Posted by Simon Harris on May 13th, 2012
It’s been a little while since I’ve drawn a Sunday Crosophile, and this one seemed to be in keeping with those I’ve encountered before: generally medium difficulty with a few curveballs thrown in to keep us on our toes. For example, 2dn beat me, and I can’t see the parsing for 19dn, though the answer is clear.
I’m not sure if it’s quite a theme, but there are several fruit and veg references in there, including entries such as RAISINS, SWEDE and PEACH, plus various other things that grow, like ACONITE, and some other edible items in POPCORN and CASSEROLE. This may well all be simple coincidence, of course.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||CHARLATANISM – (SH[o]RT MANIACAL)*.|
|8||POPCORN – POP + CORN.|
|9||RICKETS – [c]RICKETS.|
|11||RAISINS – [p]RAISIN[g] + S.|
|12||BREAK-IN – B[o]RE + AKIN.|
|13||SWEDE – WED in (S + E).|
|14||ANCESTRAL – LANCASTER*.|
|16||ROWDINESS – DINES in ROWS.|
|19||PEACH – PEA + C + H.|
|21||TRACHEA – ACHE in TRA[p].|
|23||EARTHEN – (T + HE) in EARN.|
|24||RATTLED – dd., rattlesnakes being pit vipers.|
|25||OBSERVE – OB + SERVE.|
|26||USER-FRIENDLY – (NERD YES IF URL)*.|
|1||CAPSIZE – CAP + SIZE.|
|2||ACONITE – ACO[r]N + IT + E.|
|3||LANDSCAPE – L AND S + CAPE. I haven’t come across L as an abbreviation for “light” before, and I don’t see it in the Concise Oxford that I have to hand, but it seems quite plausible.|
|4||THROB – [fif]TH ROB[bery].|
|5||NUCLEUS – hom. of “new” + CLUES*.|
|6||SPEAKER – PEAK in SER.|
|7||SPORTSWRITER – (PORT in SS) + (T in WRIER).|
|10||SINGLE-HANDED – dd.|
|15||CASSEROLE – LOSER* in CASE.|
|17||WRAITHS – (I in WRATH) + S.|
|18||INHALER – IN + HALER.|
|19||PHRASED – this one is left as an exercise for the reader:
Put into words a bit at a time in writing perhaps? On the contrary.
|20||ASHTRAY – H in ASTRAY.|
|22||ADDER – dd.|