Posted by Eileen on July 25th, 2012
On a bright sunny morning, we have a lovely puzzle from Orlando, with a number of ingenious and witty clues and some fine surfaces, together with, for me, anyway, a satisfying penny-dropping moment or two. Many thanks, Orlando – I really enjoyed it.
[I shall be going out on a walk quite soon, so any typos or other errors may have to wait until this afternoon.]
9 CHAIR: double definition: meeting conductor = conductor of a meeting – doh!
10 ENDEAVOUR: double definition, referring to the space shuttle
11 MAGISTRAL: A G [a good] in [breaking] MISTRAL [the cold French wind] which, I’ve just discovered, comes from the same root and means masterful / masterly – great surface!
12 IN TOW: anagram [suspect] of I [one] WON’T
13 TURN-OFF: TURN [performance] OFF [cricket side]
15 DOYENNE: DONNE [John, metaphysical poet] round [entertaining] YE [you]: crafty omission of a second comma after ‘female’!
17 BANFF: BAN [outlaw] + FF [following pages]
18 CUT: double definition
20 EXAMS: reversal [given spin] of MAX [Clifford, publicist] in ES [middle letters of wESt] – another amusing surface
22 REVERED: REVERE [Paul, American rider] + first letter of Dodge
25 ASTOUND: AS TO [regarding] UND [German 'and' - joiner]
26 AD LIB: reversal [returning] of hILDA[ woman] with B [book] for H [husband]
27 LACERATES: I’ve seen this word clued several times as a simple charade – LACE RATES – but Orlando takes it a bit further: its ‘tears’ [definition] then LACE [material] + anagram [material] of TEARS – very clever
30 INTEGRATE: anagram [disorder] of TREATING + E [drug]
31 ANNAL: L [left] after [by] ANNA [teacher in Siam] – reference to ‘Anna and the King of Siam’, on which the musical ‘The King and I’ is based
1 SCUM: CU [copper] in [stops] SM [sadomasochism] – another great surface
2 HANGER-ON: HON [short for honey - sweetie] round [admitting] ANGER [passion]
3 ARES: A RES[t]
4 TERRIFIC: anagram [novel] of [w]RITER [not beginning] + first letters [starts] of Fill In Coupons – I really liked this one, too
5 ADDLED: ADD [tot] + LED [was first]: I think the only instance of this word that I’ve met is in James I’s Addled Parliament
6 FAMILY SEAT: at first, I entered FAMILY HOME, thinking it was a cryptic definition [family being a unit of the Mafia] but it’s a cleverly-hidden anagram of MAFIA-STYLE, with ‘style’ doing double duty – &lit? I solved this in the early hours: my third thought, this morning, was that ‘base’ ['inferior, counterfeit' Collins / Chambers] could be the anagram indicator, making it definitely & lit but I’ve just failed to find it in Orlando’s own list of anagram indicators, so forget that one!
7 WONTON: reversal [served up] of NOT NOW [later]: aha, here’s one the editor missed [see discussion on Qaos' and Tramp's banned words last week]: Paul served up WONTON SOUP in last week’s Prize puzzle – and with a very similar clue!
8 DREW : double definition: our favourite alien’s friend puts in an appearance – with a nice link between the two definitions
13 TUBER: TUBE [underground] + R [bit of rhizome]
14 OXFORD BAGS: BAG [get] in OXFORDS [shoes]
16 EASED: AS [while] in reversal [heading north in a down clue] of DEE [river]
19 THATCHER: double / cryptic definition
24 AQUATINT: T [first letter - leader - of Tory] in A QUAINT [a charmingly old-fashioned]
23 VALETA: VALET [Jeeves] + A : it’s a long time since I did this dance!
24 DELIAN: reversal [up] of NAILED [caught]
25 AMIS: French for friends [from Nancy] and either Kingsley or son Martin for the novelist
28 REAL: hidden in aREA Luckily
29 SOLE: sounds like soul [popular music]