Posted by Pierre on June 11th, 2012
It’s a Quiptic, Jim, but not as we know it … It might have just been a bad day at the office for me, but this was harder than many a Guardian cryptic that I’ve solved. Perhaps you’ll tell me otherwise.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Piece of hip hop’s broadcast round backyard
If you can’t explain a clue, it might as well be 1 across. All I can come up with is that it’s (HOPS YARD)* and ‘piece’ looks like the definition while ‘broadcast’ looks like the anagrind, but somebody else is going to have to tell me how this works.
Edit: Thomas and Andrew explain this one in the first two comments; thanks to them.
5 Thief taking dresser without key?
Once you’d got some crossing letters, it couldn’t be much else, but it took me a while to see this. It’s ROBER for ‘dresser’ outside (‘without’) B for the musical key.
9 One son’s in slight hint of trouble
An insertion (‘in’) of IS in NUANCE for ‘slight hint’.
10 Derrick’s putting grease on machinery
A charade of OIL for ‘grease’ and RIG for ‘machinery’.
12 Cut short heavy old slow movement
The musical term for a ‘slow movement’ is LARG[E] plus O for ‘old’. ‘Heavy’ for ‘large’?
13 Brains and a pretty head?
‘Brains’ for ACUTENESS? Maybe not in a Quiptic, methinks. It’s a charade of A, CUTE and NESS for an archaic word for promontory or ‘head’
14 Innate tendency to censure and abuse
(TO CENSURE AND)* The anagrind is ‘abuse’.
18 Unseasonal warmth brings forth sub-continental adder
A phrase meaning hot weather in late summer is a charade of INDIAN for ‘sub-continental’ and SUMMER for ‘adder’.
21 Cousin Rex organised trip
23 My turn to cut the herb for cooking
Hectence is asking you to reverse (‘turn’) MY and then put it in THE to give you the culinary herb.
24 Reach out to former nurse
A charade of EX for ‘former’ and TEND for ‘nurse’, but I’m not sure what ‘to’ is doing for the cryptic grammar.
25 Holy man’s not returned from ramble
A nice surface and clue. Another charade: of RABBI for ‘holy man’ and TON for a reversal (‘returned’) of NOT.
26 Dad’s lost bearings, being upset
A charade of (DADS)* and EN for ‘bearings’, East and North. ‘Lost’ is the anagrind.
27 Respected heads of European states reportedly co-operated
A charade of ES for the first letters of ‘European states’ plus a homophone of ‘teamed’. I’m not enamoured of ‘teamed’ for ‘co-operated’. We ‘teamed up’ means ‘we co-operated’ but you can’t ‘co-operate up’.
1 Bug scuttled over large beast
The clue works fine, and perhaps it’s just me, but this is a tricky clue for a puzzle designed for new cryptic fans. RANKLE and ‘bug’ are synonyms; then it’s RAN for ‘scuttled’ with KLE for a reversal (‘over’) of ELK, which is indeed one of many ‘large beasts’.
2 Secondary navigation by way of train lines gets birds home
If I’ve understood this well, then it’s A for the second letter of nAvigation, followed by VIA for ‘by way of’ and RY for railway or ‘train lines’. Expecting a beginner to twig that ‘secondary navigation’ means A is a bit of an ask, I think.
3 TV show: very much a quiet time after work
Something like EastEnders is a charade of SO for ‘very much’, A, P for musically ‘quiet’, and ERA for ‘time’ after OP for ‘work’, the abbreviation for ‘opus’.
4 Police rise high in patriots cruel tyranny
A charade of DIC for CID (‘police’) reversed and (IN PATRIOTS)* ‘High’ is the anagrind.
6 Give thoughts on pie ingredients
(ON PIE)* ‘Ingredients’ is the – not brilliant in my opinion – anagrind.
7 Bear cub disrupted English party cooking food outdoors
(BEAR CUB)* and E for ‘English’ with ‘disrupted’ as the anagrind.
8 Record disheartened Rorke’s Drift soldiers coming back up
‘Record’ is the definition. The setter’s asking you to ‘dishearten’ Rorke to leave you with RE, then add GIST for ‘drift’ and ER for a reversal (‘coming up’) of RE for Royal Engineers, or ‘soldiers’.
11 Lady pursuing good times has strange slant on principles
A charade of FUN for ‘good times’, DAME for ‘lady’ and (SLANT)* with ‘strange’ as the anagrind.
15 Prisoner jumping from a soft-top car can be stopped
A ‘prisoner’ is a ‘con’ and if you take that out of A [CON]VERTIBLE, you’ll get a rather obscure word that means ‘can be stopped’.
16 Determined Hebridean island’s to harbour longship
This is a clever clue, so I’m sorry to be critical, but I think it’s way too hard for a Quiptic. The definition is ‘determined’. Then you have to put L for ‘long’ in TIREE for the island featured every day in the shipping forecast, and add SS for ‘ship’ at the end. You have to ‘lift and separate’ ‘longship’, and ‘harbour’ is the insertion indicator.
17 Cultured university guy’s besieged by journalists
An insertion (‘besieged’) of U for ‘university’ and CAT for ‘guy’ in two ‘journalists’ (ED and ED). ‘He’s a cool cat.’
19 Scheme to get unknowns into rising NY team
Because it’s a down clue, Hectence is telling you to put YS for ‘unknowns’ into the New York METS. ‘Y’ is one of the mathematically unknown letters X, Y or Z, and its plural is Ys.
20 Drink to Queen’s name in Hull
An insertion of ER for Elizabeth Regina, our current Queen and N for ‘name’ in POD for ‘hull’ in its verbal sense. But again, what’s the ‘to’ doing in the surface?
22 Wash out some swimwear in sea water
Hidden in swimeaR IN SEa water.