Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 19th, 2012
The honour of blogging a Nimrod puzzle had not fallen to me for a long time, so I approached the task this morning with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.
Having completed the puzzle with considerable dictionary assistance, I can conclude that my initial reactions were well-founded. This is definitely the kind of puzzle that I aspire to be able to solve unaided and in a reasonable amount of time; alas, I am some way from achieving this, although the time constraints imposed by blogging lead one to reach for the dictionary more quickly than one would normally do.
There were not many clues in this one that were solved on first perusal. Furthermore, there was quite a lot of new vocabulary here for me – at 3, 8, 15, 17, 23, 26 – and given the ingenuity and intricacy of the wordplay, I needed not just to check words in the dictionary once solved, but also to look for words in the dictionary and then confirm them via the wordplay.
The last entry in today was 2, which I would have loved to have spotted for myself; it was only when seeing “perhaps” in a list of words that fitted the entry that I saw the definition in the clue and went on to work out the trick with the anagrams in the paired words. In any case, this was quite a tricky device for a daily puzzle, so I’ll try not to be too hard on myself.
My favourite clues today were the cheeky homophone at 1D and the & lit. at 7. I was also impressed by the fact that 1D and 9 were made to cross on a “z”.
So, Nimrod, you’ve well and truly outfoxed me yet again, but I swear I’ll do better next time – at least I hope so!
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||COPARTNERSHIP||PARTNE (ENTRAP=corner, as a verb; “set(-)back” indicates reversal) in *(PORCH IS); “lit”, i.e. drunk, is anagram indicator|
|9||LAZARUS||<p>LAZA (=square, “turning down top” means first letter is dropped) + RUS<h> (=career; “out of hospital (=H)” means letter “h” is dropped); the reference is to the Parable of the rich man and Lazarus (“poor man”) in the Gospel of Luke|
|10||NIGHTIE||NIGH (=very close) + TIE (=match, in sport); the cryptic definition is “coverage for the rest (=sleep)”, i.e. nightwear|
|11||SUN DANCE||*(NUDES CAN); “put into action” is anagram indicator|
|13||UTOPIA||*(OUT) + PI (=religious) + A (=area); “ground (up)” is anagram indicator|
|15||AVENS||<he>AVENS (=My! as an exclamation; “he’s abandoned means the letters “he” are dropped); avens is any plant of the rosaceous genus Geum|
|16||TRUE NORTH||TRUE (=devoted, i.e. loyal) + NORTH (=PM, i.e. Lord -North, from 1770-82); the cryptic definition is “rarely needled when on the move”, with “needled” suggesting a compass needle and referring to the fact that a compass points to magnetic north rather than to true north|
|17||HACKAMORE||HACK (=mediocre) + AMORE (=love of Italy, i.e. the Italian word for love); a hackamore is a halter used in breaking in foals, hence “restraint”|
|20||WHERE||R (=river) in WHEE (=I’m enjoying this ride)|
|22||REDEYE||Double definition: REDEYE is “poor spirit”, whisky AND “flying through the night”, i.e. an all-night flight|
|23||RYOTWARI||*( IT A WORRY); “ploughing-up” is anagram indicator; ryotwari is a system of land tenure in India whereby each peasant holds directly of the state|
|25||SEISMAL||Hidden (“contribution to”) in “demiSE IS MALignancy”|
|26||GHILLIE||[H (=hospital) in GILL (=breather, i.e. a breathing organ)] + I.E. (=that is); a ghillie is a guide for sportsmen engaging in hunting or fishing|
|27||SUPPLY TEACHER||SUPPLY (=so yielding, i.e. adverb from supple) + *(HECTARE); “in pieces” is anagram indicator|
|1||CEZANNE||Hompohone (“may be broadcast”) of “says Anne” (=in the opinion of Princess Royal); the reference is to Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the French Post-Impressionist painter|
|2||PERHAPS||Highly ingenious clue! The definition is simply “It may be”; an examination of the two clues in each pair reveals that the longer of the two is an anagram of the shorter one and the letters of “perhaps”, e.g. 12-1 COPARTNERSHIP = *(CITRON + PERHAPS); in other word, “perhaps” is “what makes the difference”|
|3||RAS||SAR<k> (=Channel Island; “not quite” means last letter is dropped); “up” indicates vertical reversal; a ras is a headland – or indeed an Arabian prince!|
|4||NANA||<ma>NANA (=tomorrow, i.e. in Spanish); “her daughter (=MA) abandoning” means the letters “ma” are dropped; obviously, one’s ma is the daughter of one’s nana|
|5||RIGHT ON||<b>RIGHTON (=resort); “non-British (=B)” means the letter “b” is dropped|
|6||HOTSPUR||The reference in the cryptic part of the definition is to the London FC Tottenham Hotspurs|
|7||PRE-RAPHAELITES||[RA (=artistic academic, i.e. Royal Academician) in PREP (=type of school)] + [ELITE (=crème de la crème) in HAS]; & lit.|
|8||PLASMAPHERESIS||[MAP (=scheme) + HERE (=in this place)] in [P (=quiet, in music) + LASS (=girl) + IS]; plasmapheresis is the removal, treatment and return of blood plasma from blood circulation, hence a treatment outside of the body, i.e. an “extracorporeal therapy”|
|12||CITRON||C (=calorie) + [T (=time) in IRON (=de-crease, i.e. remove creases from)]|
|14||CUTELY||CUT (=divide) + ELY (=diocese, i.e. in Cambridgeshire)|
|18||CUDLIPP||*(LUCID) + PP (=pages); “shockingly” is anagram indicator; the reference is to Welsh Daily Mirror journalist Hugh Cudlipp (1913-98), hence “original sensationalist”|
|19||ABYSMAL||<b>ABY SMAL<l> (=twice as little); “lopping both ends” means first and last letters are dropped|
|20||WET FISH||*(FEW HITS); “strangely” is anagram indicator; the cryptic definition is “the Net’s recently attracted”, alluding to a fisherman’s catch|
|21||E-TAILER||RE<TA>LIATE (=counter-attack; “no thanks (=TA)” means the letters “ta” are dropped); “launching” indicates vertical reversal; the definition is “businessman here (=the Net, from previous clue)”, an e-tailer being an online retailer|
|24||FLAT||Triple definition: FLAT is “personal residence” AND “razed to the ground” AND “having had a blow-out (of tyre)”|
|26||GOA||GO A<t> (=charge, i.e. attack); “inconclusive” means last letter is dropped|