Posted by Eileen on March 12th, 2012
The usual Monday mix of double and cryptic definitions and a couple of really nice anagrams. Thank you, Rufus!
5 STAYED: double definition
6 KOPECK: KO [knock out] + PECK [large quantity]: this took longer than it should have, as I hadn’t come across peck = [Chambers] ‘an indefinitely great amount [eg a peck of troubles]‘: in fact, I’m afraid I’d always thought of it as a fairly insignificant amount – and I’m more used to seeing the ‘kopek’ spelling of the coin!
9 COP OUT: double definition
10 OPPOSING: OP [work] + POSING [puzzling]: Chambers says that pose = puzzle is archaic and Collins calls it rare – but we still say, ‘That’s a poser’.
14 MERE: ME [object of 'I'] + RE [Religious Education]
12 REHEARSALS: cryptic definition
13 ANACHRONISM: great anagram of A CORNISHMAN, with nice play on ‘untimely’
18 PATISSERIE: PAT [Irishman] + IS + SERIE [reversal - backing] of EIRE’S [Ireland's]
21 NUNS: [not very] cryptic definition
22 HARA-KIRI: cryptic definition
23 BUCKET: cryptic definition, referring to the euphemism [?] ‘kick the bucket’ for ‘to die’ – take your pick from the suggested origins
24 TEUTON: a rather unusual clue for Rufus: you need to take an anagram [sadly] of ‘far’ from ‘unfortunate’ and then form another anagram [in trouble]
25 COARSE: anagram [confused] of SCORE A
1 JACOBEAN: JEAN [girl] round [straddles] A COB [a horse]: JACOBEAN: of or characteristic of the reign of James I of England [1603-25]
2 HECTOR: double definition, as a verb and a proper noun
3 COMPLAIN: A in COMPLIN [service]: another slight hold-up for me, as I’ve never seen the name of the service without a final ‘e’.
4 CENSUS: cryptic definition – nothing to do with birth control!
5 SCORED: I suppose I have to call this a cryptic definition!
7 KINDLE: anagram [switch] of LINKED
8 MOTHER’S RUIN: amusing anagram [sad] of MOURNERS HIT
14 CAST IRON: CAST [actors] IRON [press]: the definition is ‘hard’, so the pedant in me would have expected a hyphen
15 SINECURE: IN [at home] in SECURE [safe]
16 BASALT: BA [reversal [climbed] of AB [able-bodied seaman] + SALT [another sailor] – two for the price of one from Rufus today!
17 ANNEXE: sounds like [say] AN X [kiss]
19 ICARUS: cryptic definition for the lad who flew too close to the sun
20 EN BLOC: anagram [fails] of BEN + reversal [set up] of COL [pass]