Posted by Pierre on December 26th, 2011
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
anagrind anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Little bit of dirt on garment taken to the cleaners
A charade of D for the first letter of ‘dirt’ after FLEECE for the garment.
5 Heavenly display from artist in London area
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
The odd letters of NeAt TrAiL.
10 Nobody needs a single northern bird in New York
An insertion of ONE N TIT in NY for the city.
11 At sea a plump seal finds plentiful food
(A PLUMP SEAL)* ‘At sea’ is the anagrind. Great surface.
12 Musical foursome about the same
I think this is relying on the fact that ABBA is a palindrome.
14 A bore rambling in the country shows restraint
An insertion of (A BORE)* in FRANCE. ‘Rambling’ is the anagrind.
18 They won’t keep beer I splash all over the place
(BEER I SPLASH)* ‘All over the place’ is the anagrind.
21 One vehicle for terrible ruler
I plus VAN.
22 RAF accepts doubtful UFO?
(RAF ACCEPTS)* ‘Doubtful’ is the anagrind.
25 Fruit grower’s first to hire again
A charade of G and RE-ENGAGE.
26 Discrimination makes sense
27 TV executives think they are very important sailors
28 Put right about costume
A charade of RE and DRESS
1 European heard in the end
A homophone of ‘Finnish’.
2 Catch flipping associate? Not quite
A reversal of PARTNE[R].
3 Foul cast — or cast keeping in the shade?
(FOUL CAST OR)* ‘Cast’ is the anagrind.
4 Material used for some garden implements
Hidden in garDEN IMplements.
5 What town crier may do to jog memories?
RING A BELL
6 Taverns in Nova Scotia primarily
IN plus NS for the first letters of Nova Scotia.
7 Somewhere in Oz small outlaw tucked into cheese
An insertion of S and BAN in BRIE.
8 Traveller may be weary, struggling over a great distance
An insertion of FAR in (WEARY)* ‘Struggling’ is the anagrind.
13 Writing censored by editor taken to court
A three-part charade: PROSE, CUT and ED.
15 After harvest fruit is seen again
REAP and PEARS.
16 Jerry’s spaniel
A reference to the American chat-show host Jerry Springer.
17 Chaps covered with slippery tar on deck
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
(LASHES)* ‘False’ is the anagrind.
20 Extremely affluent females in capital
The outside letters of AffluenT and HENS gives you the Greek capital.
23 Give the go-ahead for patent
24 Clergyman is to lose his head soon
Many thanks to the setter.