Posted by Eileen on November 28th, 2011
This is the first Quiptic I have blogged – as a one-off stand-in for Pierre today — and I was delighted to discover it was an Arachne.
This puzzle is exactly what a Quiptic should be, having a nice variety of clue types, straightforwardly clued, and with enough of Arachne’s wit and ingenuity to whet the appetite of newer solvers and lead them on to the delights of her cryptics. Many thanks, Arachne, for kicking off the week with a smile or two.
8 IN CAMERA: anagram [indicated by ‘is treated’] of AMERICAN
9 SEESAW: charade of SEE [watch] + SAW [tool]: definition: ‘going up and down’ [adjective]
10 STATUS: STATS [statistics] around [‘about’] U[niversity]: definition: standing
11 GUERILLA: cleverly hidden in intriGUER ILL-Advisedly: [I keep forgetting that this word can be spelt with one R] – definition: fighter
12 TUMS: reversal [turning] of SMUT [filth]: I find these clues among the most annoying of all, because, so often, the reversal is ambiguous and I invariably go for the wrong one, as I did here, initially: it’s ‘filth turning’, rather than ‘turning children’s stomachs’ but the crossing letters soon sort it out.
13 REPUBLICAN: anagram [indicated by ‘poor’] of CALIBRE PUN: Mitt Romney is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.
15 CERAMIC: CE [Church of England – ‘Anglicans’] + RAM [‘sheepish fellow’!] + IC [in charge]: the definition is ‘potty’ – this lovely clue made me laugh out loud.
16 WAGERER: charade of W[ith] [it’s easy to be caught out by that little word – one to watch out for!] + AG [chemical symbol for silver] + ER [queen] twice, for ‘sovereigns’
18 STUTTERERS: charade of S T [initial letters of ‘shy’ and ‘timid’] + UTTERERS [they say]
19 RITE: sounds like [pronounced] RIGHT [correctly]
20 ALL RIGHT: i.e. none left – definition: OK
22 ÉMIGRÉ: anagram [appallingly] of GRIM inside [part of] E[astern] E[urope]
23 USENET: USE [enjoy] NET [ultimate, as in ‘net result’]: [initially, I took NET as being the last [ultimate] part of ‘internet’ and thought it was rather weak. I should know Arachne better! ‘Internet service’ is the definition.
24 FREELOAD: charade of FREE [casual] + LOAD [lot]
1 INSTRUMENTALIST: clever anagram, with a very nice surface, of LETS TINNITUS MAR
2 EARTH-SHATTERING: charade of EARTH [dust] + SHATTERING [busting]
3 TEA-SERVICE: anagram of VERSACE TIE
4 HANG-UPS: HANG UP [stop talking, as on the [old-fashioned] telephone] + S[urmount]
5 ISLE: anagram [upset] of ELSIE [minus the last letter – ‘baselessly’] – definition: ‘Man possibly’ – often found in crosswords
6 DEFINITE ARTICLE: double definition, one of them being ‘the’
7 PARLIAMENTARIAN: PAR [average] + anagram [‘could be’] of MAN INTER ALIA
14 BRASSIERES: amusing cryptic reference to the urban myth that feminists burned their bras in the 1960s [but Arachne doesn’t say they did!]
17 LEFT OFF: LEFT [socialists] OF F[rance]
21 GOTH: GOT [bought] + H[eroin]