Posted by Pierre on July 11th, 2011
A clearly clued puzzle from Moley with some nice touches – just right for a Quiptic, I thought.
If anything, it’s a little anagram-heavy, but in a beginner’s puzzle, I don’t think you can criticise the setter for that, because anagrams are probably the most obvious answers once you’ve spotted them. There’s just one clue I have a query on.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
1 Son’s articulate animal is a decoy
A charade of S for ‘son’, TALKING and HORSE. ‘Talking’ for ‘articulate’ is perhaps a bit of a stretch.
10 Country number 99 and its language
A charade of the country and IC for 99. Some people insist that 99 in Roman numerals should be XCIX, but that’s not a fat lot of use to setters, is it?
11 Loud alto jittery at business launch
A charade of F for musically loud and (ALTO)* ‘Jittery’ is the anagrind.
12 Monitor the progress of husband in vehicle
An insertion of H for ‘husband’ in CART
13 About hearing article by Curia — URL’s changed
The term referring to hearing is an anagram of (A CURIA URL)* ‘Changed’ is the anagrind.
14 I’m on set anyway, getting damp
(I’M ON SET)* ‘Anyway’ is the anagrind.
16 His wail broke out in an African language
(HIS WAIL)* ‘Broke out’ is the anagrind.
18 Catches deviously sent rap
(SENT RAP)* ‘Deviously’ is the anagrind.
20 Woman’s fringe and style as a whole
A charade of SHE and BANG for ‘fringe’. You only ever hear this word in the phrase ‘the whole shebang’. The origin of the word is unknown, according to my dictionary.
21 Overhear poser Veda composed
(POSER VEDA)* ‘Composed’ is the anagrind. Eavesdropping is ‘lug-hanging’ in my part of the world.
23 Sheets of paper, say, for the group
A homophone of ‘quire’. ‘Say’ is the homophone indicator.
24 Coach each likely lad originally with love to become a music-maker
A charade of the first letters (‘originally’) of Coach each likely lad, and O for love.
25 After tea sailor can perhaps locate this old bus
A charade of CHAR for ‘tea’, AB for ‘sailor’ (of the able-bodied variety) and (CAN)* ‘Perhaps’ is the anagrind. From the French char à bancs, ‘coach with benches’.
26 Good: massive amount of food
A simple charade of G and ASTRONOMICAL.
2 Healer has article by sexual predator
A charade of THE and RAPIST.
3 Sound let out by one of the smallest significance
A homophone of ‘leased’, ‘let out'; ‘sound’ is the homophone indicator.
4 Taken under cover and reserved
A dd, but my SOED doesn’t give either of these meanings.
5 Turn over wagons and small racing cars
A charade of GO (as in ‘it’s my go/it’s my turn’) and CARTS. ‘Over’ works because it’s a down clue.
6 Post incorporating one, a team leader, to preside at ceremony
An insertion (‘incorporating’) of I for ‘one’, A and T for ‘team leader’ in OFFICE.
7 Lash out with ring in school
(LASH O)* ‘Out’ is the anagrind.
8 Mercuric fence put straight as boundary line
(MERCURIC FENCE)* ‘Put straight’ is the anagrind.
9 Racing tipster managed to fix the final odds
(RACING TIPSTER)* ‘Managed’ is the anagrind. Don’t recall seeing this one before, but it’s a very clever anagram.
15 Delight at the travel arrangement
17 Broadcast aria to man and his beloved
(ARIA TO MAN)* Another clever one; ‘broadcast’ is the anagrind here.
19 Teacher on first three occasions had nothing to add about the windstorm
A slightly more tricksy one: Moley’s asking you to make a charade of SIR for ‘teacher’, OCC for the first three letters of ‘occasions’ and O for nothing.
20 Bribe Nora, perhaps, to become a singer
A charade of SOP for ‘bribe’ and (NORA)* ‘Perhaps’ is the anagrind.
22 Some day this villain will find somewhere to live
Hidden (perhaps not very convincingly) in VILLAin. ‘Some’ tells you to look for a hidden answer.
23 I added to surface for animal
A charade of COAT and I gives you the long-tailed member of the raccoon family.
I don’t recall seeing a Quiptic from Moley for a while, and was pleased to see him/her today. I enjoyed this puzzle, so thank you to the setter.