Posted by Pierre on April 30th, 2012
Another sound and enjoyable Monday morning puzzle from Quixote, but one which I found more difficult than some in the past. However, once I got my way into it, it fell out nicely.
There were some less common words dotted around, as well as three clues featuring people, which can sometimes be tricky. A high number of clues also featured removals, but this did only strike me when I was writing up the blog.
All the definitions today are from Collins (2006).
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Decorator confused perhaps when last bit’s lost – rage ensues
(PERHAP[S])* and ANGER.
9 Island deserted by a hundred – it gets left at this time of year
[C]APRI and L. This clue will expire at midnight tonight.
10 Skilled worker may be sacked if erratic
(IF ERRATIC)* with ‘sacked’ as the anagrind. ‘Sack’ in the sense of ‘plunder or destroy’.
11 Ahead in game? Not initially in this part of one
Plenty of letter removals in the first few acrosses. The only game I know where this term is used is baseball (that’s rounders for big boys, imho), because cricket uses INNINGS even for the singular.
12 Bring down soldiers coming to WW1 site?
RE for ‘Royal Engineers’ and TRENCH. ‘To reduce or curtail (costs).’
13 Old city female knocked over former PM
My first reaction was to look for a British PM, but it’s a reversal of UR for the ancient city and HEN to give you the first prime minister of independent India.
14 Suggestion to bring misgiving?
A dd. In the first meaning, it’s as a ‘hint’ or ‘touch’ ; or indeed a soupçon, which comes from the French soupçonner, ‘to suspect’.
16 Couples taking on board superior fashion act pretentiously
PUT ON AIRS
An insertion of U for ‘superior’ and TON for ‘fashion’ in PAIRS. I fancy TON is only regularly used in crosswords.
17 Perfume to make one ecstatic, from what we hear
A homophone (‘from what we hear’) of ‘sent’.
19 Shades – what you may find in high-class gents outfitters?
A punning clue of NICE TIES.
21 Yesteryear’s footballer concealing silver hair
Here’s the first of our people: it’s an insertion of AG for ‘silver’ in PELÉ (better known as Edson Arantes do Nascimento), possibly the most gifted footballer of his generation. Not too common a word, perhaps, but ‘the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc’ . It’s of Latin, then French origin, and is related to words like PELT and DEPILATION, which might or might not have helped you.
23 Church of England left barbarous without leader – or heavenly?
A charade of CE, L and [B]ESTIAL.
24 The food he dished out in next to no time
T[HE] RICE. As in the expression ‘I’ll be back in a trice’. This apparently comes from Dutch.
25 I arraign guy – fancy fellow not seeing God up above the sky!
(I ARRAIGN GUY)* with ‘fancy’ as the anagrind and our second person. It took me a long time to put this one in, even though it was a well-signposted anagram. At first, I couldn’t understand the last part of the clue, but a quick flirt online tells me that the first man in space is quoted as saying ‘I looked and looked but I couldn’t see God’.
1 How father behaves, the man twitching inside? A number here may appear this way! (15)
I had quite a few crossing letters and a good few guesses at the others before I saw this, and it made me smile. It’s an insertion of HE and TIC in PARENTALLY. It’s cleverly referring to the fact that the enumeration of crossword clues is given at the end of the clue, in parentheses – in this case, (15). My CoD.
2 Dog food given to a new one of five born in litter
I fancied that this might be a carriage of some sort, but the list in my thesaurus didn’t give this one. It’s clear cluing of an unusual word: PAL (‘dog food’), A, N and QUIN. ‘A covered litter carried on the shoulder of four men.’ This one comes from Portuguese. English hasn’t half scavenged some words over the centuries.
3 Competitor shelling out very little money
RI[V]AL, with ‘shelling out’ telling you to remove the V (‘very, little). The monetary unit of Iran.
4 Performers, very good ones covering hair
An insertion of TRESS in ACES.
5 Sportsperson missing line as runner
Another removal. GO[L]FER. GOFER is a comparatively modern word for ‘dogsbody’ or ‘factotum’, because they have to GO FOR stuff all the time.
6 One’s doctrinaire, awkward? Fresh thinking required
(ONE’S DOCTRINAIRE)* with ‘awkward’ as the anagrind.
7 A mathematical unit that’s little short of brilliant
And another. RADIAN[T]. A RADIAN is the angle between two radii of a circle that cut off on the circumference an arc equal to that of the radius of the circle. I did used to know that, honest, but I will fess up to having to look it up to check.
8 Scruffy little kid overwhelmed by churchiness
Hidden in chURCHINess.
14 Quiet message of reassurance from best man, trembling
I did like this one: it’s SH for ‘quiet!’ and I’VE RING, which is what every groom wants to hear once up there waiting for the bride to make her entrance.
15 Police officer chummy with long-term American prisoner
Here’s our third person. A charade of IN for ‘chummy’ (‘in with’) and Phil SPECTOR, the record producer best known for his ‘wall of sound’, who’s currently doing porridge in the US for murder.
16 Gets into a sweat with sleep being upset, after which one starts to count sheep
A reversal of NAP, I and CS for the first letters of ‘count sheep’.
18 Like special crossword in which you’ll find holiday islands
A dd. Mr M in this avatar doesn’t often do THEMED crosswords (although Pasquale did give us a TEST MATCH SPECIAL last month in Another Place), and of course you’d find holiday islands in THE MED(ITERRANEAN).
20 Brief experience – avoid a second time – it’s a shocker!
And another removal. TAS[T]ER, with Quixote asking you to remove the second T, to give you the stun gun. I thought it might be an acronym, but it’s just a trade name.
22 British criminal in violent robbery?
A charade of B and LAG, a slang definition of our prisoner in 15ac (although I think it’s only a term in British English). A definition I didn’t know: ‘ a robbery, esp with violence’.
I have put the references at the top to both the Independent puzzle, and the Independent i puzzle, since for those that don’t know, they are now the same crossword each day; until recently the i cryptics were recycled from previous Indys.
It’s almost a year to the day since I started to blog the Monday Indy, and Quixote was my first blog then. Many thanks to him for a pleasing puzzle to start the week.