Posted by duncanshiell on October 10th, 2011
A standard Rufus offering for a Monday morning. The only area that held me up for a short time was the South East corner.
There was the usual mix of double/triple definitons, cryptic definitions and anagrams, with a few examples of other clue types as well.
I note that contributors to another crossword comment site are getting excited over 4 Down and the distinction between INFER and IMPLY, with the majority of those expressing an opinion believing Rufus should have used IMPLIES rather than INFERS as the definition. However, I think there is a distinct possibility that Rufus is acknowledging the issue by using the word ‘incorrect’ in the clue and the whole clue is a tongue in cheek ruse to generate debate.
For those who wish to enter the debate, Chambers Dictionary entry for ALLUDE is: to convey an indirect reference in passing; to refer without explicit mention, or with suggestion of further associations; to refer.
For IMPLY, Chambers Dictionary has: to express indirectly, to insinuate, to hint; to signify, to mean; to include in reality; to enfold [obsolete]
For INFER, Chambers Dictionary gives: to bring on (Spenser and Shakespeare); to render (Milton); to derive from what has gone before; to arrive at as a logical conclusion, to deduce; to conclude; (usually of a thing or statement) to entail or involve as a consequence, to imply (often condemned as a misuse, but generally accepted for over four centuries)
If we turn to Chambers Thesaurus we have both INFER and IMPLY given as synonyms for ALLUDE, but there is also a further discussion in the Thesaurus under IMPLY as follows: Imply means ‘to suggest or hint at (something) without actually stating it’: Are you implying that I’m a liar? Infer means ‘to form an opinion by reasoning from what you know’: I inferred from your silence that you were angry.
Collins Dictionary tends to IMPLY as the better meaning for ALLUDE, but it also talks about the move towards interchangeability of INFER and IMPLY in common speech. Further, Collins also has a discussion along the lines of that mentioned above in Chambers Thesaurus.
Finally, within my collection of dictionaries at least, the Shorter Oxford is clearly down the IMPLY line when defining ALLUDE, and states that the use of INFER to mean IMPLY is widely considered as incorrect, especially with the person as the subject.
I think that all means that the majority of the population is happy with the interchangeability of INFER and IMPLY, but I doubt if all crossword solvers will be so happy.
In a manner of cryptic cluing Rufus would have been proud of, PECCAVI [I have sinned] at 20 Down was reputed to be the one word subject of a telegram from General Napier to his superiors when he took SIND [or SINDH] province in the early 1840s. Wikipedia states that the pun was actually a creation of Catherine Winkworth, a contributor to Punch magazine. There is a fair bit of sinning in this crossword with 9 Across referring to one of the seven deadly sins.
As usual, Rufus has a few nautical references in his clues.
|1||Create party discord? Yes, as far as I’m concerned (3,2,4)||FORM (create) + anagram of (discord) PARTY||FOR MY PART (as far as I’m concerned) ‘Yes’ is a link word I think, but it could be confirming the instruction to ‘form party discord’|
|6||Occupying a pre-eminent position at work (4)||AT + OP (opus; work)||ATOP (occupying a pre-eminent position)|
|8||Hot tip Carol may provide (8)||Anagram of (may provide) TIP CAROL||TROPICAL (hot)|
|9||A sin – that’s understood (6)||A + GREED (one of the seven deadly sins)||AGREED (that’s understood)|
|10||Father has favourite term of endearment (6)||POP (father) + PET (favourite)||POPPET (term of endearment)|
|11||Issue Dad is out to advise against (8)||Anagram of (is out) ISSUE DAD||DISSUADE (advise againsT|
|12||Return journey on board jets (6)||TRIP (journey) reversed (return) contained in (on board) SS (steamship) with the reference to ‘on board’ also meaning on a ship.||SPIRTS (jets)|
|15||Kitty’s back late – have a very quick check (4,4)||POT’S (kitty’s, where in this case, kitty is referring to a pool or fund of money) reversed (back) + DEAD (late)||STOP DEAD (brake very quickly; have a very quick check)|
|16||Break one’s nose, like Gill (8)||BREATHER (break); BREATHER (one’s nose)||BREATHER (gill [of a fish]) triple definition|
|19||Drinking a great deal of the best gin cocktail (6)||TOP (the best) + an anagram of (cocktail) GIN||TOPING (drinking a great deal)|
|21||Yet he stands at the head of the board (8)||CHAIRMAN (a cryptic definition of a man who sits rather than stands)||CHAIRMAN (head of the board of a company; one who presides at a meeting)|
|22||It may be of untold value (6)||
SECRET (kept back from the knowledge of others; untold)
|SECRET (considered to be of value to the few who know, e.g. a business secret) cryptic definition|
|24||Help to ensure a ship is on time (6)||A + SS (ship) + IS + T (time)||ASSIST (help) ‘to ensure’ seems a bit superfluous, but one definition is ‘a play that makes a goal possible’ [ensure a goal?]|
|25||Guarantee to be careful about wild speech (8)||WARY (careful) containing (about) RANT (wild speech)||WARRANTY (guarantee) I find it mildly interesting that both GUARANTEE and WARRANTY contain the word RANT|
|26||City of Paris? (4)||TROY (factual and legendary city in what is now Turkey)||TROY (In Greek legends, Paris was an inhabitant of Troy) cryptic definition|
|27||Band leader in hurry to become a big name (9)||First letter B of (leader) BAND contained in (in) CELERITY (rapidity; speed; hurry)||CELEBRITY (big name)|
|1||One half of a Western stage partnership (5)||FARGO (half of WELLS FARGO)||FARGO (reference the stagecoach company, WELLS FARGO which was one of the biggest in the American West in the 19th century. Today WELLS FARGO is a multinational financial services company)|
|2||Decorate from top to bottom, or vice versa (7)||REPAPER (the word is a palindrome so can be read from the top down or, vice versa, from the bottom up)||REPAPER (decorate)|
|3||Chay Blyth’s fourth refurbished boat? (5)||Anagram of (refurbished) CHAY and the fourth letter (fourth) T of BLYTH||YACHT (boat) – Chay Blyth is a famous yachtsman|
|4||Infers total used is incorrect (7)||ALL (total) + an anagram of (incorrect) USED||ALLUDES (infers – see discussion above). Is Rufus recognising that the clue may well generate debate by using the word ‘incorrect’ in the clue?|
|5||Entrance for vehicles (9)||TRANSPORT (to carry away by strong emotion; to charm, although the dictionary definition seems to go beyond the more simple ‘charm’)||TRANSPORT (vehicles) double definition|
|6||Giving frolicsome dog a run on the beach (7)||Anagram of (frolicsome) DOG A RUN||AGROUND (on the beach)|
|7||Too greatly tempted being in the red (9)||OVER (too greatly) + DRAWN (enticed; lured; tempted)||OVERDRAWN (in the red [at the bank])|
|13||Sound of contentment about course from consumer (9)||PURR (sound of contentment) containing (about) CHASE ([steeplechase] course)||PURCHASER (consumer; Chambers Thesaurus gives the two words as synonymous)|
|14||Catechism arranged according to plan (9)||Anagram of (arranged) CATECHISM||SCHEMATIC (plan) ‘according to’ seems to act as a link|
|17||Nimbleness of soldier in Italy on manoeuvres (7)||Anagram of (on manoeuvres) ITALY containing GI ([American] soldier)||AGILITY (nimbleness)|
|18||Restoration novel in authentic setting (7)||NEW (novel) contained in (in … setting) REAL (authentic)||RENEWAL (restoration)|
|20||Classical admission of guilt (7)||PECCAVI (a Latin or classical word)||PECCAVI (I have sinned; admission of guilt) cryptic definition|
|22||Scour the outback (5)||SCRUB (scour)||SCRUB (bush country far from civilisation, a definition of the Australian outback) double definition|
|23||Record-making competitor (5)||ENTRY (something recorded in writing; something that is record-making)||ENTRY (a person entered for a competition; competitor) double definition|