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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,713 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on August 13th, 2012


A brief blog to fill in.

1. Know-all rascal met with disaster (5,4)
SMART ALEC An anagram (‘with disaster’) of ‘rascal met’.
6. Sticks around, looking complacent (4)
SMUG A reversal (‘around’) of GUMS (‘sticks’).
8. Here’s hoping I spring a surprise (8)
ASPIRING An anagram (‘surprise’) of ‘I spring a’.
9. Puts pressure on seamen aboard (6)
SCREWS An envelope (in, from ‘aboard’ = in SS) of CREW (‘seamen’) in SS.
10. Going round the world is smashing opportunity for girl to take in (6)
GLOBAL An envelope (‘to take in’) of LOB (e.g. tennis, ‘a smashing opportunity’) in GAL (‘girl’).
11. Lovely girl, outwardly competent (8)
ADORABLE An envelope (‘outwardly’) of DORA (‘girl’) in ABLE (‘competent’).
12. Help out with award, showing self-possession (6)
PHLEGM A charade of PHLE, an anagram (‘out’) of ‘help’ + GM (George – or perhaps gold? – Medal, ‘award’).
15. Careless mistakes by brick carrier (8)
SLIPSHOD A charade of SLIPS (‘mistakes’) + HOD (‘brick carrier’).
16. Rouses proceedings with excruciatingly vile puns (6,2)
LIVENS UP An anagram (‘excruciatingly’) of ‘vile puns’.
19. Currently it is moving between Dublin banks (6)
LIFFEY Cryptic definition.
21. Range of freshly cooked crumpets (8)
SPECTRUM An anagram (‘freshly cooked’) of ‘crumpets’.
22. They support parades with conscious pride (6)
STRUTS Double definition.
24. Paid companion may show his age when confused (6)
GEISHA An anagram (‘when confused’) of ‘his age’.
25. Scores goal, gaining England’s final point (5,3)
LANDS END A charade of LANDS (‘scores’) + END (‘goal’).
26. Shorter time for teaching? That’s not on (4)
LESS A subtraction of LESS[on] (‘time for teaching’) with ON removed (‘not on’).
27. If you want to make it you will (9)
TESTAMENT Cryptic definition.
1. Maker of ropes and sails (5)
SISAL An anagram (‘maker of’, with ‘and’ indicating the double duty).
2. Can I provide a friendly solution? (7)
3. Hearing noisy neighbour could be one (5)
TRIAL Double definition.
4. Record hold-ups in the timber trade (3,4)
LOG JAMS A charade of LOG (‘record’) + JAMS (‘hold-ups'; double duty, this time with no excuse).
5. Caught us to face this sort of sentence (9)
CUSTODIAL A charade of C (‘caught’) + ‘us to’ + DIAL (‘face’).
6. Bacon’s lines (7)
STREAKS Cryptic definition; a reference to streaky bacon, and not, I think, one of Rufus’ more inspired clues.
7. Clue women possibly find displeasing (9)
UNWELCOME An anagram (‘possibly’) of ‘clue women’.
13. Switch musical number (9)
HAIRPIECE A charade of HAIR (‘musical’) + PIECE (‘number’, in the same context).
14. Mischief-maker intended to limit one’s credit (9)
MISCREANT An envelope (‘to limit’) of I S (‘one’s’) + CR (‘credit’) in MEANT (‘intended’).
17. Cuts out aerobics without hesitation (7)
EXCISES A subtraction: EX[er]CISES, with ER removed (‘without hesitation’).
18. Spots politician taken in by loads of money (7)
PIMPLES An envelope (‘taken in by’) of MP (‘politician’) in PILES (‘loads of money’).
20. Anticipate charge for concealing minerals (7)
FORESEE An envelope (‘concealing’) of ORES (‘minerals’) in FEE (‘charge for'; FEE can be a verb, although Chambers gives “pay a fee for” rather than “charge a fee for”. Otherwise, we have nouns, with ‘for’ serving no cryptic purpose).
22. Worker in Salvation Army appears as Father Christmas (5)
SANTA An envelope (‘in’) of ANT (‘worker’) in SA (‘Salvation Army’).
23. Conviction that can be reversed? (5)
TENET A palindrome (‘can be reversed’).

11 Responses to “Guardian Cryptic N° 25,713 by Rufus”

  1. Trailman says:

    Thanks PeterO for filling in.
    This felt very much like a puzzle for beginners and I rushed through it (with help from my sister who was visiting). Nothing wrong with that, especially given a tougher than usual Saturday puzzle and the national mood of post-Olympic amazement.
    In 12a I’m fairly sure the George Medal is intended for the GM. 6d undoubtedly weak. Plenty of elegance as well of course.

  2. rrc says:

    a very enjoyable crossword

  3. Miche says:

    Thanks, PeterO.

    No posers, but quite a fun trot.

    I don’t know what it says about me that I read “smashing opportunity” for LOB in the context of a brick and a jeweller’s window, rather than tennis. (I blame Sidney James in Hancock’s Half Hour).

    Elegant double duty at 1d. Inelegant at 4d.

    6d is, I suppose, meant to make us think of Sir Francis Bacon, but I don’t think the misdirection works.

    12a: Chambers (other authorities are available) has GM for George Medal but not for the more topical gold medal.

    The seamless joining of the dual definitions in 22a is very fine.

  4. chas says:

    Thanks to peterO for the blog. I was getting seriously worried that it was never going to appear.

    I found this an unusually easy puzzle: several of the anagrams leapt to my eye then just needed a brief check. Usually when I say ‘this must be an anagram of words xxx, yyy and zzz’ it then takes me a long time of shuffling letters around to get the answer.

    On 11a I spent some time trying to make ‘belle’ fit in as this is commonly used for ‘lovely girl’. It would not go, so I had to think again.

    I was disappointed in 6d: very weak.

  5. chas says:

    Apologies: I intended to type PeterO with capital P but failed :(

  6. PeterO says:


    I respond with or without a capital. For some reason, the anagram for UNWELCOME did not come tripping off my tongue.

    The suggestion of gold medal for GM was just my whimsy.

  7. stiofain says:

    well done PeterO – usual Rufus fare – it has its place

  8. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I would like to protest on behalf of 6d.
    It is no worse than all the others.

  9. tupu says:

    Thjanks PeterO

    An enjoyable puzzle with some clever clues. I liked 10a, 2d, 13d, and 18d.

  10. grumpo says:

    A most enjoyable romp, especially as I had no success at all with Saturday’s prize crossword! Best described as simple and elegant, I suppose – I thought 21 A was very neatly clued, with absolutely no waste of words.

    Very nice – thank you, Rufus.


  11. nametab says:

    I don’t normally time a solution, but this was 12 minutes’ worth of pleasant solving. 6d was weak, but the vast majority of Rufus’ compilation each week is admirable

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