Posted by Pierre on July 9th, 2012
A fine Quiptic from Arachne – everything clearly clued, a good range of devices, no obscurities, and some wit thrown in for good measure. I’m sure others will have enjoyed this as much as I did. Apologies for the slightly late blog, but I had to redo the whole thing after Microsoft Windows had a hissy fit and sent my first version into cyberspace heaven. Any suggestions for revenge tactics welcome.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
7 Iron Lady in retirement pursuing scaled down campaign for women’s rights
An insertion of MINI for ‘scaled down’ in FE for ‘iron’ and a reversal (‘in retirement’) of MS for ‘lady’. Not sure that ‘pursuing’ is a suitable containment indicator, but happen I’m missing something. ‘Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher’ was of course the Iron Lady.
9 Gently persuaded female student to accept a kiss
Another insertion (‘to accept’) of A X in CO-ED.
10 Doctor heartlessly unprescribing medicine
A charade of DR for ‘doctor’ and UG for the outside letters (‘heartlessly’) of UnprescribinG.
11 Excesses of posh girl stirring up a hue and cry
A charade of DEB, debutante, or ‘posh girl’ and (A HUE CRY)* with ‘stirring up’ as the anagrind. DRUGS and DEBAUCHERY in two consecutive clues? What was going on in Spider Towers when Arachne was putting this one together?
12 Fruit which could give person energy
A charade of MAN and GO. Unlike this setter to clue ‘person’ as MAN.
14 King’s boring tendency to show knowledge
An insertion (‘boring’) of R for ‘king’ or ‘Rex’ in LEANING for ‘tendency’.
15 Reportedly deal with composer
A homophone of ‘handle’.
17 Queer Street for me
Well, let’s hope not. Arachne is indeed a SETTER: (STREET)* with ‘queer’ as the anagrind.
20 Watched terribly verbose daughter
(VERBOSE)* plus D for ‘daughter’ with ‘terribly’ as the anagrind.
22 It’s found in forge in Indian village
Hidden in IndiAN VILlage.
24 Stew of scarce tuna and lobster?
Sounds tasty. (SCARCE TUNA)* with ‘stew’ as the anagrind.
25 Children heading away from slides
26 About to pursue sale of goods to the consumer
A charade of RE for ‘about’ and TAIL for ‘pursue’.
27 Couple get grant to make piece of jewellery
A charade of BRACE for ‘couple’ and LET for ‘grant’.
1 A church covered with faux antique carpet
REPRO for ‘faux antique’ is covering A CH for ‘a church’, and it’s ‘carpet’ in its verbal sense.
2 Time to leave pop star to warble
S[T]ING, referencing Mr Sumner, singer-songwriter, son of the North and now environmental champion.
3 Chicken suffering from flatulence
A dd. Not a pleasant image, although the suggested emission would no doubt have a hint of rotten eggs …
4 Precise answer to conservative clergyman
A charade of A for ‘answer’, C for ‘conservative’ and CURATE for ‘clergyman’.
5 Saw nothing wrong in US state
6 Cell in which you are in element
I didn’t get this STR8 away. RUOK with clues like this? Text-speak … naughty, naughty. The retired colonels in Bexhill-on-Sea will be foaming at the mouth at such new-fangled devices. UR in NEON.
8 Cell for American of no fixed address
A dd. Americans call mobile phones cell phones.
13 Sandy has to take the biscuit!
A charade of GINGER and SNAP. If I may have a niggle, as a ginger-haired person myself (although with a generous amount of grey these days) I wouldn’t describe someone with ‘sandy’ hair as GINGER.
16 Brief demise by way of bullet oddly to be desired
A charade of EN[D] for ‘brief demise’, VIA and the odd letters of BuLlEt.
18 Rudolf, for example, lifting thinner partner in embrace
Well, once you’ve got R for the first letter, it can’t be much else, so fair enough. But I found it tricky to parse: it’s an insertion of N for a ‘partner’ in bridge in REEDIER for ‘thinner’, with ‘lifting’ as the reversal indicator in a down clue.
19 Five bared bust shamelessly, perhaps
(V BARED)* with ‘bust’ as the anagrind. ‘Shamelessly’ is an example of an ADVERB. Makes me think Enid Blyton should have included this in her Famous Five series, although Timmy the dog might have been alarmed.
21 Pub employees exclude males
A charade of BAR and MEN.
23 Imprisoned old Peruvian
A dd. If you are IN CAN, you are ‘imprisoned’.
25 Quick look round part of castle
Brilliant surface. It’s a reversal (’round’) of PEEK, which is a ‘quick look’.
Many thanks to Arachne for an enjoyable puzzle.