Posted by scchua on February 13th, 2012
Thanks Orlando for a staple Quiptic – cryptic definitions, double definitions, some cryptic too, and not too complex charades and anagrams. Elegantly straightforward clues, but still enjoyable. Definitions are underlined in the clues. The pictures have unidentified links with the crossword – hint: there are 5 pairs and 2 singles, though all of them have been arranged in no particular order.
1 Mate in Sydney holding large hammer (7)
CLOBBER : COBBER(in Sydney, Australian slang for a close male friend,mate, not to be confused with one of the opposite sex) containing(holding) L(abbrev. for large, as in clothing sizes)
Defn: As a verb, to beat severely,hammer
5 Horrible bra came undone (7)
MACABRE : Anagram of(undone) of BRA CAME
9 Hit by a vehicle — and not cared for (3,4)
RUN DOWN : Double defn.
10 Girl’s first with simply tailored tunic (7)
GYMSLIP : G(initial letter,first of “girl”) plus(with) anagram of(tailored) SIMPLY
Defn: The tunic that schoolgirls wear in the gym.
11 Hint: gloom transformed by this? (9)
MOONLIGHT : Anagram of(transformed) HINT GLOOM
Defn: The sunlight reflected by the moon which transforms the darkness,night,gloom. A clever WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
12 Move during sword fight, taking nothing from room (5)
LUNGE : “Lounge”(room) minus(taking…from) “o”(looks like 0,zero,nothing)
13 Tree providing shade (5)
LILAC : Double defn: 2nd: Shade of colour that looks like, well, the colour of the flowers from the shrub,small tree of the 1st defn.
15 Capital people name ships (9)
DUBLINERS : DUB(to name) + LINERS(ships, usually for cruises)
Defn: The people from the capital. Also the name of a capital sounding group of singers – remember “Seven Drunken Nights”?
17 Going wrong isn’t moral! (6,3)
MORTAL SIN : Anagram of(going wrong) ISN’T MORAL.
Defn: Same definition expressed twice (going wrong as a nounal phrase) – therefore not a double but a 2xSingle definition. Another clever WIWD clue
19 Container, as required by music producers (5)
TUBAS : TUB(a container) + AS
Defn: What are required by the specific group of music producers, the tubaists or tubists (anyone, especially a tuba player, to confirm these are legit words?)
22 Tea brought back from service area (5)
ASSAM : Reversal of(brought back) [MASS(church service) + A(abbrev. for area)]
Defn: Tea grown in Assam, north-east India, found in the more commonly named English, Irish or Scottish Breakfast Teas.
23 Girl rings friend and mum in holiday location (3,6)
LAS PALMAS : LASS(girl) containing(rings) [PAL(friend, not as close as a cobber perhaps) plus(and) MA(mother,mum)]
Defn: de Gran Canaria, to give its full name, the joint capital and holiday resort town in the Canary Islands.
25 Serious listener with cosy home (7)
EARNEST : EAR(listener, or what you listen with) plus(with) NEST(a cosy home, or sometimes a home for lovers)
26 Inability to remember a name is peculiar (7)
AMNESIA : Anagram of(peculiar) A NAME IS
27 Stephenson dismisses female family member (7)
STEPSON : “Stephenson” minus(dismisses) “hen”(female)
28 Doctor needs fluid for German city (7)
DRESDEN : Anagram of(fluid) [DR(abbrev. for “doctor”) + NEEDS]
1 Rover, for example, gets sort of meal that’s sweet (7)
CARAMEL : CAR(an example of which,for example, is the British Rover, which company started with motorcycles and bicycles, and since then has had a chequered history, presently extinct except for the Land Rover marque owned by Tata Motors of India) plus(gets) anagram of(sort of) MEAL
2 Personal ambition that’s a setback for the team (3,4)
OWN GOAL : Double defn.
3 Cook one way or another, bringing in Ramsay initially (5)
BROIL : BOIL(another way to cook) containing(bringing in) R(initial letter,initially of “Ramsay”, Gordon, that fiery – to use a euphemism – Scotsman of a cook, sorry, chef). Another WIWD clue, referring to the TV series “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”, where he – culinary skills, profanities and all – was brought into the kitchens of failing restaurants to revive them – cook one way or another.
4 Turncoats messed a general up? Not completely (9)
RENEGADES : Hidden in(not completely) and reversal of(up, in a down clue) mesSED A GENERal
5 Power of child picked up by the ears (5)
MIGHT : Homophone of(picked up by the ears) “mite”(child). A (human) child would need mighty powerful ears to be picked up by them!
6 Illness caused by beef? (9)
COMPLAINT : Double defn: 1st: An illness,disease,ailment; and 2nd: Gripe,beef
7 Rest that’s essential for tightrope walker (7)
BALANCE : Double defn: 1st: The rest,what’s remaining, eg. in your bank account
8 Fast train, say (7)
EXPRESS : Double defn:
14 Conservative leader, safe but unattractive (9)
CHARMLESS : C(initial letter,leader of “conservative) + HARMLESS(safe).
Defn: Having no charm(s), physical, magical or otherwise, to enchant,attract you. Descriptive of a retired old witch on all counts.
16 Originally bison and bear feature in park (9)
BANDSTAND : B(initial letter of,originally “bison”) plus(and) STAND(bear,tolerate)
17 People not satisfied with Ransome novel (7)
MOANERS : Anagram of(novel) of RANSOME
18 Book a possible substitute (7)
RESERVE : Double defn: 1st: To book in advance, eg. for a table in a restaurant: and 2nd: Someone who sits on the bench and may be called in as a substitute during a team game.
20 Puzzled when Australian birds appear in part of garden (7)
BEMUSED : EMUS(Austrian flightless birds, not sheilas) contained in(appear in) BED(part of the garden)
21 American turning up with dirty bear (7)
SUSTAIN : Reversal of(turning up, in a down clue) U.S.(American) plus(with) STAIN(verb to dirty,mark with)
23 What was heard in Rome and a quarter of Paris (5)
LATIN : Double defn: 1st: Language heard in Rome long ago; and 2nd: Latin Quarter is an area in Paris known for the number of educational institutions there, hence its student life, lively atmosphere and bistros. Interestingly, its name comes from the language that was spoken around and in the University, since it was the language of learning in the Middle Ages.
24 Musical heroine joining Laurie in a song (5)
ANNIE : Double defn: 1st: Little Orphan Annie or Annie Oakley, heroines in the musicals “Annie” and “Annie Get Your Gun” respectively, take your pick; and 2nd: Together,joining with Laurie to give the title of an old Scottish song whose earliest known version, perhaps closest to the original, has these (some quaint) lyrics:
Maxwelton braes are bonnie, where early fa’s the dew
Where me and Annie Laurie made up the promise true
Made up the promise true, and ne’er forget will I
And for bonnie Annie Laurie I’d lay doun my head and die
She’s backit like the peacock, she’s breistit like the swan
She’s jimp aboot the middle, her waist ye weel may span
Her waist ye weel may span, and she has a rolling eye
And for bonnie Annie Laurie I’d lay doun my head and die.