Posted by Pierre on January 16th, 2012
People were saying on last Friday’s Indy blog that Phi’s crossword was a bit harder than usual, and that was my experience with this Monday Quixote – a few less common words and a couple of unusual devices. All good though. Since it’s intended as a puzzle for improving solvers, I’ve tried to give fullish explanations for those that need them.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Scottish island invaded by single officer
An insertion of ONE in COLL, the Inner Hebridean island.
5 Corrupt part of the church – almost cringe when probing it
An insertion of DUC[K] in SEE, in its churchy definition, as in the HOLY SEE.
8 Reason demurely, somehow making classical request to crowd
LEND ME YOUR EARS
Great spot by Quixote. It’s (REASON DEMURELY)*, with ‘somehow’ as the anagrind. ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen …’ and all that from Mark Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
9 Island’s building material convict’s stolen
[CON]CRETE. I wonder why Quixote didn’t choose another synonym like ‘lag’ instead of ‘convict’, since ‘con’ and ‘convict’ overlap. Happen he’s being gentle with us.
10 Animals getting one garment covered in hair
Clever; took me ages to see it. It’s I VEST in LOCK.
12 Notice hospital with rodent running round – badly run establishment?
An insertion of AD and H in MOUSE.
13 Show disapproval of group making comeback – certain stars
Had to be this – a charade of BOO and a reversal of SET – and I’d vaguely heard of it. It’s a constellation in the northern sky where you’ll see Arcturus, the third brightest star.
16 Boring one getting removed – is removed after swapping sides
The setter’s put his foot on the cryptic gas with this one, I think. It’s TED[I]OUS and then a swap of the sides gives you OUSTED for the second ‘removed’.
18 Herb that’s yellow that’s chucked in a mug
A less than common word: it’s OR for the ‘gold’ or ‘yellow’ tincture and (IN A MUG)* with ‘chucked’ as the anagrind. ORIGANUM is a genus of aromatic herbs, so if you were being picky you could say that ‘herb’ as a singular isn’t a strict definition; that would apply to individual species in the genus like marjoram and oregano.
21 This berry is sticky – dull and bad inside also
Bit of a tour of the plant kingdom here. I just about got this from the wordplay then had to verify. It’s MAT for ‘dull’ and ILL in TOO for ‘also’. The ‘sticky’ is just a description of the berry used in Latin American cuisine.
23 Nick lacking the honour associated with Lord Owen, say
A synonym for ‘nick’ is NOT CH, Companion of Honour, which is what the good Lord is an example of. A nod to Nick Clegg’s lack of status, perhaps? I’m sure he’ll find gainful employment somewhere when he loses his seat in May 2015.
24 Horrible tots I’d whacked, being keener on using extreme violence
(HORRIBLE TOTS I’D)* with ‘whacked’ as the anagram. Call ChildLine, someone.
25 Inside pub see the man getting soaked?
An insertion of THE in BAR. The question mark is there to suggest that the answer requires a bit of imagination to get the definition.
26 Odd bits of telly in which there’s language using few words
Another insertion. ‘Odd bits of telly’ give you TLY; put ERSE for the Irish language into that and you’ve got your answer.
1 What’s offered by an ice pack after injury is minimal (if any) soothing
2 Source of oil and diesel running out – any number getting stuck
As (old) cricketers well know, LINSEED is an oil, the smell of which marks the start of the new season. It’s (DIESEL N)* with ‘running out’ as the anagrind and N for the mathematical letter for ‘any number’.
3 Statistic relating to a particular drug provided by top man?
A charade of NUMBER for ‘statistic’, ON for ‘relating to’ and E for Ecstasy, ‘a particular drug’ (3,4 Methylene-dioxy-N methylamphetamine, since you ask).
4 See a catalogue that includes country’s latest supporter of British rule?
A further charade: of LO! for ‘see’ and A LIST for ‘ a catalogue’ with Y for the last letter of ‘country’ inserted.
5 Character at head of Society – what that one is, contemptible!
More foot on the gas, I think. The definition is ‘contemptible’, as in ‘You scurvy knave!’ S is the character at the head of ‘Society’, and of course S is a CURVY letter. I couldn’t find out whether the adjective is linguistically related to the condition which results from a lack of vitamin C.
6 Prepare speech having taken a day off
7 Worry endlessly wanting drink? Leave your motor here!
Nice surface. It’s a charade of CAR[P] and PORT.
11 My sad shriek, bursting out with famous last words
KISS ME HARDY
(MY SAD SHRIEK)* Allegedly Horatio Nelson’s dying words to Captain Thomas Hardy.
14 Rare song I transformed as arranger
A clearly indicated anagram of (RARE SONG I)*
15 Criminal has some in fear – son is terrified
Very well hidden in feAR SON IS Terrified.
17 Thus one African state unites with a fellow African state
A charade of SO for ‘thus’, MALI and A.
19 Chemical ceremony initiated by foolish person
A charade of NIT for ‘foolish person’ and RITE gives you the chemical, the sodium salt of which you will most likely have ingested this morning if you had a bacon sarnie.
20 Man on top is second subsequently
I was into AFTER territory at first, but it’s S for ‘second’ and LATER for the man (if the setter had been Anarche it would have been ‘woman’, I fancy) on top of the house putting the tiles on.
22 Bonelike structure that gets excessively hard over time
A charade of TOO for ‘excessively’ and H for ‘hard’ around T.
Many thanks to Quixote for a pleasing puzzle to start the Indy week.