Posted by Pierre on July 15th, 2012
Another fine puzzle in the Everyman style, with plenty of good surfaces and elegant cluing. But I found this trickier than normal, with one phrase I had never come across before.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Programme information collected by a US prosecutor
An insertion of GEN for ‘information’ in A DA (District Attorney).
4 British editor criticises hospital utensils
A charade of B, ED and PANS.
8 Abandoned ship then devoured by monster
Took me a good while to see this one. It’s an insertion (‘devoured’) of (SHIP)* in THEN, followed by X for ‘by’, as in ‘a piece of four by two’, or 4×2. THE SPHINX is a mythical monster: if you couldn’t answer her riddle, she’d eat you. Which is bad manners, really.
10 Silly diver close to quay
A charade of our feathered friend (who can dive to a depth of 60 metres) and Y for the last letter of ‘quay’ gives you your answer. Here’s the obligatory Pierre bird link. (Take a look; it’s seriously cute.)
11 Salesman receiving a cut
An insertion of A in REP.
12 Saw, on reflection, nothing untoward in capital
Nice surface reading. A reversal of SAW followed by (NOTHING)* ‘Untoward’ is the anagrind.
14 Understand what bidder at art auction wants to do?
GET THE PICTURE
16 Hold a medal intricately inscribed with name of statesman
A charade of NELSON, for the wrestling hold, and an insertion of N in (A MEDAL)* with ‘intricately’ as the anagrind. He’s looking increasingly frail these days.
19 A person travelling on foot is commonplace
20 In the thick of a flipping cloud
A plus a reversal (‘flipping’) of DIM in its verbal sense.
22 Typical university in America, close to full
An insertion of U in USA followed by L for the last letter of ‘full’.
23 Band of Hope member ordered teas in bar
It didn’t help that I was ignorant of what a ‘Band of Hope’ was, but it’s a clearly signposted anagram (‘ordered’) of (TEAS IN BAR)*. It’s a temperance organisation founded in Leeds in 1847, which makes the surface clever. One to tuck away for future use.
24 Goddess, apparently sexless, heading off to gym
I was pleased to get this from the wordplay and check afterwards, although I had vaguely heard of it. It’s [N]EUTER followed by PE. Some people don’t like PE for ‘gym’, but it works for me. EUTERPE is one of the Greek muses, less popular with setters than ERATO.
25 Flat, retreat for English poet
A charade of DRY for ‘flat’ in its ‘boring’ sense and DEN gives you the seventeenth century English poet and dramatist.
1 Very close friend to make changes to, say, opening of operetta
The Latin phrase for your ‘other self’ – which by definition is a close friend, I suppose – is a charade of ALTER, EG for ‘say’ and O for the first letter of ‘operetta’
2 Refined English stage worker
A charade of E, LEG and ANT.
3 Information for fool with illegal drugs
A triple definition.
4 In exams, both cops failed to name every point in order
BOX THE COMPASS
Everyman has a quirky habit of cluing some really obscure phrases. I’d never heard of this. To be fair to him, it’s clearly an anagram: (EXAMS BOTH COPS)* with ‘failed’ as the anagrind, and if you had the X from THE SPHINX and guessed THE for the second word, it couldn’t be much else. ‘To name all 32 points of the compass in order’, although why you’d want to do that seems a reasonable question.
5 Extremely disreputable, Quinn let off, guilty of a minor offence
A charade of DE for the first and last letters of DisreputablE and (QUINN LET)* ‘Off’ is the anagrind.
6 Advocate having job holding beer? Just the opposite!
An insertion (‘holding’) of POST in ALE.
7 Delivering a saw
A dd, with ‘saw’ in its proverb/adage/saying sense.
9 Unsuitable home to take
A charade of IN and APPROPRIATE.
13 Vessel netting sole at sea for firm that supplies in bulk
An insertion of (SOLE)* in WHALER with ‘at sea’ as the anagrind.
15 Chap’s boldness briefly defines bureaucrat
A charade of MAN and DARIN[G]. Most often used of British civil servants like Sir Humphrey. Several memorable quotes in Yes, Minister, including: ‘It is sometimes difficult to explain to Ministers that open government can sometimes mean informing their Cabinet colleagues as well as their friends in Fleet Street.’
16 Almost certainly agree bout must be fixed
A charade of NOD and (BOUT)* with ‘must be fixed’ as the anagrind.
17 The Queen brought over fabric trimmed with fur
ER for Her Maj and a reversal of DENIM for ‘fabric’.
18 Trim tree
21 Favourite tune, not bad
A charade of F for ‘favourite’ and AIR for ‘tune’. Not sure I’ve come across this abbreviation for F before, and it’s not in my dictionaries; but I’m guessing
it’s something to do with the horse racing sense of ‘favourite’. If Derek L drops in, he can tell us, unless someone’s enlightened us before.
Many thanks to Everyman.