Posted by Eileen on October 24th, 2011
A pleasant Rufus puzzle to start the week, with the expected succinctly elegant surfaces and touches of wry humour, with a liberal sprinkling of double definitions. There are a couple of old favourite prison-related clues at 6dn and 11dn but one or two clues which needed a bit more thinking about. Many thanks, Rufus, for starting the day with a few smiles.
7 SOLITAIRE: double definition – a noun in both cases
8 PILOT: PI LOT: ‘pi’ often raises a query: it’s an abbreviation of ‘pious’, now listed in dictionaries as a word in its own right.
9 SHATTERED: SH [mum] + anagram [badly] of TREATED: both adjectives used in their modern, metaphorical sense
10 HEARD: nice triple definition
12 BRAINY: anagram [code] of BINARY
13 LATITUDE: double definition
14 SCUTTLE: double definition
17 CRICKET: double definition: at first I thought we might be looking for a musical term and laughed when the penny dropped. I shall make no comment on the suggested sentiment: I think it might divide solvers more than the puzzle! The reference is to the saying, ‘lively as a cricket’.
20 CASSETTE: CASTE [class] around [containing] SET [group]
22 FIANCÉ: FI[n]ANCE [funds] minus N[ote]
24 SPLIT: cryptic definition, referring to the pedants’ anathema: I’m not going there, boldly or otherwise.
25 SIGNALMAN: SIGNAL [give a nod to] MAN [chap]
26 GRATE: double definition
27 CHASTISED: CHAS [Charles] + IS in [in hiding] TED [Edward]: a neat reference, I think, to Charles Edward Stuart, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, The Young Pretender
1 MOTHER: cryptic definition
2 DISTRICT: reversal [‘set up’ in a down clue] of I’D + STRICT [rigidly defined]
3 BARELY: double definition
4 ORDERLY: double definition
5 DIVEST: DIVE [joint] + ST[reet] [way]: an amusing surface
6 PORRIDGE: double / cryptic definition
11 STIR: double definition
15 CHAMPERS: C [hundred -‘many’] + HAMPERS [picnic baskets]
16 LATE: double definition
18 CHAPLAIN: CH [Companion of Honour – which we’re more used to seeing clued as ‘companion’] + A PLAIN [a simple]
19 JERICHO: anagram [makes] of JOE RICH
21 SHIFTY: SHIFT [move] + [pla]Y
22 FINISH: double definition
23 COAXES: COS [companies – ‘firms’] around [about] AXE [to make drastic cuts]