Posted by scchua on April 16th, 2012
A typical Rufus, compactly clued with double and cryptic definitions mostly. I reckon there were fewer anagrams (which type of clue I find relatively easier), which is probably why I took a bit longer than usual. Thanks Rufus. Definitions are underlined in the clues. The pictures at the bottom each has an unidentified link to the crossword (and there is a common thread amongst the links).
5 Box, one dispatched in error by the French (6)
CARTON : Cryptic defn: Reference to Sydney Carton, who, in Charles Dickens’s A Tale Of Two Cities, tricks the French into executing,dispatching him instead of aristocrat Charles Darnay, whom he strongly resembles. “It is a far, far better thing ….”
6 Obtain pass (4,2)
COME BY : Double defn: 1st: As in “how did you come by/obtain those tickets?”; and 2nd: As when you’re in a passageway, and you tell someone to “come by me” or to pass.
9 Not available to take employment — a symptom of illness (6)
NAUSEA : NA(abbrev. for “Not Available”, usually found in forms) plus(to take) USE(employment) + A.
10 Breathing spaces? (8)
NOSTRILS : Cryptic defn: Those spaces you breath into.
11 Trip lasting some months in the US (4)
FALL : Cryptic defn: Reference to autumn, which season in the US is called “fall”.
12 Where educational forms are filled? (10)
SCHOOLROOM : Cryptic defn: Where you will find educational forms, ie. classes.
13 Jobbers in bonds (11)
BRICKLAYERS : Cryptic defn: Reference to those whose jobs are to create bonds between bricks. Not to be confused with those who buy and sell bonds in the financial markets, though one may end up being the other, and vice versa.
18 Wardrobe equipment supplied at no charge, maybe (4,6)
COAT HANGER : Anagram of(maybe) AT NO CHARGE.
21 I’m a Muslim leader — yes, a Muslim leader (4)
IMAM : IM + A + M(initial letter,leader of “Muslim”). I thought the first part of the clue by itself would have made the perfect &lit.
22 Army call-up (8)
REVEILLE : Cryptic defn: The signal, usually by a bugler, to wake up military personnel in the mornings.
23 Frank‘s address (6)
DIRECT : Double defn: 1st: Straightforward,plainspeaking; and 2nd: Verb, as in to “direct/address my comments to ….”.
24 Island boatman (6)
HARRIS : Double defn: 1st: An island in the Outer Hebrides – though it’s not really an island, just part of a bigger one; and 2nd: This reference eluded me…right until I was about the press the “publish” button. It is, of course, one of the men in Jerome K. Jerome’s book, “Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)”.
25 One in factory making plastic (6)
PLIANT : I(Roman numeral for “one”) contained in(in) PLANT(factory,works).
1 He may struggle to break a lock (8)
WRESTLER : Cryptic defn: Reference to the sport(?) of wrestling, where a lock is a hold securing a part of your body.
2 Mess in which doctor goes to artist on ship (6)
MORASS : MO(abbrev. for medical officer,doctor) plus(goes to) RA(Royal Academician,artist) placed above(on, in a down clue) SS(steamship)
3 Slave that’s found in the pets’ cemetery? (8)
DOGSBODY : Cryptic defn: One would find a dog’s body buried in the pets’ cemetery.
4 Fear to make the initial mistake (6)
TERROR : T(initial letter of “the”) + ERROR(mistake)
5 Tax put on new car stock (6)
CRAVAT : VAT(abbrev. for Value Added Tax), then placed above it(put on, in a down clue) anagram of(new) CAR.
Defn: A collar or neckcloth fitting like a band round the neck.
7 Hue and cry at the town centre (6)
YELLOW : YELL(cry) plus(at) OW(inner letters,centre of “town”). Liked the misdirecting split of the phrase “hue and cry”, in which “hue” relates to sound rather than colour.
8 Theologians assembled for choice literary gatherings (11)
ANTHOLOGIES : Anagram of(assembled) THEOLOGIANS.
Answer: Selected literary pieces collected,gathered together.
14 Padre takes tea without any milk or sugar? (8)
CHAPLAIN : CHA(tea) + PLAIN(with no addition of,without any milk or sugar)
15 Force both sides into a radio broadcast (8)
RAILROAD : L and R(left and right,both sides) contained in(into) anagram of(broadcast) [A RADIO].
Defn. and Answer: As verbs.
16 Tease about record of Mary’s husband (6)
JOSEPH : JOSH(to tease) containing(about) EP(abbrev. for extended play, a record disc, played at 45rpm, with a longer playing time than the standard single).
17 Not sound advice, when this tap gets stuck! (6)
FAUCET : Homophone of(sound) “force it”, which is not sound advice when trying to get a tap unstuck.
Answer: What a tap is called in North America It’s definitely a WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
19 He interrupts politician, showing presumption (6)
THEORY : HE contained in(interrupts) TORY(politician belonging to the Conservative Party).
20 Its entertainment value is questionable (6)
RIDDLE : Cryptic defn: A question whose answer is amusing,entertaining.