Posted by Eileen on February 13th, 2012
Not quite so many cryptic definitions this morning, which will please those who don’t like them, but plenty of the characteristic double definitions and some excellent anagrams in this fun puzzle to start the week. Many thanks, Rufus!
1 LEGHORN: double definition: thanks to Giovanna’s timely comment on Thursday on the anglicisation of Livorno, this sprang readily to mind. The chicken gets its name from the port, as the link shows.
5 ANAGRAM: A NAG RAM: this could almost be the theme word for the puzzle!
10 OVER: double definition
11 IRRESOLUTE: anagram [jockey] of SURE TO RILE
12 ALUMNI: anagram [turning out] of MILAN U[university]: a great clue – semi-&lit?
13 IN DEMAND: IN practically wrote itself in when I saw ‘popular’ but no – this time it’s IN = batting + DEMAND [order] and ‘popular’ is the definition
14 APOLOGISE: cryptic definition
16 IDIOT: anagram [when playing] of I DO IT
17 FROTH: anagram [somehow] of FORTH
19 COME CLEAN: COME [arrive] CLEAN [fresh]: I was surprised not to see “Come clean”, as a ‘request for admission’ – nice definition!] in either Chambers or Collins: perhaps it’s in the newer editions – but surely it’s not a new expression? [Edit: note to self – try looking in the right place! See comment 1.]
23 OVERCAST: OVER [on top of] CAST [the players]
24 CAVITY: IT in CAVY [guinea pig] – something of a calamity for a rodent!
26 BALLPOINTS: cryptic definition
27 TIME: double definition, referring to the pub landlord’s, ‘Time, gentlemen, please’, at closing time
28 ESPYING: E [English] SPYING [work of intelligence]
29 ADULATE: I’m not sure how to define this – a cryptic definition, I suppose: we need to take ‘lavish’ as both adjective and verb but it doesn’t quite work for me, I’m afraid
2 ENVELOP: anagram [new] of NOVEL in [breaks] EP [record]
3 HAREM: witty cryptic definition: Rufus has used this before to clue ‘seraglio’ – I loved it then and now!
4 RAIDING: AID [some help] in RING [boxing arena]
6 NO-SIDE: double definition: no-side is the end of play in a rugby match
7 GOLD MEDAL: G [note] OLD [ancient] + anagram [badly] of MADE + L [novice]
8 ANTONIO: A + anagram [strange] of NOTION: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, who pledged a pound of his flesh as surety for a 3,000-ducat debt to Shylock
9 TRAIN SPOTTING: superb anagram [possible] of STARTING POINT
15 LATERALLY: LATE [in the closing stages] RALLY [recovery] – a nice surface
18 REVEALS: anagram [changes] of SEVERAL
20 EXCUSED: double definition
21 ATTEMPT: AT TEMPT [court, as in to court disaster] – another nice surface
22 MAROON: double definition
25 VITAL: VI [six] + L [fifty] round [at the outside] a reversal [turn up] of AT – a lovely clue to end with