Posted by scchua on October 3rd, 2011
Another Monday crossword in Rufus’s recognisable style. Quite a few cryptic and double definitions with an economy of words. And a couple of nautical references. Thanks Rufus, I enjoyed this. For some reason, 14D, my last one in, took me longer that it should have. Definitions are underlined in the clues. Hidden connections in 2 of the picture sets.
5 Seek to obtain funds to cover university entrance (6)
PURSUE : PURSE(metonym for money,funds) containing(to cover) U(first letter,entrance of “university”)
6 Criminals taken in hand by bishops (6)
CROOKS : Cryptic defn: The word refers to the symbol of pastoral office carried,taken in hand by bishops, a staff with a crook on top (sometimes a cross). Same name and similar appearance to the staff carried by shepherds. So I’m almost sure it arises from the comparable symbolism between the respective “flocks”.
(Could also be seen as double defn. depending how one sees the rest of the clue.) A nice surface of bishops saving criminals (at least their souls – if they have any).
9 Doctor in habit of fighting (6)
COMBAT : MB(from Neo-Latin Medicinae Baccalaureus,Bachelor of Medicine,doctor) contained in(in) COAT(an item of clothing,habit)
10 Many lads fancy being a success with females (5,3)
LADYS MAN : Anagram of(fancy) MANY LADS. Lovely surface.
11 Hot time for wife of Zeus (4)
HERA : H(hot) ERA(a long time period)
12 Remove vital parts of broken tea service (10)
EVISCERATE : Anagram of(broken) TEA SERVICE
Defn: In addition to physical disembowelment, it can also refer figuratively to the work of censors.
13 Show how devil and saint rank in estimation (11)
DEMONSTRATE : DEMON(devil) ST(abbrev. for saint) RATE(as in “how they rate,rank, in relation to one another, in someone’s estimation”)
18 Do see lunch is set out at the correct time (2,8)
ON SCHEDULE : Anagram of(set out) DO SEE LUNCH.
21 Appeal to counsel (4)
URGE : Double defn: 1st: To stimulate, excite or incite; and 2nd: As in “He urged his client to drop the suit”. I’ve chosen the most diverse meanings I could think of, but I may be wrong.
22 Force to serve port (8)
SHANGHAI : Double defn. 1st: Use force (or drink or drugs) to kidnap persons to serve on board,crew ships sailing to the Orient, including to the 2nd defn.
23 Capital A followed by S? (6)
ATHENS : A THEN(followed by) S
24 The slippery slope taken by some sportsmen (3,3)
SKI RUN : Cryptic defn.
25 More than one rock group? (6)
STONES : Cryptic defn. Short name for The Rolling Stones, going-on septuagenarian rockers by now. “Rock” doubles up in the clue.
1 Cheat to secure point in card game (8)
CRIBBAGE : CRIB(cheat by bringing in answers, other illicit aids into an exam, by stealing someone’s work, or by just petty thieving) BAG(to get,secure eg. a prize) E(east,compass point)
2 A loose word for the BBC (6)
AUNTIE : A UNTIE(verb, as in to loose a boat from its moorings)
Defn: Nickname,word for that venerable institution, the BBC, sometimes also called “the Beeb” or even “Auntie Beeb”
3 Director has staff dressed in purple – king or queen coming (8)
PRODUCER : ROD(staff,baton) contained in(dressed in) PUCE(a shade of purple) plus(coming) R(abbrev. for king or queen, from Latin Rex or Regina respectively)
Defn: In former usage, in British theatre, a producer was a stage director. In today’s age of specialisation, the director is the operations guy, and the producer is the finance and administration guy.
4 He hopes to find you well (6)
DOWSER : Cryptic defn. In earlier times, person whom you paid, if you were desperate enough, to find underground water for you, using a divining rod.
5 Fake ring revealed by youth leader (6)
PHONEY : PHONE(verb, to call,ring on the telephone) plus(revealed by) Y(initial letter,leader of “youth”)
7 Sea air (6)
SHANTY : Cryptic defn. Song,air that sailors,sea-going personnel sing.
8 Pretty smart? Quite the reverse (5,6)
PLAIN STUPID : Cryptic defn. Antonyms respectively of “pretty”, as in “plain Jane’, and “smart”. Together, a phrase that’s the opposite,reverse of “pretty smart”.
14 Service pass (8)
OVERHAUL : Double defn. 1st: Verb/noun for a major and thorough service of an engine; and 2nd: Verb, to overtake,pass, say, a vehicle, or a competitor.
15 Moving about (8)
TOUCHING : Double defn. 1st: Appealing to your emotions,moving; and 2nd: Refering to,about a subject or topic, eg. “he gave a speech touching on the government’s education policy”
16 Moves slowly in unfinished game on board (6)
INCHES : IN CHES(game on board,“chess” without its last letter,unfinished). Nice surface.
17 They may be after estate – amen! (6)
AGENTS : A GENTS(“amen” split into “a” and “men”,gents)
Defn: Literally coming after “estate” in the phrase “estate agents” and figuratively on the lookout for,after estate,property they can manage/market for the owners. Nice surface.
19 Open prison was adequate (6)
CANDID : CAN(prison,jail) DID(past tense of is sufficient,adequate as in “one drink will do me fine”
20 Raises new taxes, accepting pound (6)
EXALTS : Anagram of(new) TAXES containing(accepting) L(from Latin Libra, £, symbol for the pound sterling)