Posted by Pierre on December 5th, 2011
We had an Eimi a few weeks ago, but apart from that we haven’t seen a great deal of him in the past few months. He has emerged from the woodwork today, however, to offer us a thoroughly enjoyable Monday puzzle with his usual wide range of reference material.
Football (natch), geography, history, religion, science, music and a bit more besides. I found it mainly clearly clued in the end, and got a good few on the first pass, including some of the 14- and 15-letter solutions; but there were one or two that I struggled with, and I still need help on parsing a couple. Most importantly, there were several smiley moments, which for me is what it’s mostly about.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Levy on fatty food?
If you’re going to raise a smile, you might as well do it with 1ac. An amusing cd.
9 Logical basis for 15 getting left in charge
An insertion of IONA, the solution to 15ac and L in RATE for ‘charge’.
10 School qualification of the third highest grade
A charade of GAM for an alternative collective noun for ‘school’ or ‘pod’ of whales, and MA for Master of Arts gives you the third letter of the Greek alphabet, used for grading pieces of work. Or human beings, if you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World: ‘Gammas are stupid. They all wear green. I’m so glad I’m a Beta.’
11 Semites in diaspora, apparently
Nice surface. (SEMITES)* ‘In diaspora’ – in other words, scattered – is the anagrind.
12 A one point stone
A charade of PER (as in 90p per/a kilo) and I DOT gives you the green gemstone.
13 Ridiculous clot in FIFA is a cause of severe distress
(CLOT IN FIFA)* Wouldn’t be an Eimi puzzle without a bit of footie, would it? You can take it at face value, but if you follow the beautiful game, it would have made you laugh. It’s a dig at Sepp Blatter, who’s currently and unfortunately president of FIFA, football’s world governing body. The latest gem from what passes for his brain is that it’s okay to make racist comments to a fellow player during a game as long as you shake hands at the end of it. Muppet.
15 Hebridean location of newspaper proprietor, it might be said
Another smiley (and slightly self-referential) moment. It’s a homophone (‘it might be said’) of ‘i owner’. The i is the Indy’s little sister paper, which has recently celebrated its 1st birthday and is a snip at only 20p. It’s got a cryptic every day as well, from the usual crew. Are they recycled? I think we should be told.
17 Not Hard Times in particular
Well, ‘waxy’ means ‘not hard’ (‘of a person, soft, impressionable’ says the SOED) and it’s X for ‘times’ in WAY; but how we get from WAY to ‘particular’ I’m unsure of. The SOED gives at definition 14 ‘an aspect, a feature, a respect’ but I’m struggling to think of an example of how that would be used.
18 Of course they’re not main components
19 Operetta composer consuming very last of cheese and port
The enumeration and a starting L had me looking for an operetta; but it’s the French port. You need to know (or in my case find out from my trusty and dog-eared Thesaurus) that Franz Lehár was a Hungarian composer. Put V for ‘very’ inside that and then add E for the last letter of ‘cheese’ and Robert est votre oncle. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I can tell you that Lehár’s best known operetta is The Merry Widow.
21 Good seafaring name for sailor back in Ohio perhaps
An insertion of RAT for TAR reversed in (OHIO)* Referring of course to HORATIO NELSON, whose second name has been adopted in cricket terminology for a score of 111 or its multiples. I could explain why, but it’s rude.
22 Dissatisfaction with regular samples of Lennon music
A word for ‘boredom’ or ‘dissatisfaction’ comes from the regular letters in lEnNoN mUsIc.
23 How one might describe actors having a bit of a kip outside flat
I think this is PART MEN for ‘actors’ surrounded by AT, but how that equates to ‘bit of a kip’ I can’t see. But someone out there no doubt can.
Edit: that someone is Gaufrid, who explains it at comment no 2. I would never have parsed this in a million years.
24 Superior title
A cd. I like ‘em; some don’t.
1 Lord Chancellor has written terribly drily on case law
(DRILY ON CASE LAW)* ‘Written terribly’ is the anagrind. Thomas Wolsey was Lord Chancellor under Henry VIII.
2 Financial factors creating a forest, perhaps
RATES OF EXCHANGE
This is one of those reverse anagrams. (Is that the right term? I never know.) If you EXCHANGE the letters of RATES OF, you create ‘a forest’.
3 Moose oil refined for a song
O SOLE MIO
(MOOSE OIL)* ‘Refined’ is the anagrind. It’s the Neapolitan song which translates as ‘my sun’. Bring out the Cornettos.
4 Semites, some Muslims Barack upset
Hidden reversed in MuslimS BARAck. Both Jews and Arabs are Semites, since they are supposedly descended from Shem, the son of Noah.
5 Forerunner of Skype lacking volume, it’s said
For the technophobic and elderly (I qualify only for the latter) Skype is a piece of software that allows you to make voice and video calls over the Internet, often for free. I presume that IDEOPHONE was an earlier version of something similar, and although a homophone is suggested, I can’t parse this, I’m afraid.
Edit: Duncan explains this at comment no 1. Now that he has, I have to say this is a pretty loose definition, imho.
6 First-class return from one African country to another
This relies on the fact that if you take IA (a reversal of A1 for ‘first-class’) from NIGERIA, you’re left with another African country. It’s a great surface.
7 Braced for conflict?
ARMED TO THE TEETH
A cd, referring to the braces that teenagers wear to straighten wonky teeth.
8 Former president smuggled trifle inside vehicle
An insertion of RAN and SPORT inside CARTER for the former US President.
14 Colourless hydrocarbon created in experiment
(CREATED IN)* ‘Experiment’ is the anagrind, I suppose in the sense of ‘play about with’. The hydrocarbon(s) with the general formula C13H28.
16 Book about Tarka for example discovered under library
Eimi’s inviting you to put a reversal (‘about’) of Tarka the OTTER under LIB for ‘library’ to give you a word meaning ‘little book’ in Italian. Otters are dead cool. Etymologically, otter is ‘water animal’. It’s a very old English word and is the same in German and in Dutch. In Swedish it’s utter, in Norwegian oter, and the Danes have odder. Ultimately, it’s linked to hydra for the Greek ‘water snake’.
20 Horrible to find a hole in material
An insertion of O for ‘hole’ in VILE gives you the lightweight material used especially for blouses and dresses, as well as curtains.
21 Listened to senior teacher about educational fundamental
HEAD is wrapped around R for one of the ’3 Rs’ (reading, riting and rithmetic).
I had fun solving and blogging this one. Thank you to the setter for a fine start to the Indy week.