Posted by scchua on August 27th, 2012
An enjoyable Arachne, perhaps a shade more difficult than the usual Quiptic. Thanks Arachne – a great job at setting puzzles at both ends of the difficulty spectrum. Definitions are underlined in the clues. Apologies for the later than usual posting (lunch appointment). [[The pictures at the bottom of the blog have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]
1 Draw small sailing boat (6)
SKETCH : Double defn.
4 Student is barred from entire contest (7)
COMPETE : “complete”,entire minus(is barred) “l”(abbrev. for Student).
Answer: As a verb
9 To Iran via Barking, for a change (9)
VARIATION : Anagram of(Barking) TO IRAN VIA.
10 Discourage TV serial killer, withholding kiss (5)
DETER : “Dexter”(serial killer in TV serial of the same name) minus(withholding) “x”,symbol for a kiss, with which this setter signs off her comments.
11 Hodgson has a side, which is magnificent! (5)
ROYAL : ROY(Hodgson,England’s football manager) plus(has) L(abbrev. for the left side).
Answer: Befitting of, or appropriate to a sovereign. A WIWD (wordplay intertwined with defin.) clue, with the side being the English team.
12 Sailor undoing a satin bow (9)
BOATSWAIN : Anagram of(undoing) A SATIN BOW.
Answer: Usually shortened to “bosun”, a “coxswain”, another member of a ship’s crew, is also shortened, as in a recent TV presenter’s commentary of a medal ceremony: “Ah, isn’t that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.”
13 Permit freedom for poet (7)
LICENCE : Cryptic defn: Reference to “poetic licence”(freedom for poet to take liberties linguistically). If you ignore that the 2 parts of the clue mean basically the same thing, you have a double defn.
15 Sailor returned to invade African nation that is an island (6)
TOBAGO : Reversal of(returned) AB(abbrev. for able-bodied seaman,a Sailor) contained in(to invade) TOGO(an African nation).
Answer: An island in the Caribbean which with Trinidad form an archipelago state.
17 Concentrating on camping? (6)
INTENT : Cryptic defn: camping is when you temporarily sleep IN a TENT.
19 Shake when stomach is pumped and milk is found in it (7)
SHUDDER : SH,”stomach” minus its internal letters(is pumped) plus(and) UDDER(where milk is to be found).
22 Revolutionary Basques steal beer? Fancy! (9)
ELABORATE : Reversal of(Revolutionary) [ETA(abbrev. for an organisation of armed Basques, themselves revolutionary) + ROB(steal) + ALE(beer)].
Answer: Descriptive of something ornate, complex and detailed, in other words, Fancy).
24 Choose to be chubby (5)
PLUMP : Double defn: 1st: To Choose, elect, or support one out of a group, as “the electorate plumped for the Independent candidate”. First of 3 answers in the SE quarter related to weightiness.
26 Doorman skinned cat (5)
OUNCE : “bouncer”(Doorman for a nightclub, say, to keep out undesirable would-be customers) minus its outer letters(skinned). And everyone knows you’ve got to be mean and cruel to be a bouncer.
Answer: The snow leopard, a pet amongst setters.
27 Dessert, alcohol and feasts regularly causing slight corpulence (9)
PUDGINESS : PUD(short for pudding,an English term for the Dessert course, whether or not it’s a pudding) + GIN( ) + ESS[second, fourth and sixth letters(regularly) of "feasts"].
Defn: “slight” might be an understatement here.
28 Rubbish initially bunged in outbuilding (7)
GARBAGE : B[initial letter of(initially) "bunged"] contained in(in) GARAGE(an outbuilding to house your vehicle, or more commonly, stuff you don’t want any more, but yet cannot bear to dispose of, ie. Rubbish). Which makes it another WIWD clue.
29 Section of Liebestod — generally heavy stuff (6)
STODGE : Hidden in(Section of) LiebeSTOD — GEnerally.
1 A few cut? Everyone’s cut! (7)
SEVERAL : SEVER(cut) + AL["all"(Everyone) minus its last letter(cut)].
Answer: A contradiction of “A few“, hence the “?“.
2 Almost beheaded at dawn? (5)
EARLY : “nearly”(Almost) minus(beheaded) its initial letter(beheaded).
Answer: An example, of which is “at dawn “. Apt surface as executions usually took/take place at dawn?
3 Space shuttle leaving base for difficult task (9)
CHALLENGE : “Challenger”(one of the US Space shuttles) minus(leaving) its last letter(base, in a down clue).
4 Link continued briefly to have an effect (7)
CONTACT : CONT["continued" abbreviated(briefly)], + ACT(to impact on,to have an effect).
5 Avoiding indecency but ultimately lacking manners (5)
MODES : “modest”(Avoiding indecency) minus its last letter(but ultimately lacking).
Answer: Plural of mode,manner, as in “to do it in this manner”.
6 Genders at variance, no longer friendly (9)
ESTRANGED : Anagram of(variance) GENDERS AT.
7 Wayward queen’s tirade (6)
ERRANT : ER(abbrev. for Elizabeth Regina,current British queen) plus(‘s) RANT(tirade). Nice surface, but the tirade is more likely aimed at the wayward press these days.
8 Quick-thinking doctor jumps into river (6)
NIMBLE : MB(abbrev. for “Bachelor of Medicine”,a doctor) contained in(jumps into) NILE(river).
14 It holds things ancient or new (9)
CONTAINER : Anagram of(new) ANCIENT OR.
16 Rude picture showing model (9)
BLUEPRINT : BLUE(Rude,slightly obscene, off-colour – as if blue wasn’t a colour?) + PRINT(hard copy of a picture,photo). As seen/almost seen in some of the tabloids.
Answer: A representation,model of something to be constructed.
18 Poorly pirates walk wearily (7)
TRAIPSE : Anagram of(Poorly) PIRATES.
19 Agent crossing river flowing backwards fast (6)
SPEEDY : SPY(a secret Agent) containing(crossing) reversal of(flowing backwards) DEE(name of a few rivers in the UK, not to mention Australia).
20 Answer one puts on internet during scripture (7)
RIPOSTE : I(Roman numeral for one) + POST(puts on internet, such as a comment on this blog) contained in(during) RE(abbrev. for “religious education”,learning based on scriptures).
21 Take ages to fit in (6)
BELONG : BE LONG(to Take a long time,ages - as in one telling the spouse: “Don’t be long in dressing/the bathroom/the pub, dear”).
Answer: To have a sense of belonging,to fit in within a group or gang
23 Nixon in China perhaps seeing first half of military manoeuvres (5)
OPERA : First 4 letters(first half) of “operations”,military manoeuvres.
Answer: An example,perhaps of which is “Nixon in China“, based on former US President’s significant visit to China.
25 Dupe and depose leaders and cause huge change (5)
UPEND : “Dupe“,”and” minus(depose) their respective initial letters(leaders). Nice surface.