Posted by Simon Harris on December 24th, 2011
I hope I’m safe to post this today. Closing dates for puzzles are a bit of a moveable feast at this time of year, but according to the paper, the competition should be over by now.
Klingsor was excellent company on an East Midlands Mainline train up to Sheffield last Saturday. The movement of the train does mean that my entries are penned in a somewhat shaky hand, but I think I’ve been able to decipher them. For the same reason, apologies to anyone who might have to check my Inquisitor submission from the same day, which was partially completed on the return journey.
There do not seem to be any themes or Ninas here, just a good, challenging Saturday cryptic, which I almost finished under my own steam, being held up a little in the NW corner.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||PRIE-DIEU – PRIED + I + EU. One of the two which I did not manage, the term being completely unfamiliar to me. It seems the translation is “pray to God” and refers to a low seat used in some sort of religious capacity.|
|6||ACCRUE – hom. of “a crew”.|
|9||IMPRESARIO – I’m afraid that upon blogging, I find myself unable to explain this one:
Perhaps the Met’s manager is shortly to strike song at start of Offenbach’s….
|10||AIDA – A[s] I[t] D[oesn't] A[ppeal].|
|11||WHEEL-CLAMPERS – (P + A MERC’S HELL + WE)*.|
|13||WRONG – (R in WON) + G. The Won is the currency – hence “ready” – of South Korea.|
|14||ANTIKNOCK – IN< in (C[hicke]N TIKKA)*.|
|17||OUTSKIRTS – OUT + SKIRTS.|
|18||ACORN – A + CORN.|
|20||WEST HAM UNITED – (THE NEW STADIUM)*. A nice anagram which may refer to the ongoing saga of whether WHU will take over the Olympic stadium after 2012. Coincidentally, not a team which is overly popular in Sheffield, at least not in the red half of the city.|
|23||MOST – S in M.O.T.|
|24||ASTONISHED – AS + T + ON + I + SHED. One of a couple of very nice charade clues here.|
|25||URSINE – S in URINE. Something Klingsor does very well is to mislead the solver into parsing the clue wrongly. Here we must mentally separate “Paddington” and “Station”, which does not come instinctively, least of all to a naturalised Londoner such as myself.|
|26||DOWNSIDE – D + OWNS + IDE[a].|
|2||RAMP – dd. The “cheat” definition was unknown to me, so this was the second of the two clues that I did not manage to solve on the train.|
|3||EARPHONES – Wyatt EARP + HONES.|
|4||INSTEP – ST in (IN + E[ntertainment] P[rogramme]). In a similar vein to Paddington Station, here one must disassociate “Oxford” and “Street”. Fortunately, the “shoe” sense of the word “Oxford” will be familiar to many regular cryptic solvers.|
|5||UNRECONSTRUCTED – (D[i]SCOUNT CURRENT + E)*.|
|6||AROMATIC – A ROMA[n]TIC.|
|7||CHAMP – M[ichael] in CHAP. Once again we are misled, this time by Michael Winner. At least he isn’t selling us insurance today.|
|8||UNDERSCORE – dd. Certainly not what Chedwyn Evans is doing for the mighty Blades this season.|
|12||GROUSE MOOR – [gettin]G + ROUSE + ROOM<.|
|15||NUCLEASES – (C[h]ELSEA [b]UNS)*.|
|16||VICARAGE – (CAR in VIA) + EG<.|
|19||MINNOW – M + IN NOW.|
|21||TUTTI – TUT + TI[p].|
|22||HERD – [ranc]HER D[oesn't].|