Posted by Pierre on February 12th, 2012
I blogged the Hypnos Sunday puzzle last month and enjoyed it, and I enjoyed this one too; but I found it just as tricky, especially the NE corner. I need help with one, please.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
1 Waggish pair? Neither owns to being criminal
THE TWO RONNIES
Well done if you got this straight off. I guessed the anagram fodder but needed some crossing letters to see that it was THE TWO somethings. (NEITHER OWNS TO)* with ‘criminal’ as the anagrind, and referring to the famous pair of comedians who were at the top of their game in the 1980s. ‘Four candles?’ ‘Nah, fork handles.’
8 It’s used for galvanising last character in college
A charade of Z for the last letter of our alphabet, IN and C for ‘college’ for the bluish-white metal that is used for galvanising.
9 Request at home before formal call is denied
A charade of IN for ‘at home’ and V[IS]ITATION.
10 Republican for all to see in stormy battle supplying contrary argument
Another charade of R for ‘Republican’ and U in (BATTLE)* ‘Stormy’ is the anagrind and the U bit comes from the U (Universal) Certificate in cinemas which means that anyone can see it.
11 In part, young child is lacking time for grub
This was my last in. I was into grub = larva mode, then grub = food mode; but it’s ‘grub’ as a verb. ROOTLE: ‘Of an animal, turn up the ground etc with the snout, beak, in search of food.’ The kind of stuff that pigs and aardvarks do. It’s an insertion of [T]OT in ROLE.
12 Group of workers engaged in drink and short exercise
The exercise that’s good for your six-pack. An insertion of IT for ‘group of (information technology) workers’ in SUP.
14 Character touring storage facility with book, source of notes
It’s TONE for ‘character’ around (‘touring’) ROM for ‘read-only memory’ and B for ‘book’.
16 Conservative idol largely enthusiastic or one found with reservations?
A charade of C, HERO and KEE[N] for the Native Americans.
19 Sudden increase in fabric, we hear?
A homophone, and clearly indicated which way round it is: we hear ‘serge’, the fabric; but the answer’s SURGE.
21 Hairdresser generally on reflection concealed a means of leaving
Hidden reversed (‘on reflection’) in ‘hairdreSSER GEnerally’.
23 Staged work represented in a hotel
(IN A HOTEL)* ‘Represented’ is the anagrind and even I’d heard of this Gilbert and Sullivan work, although I’m no aficionado.
25 One exposed to view touring a lake?
I think this is &littish, unless someone wants to disabuse me of that idea. It’s an insertion of A L in NATURIST, to give you the name for someone who’s admiring the view of nature.
26 Dismiss old wine
27 Source of funds and wealth in Hello under review
HOLE IN THE WALL
(WEALTH IN HELLO)* with ‘under review’ as the anagrind, for what’s more properly known as an ATM.
1 Fancy stripe worn by corps – an army feature?
It’s C for one of the accepted abbreviations for ‘corps’ surrounded by (STRIPE)* with ‘fancy’ as the anagrind. The question mark is (I think) suggesting in a whimsical way that since the army are renowned for their strength, this particular muscle in the arms of soldiers might be part of their armoury.
Edit: the parsing is correct but my explanation is a load of cobblers. Flashling explains it at comment no 2, for which thanks.
2 Face matter occupying uppity Frenchman
A synonym for ‘to face’ is an insertion of COUNT (in the verbal sense: it doesn’t count/it doesn’t matter) in a reversal of RENÉ, crosswordland’s favourite Frenchman, who’s BFF with Otto the German.
3 Rubbish picked up in part of frame
A homophone of ‘waste’ for ‘rubbish’, with ‘picked up’ as the homphone indicator. Good surface.
4 A lot of split rubber beginning to thin and burn
Well, ‘burn’ as a ‘small river’ or RIVULET is the definition and T as its last letter is the first letter of ‘thin’, but where the split rubber comes in, I can’t see. VUL could be from VULCANISED for the term relating to rubber, but I’ll need someone else to explain this fully, please.
5 How one might describe carnival hater’s response to American – worthy of shame?
Another whimsical indication of how somebody who didn’t like the Rio de Janiero carnival might react, added to US for ‘American’.
6 Start of work among plain troops
Hidden in plaIN TROops.
7 Song mostly well revised and expanded
(SON[G] WELL)* with ‘revised’ as the anagrind.
13 Asian and a son in outfit beset by a lot of fear
Two insertions and a deletion: one insertion of S for ‘son’ in KIT for ‘outfit'; then an insertion of all that in PANI[C], ‘a lot of fear’.
15 Banger is falling apart traversing European body of water
(BANGER IS)* around E with ‘falling apart’ as the anagrind.
17 School right to leave hospital garbage
Very contemporary, since the last Harry Potter film came out only recently. Hogwarts is the school of wizardry where Harry, Ron and Hermione went; take RT for ‘right’ out of that and add H for ‘hospital’ and you’ve got a word meaning ‘rubbish’ or ‘garbage’. This morning’s trivia question: what does the JK in JK Rowling stand for? Answer at the end.
18 A defender of cream?
A cd, since the ‘cream’ of anything would be the best, and elitism is about supporting only the best.
20 Proper doctor coming up to admit first of those horribly injured
Clever, and I’m going for this as my favourite clue this morning. ‘Doctor’ usually gets used as an anagrind, or as an indication to use an abbreviation (MO, MD, DR, GP and so on). But here it’s in the verbal sense, as in to ‘lace’ or ‘doctor’ a drink. So it’s a reversal of LACE with an insertion of THI for the first letters of ‘those horribly injured’.
22 English bird I ignored in uniform
E plus QUA[I]L.
24 Means for turning in old part of county
It’s a dd, but the second definition is archaic: ‘Each of the administrative districts into which Kent was formerly divided, each comprising several hundreds’ (SOED).
Thanks to Hypnos for a pleasing Sunday puzzle. As for the author of the Harry Potter books, J is for ‘Joanne’, although she calls herself Jo. The K stands for ‘Kathleen’, but it’s not a given name; she doesn’t have a second name. Her publishers feared that if they published under the name of Joanne Rowling, boys might be put off from purchasing the book because of its obviously female author. So she chose K for Kathleen for the second initial, after her gran, and the rest is history.