Posted by scchua on July 9th, 2012
Another Monday Rufus in his standard easy style. Thanks Rufus. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[Pictures at the bottom have an identified link to the puzzle. As usual, please double-bracket any comment about them.]]
1 Bound to score in this game (9)
HOPSCOTCH : HOP(bound,jump) plus(to) SCOTCH(to scratch,gash,score).
Answer: A children’s game whose name is derived from “hop”, to jump on one leg over the “scotch”, a line drawn on the ground as part of the game. A WIWD(wordplay intertwined with the definition) clue.
6 Indicate a suitable victim (4)
MARK : Double defn: 2nd: A suitable victim for a scam,swindle,assassination.
8 Dejected when name is not top of the bill? (8)
DOWNCAST : Cryptic defn: If a performer’s name is not at the top of the billing, then it’ll be somewhere further down (in the) cast.
9 Prescription for success in the kitchen (6)
RECIPE : Double defn: 1st: A medical prescription; and 2nd: A list of ingredients and instructions to make or prepare a food, presumably a prerequisite for making the dish a success.
10 Church is about to suspend innovation (6)
CHANGE : CE(Church of England) containing(about) HANG(to suspend).
11 Eve’s late, perhaps, but gives a lift (8)
ELEVATES : Anagram of(perhaps) EVE’S LATE.
12 Master switch for the current (6)
STREAM : Anagram of(switch) MASTER.
15 No chores undone in this vessel (8)
SCHOONER : Anagram of(undone) NO CHORES.
Answer: A vessel that sails, or one containing liquid, eg. beer or sherry.
16 Best clothes in tatters after having left to wander around (4,4)
GLAD RAGS : RAGS(tatters) placed after(after having) [GAD(to wander,move aimlessly from one place to another) containing(around) L(abbrev. for left)].
19 Former name to cause a stir (6)
EXCITE : EX-(former) + CITE(to name,refer to eg. as in a citation).
21 Made about a thousand to be burned (8)
CREMATED : CREATED(made) containing(about) M(Roman numeral for a thousand).
22 One habitually taking things did wrong in law (6)
ADDICT : Anagram of(wrong) DID contained in(in) ACT(a law). A WIWD clue, if the things taken are illegal or illegally taken.
24 Trendy company needing support? (6)
INFIRM : IN(trendy,fashionable) + FIRM(a company,business concern).
25 Joins members of the embassy staff (8)
ATTACHES : Double defn: 2nd: With an acute accent, ´, above the “e”, members of the embassy staff
26 Lockers A to G, perhaps (4)
KEYS : Double defn: 1st: What are used to lock (and unlock); and 2nd: In music, the letters from A to G, the various keys in the musical scale.
27 Monocle is readjusted half a stop (9)
SEMICOLON : Anagram of(readjusted) MONOCLE IS.
Answer: The punctuation mark that denotes a pause, shorter in length,half of a full stop, joining related clauses in a compound sentence.
1 Spirited Dutch painter? (5)
HOOCH : Cryptic defn: “hooch” is alcoholic liquor,spirit.
Answer: Pieter de, Dutch painter, a contemporary of the more famous Jan Vermeer.
2 Coppers must accept an imposed punishment (7)
PENANCE : PENCE(pennies,coppers, so called because they contain bronze, an alloy of copper) containing(must accept) AN.
3 Make cracks on passing fashion (5)
CRAZE : Double defn: 1st: To crackle,make small cracks on the surface of a ceramic glaze, paint or the like).
4 Is in danger of falling for accountants? (7)
TOTTERS : Cryptic defn: A (disparaging?) description of accountants as those who count,add,total or tot.
5 Work of a forger, bent but possibly lucky (9)
HORSESHOE : Cryptic defn: A product,work of a blacksmith,forger, that is U-shaped,bent, considered a sign of good luck. A WIWD clue.
6 Can come to play with model construction set (7)
MECCANO : Anagram of(to play) CAN COME.
Answer: The trademark name for a child’s model construction set. A WIWD clue.
7 What MPs do about now (9)
REPRESENT : RE(about) + PRESENT(now,at this time).
Answer: MPs have been elected to represent their constituents.
13 Allowance made to new cleaner (9)
TOLERANCE : TO + anagram of(new) CLEANER.
14 When to make me smile at cook? (9)
MEALTIMES : Cryptic defn: Anagram of(cook) ME SMILE AT. A WIWD clue.
17 Two thousand and one in fees? They’re not real (7)
DUMMIES : MMI(Roman numerals for two thousand and one) contained in(in) DUES(fees due).
18 Weapon of no use at the front? (4,3)
SIDE ARM : Cryptic defn.
20 A note added willingly (7)
CODICIL : Cryptic defn: A note,clause added to the will, modifying or explaining part of it.
22 Athenian garret (5)
ATTIC : Double defn: 1st: Descriptive of,pertaining to Athens.
23 How one comes to confess (5)
CLEAN : Cryptic defn: When one confesses, one comes clean.