Posted by scchua on August 23rd, 2012
This is a new setter for me. A check on the Guardian website shows her last crossword there was in July 2010. Initially I had nothing in the upper half, and had to start from the bottom, but in the end, it wasn’t too difficult; in fact it was an enjoyable solve. Welcome back Audreus, and thank you for today’s puzzle. Definitions are underlined in the clues. I’ve also dropped the used of parenthesis to denote equivalences. Please comment if this is not better. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. As usual, please double-bracket any comments on them. Thank you.]]
4 Besotted with acting, claims a bit of talent (6)
DOTING : DOING,taking action,acting containing(claims) T,first letter,a bit of “talent“.
6 Inwardly unfeeling, succumbs to those that won’t be moved (8)
DIEHARDS : HARD as nails perhaps,unfeeling contained in(Inwardly) DIES,succumbs.
9 For such short-sightedness I pay more outrageously — not again! (6)
MYOPIA : Anagram of(outrageously) I PAY MO,”I pay more” minus(not) “re-“,prefix denoting “again“.
10 Pretty big: when carrying drug can be taken by force (8)
SEIZABLE : SIZABLE,of considerable size,Pretty big containing(when carrying) E,abbrev. for the drug Ecstasy.
11 Distinguished detective being sweet (7,4)
SPOTTED DICK : SPOTTED,has been noted/seen,Distinguished from the rest + DICK,slang for a detective.
Answer: A British dessert,sweet. The “spotted” comes the speckled appearance from the raisins, currants or other dried fruit in it. I won’t try to explain where the “dick” comes from. It’s not what you think, though some eateries had changed it to Spotted Richard on their menus, but not for long though (true story it seems).
15 Welsh go dancing the cancan? (3-4)
LEG-SHOW : Anagram of(dancing) WELSH GO.
Answer: Also, a bloomers show? (And I don’t mean flowers either.)
17 Myself with mate following wordy book concerning loving mother (7)
OEDIPAL : [I,Myself plus(with) PAL,mate,] placed after(following) OED,abbrev. for the Oxford English Dictionary,a wordy book.
Answer: Descriptive of,concerning Oedipus, Ancient Greek who unknowingly killed his father and loved and married his mother, and later punished himself when he discovered what he’d done. A real Greek tragedy, somewhat different from the current one.
18 View racket one way in part of northern Europe (11)
SCANDINAVIA : SCAN,to View,examine, eg. a document + DIN,a racket + A,the indefinite article for one + VIA,by way of, from Latin for “way “.
22 Constable imbibing 21 down: what did you say about being a mixture? (8)
PASTICHE : PC,abbrev. for police Constable, containing(imbibing) ASTI,answer to 21 down + reversal of(about) EH,an interrogative utterance,” what did you say ?”.
Answer: An incongruous combination,a mixture of materials, styles, forms, motifs, etc. taken from various sources. The term is sometimes used derogatorily.
23 Some poetry most Anzacs could deliver (6)
STANZA : Hidden in(could deliver) moST ANZAcs.
24 Complaint of individuals getting out of hospital (8)
SHINGLES : SINGLES,individuals eg. as opposed to team events containing(getting out of) H,abbrev. for hospital.
25 Believe in tick? (6)
CREDIT : Double defn: 1st: Believe in,to accept as true; and 2nd: Especially in the phrase “to buy on tick“,the seller deferring payment because he believes in the solvency of the buyer.
1 Oil-producing nation (6)
ANOINT : Anagram of(producing) NATION.
Defn: and Answer: As verbs. To rub or sprinkle Oil, sometimes ceremoniously.
2 Safe bet, said plausible gangster (10)
LIKELIHOOD : LIKELI,Homophone of(said) “likely”,plausible + HOOD,short for “hoodlum”,a gangster.
Answer: A good chance,Safe bet that something eg. will come about or is true “The likelihood is that I’ve made an error in this blog”.
3 Wife greeting snoring youngster, a remarkable person (5-3)
WHIZZ-KID : W,abbrev. for Wife + HI,an informal greeting + ZZ,used by cartoonists as a visualisation of snoring + KID,youngster.
Answer: A highly successful,remarkable person for his or her age. Perhaps derived from “wizard”.
4 Maybe some lads like old-fashioned girls (8)
DAMOSELS : Anagram of(Maybe) SOME LADS.
Answer: An archaic,old-fashioned term for dames, I mean, girls,young maidens. I guess they could be old-fashioned too.
5 Taking pains done with circulating centre (8)
THOROUGH : THROUGH,done with,accomplished by means of, containing(circulating) O, centre,central letter of”job “.
7 First boys to enter when teacher’s around could be spare (4)
RIBS : B,First letter of “boys” contained in(to enter) reversal of(…‘s around) SIR,teacher .
Answer: Another food item, cooked pork or beef spare ribs, the latter being the most inexpensive cuts, being more bone than meat?
8 Cast of beginners to study hard, exercising daily (4)
SHED : Initial letters of,beginners to “study hard, exercising daily “.
Answer: Also the pseudonym of setter’s son, himself a setter in the Guardian. Nice touch.
12 Shabby dog’s two orders? (4,2,4)
DOWN AT HEEL : DOWN and HEEL,two orders to Rover.
Answer: I can’t quite explan “AT”, except as a joiner.
13 PS And I’ve managed to be afflicted with a swelling in a leg joint (8)
SPAVINED : Anagram of(managed) [PS And I've].
Answer: Descriptive of a horse afflicted with spavin, a disease causing an enlargement,a swelling in a leg joint.
14 Poor man admits late starter’s affable (8)
PLEASANT : PEASANT,Poor man, usually, containing(admits) L,initial letter,starter of “late “.
16 Historic town, lice infection over, guarded by witches (8)
HASTINGS : Reversal of(over) NITS,lice infection containing(guarded by) HAGS,witches.
Answer: The town where the Norman conquest of England began in 1066, William the Conqueror defeating and killing King Harold, the last of the Saxon kings.
19 Quality of a busy tea urn (6)
NATURE : Anagram of(busy) TEA URN.
20 You get ninny turning up with tree from Java (4)
UPAS : U,as used in texting to mean “You ” plus(get) reversal of(turning up, in a down clue) SAP,ninny,a foolish person.
Answer: tree found in Java (and other places), with poisonous sap.
21 Good man’s into first-class wine (4)
ASTI : ST,abbrev. for “saint”,Good man’ contained in(into) AI,A-one,first-class, not to be confused with Artificial Intelligence.