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Quiptic 632/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on December 26th, 2011

Pierre.

A nicely constructed entry-level puzzle from Orlando for Boxing Day morning.  Plenty of anagrams to get you going, but a good range of other devices too.

 

 

 

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind  anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed

Across

1 Little bit of dirt on garment taken to the cleaners
FLEECED
A charade of D for the first letter of ‘dirt’ after FLEECE for the garment.

5 Heavenly display from artist in London area
RAINBOW
Another charade: of RA for ‘artist’ and IN BOW, for the area of the capital.

9 Neat trail, oddly enough, in part of South Africa
NATAL
The odd letters of NeAt TrAiL.

10 Nobody needs a single northern bird in New York
NONENTITY
An insertion of ONE N TIT in NY for the city.

11 At sea a plump seal finds plentiful food
SLAP-UP MEAL
(A PLUMP SEAL)*  ‘At sea’ is the anagrind.  Great surface.

12 Musical foursome about the same
ABBA
I think this is relying on the fact that ABBA is a palindrome.

14 A bore rambling in the country shows restraint
FORBEARANCE
An insertion of (A BORE)* in FRANCE.  ‘Rambling’ is the anagrind.

18 They won’t keep beer I splash all over the place
PERISHABLES
(BEER I SPLASH)*  ‘All over the place’ is the anagrind.

21 One vehicle for terrible ruler
IVAN
I plus VAN.

22 RAF accepts doubtful UFO?
SPACECRAFT
(RAF ACCEPTS)*  ‘Doubtful’ is the anagrind.

25 Fruit grower’s first to hire again
GREENGAGE
A charade of G and RE-ENGAGE.

26 Discrimination makes sense
TASTE
A dd.

27 TV executives think they are very important sailors
RATINGS
Another dd.

28 Put right about costume
REDRESS
A charade of RE and DRESS

Down

1 European heard in the end
FINISH
A homophone of ‘Finnish’.

2 Catch flipping associate? Not quite
ENTRAP
A reversal of PARTNE[R].

3 Foul cast — or cast keeping in the shade?
COLOURFAST
(FOUL CAST OR)*  ‘Cast’ is the anagrind.

4 Material used for some garden implements
DENIM
Hidden in garDEN IMplements.

5 What town crier may do to jog memories?
RING A BELL
A dd.

6 Taverns in Nova Scotia primarily
INNS
IN plus NS for the first letters of Nova Scotia.

7 Somewhere in Oz small outlaw tucked into cheese
BRISBANE
An insertion of S and BAN in BRIE.

8 Traveller may be weary, struggling over a great distance
WAYFARER
An insertion of FAR in (WEARY)*  ‘Struggling’ is the anagrind.

13 Writing censored by editor taken to court
PROSECUTED
A three-part charade: PROSE, CUT and ED.

15 After harvest fruit is seen again
REAPPEARS
REAP and PEARS.

16 Jerry’s spaniel
SPRINGER
A reference to the American chat-show host Jerry Springer.

17 Chaps covered with slippery tar on deck
ORNAMENT
It’s ‘deck’ as in ‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly’ and is an insertion of MEN in (TAR ON)* with ‘slippery’ as the anagrind.  Slightly homoerotic surface.

19 Bother with false lashes
HASSLE
(LASHES)*  ‘False’ is the anagrind.

20 Extremely affluent females in capital
ATHENS
The outside letters of AffluenT and HENS gives you the Greek capital.

23 Give the go-ahead for patent
CLEAR
A dd.

24 Clergyman is to lose his head soon
ANON
[C]ANON.

Many thanks to the setter.

2 Responses to “Quiptic 632/Orlando”

  1. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks for taking the trouble to blog, Pierre. The fact that Boxing Day is a Monday this year means two relatively easy crosswords instead of one more difficult, for which I, for one, am grateful.

    This was fun and perfect for the level. Thanks, Orlando.

  2. Derek Lazenby says:

    Hmm. Yes quite.

    I thought for a while that a couple of the word plays were on the tricky side for one of these, but I eventually decided it was just me being thick as usual.

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