Posted by PeeDee on February 1st, 2012
An enjoyable puzzle, mostly straightforward but with a few tricky clues thrown in to the mix.
For the trickier clues I particularly like the way Cinephile picks words and definitions that are not common, but also not too obscure either. The definitions and meanings can be guessed at, the dictionary is used to check the guesses rather than trawling for help. I think this is a skill he has honed to perfection over the years.
My favourite clue was 7 down for the anagram, very clever. Thank you Cinephile.
|1||BUSHBABY||George BUSH with BA (degree) BY – definition is ‘primate’|
|5||STUPID||TUP (male sheep) in SID (Sidney, boy, little=short name)|
|9||SEA HORSE||SEA (sounds like “C”, start of Cocaine) with HORSE (heroin, slang) – the genus containing sea horses and other small fish. In this clue ‘to affect’ means ‘to take on the appearance of’.|
|10||QUICHE||HE (man) following QUICk (fast) with K (king) missing- definition is ‘food’|
|12||CHUNK||C (one hundred, a number) applied to HUNK (piece larger than a chunk) – definition is ‘solid piece’|
|13||EZRA POUND||RAP inside Englisg ZOUNDS (old oath, singular) – Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, modernist poet|
|14, 18||CORPUS DELICTI||(CULTS PERIODIC)* – the legal principle that a crime must be shown to have actually been committed before someone can be found guilty of that crime|
|16||WATTEAU||vieW AT TEA Unexpectedly|
|20||CARAFE||RA (painter) in CAFE (teashop)|
|22||AMBUSCADE||CADE (rebel) on AM (morning) BUS (transport) –
|23||CREDO||RED (revolutionary) in CO (company)|
|24||CORBIE||sounds like “Corby”, a former steel making town in Northamptonshire – definitio is ‘raven’|
|25||OPEN PLAN||PEN (write to) inside (PAL ON)*|
|26||DAY OFF||OFF DAY (bad time) reversed|
|27||TRENCHER||Definition and cryptic definition – a trencher is a old word for a plate or board, and one who digs trenches|
|1||BISECT||(dry) inside BIT (portion)|
|2||STATUE OF LIBERTY||EATS OUT (anagram=sadly) and FLIBBERTY (sounds like flibberti which leads to gibbet, a gallows, something for suspension) – definition is ‘free representation’|
|3, 4||BLOCK BUSTERS||Double definition|
|6||TRUMPETER||TRUMP (winnning card) and ETERnity (for ever, start of)|
|7||PICTURE OF HEALTH||(OUT HALF THE PRICE)* anagram=turned|
|8||DREADFUL||Doctors (first letter of) READ (to study) FLU* anagram=possibly|
|15||PECKSNIFF||PECK (use beak) and SNIFF (use nose) – villain from Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens|
|19||IVAN||IV (fourth) AN (indefinite article) – Ivan the Terrible|
|20||CREEPER||Virginia Creeper (plant) and a reptile is ‘a creeping thing’ (as defined in Chambers) – a bit vague I thought|
|21||BOGNOR||BOG Standard (common=slang) with NOR (and not) – Bognor Regis, a royal town on the south coast of England.|
|23||CANON||sounds like “cannon”|
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