Posted by Pierre on November 14th, 2011
A WYSIWYG Monday puzzle from Quixote.
And if that sounds like damning with faint praise, it’s absolutely not intended that way. This was a crossword with accurate cluing, clear definitions, a good range of devices and many pleasing surfaces. No ninas, no themes, no pangrams, no elevenses. Just right for a fairly gentle introduction to the Indy week.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Someone silly holding group’s valued possessions
An insertion of SET for ‘group’ in ASS for ‘someone silly’.
4 It’s going against the grain to be angry, not completely adorable
It took me ages to see this, although Quixote might as well have handed it over to me as a present, with a ribbon tied round it and the answer written on the label. CROSS is ‘angry’ and CUT[E] is ‘not completely adorable’.
9 Veteran sometimes pockets money from reluctant donor
This was my favourite today. A really clever hidden answer: it’s in veteRAN SOMetimes.
10 Bowl over lobby?
12 Mix in the jar hard to get out
IN T[H]E GRATE
I thought initially that ‘mix’ was an anagrind, but it’s in fact the definition. GRATE is ‘jar’ in the verbal sense.
13 The eye’s twitching after work
A charade of OP for opus or ‘work’ before TIC for ‘twitching’.
14 New York’s first huge temptation?
THE BIG APPLE
The surface reading might lead you to BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE (although that clearly wouldn’t fit) but it’s a cd. New York is known as THE BIG APPLE, and in the creation story in Genesis (Ch3, v4), the serpent egged on Eve to give Adam the fruit of the ‘tree that gives knowledge’, which she did; and the rest is history, as they say. ‘Forbidden fruit’ is in the language today. But an apple isn’t actually mentioned in Genesis, so where that comes from I don’t know. Why New York is called THE BIG APPLE is also a bit of a dispute.
18 Policeman accompanying President at night to give a sort of hand
It’s the handwriting sort of hand. A charade of COPPER, P for ‘president’ and LATE for ‘at night’.
21 Wants to sound offhand
A homophone of ‘lax’ for ‘offhand’. I don’t think we’ll be getting into ‘it doesn’t sound like that where I come from’ territory today.
22 Rich person displaying heavenly body, Conservative scoundrel
A charade of PLUTO, the outermost (and disputed) planet, C for ‘Conservative’ and RAT for ‘scoundrel’.
23 Butter – any said to be cheap?
I was into goat territory from the start, since ‘butter’ as the stuff you spread on your toast of a morning doesn’t have many synonyms, but it took me a good few crossing letters to see what it was. It’s a homophone (‘said’) of ‘tup’ and ‘any’, because English being a stupidly non-phonetic language, that’s how we pronounce TWOPENNY, which is an adjective attributed to things that are ‘paltry, trifling, worthless’ (SOED). And for newer solvers, ‘butter’ is reference to the fact that when goats are having a bad hair day, they butt you, so are ‘butters’.
24 Child unwell needs one sort of powder
A charade of CH for ‘child’, ILL for ‘unwell’ and I for ‘one’ for the powder you stick in your Chilli con Carne.
25 Electrical device dispersing rioters outside front of shop
(RIOTERS)* with an insertion of S for ‘front of shop’. Take your pick where you put the S in. ‘Dispersing’ is the anagrind.
26 It’s painful moving? Get in touch about hospital
An insertion of H for ‘hospital’ in WRITE.
1 A little female, Sally, becoming panicky
A charade of A, F and RAID for ‘sally’.
2 Some chosen at Exeter for the governing body
Hidden in choSEN AT Exeter.
3 The sort of insensitivity that Chairman Mao was not noted for?
A cd, since The Thought of Mao Tse-Tung was widely published.
5 Even a king may be upset by this queen
I’d vaguely heard of this, but even with all the crossing letters in, I was unsure. ‘A Hindu queen; a raja’s wife or widow.’ It’s a variant of RANI and is a reversal of E’EN, an archaic or poetic word for ‘even’, A and R for ‘king’ or Rex.
6 One woman helping another with problem makes guest room rather messy
(GUEST ROOM RATHER)* ‘Makes messy’ is the anagrind.
7 Monument not cheap to get repaired
(NOT CHEAP)* ‘To get repaired’ is the anagrind.
8 Fish that’s right for eating put on Queen’s platter
An insertion of R for ‘right’ in TENCH for fish, then ER for ‘Queen’ gives you ‘a flat piece of wood for cutting or serving meat’. ‘That’s’ is ‘that has’, which indicates the insertion.
11 Prepare to become friends again
15 Cleric heading off to America made a dangerous flight
[V]ICAR US. ICARUS was the son of Daedalus. He flew too close to the Sun, and came to a watery end. As I occasionally explain to my teenage kids, sometimes, just sometimes, I know things that they don’t …
16 Artist tours with police regularly coming out
The definition is ‘artist’. It’s (TOURS PLC)* for an anagram, ‘coming out’ of TOURS and PLC, which is ‘PoLiCe’ regularly.
17 False copies – forged, useless
A word that means ‘false’ is a charade of (COPIES)* and US for ‘useless’. ‘Forged’ is the anagrind.
19 A jolly lot allow to be in a sort of band
A charade of A RM and LET to give you something that you wear round your arm. ‘Jolly’ is a term for a Royal Marine or RM.
20 Walk is harsh with two at the end dropping out
22 Horse needs nothing after drink
The setter’s indicating that you should put O for ‘nothing’ after PINT for ‘drink’ to get the breed of horse that has patches of colour.
Thanks as usual to Quixote.