Posted by Eileen on June 4th, 2012
Rather a mixed bag from Rufus today; some of the cryptic definitions are not very cryptic but, apart from that, there are some neat clues, with good story-telling surfaces.
Happy Bank Holiday, everyone!
1 RED TAPE: cryptic definition
5 KINGDOM: double definition, referring to the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel
10 CARP: CAR [vehicle] + P [parking]
11 ANEMOMETER: cryptic definition
12 BIRDIE: BID [offer] round R [right] + IE [id est, that is]: a birdie is a score of one stroke under par in golf
13 TIDINESS [anagram [order] of INSISTED
14 INAUGURAL: double definition – but a case of what Uncle Yap would call ‘water from the same well’, I think
16 REBEL: cryptic definition
17 AEGIS: A + EG [brief ‘for example] + IS: this took a minute or two, as the crossing letters were not very helpful, but, in fact, the wordplay is just as it says on the tin
19 QUOTATION: double / cryptic definition
23 SHANGHAI: double / cryptic definition
24 LAVISH: sLAVISH [subject to] minus S [pointlessly]
26 ENGAGEMENT: double definition
27 RARE: double definition
28 BEAKERS: double definition
29 BYGONES: reference to the saying, ‘Let bygones be bygones’
2 ELATION: anagram [wags] of TAIL ONE – nice surface
3 TAPED: double definition
4 PLATEAU: anagram [brewed] of PAUL with TEA inside: lovely surface and my favourite clue, I think
6 ISOLDE: IE [that is – again] round SOLD [liquidated]: I don’t see the need for the first ‘to be’
7 GREEN BELT: cryptic definition, referring to urban spread
8 OVERSEE: OVER SEE, a see being a diocese
9 WEST HAM UNITED: anagram [being constructed] of THE NEW STADIUM: this is one of those that are so clever you think they must have been done before but I don’t remember seeing it.
15 UNION JACK: UNION [wedding] JACK [Jill’s partner]: here’s Rufus duly flying the flag – which, for overseas readers, bears the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick.
18 ENHANCE: E N [two points] plus an anagram [possibly] of HE CAN – nice surface
20 TOLSTOY: TOY [amusing article] around anagram [about] of LOTS
21 OBSERVE: OB [old boy – former pupil] + SERVE [wait]
22 OH DEAR: anagram [on the rampage] of A HORDE
25 VIRGO: R [resistance] in VIGO [Spanish port]