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Guardian Quiptic N° 661 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on July 16th, 2012


I was just about to pick up this puzzle when there was a loud clap of thunder, and my cable went down hard – no internet, phone or TV; and it stayed that way for three hours. Fortunately, Orlando came up with crossword that I could sail through (I do not think I will catch so much flak for saying that this time!), and I hope the blog is up too scratch, if a little rushed. And the internet stayed up, even though thunder continues to rumble around.

1. Everyone’s entertained by rotten song (6)
BALLAD An envelope (‘entertained by’) of ALL (‘everyone’) in BAD (‘rotten’).
5. More than one lawman spoils an artist (8)
MARSHALS A charade of MARS (‘spoils’) + HALS (Frans, famed for The Laughing Cavalier, ‘artist’).
9. Champ’s first painful thrashing in important match (3,5)
CUP FINAL An anagram (‘thrashing’) of C (‘Champs first’) + ‘painful’.
10. Look at wise man we might hear in lengthy cold spell (3,3)
ICE AGE A homophone (‘we might hear’) of EYE SAGE (‘look at wise man’).
11. Shake spear here — he’s a farm worker (12)
SHEEPSHEARER An anagram (‘shake’) of ‘spear here hes’.
13. Captain in submarine movies (4)
NEMO A hidden answer in ‘submariNE MOvies'; also a semi-&lit, with reference to Jules Verne’s 20000 Leagues under the sea, which has been filmed several times.
14. Jack leaves Lady Jane’s bust to be carefully examined (8)
ANALYSED An anagram (‘bust’) of ‘lady [j]anes’ without the J (‘jack leaves’).
17. Kid’s companion put down floor covering in gym (8)
PLAYMATE An envelope (‘in’) of LAY MAT (‘put down floor covering’) in PE (‘gym’ -gymnastics, not gymnasium).
18. Witnesses going back and forth (4)
SEES A palindrome (‘going back and forth’).
20. Male driver sees to rotten turn? (12)
TESTOSTERONE An anagram (‘turn’) of ‘sees to rotten’, with a cryptic definition.
23. Sort of pastel tableware (6)
PLATES An anagram (‘sort of’) of ‘pastel’.
24. Put on the ground, perhaps, as specified (4,4)
LAID DOWN Definition and literal interpretation.
25. Adored by fans, one did lose out (8)
IDOLISED A charade of I (‘one’) + an anagram (‘out’) of ‘did lose’.
26. Man approaching an area that’s in South America (6)
GUYANA A charade of GUY (‘man’) + ‘an’ + A (‘area’).
2. Touch some cocoa butter (4)
ABUT A hidden answer (‘some’) in ‘cocoA BUTter’.
3. Biography presenting false statements about fine politician (4,5)
LIFE STORY An envelope of F (‘fine’) in LIES (‘false statements’) + TORY (‘politician’).
4. Animal put on island in Florida? (6)
DONKEY A charade of DON (‘put on’) + KEY (‘island in Florida’. The question mark is because a key is not necessarily in Florida).
5. I can’t say I’m a peerless lady going astray (2,4,3,6)
MY LIPS ARE SEALED An anagram (‘going astray’) if ‘im a peerless lady’.
6. Nut found by bird at the end of the line (8)
RAILHEAD A charade of RAIL (‘bird’) + HEAD (‘nut’).
7. Intoxicated female heard scavenger (5)
HYENA A homophone (‘heard’) of HIGH ENA (‘intoxicated female’).
8. Number called for supporters joining team (4,6)
LEGS ELEVEN A charade of LEGS (‘supporters’) + ELEVEN (‘team’). The number 11 in bingo.
12. Rich oil producer wasn’t perfectly upright (4-6)
WELL-HEELED A charade of WELL (‘oil producer’) + HEELED (‘wasnt perfectly upright’); or another definition and literal interpretation if you like.
15. Beatles hit not so long ago (9)
YESTERDAY Double definition.
16. Leader of band helps string players (8)
BASSISTS charade of B (‘leader of Band’) + ASSISTS (‘helps’).
19. Changing one’s residence may be poignant (6)
MOVING Double definition.
21. Child with a large sum (5)
TOTAL A charade of TOT (‘child’) + ‘a’ + L (‘large’).
22. Small pale bird (4)
SWAN A charade of S (‘small’) + WAN (‘pale’).

3 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic N° 661 by Orlando”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks Peter.

    Lovely Quiptic from Orlando, just right to start the week. Plenty of different devices and some lovely surface readings too. I thought TESTOSTERONE was cleverly done.

    You would have had your fair share of thunder and lightning on this side of the pond these last few weeks as well …

  2. Robi says:

    Largely OK for a Quiptic, although one or two were a bit tough; no obscure words, however.

    Thanks PeterO; I didn’t parse MARSHALS properly. I liked the male driver=TESTOSTERONE.

  3. Derek Lazenby says:

    Not totally easy, needed three bits of wordplay explained here, ta.

    Look PeterO, by definition of being a blogger, you are a better solver than the target audience. Therefore, if the target audience finds it harder than you did and says so, that isn’t flak, that’s just the way things are. Sometimes that may be expressed in a way that looks like flak, but then we’re famous as being a nation of wind up merchants!

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