Posted by duncanshiell on July 18th, 2011
This was a standard Monday offering from Rufus which took longer to blog than it took to solve. However, The Guardian offers puzzles to suit a wide range of solvers during the week. Many people will be pleased with today’s puzzle and those who seek a sterner challenge will no doubt be satisfied by the end of the week.
No doubt I am not the only solver who confidently entered SITTING as the answer at 18 down before realising that it didn’t fit with SUNBATHER at 27 across.
As I compiled the blog I looked at the clue types and came up with the following split:
10 pure anagrams
2 container & contents
2 compound clues container & contents including anagrams
8 double definitons
4 cryptic definitions
1 homophone and
totalling 30 clues, 2 of which could be considered as & Lits as well. The number of pure anagrams seems to be on the high side.
I think there is a misprint in the on-line version of 3 down where ‘house’ should be ‘horse’. Update: the Guardian crossword editor has acknowledged on the comments section of the Guardian Crossword website that there is indeed a misprint in this clue. I have also noted a query at 2 down where PR is used to define publicist.
There were some fairly easy clues, e.g the clue for THE RIVALS but there was also some good misdirection such as ‘stay’ being used as a noun in 13 down and ‘mock’ being used as an adjective in 5 down.
PRIEST at 12 across must be one of the most common words used for anagram fodder given that there are at least 8 reasonably common words formed from its letters.
I had to resort to a little bit of research to understand the reference to HORATIUS at 21 across.
|1||Get one’s own back (9)||REPOSSESS (take back)||REPOSSESS (if they were your possessions in the first place, then you get your ‘own things’ back)||cryptic definition|
|6||Attempt to form a party (4)||BASH (attempt)||BASH (party)||double definition|
|8||Encircled friend making a comeback (8)||ALLY (friend) contained in (encircled) RING (circle). ‘Encircled’ is doing double duty in this clue||RALLYING (making a comeback)||container & contents|
|9||Kind disposition (6)||NATURE (order; kind)||NATURE (disposition)||double definition|
|10||Severely punished for being drunk (6)||STONED (pelted with stones; severely punished)||STONED (drunk)||double definition|
|11||Runners allowed to enter various heats (8)||LET (allowed) contained in (to enter) an anagram of (various) HEATS||ATHLETES (runners)||compound container & contents and anagram|
|12||Wit of an animated priest (6)||Anagram of (animated) PRIEST||ESPRIT (wit)||anagram|
|15||Set off for school in time (8)||ETON (school) contained in (in) DATE (time)||DETONATE (set off)||container & contents|
|16||Notice fewer without blemish (8)||SPOT LESS (notice fewer)||SPOTLESS (without blemish)||double definition|
|19||They make us cold and wet (6)||Anagram of (make) US COLD||CLOUDS (rain falls from CLOUDS, hence they make us wet). I don’t think all CLOUDS make us cold and wet, there are surely some cloud types associated with warm dry weather.||Anagram and & Lit where the whole clue is also the definition|
|21||He lacked a fourth at bridge (8)||
HORATIUS (Wikipedia tells me that Publius Horatius Cocles was an officer in the army of the ancient Roman Republic who famously defended the Pons Sublicius from the invading army of Lars Porsena king of Clusium in the late sixth century BC, during the war between Rome and Clusium. Apparently there were only three defenders of the bridge.)
HORATIUS (There is also a poem by Lord Macaulay about Horatius that mentions the three defenders, but as it runs to 70 verses I haven’t read it all.)
|22||Oil found somewhere in southeast Europe, say (6)||Sounds like (say) GREECE a country in southeast Europe||GREASE (oily matter)||homophone|
|24||A sweet’s round and in layers (6)||A TART’S (a sweet’s) reversed (round)||STRATA (layers)||reversal|
|25||At sea no rating is lacking in knowledge (8)||Anagram of (at sea) NO RATING||IGNORANT||anagram|
|26||Build-up of runs – they may retain the Ashes (4)||Anagram of (build-up of) RUNS||URNS (a cricketing reference to England v Australia test series. The Ashes ‘trophy’ is an urn reputed to contain the ashes of a stump, or metaphorically the ashes of English cricket following England’s defeat by Australia in 1882)||anagram|
|27||One suffering heat burns (9)||Anagram of (suffering) HEAT BURNS||SUNBATHER (one suffering heat burns)||anagram and & Lit|
|1||Respond to plea to return to the stage (5)||RE-ACT ([plea to] return to the stage and act again)||REACT (respond to)||double definition|
|2||Publicist covers new lines in lager (7)||PR (publicist [?] – I suggest that Press Release or publicity may be a better definition for PR that publicist as a publicist is more likely to be a PR person rather than just a PR) containing an anagram of (new) LINES||PILSNER (lager)||container & contents and anagram|
|3||Reacted like a startled house and threw (5)||SHIED (reacted like a startled horse). I think there is a misprint in this clue and ‘house’ should be ‘horse’. I am working from the Guardian on-line website. Perhaps the clue in the published paper has ‘horse’||SHIED (threw)||double definition|
|4||Defile and glen in the country (7)||Anagram of (defile) AND GLEN Note that ‘defile’ also means ‘gorge’ in geographical terms and could be considered to be a more dramatic form of glen||ENGLAND (country)||anagram|
|5||Mock the northern city’s affectation (9)||Anagram of (affectation) THE and N (northern) and CITY’S||SYNTHETIC (mock)||anagram|
|6||Bird of the frozen North (7)||BITTER (extremely and painfully cold; frozen) + N (north)||BITTERN (bird)||additive|
|7||Refused it anyway having had more than enough (9)||Anagram of (anyway) REFUSED IT||SURFEITED (filled to satiety; had more than enough)||anagram|
|13||Stay to eat and drink (9)||SUP (to eat with a spoon) + PORTER (a drink)||SUPPORTER (a check or restraint; stay [as a noun])||additive|
|14||Sheridan’s competitiors? (3,6)||THE RIVALS (reference the play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan)||THE RIVALS (competitors)||double definition|
|17||They take the strain out of brewing (3,4)||TEA BAGS (bags containing tea leaves for infusion [brewing tea; straining?])||TEA BAGS (the use of TEA BAGS is trumpeted as an easy way of making tea, thereby taking the strain out of more complicated ways)||cryptic definition|
|18||Meeting that has no standing? (7)||SESSION (sitting; series of sittings)||SESSION (meeting; if it’s a sitting then there is no standing)||cryptic definition|
|20||In this world, or possibly another (2,5)||Anagram of (possibly) ANOTHER||ON EARTH (in this world)||anagram|
|22||Sail out of port (5)||GENOA (sail; a large jib which overlaps the mainsail)||GENOA ([Italian] port)||double definition|
|23||A Spaniard of Norse extraction (5)||Anagram of (extraction) NORSE||SEÑOR (a gentleman in Spanish)||anagram|