Posted by scchua on May 7th, 2012
The only Moley Quiptic I have blogged was also my first on 15sq. I don’t recall the details of the first, except that it was quite straightforward, and today’s is the same. Thanks Moley. Definitions are underlined in the clues. Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified connection to the crossword.
5 Useless timber? (6)
LUMBER : Cryptic defn: Timber cut into pieces, which may,? become useless household articles,lumber stored away – the attic being a favourite place.
6 Article Mail’s reprinted on a living organism (6)
ANIMAL : AN(the indefinite article used with nouns beginning with a vowel sound) + anagram of(reprinted) MAIL.
9 Annoying youngster or model of significance? (6)
IMPORT : IMP(annoying,mischievous child,youngster) + OR + T(from the early Ford car, the model T).
10 Draw a parallel with prior notice; it’s good enough (8)
ADEQUATE : EQUATE(to draw a parallel to) plus(with) AD(short for advertisement,a notice) placed before(prior).
11 Some on-board entertainment creates an impression (4)
DENT : Hidden in(some) on-boarD ENTertainment.
Answer: A physical impression,a depression.
12 In place of “occupier” see “officer” (10)
LIEUTENANT : LIEU(in place of) + TENANT(an occupier of a let premises).
13 Attractive girl has a lot of money (6,5)
PRETTY PENNY : PRETTY(attractive) PENNY(girl’s name).
Answer: As in “That party must have put him back a pretty penny.”
18 Organic process demolished mobile mast (10)
METABOLISM : Anagram of(demolished) MOBILE MAST.
21 Seven days sound pathetic (4)
WEAK : Homophone of(sound) “week”,period of seven days.
Defn: Miserably inadequate.
22 Go indirectly by perimeter roads (8)
SIDEWAYS : SIDE(the perimeter, as opposed to the centre) + WAYS(roads).
Answer: To approach,go indirectly, as opposed to head-on.
23 Marina arranged to produce flier (6)
AIRMAN : Anagram of(arranged) MARINA.
24 Boss’s one love is his workplace (6)
STUDIO : STUD(a boss,a protuberance) + I(Roman numeral for “one“) + O(looks like zero,love,as in tennis scores).
25 Get wind of a piece of cake (6)
BREEZE : Double defn: 1st: Verb, as in “It breezes from the west.”; and 2nd: An easy task, as in “Solving crosswords is a breeze,a piece of cake nowadays with the help of the Internet.”
1 I am Bill and I make false claims (8)
IMPOSTER : I’M(contraction of “I am”) + POSTER(a bill,an advertisement that is hung up/posted/pasted on a wall).
2 Intellectual lament broadcast (6)
MENTAL : Anagram of(broadcast) LAMENT.
Answer: As in “Solving crosswords is an intellectual,mental exercise.”
3 Disturb peacekeepers on bench (8)
UNSETTLE : UN(abbrev. for the United Nations Organisation, part of whose function is be peacekeeper to the world) placed above(on, in a down clue) SETTLE(a long seat,bench).
4 Criticise “One Man and His Dog” on a point (6)
IMPUGN : I(Roman numeral for “one”) + M(abbrev. for “male”,man, usually seen on forms in a box asking if you’re M/F) plus(and) PUG(a breed of dog) placed above(on, in a down clue) N(abbrev. for “north”,a compass point).
5 Mountaineer lost his head but remained flexible (6)
LIMBER : “climber”,mountaineer minus(lost) its initial letter,his head.
7 Potential to reveal fresh talent (6)
LATENT : Anagram of(fresh) TALENT.
Answer: That, eg. talent, which is not apparent, but is there to surface,be released at some time,potential.
8 Assembly of fifty Asters: security is the priority (6,5)
SAFETY FIRST : Anagram of(assembly of) FIFTY ASTERS.
14 Cot and chair arranged about the chest (8)
THORACIC : Anagram of(arranged) [COT plus(and) CHAIR].
Answer: Relating to,about the thorax,chest.
15 Short film showing modern southern dance (8)
NEWSREEL : NEW(modern) + S(abbrev. for southern) + REEL(a dance).
16 Info on one American’s wizardry (6)
GENIUS : GEN(info, derived from general information) placed above(on, in a down clue) I(Roman numeral for “one”) US(American).
17 Brutal attack (6)
SAVAGE : Double defn: 1st: As an adjective; and 2nd: As a verb.
19 Way to get to a place for an event (6)
AVENUE : A + VENUE(place for an event to be held). Nice surface.
20 A thousand agree, perhaps: it’s skimpy (6)
MEAGRE : M(Roman numeral for “thousand”) + anagram of(perhaps) AGREE.