Posted by Pierre on December 26th, 2011
I fancy this might be a lonely place today, since you’re all no doubt doing Feast of St Stephen things, but if you are by any chance remotely interested, you’ll find my take on Quixote’s puzzle below …
A gentle offering in the usual Quixote style, with clear cluing and a generous grid, probably just right for a Boxing Day morning solve over a cup of coffee. But some nice touches. For me, three clues triggered flashbacks to my long-abandoned Catholic upbringing. I’m certain that wasn’t what the setter had in mind when he sat down to complile this crossword, although there are some other religious references scattered about the grid.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] missing letter(s)
1 Slander that’s initially brought to light in the German lawsuit
My first thought here once I’d got a few crossing letters was DEFAMATION, but of course that doesn’t work. It’s a clever surface, though: T for the first letter of ‘that’s’ in DER for one of the (many) words for ‘the’ in German, followed by ACTION for ‘lawsuit’. First flashback, to ‘calumny and detraction’ in the Catechism.
6 Problem involving a hundred despicable people
An insertion of C for the Roman numeral for ‘a hundred’ in SUM for ‘problem’.
9 Indulgent one starts to eat nuts in time of fasting
An insertion of I and EN, the first letters of ‘eat nuts’ in LENT, the period of fasting that some Christians undertake in the forty days following Shrove Tuesday.
10 Emergency action – start to confer with everyone back in the pavilion
Quixote’s prompting you to put the first letter of ‘confer’ before ‘all out’ for a cricket team who have wielded the willow and find themselves back in the hutch.
12 Virtuous Conservative has impetuosity
A charade of C and HASTE.
13 Female less safe being more bubbly
A charade of F and RISKIER.
15 Financial changes to accommodate gold from part of America
Another good surface for a clearly signposted clue: it’s (FINANCIAL)* with an insertion of OR for ‘gold’.
18 A thunder god in action? One has no fear whatever
(A THUNDER GOD)* with ‘in action’ as the anagrind. I knew DREADNOUGHT as a battleship, but another definition, I discovered today, is ‘a fearless person’.
21 English virtue, treating the duke and the dustman alike?
A charade of E and QUALITY.
22 One may be seen as a bulge at sea
(A BULGE)* ‘At sea’ is the anagrind. A bit of &litishness.
25 The old man attacked, one pulled out and put on display
A charade of PA and RA[I]DED.
26 Room in which short greeting is given
1 I’d cycle round having eaten a titbit
(I’D CYCLE A)* ‘Round’ is the anagrind, and ‘titbit’ is the definition, although our friends across the pond would say tidbit, for a reason I’ve never understood.
2 One may be feeling cold needing to get into shelter with drink
I liked this surface. It’s a charade of TENT and an insertion of C in ALE.
3 Seasonal music to be played by laddies (set fee)
Second flashback, since singing hymns and other stuff in Latin was the preferred option when I was at school. It’s (LADDIES SET FEE)* and is the Latin version of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
4 Short dress given expression of disapproval – socially acceptable subsequently
A charade of TUT and Nancy Mitford’s U for the ballet dress. And the South African archbishop who’s slang among university students for a lower second: ‘How did you get on in your finals?’ ‘Bit disappointed, ended up with a Desmond.’
5 Writer in cardie, slow, confused
7 Speak fondly, getting fired up? Calm down!
A charade of COO and LIT.
8 Assistant holds game up – that may be sensible
An insertion of RU (Rugby Union) reversed in MATE, in the ship’s mate sense of the word.
11 Getting into a bad temper, being deprived of favourite tabloid?
LOSING ONE’S RAG
14 Skill needed to get hold of chaps after break, getting hold of money owed maybe
A not very common word, but it’s clearly clued: an insertion of REST and MEN in ART.
16 Looking to heaven, one man chanted a part of the Mass
The third of my Holy Trinity of flashbacks. The answer is Latin for ‘Lamb of God’ and is part of the Catholic Mass. It’s cleverly clued: a reversal (‘looking to heaven’) of I ED SUNG A.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis
17 Go across Turkey – on horseback, it seems?
An insertion of TR for the internet domain abbreviation for Turkey in SADDLE, and &lit.
19 In France I want to be as one of the chosen?
A charade of JE for the first person singular subject pronoun in French, and WISH. Alluding to the fact that the Bible says that the Jews are God’s chosen people.
20 Ex-president introducing railway measure
Take your pick of two ex-presidents of the US and add a US abbreviation, EL for ‘elevated railway’, to get your answer.
23 Old china that is often semi-transparent
A charade of O for ‘old’ and PAL for ‘china’. From the cockney rhyming slang ‘china plate’ for ‘mate’.
A fine Boxing Day puzzle from Quixote, thank you to him.