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Guardian Quiptic 622 / Orlando

Posted by Big Dave on October 17th, 2011

Big Dave.

When I discover that I am to review a Quiptic by Orlando I know that I am going to enjoy the task, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed today.  This puzzle contains a good selection of different types of clue, and none of them should prove too difficult for the newer solver, which is precisely the remit for a Quiptic.  I particularly liked the surface readings in 18 across and 25 across.  I note that it’s a double pay-day for Orlando as the regular cryptic is also one of his.

If you haven’t already seen Orlando’s “Best for Puzzles” site then it is well worth a look, especially for the comprehensive and up-to-date Crossword Who’s Who of crossword setters, editors, bloggers, solvers and other puzzling people (he’s even included yours truly!).


1a           Flower, say, in black container (9)
BUTTERCUP – to get this bright yellow flower put a word meaning to say between B(lack) and a small bowl-shaped container used for drinking

6a           Extra snake almost died (5)
ADDED – an adjective meaning extra is created from most of a common British snake and D(ied)

9a           Be pleased with those who applaud quickly (4,3,8)
LIKE THE CLAPPERS – this phrase could indicate being pleased with those who applaud, but is often preceded by “go” and actually means quickly

10a         Insect that used to be quiet (4)
WASP – this insect is a charade of a verb meaning used to be and the musical notation for quiet or soft

11a         Initially Evening Standard journalists love coffee (8)
ESPRESSO – start with the the initial letters of Evening Standard and then add a collective word for journalists and O (love / a score of zero in tennis) to get this type of coffee

14a         Something one has to have when pro is in a mess? (9)
OWNERSHIP – when you have something you have this! – it’s an anagram (in a mess) of WHEN PRO IS

15a         Wrong end of Dundee cake (5)
TORTE – combine a legal wrong and the final letter (end) of DundeE to get this rich sweet cake

16a         Giant bird a non-starter (5)
TITAN – this mythological giant is a charade of a small bird, A from the clue and the initial letter (starter) of Non

18a         Garfunkel recording that’s seen in gallery? (4,2,3)
WORK OF ART – this could be a recording made by Paul Simon’s partner, but is actually something that is seen in a gallery

20a         I mention sound or vision (8)
EYESIGHT – split as (3,5) this sounds like I and a word meaning to mention, but is actually the ability to see

21a         Walk with difficulty, having wilted? (4)
LIMP – a double definition

25a         New boots lift chap up — they’re made for walking! (6,9)
PUBLIC FOOTPATHS – an anagram (new) of BOOTS LIFT CHAP UP gives a route made for walking – the surface reading alludes to the Nancy Sinatra song “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

26a         Subject of article by Orlando (5)
THEME – this subject is a charade of the definite article and the objective pronoun that would be used by Orlando, today’s setter, to describe himself

27a         Where university education may lead? Not entirely (2,1,6)
TO A DEGREE – the first part of this double definition clue is gently cryptic


1d           Feel miserable when not on deck? (5)
BELOW – a double definition – this time it’s the second part that is gently cryptic

2d           Provides accommodation for kids (5,2)
TAKES IN – another double definition – kids in this context is a verb meaning deludes

3d           Grub for which Cockney uses microwave? (4)
EATS – this colloquial word for food or grub could be what a Cockney (who traditionally drops his aitches) does when he uses a microwave

4d           Ship’s company sounded cocky? (4)
CREW – another double definition in which the second part, sounded like a cockerel, is gently cryptic

5d           Very different — like those in Cracow and those in Gdansk? (5,5)
POLES APART – a phrase meaning very different could describe someone living in Cracow and someone else living in Gdansk

6d           Cherished desire possibly revealed to Parisian (10)
ASPIRATION – this cherished desire is an anagram (revealed) of TO PARISIAN

7d           One putting clothes on kitchen sideboard (7)
DRESSER – another double definition – one putting clothes on, say, an actor and a kitchen sideboard

8d           Gorgeous creature taking one’s temperature is deceptive (9)
DISHONEST – a charade of a gorgeous or attractive person, ONE’S from the clue and T(emperature) gives a word meaning deceptive or fraudulent

12d         Having an object, I have to follow Ford van (10)
TRANSITIVE – a term used in grammar to indicate that a verb has an object is created by putting the abbreviation of I have after a Ford van

13d         Jack Sprat wouldn’t talk (4,3,3)
CHEW THE FAT – something that Jack Sprat wouldn’t do means to talk or gossip

14d         Photo sent out immediately (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT – an anagram (out) of PHOTO SENT gives a word meaning immediately

17d         Quaver from end of anthem held by singer (7)
TREMBLE – a word meaning to quaver is created by putting the final letter (end) of antheM inside (held by) a singer with a high-pitched voice

19d         Airman coming from Scandinavia to Russia (7)
AVIATOR – this airman is hidden inside (coming from) the last three words of the clue

22d         Thrash tense European (5)
PASTE – a 12d verb meaning to thrash or defeat heavily is constructed from a grammatical tense followed by E(uropean)

23d         Firm American lawyer closing bars (4)
CODA – combine the two-letter abbreviations of a firm or business and an American lawyer to get the closing bars of a piece of music

24d         Part of church any parishioners should examine at first (4)
APSE – this part of a church is derived from the initial letters (at first) of four words in the clue

4 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 622 / Orlando”

  1. crypticsue says:

    As a very long time solver of cryptics, I am quite often surprised by the struggle I have with the Quiptics, particularly given the remit. No such problems today. A very nice start to Monday morning, thanks to Orlando and BD too.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Perfect example of a puzzle for beginners. Thanks to setter and blogger.

  3. Derek Lazenby says:

    Yes, very good. Spot on from setter and blogger.

  4. crosser says:

    Very enjoyable puzzle with some lovely surfaces. Thank you, Orlando, and thank you also for the rather difficult (for me) cryptic on the same day.

    And many thanks to Big Dave for the excellent blog, pictures too!

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