Posted by scchua on August 8th, 2011
This is an Occasion – my first blog of the most prolific crossword setter in the world. Thanks Rufus, for all those crosswords, including those not covered in 15sq’d. (My wife does the Globe and Mail cryptics). Today’s crossword, though, is perhaps not that auspicious. I don’t normally use superlatives, but this was v.v. easy, with quite a number of double and (not so in some cases) cryptic definitions. I can already hear cries of “money back” or “where’s the value?”! (Definitions are underlined in the clues.) P.S. Have fun trying to figure out the connections (hidden theme, nina?) in 3 of the pic sets – sorry if they’re even easier than the crossword.
1 Ruth Rendell’s first English detective (7)
REMORSE : R(first letter of Rendell) + E(English) + MORSE(Detective Chief Inspector, detective in Colin Dexter’s series of novels set in Oxford. Among other things, Endeavour – his first name -was a cryptic crossword enthusiast).
Defn: The noun meaning compassion,contrition,remorse, the root of the more common “ruthless”. Probably some connection (but I don’t know what) with Ruth, the biblical character known for her kindness and faithfulness. Nice surface to this as Ruth Rendell has her own series of mystery novels, centred around another English detective.
5 Throw out a proposed scheme (7)
PROJECT : Double defn.
10 Crowd entertainer (4)
HOST : Double defn.
11 Bible story about fellow deserving forgiveness (10)
PARDONABLE : PARABLE(Bible story which illustrates/teaches by allegory) around(about) DON(fellow/head/tutor at a university)
12 The never ending round (6)
CIRCLE : Cryptic defn.
13 OK, cheer set point for the brave (8)
CHEROKEE : Anagram(set) of OK CHEER + E(east,compass point)
Defn: A brave,male member of one of the American Indian tribes
SECTIONAL : Anagram(that’s rocky) of COASTLINE
16 Irritable friend of Mole and Toad (5)
RATTY : Double defn. 2nd: One of the characters in The Wind in the Willows, a children’s book, featuring 4 main characters: Mole, Mr. Toad, Mr. Badger, and Ratty, who is, well, a water rat, friends all.
17 There are four to each deck, used for lifting (5)
JACKS : Double defn: 1st: Each pack,deck of playing cards has a jack of each of the four suits; and 2nd: mechanisms used for lifting cars, and even houses
19 Steps inside (9)
STAIRCASE : Cryptic defn.
23 Taking trouble to point out (8)
ADOPTION : ADO(trouble,to-do) +(to) anagram(out) of POINT
Defn: The noun, the “taking” in of an adoptee.
24 Deputy head with masses of paper getting dark thoughts (6)
DREAMS : D(initial letter,head of “deputy”) +(with) REAMS(masses,large quantity, derived from the measure of paper, 1 ream = 500 sheets)
26 Shortest way to the top, believe me (8,2)
STRAIGHT UP : Double defn: 2nd: “(I’m being) straight up”,”no kiddling”,”believe me”
27 An opening for five, possibly ten (4)
VENT : V(Roman numeral for five) + anagram(possibly) of TEN
28 Checks made by the police? (7)
ARRESTS : Cryptic defn.
29 Blow this for the French game to start (7)
WHISTLE : First,to start with WHIST(card game, forerunner of bridge) + LE(the article the in French)
2 Sweetheart has reason to be sensitive (7)
EMOTIVE : E(Middle letter,heart of sweet) +(has) MOTIVE(purpose,reason to do something)
Defn: Highly subject,sensitive to being emotional
3 An eye for a drink (5)
OPTIC : Double defn. 1st: Your familiar organ; and 2nd: the not-so-familiar trademark (apparently) name for your familiar drink dispenser that is attached to an inverted bottle.
4 C-in-C starts to drink, gets more intoxicated (7)
SUPREMO : First,starts with SUP(drink) +(gets) anagram(intoxicated) of MORE
Defn: Commander-in-Chief, eg. General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Forces in Europe, and later supreme commander of NATO.
6 Offered support in getting established (6)
ROOTED : Double defn. 1st: Gave,offered support,rooted for; and 2nd: having been established,taken root
7 A French maid (4,2,3)
JOAN OF ARC : Cryptic defn. Frenchwoman Jeanne d’Arc, the Maid of Orleans, who claimed divine guidance, and led her nation’s army to several important victories against the English. Finally burned at the stake in Rouen. Edit.note: The original picture in the middle was probably blocked because it had an embedded link. It has been replaced.
8 Sect takes up clergyman involved in a runaway affair (7)
CULVERT : CULT(religious or pseudo-religious sect) around(takes) reversal(up, in a down clue) of REV(the Reverend so and so,clergyman)
Defn: Basically a drain to take runoff,runaway water
9 Drag one’s feet on stair carpet that’s laid out (13)
PROCRASTINATE : Anagram(that’s laid out) of ON STAIR CARPET
15 Happen to finish in the first three (4,5)
TAKE PLACE : Double defn: 1st: To occur,happen; and 2nd: The first three competitors to finish in a race, earning a gold, silver or bronze. However, for those, me included, who have had at least the occasional wager on the ponies, it’s win, place and show for first, second and third respectively in a horse race.
18 His examinations necessitate a lot of bookwork (7)
AUDITOR : Cryptic defn. He who carries out an examination of the books of a company to detect any irregularities, assuming he’s better than the company’s bean-counters/conjurers
20 Detailed sort of investigation showing trendy profundity (2-5)
IN-DEPTH : IN(with the in-crowd,trendy) + DEPTH(state of being profound,penetrating deeply into subjects and ideas,profundity)
21 It is important to change lanes when encircling motorway (7)
SEMINAL : Anagram(to change) of LANES around(when encircling) MI(=M1, the motorway in England)
Defn: Important to the extent that it is highly original and influential
22 Dog dropped tail to receive fuss (6)
FIDGET : FID(“Fido”, the nominal dog, minus,dropped its last letter,tail) + GET(to receive)
25 Hail enters two points in part of roof (5)
EAVES : AVE(greet,hail) in(enters) E&S(east & south, two compass points)
Defn: That part between the overhanging roof and outside wall of a building. Convenient place for birds to build their nests, wasps alike, and bees their hives. “Eavesdrop” derives from this word, as the water dripping from the eaves is in a position to listen to what’s said in the building.