Posted by Eileen on October 19th, 2011
This is the third Gordius puzzle I have blogged of his most recent four – almost enough to make me paranoid. I shall resort to the traditional summary [and I’m not the only one to use it] – a fairly typical mixed bag, I think.
1 TRACES OF NUTS: a rather nice anagram of FACTS NOT SURE, relating to the food labels stating ‘may contain traces of nuts’. In his weekly Diary in the Guardian, Simon Hoggart has been collecting from readers some of the more bizarre ones – from last Saturday’s column: “Daft labels: John Yates bought a bag of wild bird peanuts which has an allergy warning on the package: “Contains nuts.” Quite how you are supposed to find out which birds have a nut allergy before feeding them, it does not explain.”
8 LORELEI: Anagram of ORIEL [answer to 4dn] around [over] LE [European article]: the siren of the Rhine of German legend, who lured sailors to their death.
9 IMITATE: cryptic [?] definition
11 PRICIER: PR [promotion] + ICIER [less heated]
12 LOOKOUT: O OK [nothing right] in LOUT [bumpkin]: I would never have equated ‘lout’ with ‘bumpkin’, which I think of as a simple [inoffensive] country person, so I was surprised to see in Chambers: ‘lout: an ill-mannered or aggressive man or youth; a bumpkin’ and even more surprised to see ‘bumpkin: an awkward, clumsy rustic, a clown’ – not the same thing at all, surely? Still, we can’t fault Gordius – ‘It’s in Chambers’!
13 OCHRE: anagram of CHORE
14 PRESIDENT: PRESENT [at hand] round [keeping] ID [abbreviation of Latin ‘idem’, the same]
16 ARCHETYPE: ARCH [supreme] + E TYPE, the classic Jaguar car
19 COMMA: COMA round [grips] M [a thousand – many]
21 IMPRINT: I’M [setter’s] + PINT round [includes] R[ight]
23 AT ISSUE: sounds like ‘atishoo’
24 CUTWORM: CUT [his share] + WO [Warrant Officer – ‘Sergeant Major’?] + RM [Royal Marines]; a new word for me – the caterpillar of a species of moth
25 THEREAT: E [English capital] in THREAT [danger]
26 ELEEMOSYNARY: anagram [to be free] of MOSELEY YEARN: a rather strange-looking word from eleemosyne, the Greek for ‘alms’, from eleos, pity
1 TARNISH: TARN [lake] + IS H[ot]
2 ALL-TIME: anagram [sculpture] of METALLI[c]
3 EPIGRAPHY: anagram [upset] of HAPPY GERI
4 ORIEL: OR [alternative] + IE [‘that’s – ID EST, that is] + L [student]: the ‘a’ is superfluous. Oriel is a college of Oxford University
5 NAIROBI: NOB [posh type] + I [one] round [keeping] AIR [affected manner]
6 TEA ROSE: simple charade of TEA [meal] ROSE [got up]
7 KLEPTOMANIAC: anagram of COMPANIE[s] TALK
10 ESTATE AGENTS: E[astern] STATE [country] A GENTS [a loo]
15 ELEGANTLY: anagram of GENTLE LAY
17 CAPITAL LETTER: a capital letter starts a sentence but I’m not sure about the second part of the clue – a reference to capital punishment?
18 EPITOME: EP [old record] + I [one] + TOME [volume]
19 CHIMERA: CHIME [accord] + RA [Royal Artillery – soldiers]
20 MASTERY: MASTER [teacher] + Y [algebraic variable]
22 TEMPO: reversal [return] of OP [work] + MET[ropolitan police]: a nice play on two meanings of ‘rate’