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Guardian Quiptic 612/Pan

Posted by Pierre on August 8th, 2011


I thought this was a fine example of an entry-level puzzle from Pan.  Since Fifteensquared started blogging the Quiptic almost a year ago, the general feedback has been that solvers at this level want something that’s straightforward, but entertaining.  For me, this fitted the bill.  There are two or three more complicated constructions, but they’re all clearly indicated.



cd  cryptic definition
dd double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
[x] letter removed
anagrind = anagram indicator


1 Priest finally charged for month in part of church
A charade of T for the last letter of ‘priest’, RAN for ‘charged’ and SEPT.

5 Very large creature hunted by bird
Put together OS for ‘very large’ and PREY for ‘creature hunted’ to give you the elegant and powerful predatory bird.  If you’re a fish, be afraid, be very afraid.  OS is an abbreviation for ‘outsize’ or ‘very large’.  When it’s not being an abbreviation for ‘Ordinary Seaman’.  Or ‘Ordnance Survey’.

9 Thought of beginning to diet after drink with model
A charade of SUP, POSE and D for the first letter of ‘diet’.

10 Put up with unpleasant smell visiting old university rector
A further charade of HUM plus O, U and R for the abbreviations of the last three letters of the clue.  The first two are common; the last one less so.

12 Universal truth in crap production of goods?
I liked this one.  Pan’s telling you to put FACT into MANURE.  Edit: in fact we need U for ‘universal’ as well.  Thanks to Eileen.

15 Kick off with key player at opening of tournament
A charade of STAR for ‘key player’ and T for the first letter of ‘tournament’.  Nice surface.

17 Having fashionable fake tan in portfolio is not grown up or clever
Not sure how you can have a fake tan in a portfolio, but it’s IN for ‘fashionable’ plus (TAN)* in FILE.  ‘Fake’ is the anagrind.

18 Basic Lent meal prepared after the end of compline
E for the end of ‘compline’ followed by (LENT MEAL)*  ‘Prepared’ is the anagrind and ‘compline’ is the seventh and last of the daytime canonical hours of prayer.  But you knew that already, no doubt.

19 After dropping ecstasy, nausea’s awful in hot, humid place
(NAUS[e]A)*  The setter’s asking you to remove E for ecstasy and then create an anagram of the remaining letters.  The anagrind is ‘awful’.  Where would setters be without drugs?

20 During overdose, retired actor Johnny — gripped by fear — stopped breathing and keeled over
Great surface but a slightly complicated construction.  The actor is Mr DEPP; he’s ‘retired’, giving you PPED and placed in OD for ‘overdose'; then the whole thing is ‘gripped’ by DREAD for ‘fear’.

24 Cake for normal family?
A simple charade of PAR and KIN.  Parkin is a soft cake made and enjoyed in Lancashire and Yorkshire, so we’ll have no moaning from soft southerners that they’ve never heard of it, thank you.

25 Reportedly against offspring pre-date
A homophone (‘reportedly’) of ‘anti’ and ‘seed’ for ‘offspring’.

26 Thrill of exhilarating leap
Hidden in exhilaraTING LEap.

27 Party game involving hybridisation of cedar and ash?
(CEDAR ASH)*  ‘Hybridisation’ is the anagrind.


1 Demanding boss gets mouthful about request for money
Again, a nicely created surface.  It’s TASTER for ‘mouthful’ around ASK for ‘request’ and M for ‘money’.

2 Things dangling from monkeys entertaining writer-director and a German
I was off into brass monkeys territory at first, but the monkeys are APES and they are ‘entertaining’ PEN for ‘writer’, D for ‘director’, A, and G for ‘German’.

3 Sneer at grub
A dd.  The food part of the definition comes from Afrikaans.  I never knew that.

4 Inspector perplexed to receive instruction to the dead in physician’s recommendation
An insertion of RIP (Requiescat in Pace) in (INSPECTOR)*  ‘Perplexed’ is the anagrind.

6 Sees aunt getting tipsy drinking last of summer wine
(SEES AUNT R)*  Another really smooth surface.  Pan’s used this first/last letter device (here with R for the last letter of ‘summer’) a lot in this puzzle, but I don’t think you can be overly critical of  him or her for that.  For the Quiptic’s target audience, it’s an unambiguous instruction giving you a way into the clue.

7 Joey has time for grub
What with 3dn and this, it’s been a grubby sort of puzzle.  It’s ‘grub’ as a verb this time and is a charade of ROO for ‘Joey’ (Australian slang for a young kangaroo) and T for ‘time’.

8 Journey’s end leads to a rotten, extremely long story
A charade of Y, A and RN for the first and last letters (‘extremely’) of ‘rotten’.

11 Horse’s brood welcoming mounted officer with drink
The draught horse is an insertion of FFO (‘officer’ reversed) in SULK plus PUNCH for the ‘drink’.  Since it’s a down clue, ‘mounted’ is the reversal indicator.

13 Imagine drug mule’s last public announcement to nominal ruler
A charade of FIGURE for ‘imagine’, H for heroin, the ‘drug’, E for the last letter of ‘mule’ and AD.

14 Man destroyed seals with doctor without concern for circumstances
A charade of REG for ‘man’ and (SEALS DR)*  ‘Destroyed’ is the anagrind.

16 Made dizzy surrounded by vibrating sound of exercise machine
The vibrating sound is TRILL and it’s surrounding (MADE)*  ‘Dizzy’ is the anagrind.

21 Loved one taking in end of affair is gloomy
An insertion of R for the last letter of ‘affair’ in DEAR gives you a mainly poetic word for ‘gloomy’.

22 Petty argument about bugs
A reversal of TAPS for ‘bugs’ in the NotW sense.

23 Setter governed country
Unless it’s a dog, ‘setter’ will usually indicate a ‘me’ or an ‘I’ in the answer.  Here it’s the latter.

I enjoyed solving and blogging this one, so thank you to Pan.

8 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 612/Pan”

  1. Bryan says:

    Merci beaucoup Pierre and thank you Pan. This was a breeze but also enjoyable.

    As to Pan’s identity, it’s all explained here:

    Of course, the Wiki is not always right.

    However, I sure wouldn’t like to tangle with him or her.

  2. Eileen says:

    Thank you, Pierre. [I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist the brass monkeys. ;-) ]

    I agree with you about the level of difficulty and that the surface of 17ac is rather weak but I thought 6dn was a lovely one.

    [You’ve left out a U [universal] in 12ac.]

  3. Robi says:

    Thanks, Pan for an enjoyable Quiptic, which seemed to be at about the right level. I thought the clue for FIGUREHEAD was unnecessarily complicated, though.

    Thanks, Pierre – I’m, of course, a moaning soft southerner who hasn’t heard of PARKIN; maybe you should try ‘maids-of-honour’ instead. I’m obviously not much of a foodie as I didn’t know SCOFF as a noun either – I’ll drink SAUTERNES instead.

    Perhaps Pan should have a fashionable fake tan in sand instead.

  4. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Pierre and Pan.

    I think if you take a portfolio as what aspiring models present to prospective agents/employers or whatever, a fake tan may or may not be advisable.

  5. Pierre says:

    That’s a good suggestion, Robi at no 3; and Stella at no 4, you’ve obviously watched America’s Next Top Model more than I have.

  6. Stella Heath says:

    I doubt it, Pierre, but unfortunately my choice of TV is very much limited by what the US has to offer, and this sort of thing – like “being popular” – is a common theme :(

  7. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Pan and Pierre. Parkin was new to this Northwesterner (US not UK). I looked it up in Wikipedia and the ingredients didn’t appeal to me. However, as a wise man once said, “the Wiki is not always right.”


  8. Derek Lazenby says:

    Bit oververbose for one of these I thought, but generally OK.

    Strangely, having been reared in the Leeds area, I’d never heard of parkin. I’d never heard of it ‘cos when Mum baked it, it was just called Cake, and little boys tend not to worry about about the names of cake, they just 3d it! However, I can assure grandpuzzler that a) wiki is right in this case, b) it tastes great (as many things do once cooked).

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