Posted by Eileen on June 6th, 2011
Monday morning and a fairly typical Rufus, I think, although the cryptic definitions are perhaps slightly less cryptic than usual and some double definitions are rather similar in meaning – but the surfaces are as smooth as ever. Thank you, Rufus, for a gentle start to the week.
1 SITUATION: double definition: at first, these seemed to me too close but there are two distinct meanings if you think of ‘post’ as a physical position – a super surface, anyway!
6 MOPE: MO M[edical] O[fficer] [doctor] + P[hysical] E[ducation] [exercise]
8 COQUETTE: cryptic [?] definition
9 GEEZER: sounds like ‘geyser’
10 REPAIR: RE-PAIR: double definition
11 OUTSTRIP: cryptic definition
12 EGOIST: anagram of IT GOES
15 TOPLINER: anagram of INTERPOL
16 CAROUSED: C [100 - many] + AROUSED [disturbed]
19 TURN TO: anagram of N[ew] TUTOR
21 IDOLATER: I [one] + DO [perform] + LATER [afterwards]
22 DEBASE: BAS [degreees] in DEE [river]
24 HOBNOB: HOB[o] [tramp without love] + NOB [wealthy man]
25 BLOCKADE: LOCK [security] in BADE [told]
26 ZERO: double definition
27 STEPPED ON: STEPPE [plain] + DON [fellow]
1 STORE: double definition
2 TSUNAMI: reversal [comes up] of MAN in anagram of SUIT
3 ACTOR: cryptic definition
4 ICEBOAT: cryptic definition
5 NIGHTSPOT: NIGHT [anagram of THING] + SPOT [observe]
6 MAESTRI: AESTR [anagram of A REST] in MI [note]
7 PRESIDENT: I’D in PRESENT [now]
13 GRANDIOSE: anagram of ORGANISED: a great surface – it’s just a pity that ‘grand’ appears in both clue and solution.
14 TEST TUBES: reversal ['being raised'] of BUT [objection] in TES … TES ['twice set up']
17 ORLANDO: double definition: Rosalind’s lover in ‘As you like it’ and the city in Florida
18 DURABLE: anagram of BAD RULE
20 REBUKED: RE [about] + UK in BED [plot]
22 DROOP: DROP [fall] minus ['out of'] O [love] – a lovely surface! Correction: DROP [fall] outside O [love]; please see comments passim!
23 SEDAN: double / cryptic definition: two battles of Sedan – one in the Franco-Prussian War  and one in the Second World War  + a reference to a sedan chair