Posted by Pierre on May 22nd, 2011
A straightforward and soundly-clued Sunday offering from Everyman today. Just right for beginning or improving solvers: I know I would have appreciated and enjoyed this puzzle when I was getting into the dark and mysterious world of cryptics. And I enjoyed it this morning too.
There were a couple of well-worn clues included, but I think in an entry-level cryptic crossword that’s fine: there’ll be somebody out there today who’ll be encountering them for the first time.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
1 Group going across river for a meal
An insertion of R for river into BUNCH for group.
4 A couple watch one who’s cheating?
A charade of TWO and TIMER for watch.
10 Train isn’t fixed en route
(TRAIN ISN’T)* The anagrind is ‘fixed’.
11 Artist contributing to postmodern style
Hidden (‘contributing to’) in postmodERN STyle. Referring to Max Ernst, the German painter, sculptor and poet. If it’s the first time you’ve come across him, commit him to memory, because he often comes up in crosswords.
12 With £25 gets into Cruft’s elaborate promotional event?
‘Pony’ is slang for £25. If you put AND (with) and it inside DOG SHOW (Cruft’s) you’ve got your answer. ‘An elaborate or formal occasion or display designed to attract people’s attention, esp a business briefing or sales presentation’ (SOED). It’s shown as North American colloquialism, but I’m sure I’ve heard it over here too.
14 Style of interior design having red coat applied
(RED COAT)* ‘Applied’ is the anagrind.
16 Queer Street? Phoned helpline ultimately
Nicely misleading overlap of Queer and Street. It’s a charade of ST, RANG and E as the last letter of helplinE.
17 Letter from European saint found in stack
Another charade: it’s E, plus an insertion of ST in PILE (stack).
19 Nelson’s short speech after opening of hostilities
Nelson’s first name is the solution: it’s ORATIO[N] after H for ‘opening of hostilities’.
21 A novel Holbein painting
A bit of literary and artistic knowledge required here (or in my case, all the crossing letters and realising that it couldn’t be anything else). It’s the title of a book by Henry James (1903) and a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger (1533). Everyman is giving us a verbal puzzle today; the painting contains a visual puzzle.
24 In a city of Mesopotamia, I caught Goldfinger
A charade of A, UR (the setters’ favourite old city) I and C. Auric means ‘golden’, so I guess ‘Goldfinger’ is acceptable as the definition, and it’s a good surface. Edit: thanks to Mystogre, who’s pointed out that Auric Goldfinger is the villain in the Bond movie.
25 Demoted socialist entertaining emissary
An insertion of LEGATE in RED.
26 Duke, entering a wood by canal, made a striking impression
CUT A DASH
Nice story-telling surface. It’s a charade of D for Duke in A ASH, preceded by CUT for canal.
27 Seasoning fellow very quietly put in
An insertion of PP (musically very quiet) in PEER for fellow.
1 Blasted din ruined by appointments arranged by a third party
2 Revolting drunk may make one very tense
A charade of UP and TIGHT.
3 Child in a new series
‘Series’ is the definition, as in a series/chain of events. It’s a charade of CH for child and (IN A)*
5 Drink in fancy hotels – sweet wine mostly
WET ONE’S WHISTLE
(HOTELS SWEET WIN)* Everyman’s using ‘mostly’ to tell you to take the last letter of ‘wine’ off before you make the anagram fodder.
6 Club official, more confident after revision of 8
SURER after a revision (anagram) of the solution to 8dn (RATE). Everyman doesn’t often cross-reference clues in this way.
7 Start to move on, early in the rainy season
A charade of M, ON and SOON.
8 Consider a charge
Our first dd.
9 As prosecutor, be prepared to expose bribe
A SOP TO CERBERUS
(AS PROSECUTOR BE)* It’s a phrase I’ve learned from crosswords. Cerberus was the tricephalic dog that guarded the entrance to Hades. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used to bury their dead with a slice of cake as a bribe to the dog to allow safe passage of the departed. Although if you were going to hell anyway, why would you care? I’m not red hot on classics, so perhaps I’ve misunderstood the story.
13 Have second thoughts about Conservative party referendum, primarily
A charade of RE, CON, SIDE and R for the first letter in referendum. I’m sure the clue’s appearance shortly after the AV referendum is serendipitous, but perhaps I’m doing the setter a disservice.
15 Approach daughter, hypnotised
A charade of ENTRANCE and D for daughter.
18 Trendy? That girl must be with it to succeed
A charade of IN (trendy, fashionable) HER and IT. It’s the less common definition of ‘succeed’, in the sense of inheriting an estate when someone pops their clogs.
20 Swept to wild dance
22 A peculiar urge to express disagreement
23 Powder kept by hospital chemist
Hidden in hospiTAL Chemist.
Many thanks to Everyman as always.