Posted by PeeDee on June 29th, 2011
Classic fare from Cinephile - inventive, witty and good fun.
There are the usual vagueries, I have pointed out the ones that annoyed me. These seem as though they would easy to fix for a compiler of Cinephile’s standing, so I wonder why he puts them in? Either my mind works on a lower plane than his and I fail to spot his meaning (quite possible), or else he enjoys his reputation and slips them in just to tease the pedants and dull-witted among us.
Update: I omitted to mention the ‘F’ in the special instructions stands for ‘fat’.
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|1||DAYDREAM||DAM (mother) about READY*|
|6||BECOME||Double definition – as in ‘moonlight becomes you..’|
|9||FLOWER||Definition and cryptic definition- a river is something that flows, sunflower oil is reputedly healthy|
|10||NOT A WORD||Definition and cryptic definition|
|11||LARD||River inside LAD|
|12||HOUSE ORGAN||HOUSE (as a verb, to find a place to keep something) and ORGAN (large instrument) – an internal company publication.
|14||SAVANNAS||VAN (vehicle) inside SAuNAS (baths without U=upper class, one of us)|
|16||PAIL||sounds like “pale”|
|18||AGOG||A GO (shot) and Goal (first letter of) – where does ‘as they say’ fit in?|
|19||THRESHER||(THREE RS Hard)* – its function now done by a combine harvester|
|21||RATTLETRAP||Sir Simon RATTLE and TRAP (catch) – a rickety vehicle|
|24||ESCARGOT||CARGO (luggage) inside SET* – the French are known for eating snails|
|26||ISOBAR||SOB (weep) inside AIR*|
|27||WALLER||West ALLER (French ‘to go’) – pianist Fats Waller. Aller = ‘to go in Paris’ would make sense, but ‘to go to Paris’ just doesn’t suggest a change of language to me.|
|28||DOGS LIFE||FILS (French ‘son’) reversed inside DOGE (Italian magistrate)|
|2||ALLOA||ALL (completely) O (something round) A (indefinite article) – Scottish town|
|3||DOWNDRAUGHT||DOWN (swallow) DRAUGHT (a drink) – wind feature on lee side of a mountain top or ridge|
|4||EARTHING||EAR (something that listens) has THING (object) – ‘to be earthed’ means to have no illusions.|
|5||MONOUNSATURATED||U RATED (considered upper class) following NOUNS (parts of speech) inside MOAT (trench)|
|6||BUTTER||B (second) UTTER to say – fat obtained from cow|
|8||MARGARINE||RAG* (anagram = ‘rag out’) inside MARINE (of the sea)|
|13||RAPESEED OIL||(IDEAL REPOSE)* – reputedly a healthy type of fat|
|15||AEGEAN SEA||(AN AGE with EASE)*|
|17||DRIPPING||Double definition – condensed molten beef fat|
|20||BEGGAR||EGG (food) inside BAR (somewhere to drink) – a beggar asks you for something|
|23||STAFF||FATS reversed and F (note of the musical scale)|
|25||AWL||sounds like “all” (lot) – a pointed instrument for boring. ‘awl’ is not a definition of ‘boring’ to me. An awl is a tool, ‘boring’ is either a verb or else the activity of making holes, being dull etc.|