Posted by Uncle Yap on January 24th, 2012
Enter The Dragon. To those who are not aware, yesterday marked the first day of the Lunar New Year and ushered in the year of the dragon.
Perhaps due to the revelry and the wassailing, I found the puzzle a bit of a struggle, not helped by a few new words. But, as usual with The Don, every clue scrupulously fair and very entertaining. Gong Xi Fa Cai.
1 BENEFIT BEN (mountain peak or eminence in Scotland) E-FIT E-fit is a trademark for a form of identikit, the image being composed on screen and adjustable by fine degrees.
5 CHINWAG Cha of CH (Companion of Honour) IN (trendy) WAG (type trying to be funny)
9 MAGMA Ins of G (good) in MAMA (mum) for a pasty or doughy mass of organic or mineral material; molten or pasty rock material; a glassy base of a rock.
10 MARCASITE Sounds like MARK A SITE (indicate a place) for a sulphide of iron in orthorhombic crystals (in the gem trade it can be pyrite, polished steel, etc).
11 SEYCHELLES Sounds like SAY (exempli gratia, for example) SHELLS (seaside objects) for the island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar.
12 DEAN Ins of A in DEN (study)
14 REPLICATION *(CIA INTERPOL) What a lovely annie clue
18 HIPPOCRATES A tichy way of presenting this famous Greek physician as containers (CRATES) for hippopotamuses (zoo stock) Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (460 BC – ca. 370 BC) was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Athens), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. To today, new physicians still swear the oath introduced by him and binding them to observe the code of medical ethics. My COD for raising a smile from me
21 REAL REALM (field) minus M
22 IDEALISTIC Ins of DEAL (bargain) & IS in I (one) TIC (twitching)
25 OVERTAXED OVERT (obvious) AXED (cut) Yes, I agree with the sentiment that all governments keep too much of your hard-earned money
26 I-BEAM Quite self-explanatory
27 TITCHES T (first letter of term) ITCHES (is desperate) for a very small person, often the butt of jokes or victim of bullying
28 REGIMEN Ins of GI (American soldier) in RE (Royal Engineers, lots of soldiers) MEN (another lot of soldiers). Add another T and you get another lot of soldiers. Soldiers soldiers everywhere
1 BEMUSE Ins of MUS (rev of SUM, tot) in BEE (spelling competition in which my granddaughter won in 2011 in Jakarta for Grade 1 … Uncle Yap is a proud grandfather
2 NAGOYA Ins of GO (travel) in NAY (no) A (adult) for a city on Honshu
3 FEATHER BOA *(BEFORE A HAT)
4 TAMIL Ins of M (male) in TAIL (dog) for the rebel “freedom fighters” in Sri Lanka, since vanquished
5 CAREERIST CARE (worry) plus ins of I (one) in ERST (at first) Def is “one wanting to get on” with the “one” doing double duty. Probably the most difficult clue today which I would not have been able to parse without a nudge from NeilW.
6 IMAM Ins of M (maiden) in I AM (one hour after midnight)
7 WHITE LIE Ins of HIT (successful) ELI (priest) in WE
8 GREENING cd
13 WASSAILING WAS SAILING (travelled as a ship) WASSAILING is singing carols from house to house at Christmas. Probably an allusion to the old carol “I saw three ships” which is thought to be a reference to the three magi who came from afar to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus Christ. I prefer the other WASSAILING which involves helping the Scottish balance of trade. Cheers!
15 PARADOXES Ins of O (nothing) X (symbol for a wrong answer in the exam script) in PARADES (displays)
16 SHARE-OUT *(AUTHORS bookstorE)
17 APPARENT Ins of P (piano, quiet) in A PARENT (relation)
19 STREAM *(MASTER)
20 ACUMEN Ins of CU (copper) in AMEN (last word)
23 ALDER An alderman is a civil dignitary and MAN is an island
24 UTAH bUsT cAsH (alternate letters of fodder)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
rha = reversed hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram