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Guardian Quiptic 619 Pan

Posted by scchua on September 26th, 2011


This is a typical Quiptic, thanks to Pan.  All quite straightforward.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  There are hidden connections in the 3 picture sets.


7 Place to sleep has floor covering and lock (8)

MATTRESS :  MAT(floor covering,rug) TRESS(lock of hair)

Defn:  I guess an object to sleep on can be stretched to a “place”.

9 With no love left, misguided lothario makes boastful speech (3,3)

HOT AIRAnagram of(misguided) THARIO(“lothario” without,with no “o”,love & “l”,left)

10 Excellent penalty! (4)

FINE :  Double defn.  1st: Great!

11 Fake folio made by a conservative is libellous (10)

DEFAMATORYAnagram of(fake) [F(folio) & MADE] plus(by) A TORY(a member of the Conservative party)

12 Brutus cannily trapping Italian (6)

TUSCANHidden in(trapping) bruTUS CANnily

  Enchanted April   

14 Extremely angry to discover affair (8)

SEETHING :  SEE(discover) THING(euphemism for an affair as in “to have a thing with somebody”, almost always involving the euphemistic “it”)

15 Furious slap received by Pembroke’s last earl making pass (6)

ELAPSEAnagram of(furious) SLAP contained in(received by) [E(last letter of Pembroke) & E(earl)]

Defn:  The verb as in time passes.

17 Accompanist in kinky corset (6)

ESCORTAnagram of(kinky) CORSET

Defn:  “Accompanist” is a somewhat whimsical defn. of someone who escorts (to accompany and also intended to protect or restrict) you in your travels.  The word is properly used for the one who provides musical accompaniment.

20 Kid holding bat awkwardly before start of league game (8)

FOOTBALL :  FOOL(not the noun, but the verb, to fool,kid around) containing(holding) {anagram of(awkwardly) BAT placed before(before) L(initial letter,start ofleague”)}

22 Double-cross rear admiral initially (and ultimately navy) after wager (6)

BETRAY :  {RA(first letters,initially of “rear” & “admiral”) plus(and) Y(last letter,ultimately of “navy“)} placed after(after) BET(wager)

23 Pretty good job for milkman delivering to entertainment venue (10)

FAIRGROUND :  FAIR(pretty) G(good) ROUND(as in “do the milk round”,the job that the delivering milkman does, which has become the subject of countless jokes (entries for best milkman joke on a postcard please!)

24 Letter for Member of Parliament’s solicitor (4)

PIMP :  PI(Greek letter) MP(Member of Parliament).  Fortunately Pan uses “letter” instead of “relationship” as Chifonie did in last Thursday’s Guardian Cryptic leading to multiple comments on it alone.  (BTW, for those interested, tupu and I had 2 late posts on it, which some might not have seen.)

Defn:  This “solicitor” is not the person in a dark suit who tries to get you out of trouble with the court, but the one in flashy gear who tries to get you into trouble.  A solicitor for the oldest profession, making his/her the second oldest profession, surely.

25 Deny any connection with pig tucking into first half of meal (6)

DISOWN :  SOW(pig of the female sex) contained in(tucking into) DIN(first 3 letters,first half of “dinner”,meal)

26 Observe sudden rush to receive shock treatment (8)

SPECTATE :  SPATE(a sudden rush,outpouring,flood,downpour) containing(to receive) ECT(outmoded, I hope, shock treatment,medically called electroconvulsive treatment)

Defn:  A word back-formed from the noun “spectator” – not sure if it’s an Americanism, or home-grown in England.  Doesn’t quite roll easily off my tongue.


1 Neatly trim fractured cranium with end of knife (8)

MANICUREAnagram of(fractured) CRANIUM plus(with) E(last letter,end ofknife”)

Defn:  “Trim” as a verb.

2 Swelling inside crusty eyelid (4)

STYEHidden in(inside) cruSTY Eyelid.  A nice &lit.

3 Head of faculty, when admitting dunce’s limitations, is blunt (6)

DEADEN :  DEAN(head of a university faculty) containing(when admitting) DE(the first and last letters,limitations of “dunce”)

Defn:  “Blunt” as a verb.

4 Drink in cold picnic baskets? (8)

CHAMPERS :  C(cold) HAMPERS(picnic baskets).  Nice surface – would have been an &lit if only, “drink” could figure in the wordplay.

Defn:  Slang for champagne.

5 Bird going to Chinese woman in order to get pink plant (10)

STITCHWORT :  {TIT(bird) plus(going to) CH(Chinese, not to be confused with the Swiss ISO code, since China’s ISO code is CN) W(woman)} contained in(in) SORT(to order,arrange)

Defn:  The pink refers to the family of plants, with flowers that are not necessarily coloured pink.  I could also see “pink” as a reference to the Chinese going from bright Communist red to a more capitalist hue.

6 Short distance initially measured in cubits reckoned outmoded nowadays (6)

MICRON :  First letters,initially of Measured In Cubits Reckoned Outmoded Nowadays

Defn:  A millionth of a metre, but being replaced (“outmoded nowadays”) by its proper name, the micrometre.  The ancient cubit, on the other hand, has long been outmoded; a word from the Latin for “elbow” and a length measured from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger (whose?)

8 Organises a festival involving most sound (6)

SAFESTHidden in(involving) organiseS A FESTival

13 Carroll’s first mad party host goes to buffet with gasbag (10)

CHATTERBOX :  C(initial letter,first of “Carroll”) HATTER(reference to the Mad Hatter, party host in “Alice in Wonderland”) plus(goes to) BOX(verb, to hit,buffet).  Another nice surface as Lewis Carroll was the creator of the Mad Hatter, and with “buffet table” being what you might get at a party, such as the forthcoming K’sDad’s Sloggers and Betters Derby Day.

16 King’s restricted by frightening disfigurement (8)

SCARRING :  R(from Latin Rex,king) contained in(restricted by) SCARING(the continuous verb, frightening)


18 Magnum drained after meal consumed with fellow player (8)

TEAMMATE :  {MM(inner letters removed,drained from the word “magnum”) placed after(after) TEA(meal in the afternoon)} plus ATE(consumed)

19 They may contain photographs and article on large backsides (6)

ALBUMS :  A(the indefinite article) placed before(on, in a down clue) L(large) BUMS(backsides, sitting too long on which gives you the epithet “lazy bum” – but wait a minute!  Isn’t that what I am doing right now? :-) )

21 Animal to sail off with plant (6)

OXALIS :  OX(bovine animal) plus anagram of(off) SAIL

 Brussels Sprout  Flowering chives growing in a garden. 

22 Harry‘s animal (6)

BADGER :  Double defn:  1st:  The verb to harry,harrass

24 Last of mint put in mushy pea starter (4)

PATE :  T(last letter ofmint”) contained in(put in) anagram of(mushy) PEA.  Another nice surface.



8 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 619 Pan”

  1. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks scchua and Pan.

    An excellent blog, but as usual I don’t see the links in your illustrations. Are those plants all OXALIS?

  2. scchua says:

    Hi Stella, only the first is the oxalis, but all of them have something in common, though all of them have edible parts, with the last three quite commonly consumed.

    I hope to be back late tonight with the answers.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you, scchua. I enjoyed this outing from Pan, and thought there were some clever clues, given the constraints of producing an ‘easy’ puzzle. FAIRGROUND and TEAMMATE were examples.

    Never heard of STITCHWORT, but with some crossing letters it became obvious because of other plants that end in WORT, like RAGWORT.

    Your comment about the Derby Day is spooky – I have just returned from the venue where we have been discussing the hot buffet options!

  4. PeterO says:

    Here’s my take on the pictures. Working from the bottom up (starting with the easy one): the standard warning is not to eat rhubarb leaves, as they contain too much oxalic acid, but lesser amounts do no damage, and are in such common eatables as Brussels sprouts and chives, as well as oxalis (obviously; its trefoil leaves can be chewed, but it is better known for its flowers).
    The theme of the middle set seems to be crime films, mostly noir-ish: Al Pacino in Brian de Palma’s Scarface gives the introduction, followed by Robert de Niro (in whatever). Is top right Jean Paul Belmondo? I have not tracked down the photo, but he would fit the theme with films such as À bout de souffle and Pierrot le Fou (although the photo shows a much older person than either of those two rôles). The second row is Mickey Rooney (the photo looks like a publicity still, but Rooney played various rôles such as Baby Face Nelson) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde).
    The top group looks like films shot in Tuscany. Top left looks like Maggie Smith channelling Lucille Ball; the Tuscan film that comes to mind is Tea with Mussolini, but the shot shows a much younger Smith, if she is indeed the subject. Top right is Joan Plowright, also in that film, but the still is from <Enchanted April, another Tuscan film. I cannot place bottom left; whoever it is, she looks rather like bottom right, who I think is Liv Tyler, with Tuscan film Stealing Beauty. How am I doing?

  5. Stella Heath says:

    You’ve certainly cleared things up for me, PeterO, especially regarding the plants.

  6. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Pan and scchua. The missing lady is Diane Lane who was in Under The Tuscan Sun. Is that Belmondo? I don’t have a better answer.


  7. Derek Lazenby says:

    Bit of a struggle today, but then so was Rufus, so maybe I wasn’t in the right mood.

  8. scchua says:

    Hi Stella, PeterO and grandpuzzler, thanks for taking part. And to the latter 2, well done! You’ve got them, save a few wrinkles. These are the answers I had prepared 6 hours earlier. (BTW, the context of the images are not necessarily the same as the required answers, eg. That was Plowright shown in her role in Enchanted April, but I think the locale for the latter film, though in Italy, was not Tuscany.)

    12A TUSCAN:  These actresses have featured in films with Tuscany as the locale:
    Maggie Smith – A Room With A View
    Joan Plowright – Tea With Mussolini, which also included Cher, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Lily Tomlin
    Diane Lane – Under the Tuscan Sky
    Liv Tyler – Stealing Beauty.
    16D SCARRING:  The first is Al Pacino who took the role of Scarface, a fictitious gangster.  He also played Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggierro, a real life gangster, in “Donnie Brasco”.  The others too have portrayed real life gangsters:
    Robert de Niro – Al Capone in “The Untouchables”
    Warren Oates – Dillinger in the movie of the same name
    Mickey Rooney (he with the babyface) – George “Babyface” Nelson in “Babyface Nelson”
    Warren Beatty – Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde”
    21D OXALIS:  the plant genus which gave its name to oxalic acid.  Similarly the other plants with edible parts: Brussel sprouts, chives, and rhubarb contain oxalic acid.

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