add him to IN for ‘at home’ and G for ‘good’ and you’ve got Robert BROWNING, whom I had heard of.
7 Adherents of religion first to leave river
8 Treatment making hotpot easy
12 Bargee whose diet was effective?
First step the SOED to find out what a ‘bargee’ is. ‘A bargeman.’ Next step: get a few crossing letters. Final step: remember that LIGHTER is a type of barge and twig the cd.
15 Flipping prophet has cast out animal
A prophet is a ‘seer’. Flip that and you’ve got REES. ‘Cast’ is THREW. If you put that outside REES you end up with the small Asian mammal. He’s a handsome little fellow and can drink you under the table.
16 Glance from mixed choir, etc
19 Game theory’s first applied to town in Ireland
The first letter of theory and ENNIS, the town in County Clare.
21 Putting name to river is futile
N for name plus OUSE, the river.
22 Clergyman not beginning soon
[C]ANON. The answer is an archaic or literary word for ‘soon’.
Thanks to Orlando for the puzzle and apologies to accountants everywhere.