Posted by Eileen on September 21st, 2011
My second blog of a Gordius puzzle in less than two weeks – and it’s another rather mixed bag …
1 REPEATING: REP [agent] EATING [having lunch]
6 EACH: contained in tEACHing
8 COLD SNAP: anagram [revising] of DOC’S PLAN
9 ARDBEG: anagram [brew] of BADGER: I knew this because my husband was an aficianodo of Scottish malt whiskies and this was a particular favourite, being one of the peaty ones from the island of Islay. A nice clue, since Badger is a well-known brand of ale.
10 HYMNAL: anagram [contrived] of MANY in H L [high to low?] I can’t find these abbreviations in my dictionaries but several googled websites give them as parts of acronyms.
11 TIDEMARK: reversal of IT + DE[n]MARK
12 CASSIA: ASS [idiot] in CIA [US intelligence]: Cassia is an aromatic bark, similar to cinnamon
15 SILICONE: sounds like ‘silly cone’ and silicone is used in implants but the surface doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
16 ACROSTIC: anagram [composed] of IC [99: Don't shoot the messenger - this is Crosswordland!] and ACTORS: this took longer than it should have, because even with some of the crossing letters, I was fixated on ‘Socratic’ as the anagram.
19 MAGNET: cryptic definition: the schoolboy Billy Bunter appeared in the Magnet comic
21 TERRAPIN: P[arking] in TERRAIN [ground]
22 TENNER: sounds like ‘tenor': I wish Gordius could have come up with a more grammatical surface for this rather familiar clue
24 LITMUS: LIT[erature] + MUS[ic]
25 UNCLE SAM: another old favourite cryptic definition
26 STUN: reversal of NUTS
27 OVERSIGHT: double definition
1 ROOMY: [kanga]ROO] + MY [setter's]
2 PEDANTS: ED [opposition leader] in PANTS [underwear]: two rather unusual things: ‘opposition leader’ doesn’t indicate O and ED is not clued by ‘editor / journalist'; instead it’s Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition : ['rigorists' would require a capital letter for 'opposition' and Chambers agrees].
3 ANNUL: ANNU[a]L
4 IMPETUS: anagram of ME STUPI[d]
5 GRAND SLAM: GLAM [fascinating] around RANDS [African currency]
6 ENDEMIC: anagram [harassed] of MEDIC after EN [a space in printing, half the width of an em]
7 CLEARANCE: CLEAR [obvious] + AN + CE [Church of England - 'establishment']
13 ALCHEMIST: anagram of ST MICHAEL – one of those that are so neat that you think someone must have discovered them before but I don’t remember seeing it. It’s a pity the definition is so obvious.
14 ANTIPASTO: ANTI [hostile to] PAST O [love] [old flame]
17 OARSMAN: anagram [craft] of SAMOAN R[iver]
18 CENSURE: CE [Church of England - Anglican] + N[ame] + SURE [certain]: I know Gordius is a retired clergyman but two mentions of the Church of England in one puzzle is a bit much!
20 GINSENG: GINS [spirit's] + ENG[lish]
22 TACKS: sounds like ‘tax’ [duty]; to tack is to take a zig zag course in sailing
23 EXACT: double definition