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Independent 8041/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on July 23rd, 2012

Pierre.

The Don was saying in Another Place last week that if you wanted his most accessible puzzles, then the Monday Indy with his Quixote hat on was the place to come.  And so it turned out this morning, with a precisely clued crossword incorporating a good variety of devices, and with a couple of less common words clearly signposted.  A good one for improving solvers (and bloggers).

 

 

Abbreviations
cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed

Across

Idiot – he is quiet, say, as one stuck on the line?
CLOTHES PEG
A multi-part charade of CLOT for ‘idiot’, HE’S for ‘he is’, P for musically ‘quiet’ and EG for ‘say’.

Rake caught by rules and regulations
CLAW
A charade of C and LAW.

Buddy in ship coming to Spanish waters?
MAIN MAN
‘Buddy’ is the definition here; I’m having a guess that it’s MAN for ship, as in MAN o’WAR, coming to the Spanish MAIN.  But that could well be complete and utter bollocks, so elucidation welcomed.

10  Take part in contest and finish 50 short
COMPETE
COMP[L]ETE, because L is the Latin numeral for 50.

12  Senior officer needing support squatted, keeping quiet!
BRASS HAT
Not sure I’d come across this phrase before, but it’s clearly enough indicated: a charade of BRA for ‘support’ followed by an insertion of SH! in SAT for ‘squatted’.

13  Skimpy item of clothing?  Daughter has fashionable one
DHOTI
A charade of D for ‘daughter’, HOT for ‘fashionable’ and I gives you the Hindu man’s loincloth.

15  Louche cousin messing about in rented accommodation
COUNCIL HOUSE
An easy Annie to give us plenty of crossing letters in the middle of the puzzle.  (LOUCHE COUSIN)*

18  Chinese anger about internet facility
SEARCH ENGINE
This was my clue of the day for its simplicity, but clever and relevant surface, given China’s censorship of online stuff it doesn’t agree with.  (CHINESE ANGER)*

21  Board expressing agreement bilingually
OUIJA
I’ve seen this answer clued similarly before, but this is neat.  Two foreign words for yes – OUI and JA – give you the board which mediums use – allegedly – to contact those on the other side.

22  Noisy party-goers in the middle of hotels making one cross
TRAVERSE
An insertion of RAVERS for ‘noisy party-goers’ in TE for the middle letters of hoTEls.

24  Tree in China by army ground
PALMYRA
A charade of PAL for ‘china’ (cockney rhyming slang for ‘china plate’ or ‘mate’) and (ARMY)* with ‘ground’ as the anagrind.

25  British honour given to writer (American) for collection of novels?
OMNIBUS
A charade of OM for ‘Order of Merit’, NIB for ‘writer’ and US.

26  Kind to get drunk clutching end of bar
SORT
An insertion of R for the last letter of ‘bar’ in SOT for ‘drunk’.

27  Music supremo didn’t allow German songs to be heard
BANDLEADER
A homophone (‘to be heard’) of BANNED and LIEDER, the plural of LIED for the German ‘song’.  This is a bit of a chestnut, but as I’ve said before, I’m not going to be critical of it in a crossword aimed at newer solvers.  Somebody will be solving it for the first time.

Down

Revival of firm needing this person (sponsor)
COMEBACK
A charade of CO for ‘firm’, ME for ‘this person’ and BACK for the verbal sense of ‘sponsor’.

Herb with old air-gun disturbed maidens
ORIGANUM
A charade of O, (AIR-GUN)* and M for cricketing ‘maidens’ gives you the herb, or strictly herbs, since ORIGANUM is a genus of around twenty herbs, including oregano and marjoram.

Some treachery undoes cabinet minister
HOME SECRETARY
(SOME TREACHERY)* with ‘undoes’ as the anagrind.

Out-of-control car alas crushes worker somewhere in California
SANTA CLARA
An insertion of ANT for ‘worker’ in (CAR ALAS)* for the Californian city.

Make incisions in wet chalk
ETCH
Hidden in wET CHalk.

Deception despicable?  Don’t show your face!
LIE LOW
A simple charade of LIE and LOW.

Insect that’s small and nasty, lacking tail
WEEVIL
WEE for the (mainly) Scottish word for ‘small’ plus VIL[E].

11  Mother turning up with one boy on a sports ground maybe somewhere in NY
MADISON AVENUE
The New York thoroughfare often associated with the US advertising industry is a reversal of DAM for ‘mother’, I, and SON followed by A VENUE for ‘sports ground maybe’.

14  Condition of some women in emotional state about ‘the right house’
MOTHERHOOD
An insertion of THE R HO in MOOD.

16  Little girl or boy may be upset, being undressed
DISROBED
I’m not personally mad keen on setters using abbreviated names for ‘little girl’ or ‘little boy’, but that’s just me.  This is a reversal (‘upset’) of DEB OR SID, the famous pairing of Deborah and Sidney.

17  Letter acting again maybe as something that is liberating?
RELEASER
A punning clue on the fact that someone who was re-letting a property would be a RE-LEASER.

19  Animals being shy with inadequate thrust
COYPUS
The toothy river rats are a charade of COY and PUS[H].

20  A king’s inscription at the foot of tablet forming a monument?
PILLAR
This works because it’s a down clue.  PILL is a ‘tablet’, A is I (one) and R is the ‘inscription’ for ‘king’, R(EX).

23  Prominent Indian has a pint rolling over
RAJA
Quixote’s inviting you to reverse A JAR for ‘a pint’.  ‘I’m going out with the lads tonight for a few jars.’  Which, in fact, I might.

Thank you to the setter for a pleasing puzzle in the usual style to start the week.

3 Responses to “Independent 8041/Quixote”

  1. Dormouse says:

    I agree. Nothing gave me a problem here, and I’d heard of all the answers except 2dn, where I did know “oregano” which helped (and also “organum” which didn’t). And I also agree about 18ac being a great clue.

  2. allan_c says:

    Nothing, I think, that a novice solver couldn’t crack, but having said that MAIN MAN took me a while – I parsed it as you did, Pierre – and the penny didn’t drop at first with CLOTHES PEG.

    BRASS HAT for an officer goes back certainly as far as WWII and I always assumed it tp refer to the gold braid on senior officers’ caps. But thinking about it might it go back to the days of helmets – steel for the ranks and brass for the officers?

    Thanks, Quixote and Pierre.

  3. Trent Darby says:

    Great blog post. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this. Keep up the good work.

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