Posted by Uncle Yap on August 2nd, 2011
What a beautiful morning to be enticed into the spider’s web after being seduced last week. I really felt entertained, challenged and educated this morning after this pleasant work-out. Well done and thank you, Spider Woman
4,21 BUFFER ZONE My last solution in and I struggled to find the word play. Perhaps this entry from the Urban Dictionary may shed some light – The number of people needed in a group so you can enjoy yourself and not have to worry about having too much face time with *THAT* person in your circle (the frenemy, the “let’s just be friends” ex, the hookup that turned out to be a really bad idea, the tool, etc)
Damn, Kelly responded to Rob’s Taco Tuesday invite too; looks like only four of us. Let me ask Zak and Sara so there’s a buffer zone.
6 MISMATCH MISS (girl) minus S (shrinks) + MATCH (lighter of fire)
9,10 LORD OF THE RINGS *(OLD NORSE FRIGHT) The Lord of the Rings is a high fantasy epic written by philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier, less complex children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It is the second best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. Here is Uncle Yap’s challenge. Which is the best-selling novel ever written? The Holy Bible is not a novel.
11 FRENCH BEANS FRENCH (Norman, perhaps) + ins of E (eastern or oriental) in BANS (forbids)
15 CLUSTER C (Charlie in Alpha, Bravo, etc) LUSTER (American spelling of LUSTRE, sheen) Lovely surface
17 TANGENT TAN (hit as in tan his hide) GENT (man)
18 HELEN OF TROY A quasi-&lit *(HER FELONY TO) for the face that launch’d a thousand ships (after Christopher Marlowe, in Doctor Faustus) Her kidnap by Paris led to the Trojan Wars. My COD
22 PLOTTERS P L (PowerfuL minus all the innards) OTTERS (members of the weasel family)
23 DECAMP Ins of EC (Eastern Central postcode area, also known as the London EC postcode area is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. It includes almost all of the City of London and parts of the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) in DAMP (wet)
24 CREVASSE Ins of REV (Reverend) + ASS (Jenny is a female donkey) in CE (Church of England)
25 DEFECT DEFLECT (turn away) minus L (learner or student)
1 HEROIC *(CHEERIO minus E, last letter of he)
2 DISHEARTEN DI (Diana, girl) + ins of ART (artful) in SHEEN (radiance)
3 IMPRISON Cha of I (first letter of Italian) MP (Member of Parliament or politician) RIS (alternate letters from oRgIeS) ON (about) Wonder whether this is Arachne’s prediction that the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi will end up in prison for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute.
4 BOLDFACE A very simple cha
5 FORCEFUL FORCE (pressure) FOUL (noxious) minus O (for oxygen gas)
7 TONS Rev of SNOT (nasal mucus, usually semi-dry) In the Chinese language, snot is a derisive term for something/someone very insignificant like Taiwan is to the PRofC or Singapore in the sea of countries with huge Muslim population.
8 HASH Ins of AS (when) in HH (His Holiness, honorific for the Pope) for my second favourite pastime where we run for miles through rain, sunshine, snow and tsunami to build up a thirst to be quenched by that golden elixir of life usually known as beer My chapter runs every Tuesday at 6pm
12 BURGLARISE *(rain urges) Hands up, those who thought Arachne made a mistake with her anagram fodder. The English nationalise while the American nationalize. This word is one of those rare exceptions where BURGLARIZE is the English spelling and BURGLARISE is the American spelling. I learned something new today.
13 RECREATE *(treacheries minus his)
14 STAYS PUT STAYS (corset) PUT (couch as in Couched in such intemperate language, his argument lost all relevance)
16 TAHITIAN Ins of AH (expression of pleasure) in TITIAN (Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c 1488/1490–1576) better known as Titian was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school.
19 FEELER dd
20 EPIC ha
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