Posted by Pierre on August 22nd, 2011
I found this a pretty straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from The Don in his fortnightly Indy slot. A good one for less experienced solvers, I think; for this reason I’ve tried to give full explanations.
A bit of a Cook’s Tour today: Quixote takes us to Italy, to the South of France and to the South of London via New England and Old England’s second city.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Frigidity of one holy person in social event
An insertion of I ST (one saint) in DANCE. My only quibble in this puzzle (might as well get it out of the way in 1 Across) is that ‘distance’ and ‘frigidity’ are pretty remote synonyms; but they do overlap, so it’s only a nanoquibble.
5 One who’s going to make announcement initially in the bar
Another insertion: it’s A for ‘announcement initially’ in LEVER for ‘bar’.
9 Loose women going about with little hesitation – group of a certain class
A charade of STRAT for TARTS reversed and UM for ‘hesitation’.
10 Wind and haziness by river and a lake
A charade of MIST, R, A and L. Le Mistral is a strong, usually north-westerly wind that affects regions in the South of France.
11 River in Far North
Hidden in FAR NOrth. The Arno is a river in Tuscany. If the setter keeps going East we’ll be sunning ourselves in the Aegean Sea by the end of the crossword.
12 Birds showing rapidness moving around quietly
This wide-ranging family of birds – waders or shorebirds – is an anagram (‘moving’) of (RAPIDNESS P)* The P is a musical one (‘piano’) for ‘quietly’.
14 Dismissed, being innocent and intrepid from what we hear
Cricket and cryptics: a marriage made in heaven. CLEAN BOWLED is the cricketing term for having your stumps rearranged by the bowler without getting willow near leather. It’s a charade of CLEAN for ‘innocent’ and BOWLED as a homophone (‘from what we hear’) of BOLD (‘intrepid’). Four-nil to the Engerland, four-nil to the Engerland … I shall be back on the blog later this afternoon to confirm or not.
17 Obstructive type – but not one for hedging?
A dd. Someone who stonewalls is being obstructive or unco-operative; and a craftsman or craftswoman who builds dry stone walls wouldn’t be into hedging, would they? For overseas contributors and lurkers, this is what dry stone walls look like. (The sheep are an added bonus, but are clearly being ‘obstructed’ from leaving the field.)
20 I am singing strangely in dreams
(I AM SINGING)* ‘Strangely’ is the anagrind.
21 Sticks around showing self-satisfaction
A reversal (‘around’) of GUMS.
23 A piece seen in (say) Derby home
An insertion of A BIT in HAT. ‘Derby’ here is referring to neither the Midlands town renowned for its Sloggers and Betters events nor to the horse race, but to an alternative term for the bowler hat.
24 A scientific institute established by a graduate somewhere in America
A charade of A LAB A and MA for ‘graduate’. Some setters would have omitted ‘somewhere’. Some solvers wouldn’t have liked that.
25 Angry language from one in commerce
An insertion of I in TRADE.
26 Janet’s got mixed up with cad next door
Nice surface. (JANET CAD)* ‘Mixed up’ is the anagrind.
1 Journalist’s report from roadside location outside Cheltenham?
What a foreign correspondent would submit back to the newsroom for publication is an insertion of SPA in DITCH. The SPA reference is because the Cotswold town’s full name is CHELTENHAM SPA; the question mark is at the end to tell you that ‘Cheltenham’ is only one example of a SPA.
2 Odder person children mustn’t trust
A dd. Stranger danger and all that.
3 Like pretentious person in celebration losing head
[P]ARTY. Pretentious, moi?
4 Go properly prepared with complaint as one who knows the ropes
(GO COMPLAINT AS)* ‘Prepared’ is the anagrind, but wouldn’t the clue work just as well without the ‘properly’ in there? A CAMPANOLOGIST is a bell-ringer, who would of course be well-acquainted with ropes.
6 Peculiarly stained Scotsman maybe who lives on an island?
A charade of (STAINED)* and IAN, the cruciverbally famous Scotsman. Quixote’s at least put in ‘maybe’ to indicate that not all males north of the border are called Ian. Is it even that common a name in Scotland de nos jours?
7 Church official is the limit – vicar finally goes under
A charade of VERGE for ‘limit’ and R for the last letter of ‘vicar’. ‘Goes under’ is the indication to make a charade because it’s a down clue.
8 King and prophet shortly finding great enjoyment
A charade of R for ‘king’ (Rex) and ELISH for a shortening of the prophet ELISH[A].
10 Key concern for politicians wanting votes in e.g. Birmingham?
A dd. MIDDLE ENGLAND is the mythical land inhabited by hard-working nuclear families with 2.4 well brought up children and a four-year-old Ford Mondeo, much beloved of papers like The Daily Mail and The Daily Express as well as of politicians. And Birmingham is in the middle of England.
13 Saints used to wander around without help from others
(SAINTS USED)* ‘To wander around’ is the anagrind.
15 Outdoor party food item includes meat
An insertion of LAMB for ‘meat’ in CAKE. ‘A social gathering for eating (esp clams and fish) outdoors’ (SOED). I’d vaguely heard of it. Popular in New England apparently.
16 Expecting to show power, having got on the throne
Talking of fish, this was my COD. The definition is ‘expecting’ and it’s a charade of P for ‘power’ and REGNANT for reigning, ‘on the throne’.
18 How one may take gin to be trendy?
Cue discussion about hyphens or no hyphens (I personally would write ‘She’s really with it’). The synonym for ‘trendy’ is how you might take your gin, as in ‘gin and it’.
19 Bank not in satisfactory position in London district
I’m pretty sure this is CAMBER[WELL] but would welcome confirmation. The definition is ‘bank’ and Camberwell is a district in Sarf London.
22 Social event – noble knight had to go
Another smooth surface. It’s GALA[HAD]. Sir Galahad was one of the Knights of Arthurian legend who went off in search of the Holy Grail.
Thank you to Quixote for a pleasing crossword. To quote the advert, it does exactly what it says on the tin.