Posted by Pierre on July 4th, 2011
I don’t know, you offer to do a favour for a fellow blogger, and look what happens …
I got a request from nmsindy to swap Monday dates, and of course I agreed. When I volunteered to move from the gentle slopes of blogging the Quiptic and the Everyman to the steeper precipices of the Indy, it was on the assumption that the Monday puzzles were generally pretty accessible, so there wouldn’t be that much risk of me completely embarrassing myself in public. And today, along comes Anax. Anax on a Monday? What next – Greece repaying its national debt?
On my first look through, I solved precisely nothing, and was going into that waking up in a sweat at three o’clock in the morning from the nightmare where you’re in the exam room but have done no revision and can’t get any answers mode. But I got by (with a little help from my friends) and am pleased that I stuck at it, because although it’s challenging (for me, anyway), it’s also an inventive and pleasing puzzle with some delightful touches.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
[x] letter deletion
anagrind = anagram indicator
1 Danish king eventually supporting the necessary supporters
A charade of FOR (‘supporting’) TIN (money, ‘the necessary’) and BRAS (‘supporters’). It’s ‘eventually’ because FORTINBRAS only becomes King of Denmark at the end of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
6 Country club tolerated
A charade of C for club(s) and HAD for ‘tolerated’, as in ‘I’ve had it up to here’.
10 Tyre setting restriction applied, chasing finishers in final race
Spent ages trying to work out the ‘Tyre’ bit, but of course it’s referring to the Middle Eastern City. So Anax is prompting you to put BAN for ‘restriction’ and ON for ‘applied’ after the finishing letters of finaL racE.
11 Trident component? Left-over parts causing delay
A PRONG is part of a Trident (in the Neptune sense). Put L for left and O for (cricket) over in the middle and you’ve got your answer. Nice use of ‘parts’ to indicate an insertion.
12 Crime starts to excite when you’re tough
A charade of SIN for ‘crime’ and the starting letters of Excite When You’re.
13 Sex? For rather than against going …
One of the reasons I find Anax a hard setter is that clues like this one have the definition so well disguised. It’s ‘going’ in this case (‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’), and is a substitution of PRO for CON in congress for ‘sex’.
15 … hammer and tongs in the casual version of it
(AND TONGS IN THE)* with ‘hammer’ (perhaps appropriately, if you’re into urban slang) as the anagrind. A lovely, misleading surface, continuing the sexual theme, with the ellipses for once actually connecting two related clues. Anax is never going to get the gig setting for the Church Times any time soon, I fancy.
18 Old country wine gets Madonna tipsy
MUSCAT AND OMAN
A charade of MUSCAT and (MADONNA)*
20 Mess around with women in clean clothes? Yes, in a way
Another one that took me ages to see. It’s HASH for ‘mess’ around AND for ‘with’ and W for ‘women’.
21 Old Irish Bill assumes it’s backward country
An insertion of ‘it’s’ reversed in RUC for Royal Ulster Constabulary, the previous police force (‘Bill’) in NI, now superseded by the
PFNI. PSNI in fact; thanks to Radian.
24 Old woman injecting drug to numb bone marrow
The setter’s inviting you to put E and DULL in MA. The medical term for bone marrow. Another lovely surface.
25 In naughty game, rub the hump
(GAME RUB)* What was I saying about the Church Times?
26 Soprano comes in to bribe detective
An insertion of S for soprano in BUY, to ‘bribe’, I think, but I’ve no idea where the ‘detective’ comes into it. Edit: BUSY is slang for ‘detective’. When in doubt, look in the dictionary. Thanks to Eileen.
27 A Renault with 100mph acceleration power
A charade of MEGANE for the Renault brand, W and TON for 100mph. The Indy seems relaxed about brand names, although some people don’t like their use. The Newton is the unit of force required to accelerate a body with a mass of 1kg at a rate of 1 metre per second squared. A MEGANEWTON is a million of them.
1 Fruity bar, nothing else
Concise, precise cluing. A charade of FULL for ‘fruity’ and STOP for ‘bar’. ‘Fruity’ in the wine sense, I guess.
2 Bird to carry off home
A charade of ROB and IN.
3 Chess piece in woollen ski pants is quirky idea
I KNOW HIM SO WELL
I felt the need for a lie down after I’d got this one. It’s WHIM (‘a quirky idea’) in (WOOLLEN SKI)* ‘Pants’ is the anagrind and it refers to the song from the musical Chess, by Tim Rice and the ABBA boys.
4 Perhaps Chelsea will have drawn German team
A charade of a Chelsea BUN and D for ‘drawn’. ‘A German league, confederacy or association’ (SOED), so ‘team’ just about works.
5 Predictably take a second glance around you?
AS PER USUAL
A charade of A, S for second and PERUSAL for glance around U. I think Anax has put the question mark at the end because U is text-speak for ‘you’ .
7 House on very short section of US boundary
The nearest I can get to this is HO for ‘house’, O plus VER for ‘on, very’ shortened, and DAM. But that’s most likely complete cobblers. Edit: it’s just mostly, rather than complete, cobblers. Gaufrid explains it at comment no 2.
8 Process to stop kid talking
The universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old today, and it would have taken me a further 13.7 billion years to see this. So with a little help from my friends, I can tell you that it’s a homophone (‘talking’) of DIE for ‘stop’ and JEST for ‘kid’.
9 Scrap metal 4 presumably
This is one of those reverse clue thingies: an anagram (‘rough’) of METAL and BUND, the answer to 4 down.
14 Hunks – blokes entertaining English girl
An insertion of E for English in CHAPS followed by KATE for girl. ‘Hunks’, I discovered today, is a synonym for ‘miser’.
16 Community workers side with morphing monsters
A charade of EU, MEN and (SIDE)* ‘Morphing’ is the anagrind. From classical mythology: ‘The hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals’. Bring them back as a replacement for ASBOs, say I.
17 Being shown old news about South American Indians
A charade of O for ‘old’ and NN for ‘news’ around S for ‘South’ and CREE for ‘American Indians’. Clever clue and great surface.
19 Enemies of US love British gangsters
Another charade of THEM and OB. As in ‘us and them’, O for ‘love’ and B for ‘British’.
22 Your health history?
I really like the way Anax can be creative with the English language. It’s a dd, and reminded me of Devon Malcolm’s famous quote to the South Africans after being roughed up by bouncers when he came in as a tail-ender, which wound him up to take career-best figures of 9-57 at The Oval in 1994: ‘You guys are history’. Except that’s not exactly what he said, but Fifteensquared is too delicate a place to reveal the precise utterance …
23 It’s immature and wrong, dad admits
It’s an insertion of UP in PA. I couldn’t see how ‘up’ could be synonymous with ‘wrong’, but a further bit of help from my friends tells me that it’s the ‘what’s up?/what’s wrong?’ equivalence.
It’s 4th of July and therefore American Independence Day, so greetings to our contributors and lurkers on the other side of the pond; but apart from two mentions of US in the cluing, I can’t see anything related. However, given my frazzled brain, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something in there. Many thanks to Anax for a very entertaining puzzle.