Posted by Pierre on June 17th, 2012
Late on parade, for which apologies. I did forget, since you ask, so the blog is a bit rushed. Another fine puzzle from Everyman, with one or two old chestnuts – but as I’ve said before, I’m not going to be critical about that in a puzzle which is designed for improving solvers. I remember the first time I came across the ORCHESTRA and CARTHORSE relationship, and it didn’t seem like a chestnut then.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Crazy, me, about a Frenchwoman
An insertion of A in MAD and ME.
4 Make a mistake rotating students
A reversal of PUPILS
8 Huge movie
10 A series under discussion
A charade of A and TISSUE, in the sense of ‘a tissue of lies’.
11 Name old-fashioned puzzle
A charade of WORD and SQUARE for ‘old-fashioned’ gives you the crossword-like puzzle.
12 Gorilla may be hot on board vessel
An insertion of H in TUG.
14 No North Sea oil? That’s confused naval man
(NO NORTH SEA OIL)* ‘Confused’ is the anagrind. Nice surface.
16 Training on second musical instrument, a fiddle?
A charade of S for ‘second’, HARP for ‘musical instrument’ and PRACTICE for ‘training’.
18 A stake in Italian tearoom
Hidden in ItaliAN TEaroom.
19 They may be put on for the rest of the train travellers in France, perhaps
A (not particularly inspired) cd. A WAGON-LIT is a French railway carriage with sleeping compartments (LIT is French for ‘bed’). This is the plural, where you have to add an S to both words (although WAGON-LITS is also in dictionaries).
22 Trendy type seen round hotel, briefly
A charade of IN for ‘trendy’ followed by H inserted in SORT.
23 Inform editor, surprisingly acute
A charade of ED and (ACUTE)* ‘Surprisingly’ is the anagrind.
24 Good parties for French wine
A charade of G and RAVES for the French wine. Mainly dry and white, if I remember well.
25 Small number crossing river, British one
An insertion of R for ‘river’ in SEVEN. Is SEVEN a small number? For the parents of septuplets, possibly not.
1 Record label millions love, tenor’s first to admit
A charade of M for ‘millions’, O for ‘love’, T for the first letter of ‘tenor’ and OWN for ‘admit’.
2 Put off cleaner gent jilted
DETER[GENT]. This one’s been round the block a bit.
3 Handwritten document, with tear, kept in blessed sanctum
An insertion of RIP for ‘tear’ in (SANCTUM)* ‘Blessed’ is the anagrind, in its less usual form meaning ‘inflict injury or damage on’ (SOED). Helps if you know a bit of French, because blesser means ‘to injure’.
5 Hideaway left warm and dry
A charade of L and AIR for what you do to your washing
6 Model that’s changed inside as fast as possible
An insertion (‘inside’) of (THAT’S)* IN POSE for ‘model’.
7 Drama in gym – gentry involved
A charade of PE for ‘gym’ and (GENTRY)* with ‘involved’ as the anagrind.
9 Opposite number’s bar role
A charade of COUNTER and PART.
10 Film a number entertaining Irish press
AIR FORCE ONE
An insertion of IR and FORCE in A and ONE gives you the 1997 film starring Harrison Ford.
13 Novelist in infamous bar in the north-east
Everyman’s asking you to insert EVIL and SHUT in NE to give us the British-Australian novelist.
14 Hospital in the Alps, newly-built with a fitness centre
An insertion of H in (THE ALPS)* plus A, with ‘newly-built’ as the anagrind. Another pleasing surface.
15 Evaluating a small saw
A charade of A, S and SAYING. It’s ‘saw’ in its ‘adage’ or ‘saying’ sense.
17 Behind adult not inclined to leniency
A charade of A and STERN gives you the nautical term.
20 Crazy discarding spades? Senseless
21 Solid fuel all right in church
An insertion of OK for ‘all right’ in CE for ‘church’.
Many thanks to Everyman.