Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 24th, 2012
My apologies for the later than usual posting, caused by other commitments as well as by the trickiness of the puzzle.
Nimrod never disappoints: you know he’ll never hand you a solution on a plate; that you’ll have to work hard to complete the grid; and, importantly, that it’ll be worth the effort of soldiering on until the end. This puzzle was no exception to that.
I was actually up held by some of the more obscure vocabulary today, not least the entry at 2 and the reference to “rubber” in the wordplay at 8: if I had just quickly checked the words concerned in Chambers, I could have saved myself a whole lot of head-scratching as I tried to find alternative reading of those clues.
Despite struggling valiantly through to the end, there is still something which eludes me, so I am appealing to fellow solvers to explain the wordplay in 10 – thanks!
My favourite clues were 9, which is blindingly obvious once you get it, but which kept me guessing for ages; and 24, for working “songbird” and “twig” into the same concise clue. The completed grid is also a pangram, with all 26 letters of the alphabet appearing at least once.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||ADAM AND EVE||[A + MAN (=chap)] in *(EVADED); “cunningly” is anagram indicator; Adam and Eve is Cockney rhyming slang for “to believe”, hence “(to) credit in the Queen Vic”, i.e. in the East End|
|6||ZEAL||Hidden (“in”) in “siZE A Lot”|
|10||ESTATES||Definition: property; wordplay: the E(astern) states of the US are “looking (out) over Atlantic”|
|11||NAURUAN||Palindrome (“returning … would change nothing”); situated in the South Pacific, Nauru is the world’s smallest republic|
|12||ENCLOSURE||Double definition: ENCLOSURE means “pen” as in pigpen, pigsty AND (something sent with) a “letter”|
|13||THETA||the TA (=volunteers, i.e. territorial army); the definition is “letter”, since “likewise” refers to “a letter” (here, of the Greek alphabet) at the end of the clue to 12|
|14||MAINS||Double (cryptic) definition: MAINS are “followers of those starting”, i.e. courses of a meal that follow starters AND “a current public source”, i.e. the mains electricity supply|
|15||BATH-TOWEL||*(THAT) in BOWEL (=the intestine); “unfortunately” is anagram indicator|
|17||THEM AND US||T<ables> (“top of” means first letter only) + HE-MAN (=Mr Muscle) + DUS<t> (=dirt; “not quite” means last letter is dropped)|
|20||OVERT||OVER (=on) + T (=time)|
|21||BHAJI||B (=book) + HAJI (=pilgrim, i.e. in Islam); the “Indian” in the definition stands for “Indian restaurant”|
|23||NUREMBERG||REM<em>BER (=recall; “heartless” means middle letters are dropped) in NUG (GUN=arm; “twisting” indicates reversal); Nuremberg was the site of the war crimes tribunal following WWII|
|25||SPRINGY||SP-Y- RING (=group of agents, i.e. spies); “relegating Number 3” means that the third letter – “y” – is placed later in the word|
|26||TURNOUT||Cryptic definition: a turnout is the number of people assembled, a gathering; the verb to turn out means to stir in the sense of to get out of bed|
|27||YALE||Cryptic definition around Yale University (“institution that academic may want …) and Yale lock/key (“… to provide an opening”)|
|28||LITMUS TEST||[IT MUST (=it is essential)] in LEST (=for fear of)|
|1||ARETE||Hidden (“may reveal”) in “Chi-squARE TEsts”; an arête is a sharp ridge, hence “feature of (mountain) range”|
|2||ANTICLINE||ANTIC (=cavorting around, i.e. frolicking) + LINE (=row); an anticline is an arch-like fold dipping outwards from the fold-axis, in geology|
|3||ACTION STATIONS||*(ICON + SATANIST TO); anagram indicators are “injured” and “reformed”|
|4||DISTURB||TUR (RUT=groove; “for reversing” indicates reversal) in [D (=daughter) + IS + B (=born)]|
|5||VINCENT||IN (Ni=nickel; “wheels” indicates reversal) in V CENT (=what it’s worth, i.e. a nickel, the US coin, is worth five (=V) cents); the definition is simply “man”|
|7||EXUDE||*(DE<l>UXE); “discharging luminance (=L, in physics) means that the letter “l” is dropped from anagram; “models” is anagram indicator|
|8||LANDAULET||L (=left) + AND (=with) + A + ULE (=rubber, i.e. from a Central American tree) + T (=model Ford)|
|9||QUOTATION MARKS||Cryptic definition: the four quotation marks (two before and two after) are what enclose an utterance (“what was said”) in punctuation|
|14||MATT BUSBY||MATT (=lustreless, i.e. dull) + BUSBY (=black headgear, e.g. a bearskin); the reference is to Sir Matt Busby (1909-94), long-serving manager of Manchester United football club, hence “he had successful charges”|
|16||WHEREFORE||Hidden (“of”) in “snoW HERE, FOR Example”|
|18||DINKY-DI||IN in *(KIDDY); “outrageous” is anagram indicator; dinky-di is an Australian expression meaning genuine, real, honest, cf fair dinkum|
|19||STRATUM||STRAT (TARTS=women of the night; “going upstairs” indicates vertical reversal) + UM (=let me see)|
|22||APRIL||PR (=couple, i.e. abbreviation of pair) in AIL (=suffer)|
|24||GET IT||TIT (=songbird) + E.G (=perhaps, i.e. for example); “picking up” indicates vertical reversal; the definition is “twig” as a verb, i.e. to understand, realise|