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Guardian Quiptic 655 Orlando

Posted by scchua on June 4th, 2012

    A typical Orlando Quiptic, compact clues, mainly cryptic/double definitions and anagrams, and all easily enjoyable.  Thanks Orlando.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom each has an unidentified link to the puzzle.  Please double-bracket comments about them thus]]  Thank you.


9 Feline killer is something unusual (9)

CURIOSITY :  Double defn. (or cryptic defn. if you prefer) 1st: Reference to the proverb “Curiosity killed the cat”. 

10 Home rule for a sort of relation (2-3)

IN-LAW :  IN(at home) + LAW(a rule).

11 Turn back in vehicle that’s not what it seems (5)

BOGUSReversal of(back) GO(one’s turn, eg. in a game) contained in(in) BUS(a vehicle).

12 Annoyed after golf club gets German award (4,5)

IRON CROSS :  CROSS(annoyed) placed after(after) IRON(a sort of golf club). 

Answer: German military decoration,award.

13 Fielderone of daddy’s six? (4,3)

LONG LEG :  Double defn: (or cryptic defn. if you prefer) 1st: A fielder in cricket positioned near the boundary on the leg side of the batsman, almost behind the batsman’s wicket – and I gave up counting the number of possible fielding positions each of which has its own name – it isn’t so bad … if you actually like cricket :-) ; and 2nd: One of the six legs of the European insect, the crane fly, known in the UK as “daddy longlegs”, with other regional names like mosquito hawk, mosquito eater (or skeeter eater), gallinipper, and gollywhopper.  The clue might not work in the US, Canada or Australia, where “daddy longlegs” refers to spiders, with eight legs.


14 Joy has broken toenail (7)

ELATIONAnagram of(broken) TOENAIL.

17 Country singer (Irish) seen by king (5)

KENYA :  ENYA(last name Brennan, Anglicised name of Irish singer, instrumentalist, songwriter) placed after(seen by) K(abbrev. for king, as in chess notation).

19 One imprisoned for fraud (3)

CON :  Double defn: 1st: Short form for convict,one imprisoned; and 2nd: A scam,fraud that the con might be behind bars for.

20 Fun with birds (5)

LARKS :  Double defn: 1st: Frolics,fun activities.

21 Lassie from Sirius? (3,4)

DOG STAR :  Double defn: (or cryptic defn. if you prefer) 1st: The canine character which first appeared in a short story, “Lassie Come Home”, then a novel, then movies, and then went on to a long-running TV series.  The stars in the role were the original male dog in the movies and his male descendants – why not, if humans can do it, so can their best friends; and 2nd: Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky (and actually a binary star system), is known as the “dog star” because of its prominence in its constellation, Canis Major.

22 Tidying mess, showing self-respect (7)

DIGNITYAnagram of(mess) TIDYING.

24 Object no one brought back after camping? (9)

INTENTIONReversal of(brought back) [NO + I(Roman numeral for one)] placed after(after) [IN TENT](where you’ll be when camping).

26 Gather for a service (5)

AMASSA + MASS(a church service).

28 Herd heard in port (5)

COWESHomophone of(heard) “cows”(which come in herds).

Answer:  A port on the Isle of Wight, its claim to fame being the annual yachting regatta, Cowes Week.

29 As to clues being cracked, it’s a hopeless endeavour (4,5)

LOST CAUSEAnagram of(being cracked) [AS TO CLUES].


1 One’s disparaged for going to work in small taxi (4)

SCAB :  S(abbrev. for small) + CAB(a taxi). 

Answer: One who will not join in industrial action (an euphemism) but continues going to work, and is therefore disparaged, or worse, by the strikers.

2 Source of minerals almost absent in this state (6)

OREGON :  ORE(matter from which minerals are extracted,sourced) + GON{“gone”(absent) minus its last letter(almost)}. 

Answer: State in western USA.

3 Doctor finding new ruler in bed (10)

CONSULTANT :  [N(abbrev. for new) + SULTAN(an Islamic ruler)] contained in(in) COT(a small bed). 

Answer: Someone you consult about your medical issues, usually a senior doctor.

4 Going on horseback in part of Yorkshire (6)

RIDING :  Double defn: 2nd: One of the three sub-divisions,partof Yorkshire, from the Old Norse word for “third” subsequently losing its initial consonant.

5 Austrian dressed ornately (8)

TYROLEANAnagram of(dressed) ORNATELY

Answer: One from Tyrol, the state in West Austria.

6 Duke is heading for criminal record (4)

DISC :  D(abbrev. for duke) + IS + C(initial letter of,heading forcriminal”).

7 Awful grime around WC getting darker (8)

GLOOMIERAnagram of(awful) GRIME containing(around) LOO(slang for toilet,WC).

8 Has Jesse lost energy? (4)

OWNS :  “Owens”(Jesse, American athlete who won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, and really annoyed Hitler, as recalled by henchman Albert Speer: “…. but he was highly annoyed by the series of triumphs by the marvelous colored American runner, Jesse Owens. People whose antecedents came from the jungle were primitive, Hitler said with a shrug; their physiques were stronger than those of civilized whites and hence should be excluded from future games.”) minus(lost) E(symbol for energy in physics as in E=mc2).  Nice surface.

13 Popular as door opener (5)

LIKED :  LIKE(as in “cold as ice”) + D(initial letter,opener of “door”).

15 Loyalty, for example, in union (10)

ALLEGIANCE :  EG(abbrev. of exempli gratia, Latin for for example) contained in(in) ALLIANCE(a sort of union).

16 Negative remark about saint is offensive (5)

NASTY :  NAY(when voting orally, a no vote,negative remark, the opposite of “aye”) containing(about) ST(abbrev. for a saint). 

18 With long novel one’s late to bed (5,3)

NIGHT OWLAnagram of(novel) WITH LONG.

Answer: Name for one who prefers to be up and about and retires late to bed, like the nocturnal bird.  A similar term is “night hawk”

19 Crikey!  Is lad mixing drinks? (8)

CORDIALS :  COR(exclamation of surprise or wonder, probably a corruption of “god”, same meaning as “crikey”, a euphemism for “Christ”) + anagram of(mixing) [IS LAD]

22 Desperate character is seen with hot pastry (6)

DANISH :  DAN(Desperate Dan, a character I recall from the British comic, The Dandy, ages ago) + IS plus(seen with) H(abbrev. for hot).

23 One with wheels — American or Greek high flyer (6)

ICARUS :  I(Roman numeral for one) plus(with) CAR(slang for which is “wheels”, as in “that’s some wheels you’ve got there”) + US(American). 

Answer: In Greek mythology, the Cretan who flew high, too high in fact, resulting in the sun melting the wax securing his artificial wings, and him falling into the sea and drowning.

24 An old Peruvian of a certain caste (4)

INCAHidden in(of) certaIN CAste.

25 Numbers provided with hospital food (4)

NOSH :  NOS.(abbrev. for numbers) plus(provided with) H(abbrev. for hospital).

27 Where tools may be kept or discarded (4)

SHED :  Double defn.




Answers (the rest are to be found in comments below):

Pic#3 here

Pic#6 here (defn#1) and then here

17 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 655 Orlando”

  1. Robi says:

    The right level for a Quiptic, I thought, with plenty of anagrams and simple constructions.

    Thanks scchua for your usual excellent blog. The NW corner was last until I saw the ‘CURIOSITY killed the cat.’ I didn’t know the crane fly was also called the gallinipper or gollywhopper.

    I’m not sure that I have seen the tidying/DIGNITY anagram before. I liked DANISH.

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks sschua – a nice Quiptic as always from Orlando.

    [[I think the second picture is Scott Joplin, whose music was (rather anachronistically) used in the soundtrack of The Sting, which was the story of a CON.

    Number 7 is the actress Elizabeth Taylor as a child, but I can’t see a connection.


  3. Andrew says:

    [[Oh yes I can – she was in “Lassie Come Home” ]]

  4. Robi says:

    [[Roddy McDowall #4 in disguise was also in ‘Lassie Come Home.’
    #1 is Leslie Caron who was in the 1955 film ‘Daddy Long Legs.’
    #3 is Jane Fonda who, as ‘Cat Ballou’ was a feline killer
    #5 is Haydn (connection?)
    #6 is Al Pacino as ‘Serpico.’ He might have been regarded as a scab, although that is usually reserved for strike-breakers. Otherwise perhaps associated with ALLEGIANCE to the NY cop force?]]

  5. Andrew says:

    [[ More IDs:
    3 is Jane Fonda – ???
    5 is Joseph Haydn, who was Austrian, giving a connection with TYROLEAN

  6. Andrew says:

    [[Well done Robi – I think we’ve cracked it between us.]]

  7. Robi says:

    [[Joseph Haydn was an Austrian (dressed ornately?]]

  8. Robi says:

    [[Andrew @6; we crossed – let’s see if we missed anything]]

  9. scchua says:

    [[Hi Robi and Andrew, sorry to disappoint, but not time to give out the cigars yet. IDs are all correct, but for the links it’s 4 pins down, 3 still standing!]]

  10. Kathryn's Dad says:

    I thought this was an excellent Quiptic from Orlando – one or two challenging clues, but all fair and some nice touches, including OREGON and LONG LEG. But there was much else in the ‘easy but good’ category to admire. But DOG STAR is such a bad pun that Orlando surely cannot be sirius …

    Thanks to setter and blogger.

  11. Robi says:

    [[There is a town called Joplin, OREGON]]

  12. Robi says:

    [[Haydn’s Opus 64 #5 is “The Lark”]]

  13. Robi says:

    [[I think Joplin is in Missouri, not Oregon; I think I’ll have to give up now]]

  14. scchua says:

    [[Hi Robi again.
    Between you and Andrew, you had:
    Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor were in “LASSIE Come Home”;
    Scott Joplin’s music was used in “The Sting”, which could very well have been called “The CON”;
    Leslie Caron was in “Daddy LONG LEGs”, with Fred Astaire;
    Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 64 #5 is nicknamed “The LARK”.
    Well done. I’ve added links in the blog to the remaining 2 answers, so that you may check them when you like.]]

  15. Derek Lazenby says:

    Yes, more or less fine. No sure how well known Jesse is to younger solvers, iconic though he was to older solvers.

  16. Sil van den Hoek says:

    This was almost the perfect Quiptic.
    Very accessible for the ones who just crept out of the cradle to explore the Wond’rous World of Crosswords.
    And for someone like me, half-way The End (??, :) ), it was very enjoyable too.
    I particularly liked two of the shorter Down ones: 6 (because of criminal/record) and 8 (because of the nice surface and the fine definition).

    Many thanks to the inimitable Orlando & Scchua (wish I could be triggered by your picture competition).

  17. Robi says:

    [[Thanks scchua; I think I should get an honorable mention for Cat Ballou.]]

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