Posted by Uncle Yap on June 14th, 2011
Didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I usually enjoy a Guardian puzzle.
And much had to do with a most depressing theme of aging and its not-so-pleasant or pretty effects. No wonder some crossword editors discourage, if not prohibit negative words like diseases and pestilence; if only to emphasise that crosswords is supposed to be a pleasant pursuit for entertainment and amusement and not an exercise wallowing in human miseries, anguish and pain.
8 FACE MASK Self-evident cd to hide the signs of ageing
9 ORNATE *(ARE NOT) Chambers Thesaurus supports ornate as busy (which I find a tad stretched) Can someone construct a sentence using busy/ornate interchangeably?
10 SIGN dd to sign/initial an agreement ; first sign/clue to the arrival of spring
11 BINGO WINGS Oh dear … I will just let Wikipedia explain this . BINGO WINGS is a slang term used to describe the build-up of fat and/or extra skin that hangs from the underside of the upper arms (i.e. over the triceps). It occurs most frequently in elderly and overweight people. The problem may also occur after significant weight loss, with flaps of loose skin remaining. The term apparently originated from the bingo hall custom of raising one’s arm aloft and bellowing “House!”.
12 CONDOR Cha of CONDO (condominium or apartment) R (right)
14 WRINKLES W (with) RINK (sheet of ice) LES (Leslie, boy)
15 NELUMBO *(BLUE MONday) plant of the Nelumbo genus of water lilies including the Egyptian bean of Pythagoras, and the sacred lotus.
17 SEABASS I hope someone can help parse this … I wanna get out of this place
20 LOBLOLLY Cha of LOB (throw) LOLLY (money)
22 AGEING A GELDING (horse that has been castrated) minus LD (Lord)
23 STOCK-STILL STOCKS (supplies) TILL (drawer)
24,25 MOOD INDIGO Cha of MOO (low, bovine sound) DIN (noise) D (Duke) I GO (try) “Mood Indigo” (1930) is a jazz composition and song, with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills.
One of the few rays of sunshine in today’s lot
26 DEMENTIA DE (half DEad) MEN (soldiers) TIA (rev of AIT (key as in island)
1,2 VARICOSE VEIN VARIC *(VICAR) O (ring) + ins of I (one) in SEVEN
3 CAMBER CLAMBER (climb) minus L
4 OKINAWA O (ring again?) KIN (relatines) A W (west) A (American)
5 COLONISE COLON (sneaky use of the punctuation mark) ISE (first letters of Invade, Settle and Educate … my COD
6 UNSINKABLE Ins of SINK (Belfast is a kind of butler’s sink) in UNABLE (lacking power)
7 STOGIE *(EGOIST) a long cheap cigar
13 DOUBLE CHIN *(Dublin Echo)
16 BALD SPOT BAL (rev of LABour Party) DESPOT (Stalin) minus East
18 SINFONIA *(FASCINATION minus ACT)
19 MYRIADS Ins of YRIAD (rev of DAIRY, milk products) in MS (Miss)
21 OUTING dd
22 AFLAME A F (fine) LAME (fabric in which metallic, usually gold or silver threads are interwoven)
24 MINE dd
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram