Posted by Pierre on May 14th, 2012
A pleasing Quiptic from Nutmeg, but she has included a number of cryptic definitions, which I found slightly tricky. Overall though, a well-constructed puzzle, with just one clue that I can’t quite get my head round.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Partially opaque ductile waterway
Hidden in opAQUE DUCTile. What did the Romans ever do for us, eh?
5 Preserve exotic meal doctor’s tucking into
An insertion of MB for ‘doctor’ in (MEAL)* with ‘exotic’ as the anagrind.
9 He guides Home Secretary crossing wood on island
An insertion of ELM in HS followed by the Isle of MAN. Not sure I’ve seen HS as an abbreviation for ‘Home Secretary’ before, but I’m sure it’s in a dictionary somewhere.
10 Plug opening at sea
A charade of AD for advertisement or ‘plug’ and RIFT for ‘opening’.
12 Suitable place husband’s found in Ulster church
An insertion of H for ‘husband’ in NI for ‘Ulster’ and CE for ‘church’. Northern Ireland and Ulster are of course not the same thing, but that doesn’t stop setters presuming that they are.
13 Bush able to act cunningly
Nice surface, although I fancy George Dubya didn’t have sufficient intelligence to do cunning. A charade of BOX for the bush or shrub, and CLEVER for ‘able’.
14 Skilled workers coping with cuts?
18 Consequence of queen backing action of strikers
A reversal of ER for ‘queen’ and PERCUSSION, which is the action of drummers, or ‘strikers’.
21 Little inclination to select suitable candidates
Another pleasing surface. A charade of SHORT and LIST, in its sense of ’tilt’ or ‘lean over'; hence ‘inclination’.
23 Agree to cutting revolutionary engine component
An insertion of OK for ‘agree to’ in Señor Guevara, CHE, the setters’ favourite revolutionary. I don’t think modern cars have chokes , do they?
24 Flash Gordon’s third jacket
Took me a while to see this one. It’s a charade of BLAZE for ‘flash’ and R for the third letter of Gordon. What some solvers refer to as a ‘lift and separate’ clue, I think.
25 Amateur team includes a reserve
AN insertion of A in LAY for ‘amateur’ and SIDE for ‘team’. This sense of LAY is probably most often heard in ‘lay preacher’.
26 Ruins King’s broadcast
I liked this one. It’s a homophone (‘broadcast’) of Rex, the Latin word for ‘King’.
27 Precisely where the telegraphist may be concentrating?
ON THE DOT
A cd, referencing the Morse Code.
1 Dying CO leaves instruction
2 Free from a French embrace
A charade of UN for the French ‘a’ and LOCK for ‘embrace’.
3 Rapid rise produces state of collapse
(RAPID RISE)* with ‘produces’ as the anagrind.
4 Scores of small groups of players?
A cd, with ‘scores’ in the musical sense.
6 Ideal student overcome by rage
A charade of MODE and L for ‘learner’ or ‘student’. Hot pants were ‘all the rage’ in the 1970s. I think they merit a comeback, personally, although obviously not worn by the same women who sported them back then.
7 What spectators may take if bad light stops play?
A DIM VIEW
Another cd, which took me a good while to see.
8 Driver’s vehicle test stopped by wild riots
A charade of MOT, the vehicle test, and (RIOTS)* ‘Wild’ is the anagrind.
11 Rail transport for state retinue
A charade of EXPRESS for ‘state’ and TRAIN for ‘retinue’.
15 WC a school ordered, not a high-speed type
(WC A SCHOOL)* ‘Ordered’ is the anagrind.
16 Weapon for shooting Spooner’s top bird?
Not my favourite type of clue, but Nutmeg’s made this one work well: the ‘top bird’ would be a BOSS CROW.
17 Capable of meeting with it
UP TO DATE
The definition is ‘with it’, and I presume that the setter is suggesting that if you are UP TO DATE, you are capable of meeting a deadline, but I am happy for someone to disabuse me of this line of thought.
Edit: Brian with an eye explains this at comment no 2, for which thanks.
19 Managed to secure one, not the original
An insertion of I in COPED.
20 Dismiss extremely regressive juvenile court
The first and last letters (‘extremely’) of RegressivE JuvenilE CourT.
22 Plot’s last feeble twist
A charade of the last letter of ploT and WEAK.
Many thanks to Nutmeg for this week’s Quiptic offering.