Posted by Pierre on August 30th, 2012
The blogger for today seems not to have been able to post, so here’s a quick review of what I thought was an excellent puzzle from Orlando. There are a few I can’t explain, so if you like you can play Parse along with Pierre …
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Post letters for Switzerland in different nations
An insertion of CH for the abbreviation for Switzerland (Confédération Helvétique) in (NATIONS)*
6 Run male and female quarters
Lovely clue. A charade of HARE for ‘run’ and M for ‘male’
9 Not the last reversal for queen and country
Not sure about this one.
10 Notice perch in extremely hard times
A charade of AD for ‘notice’ and SIT for ‘perch’ in VERY for ‘extremely’.
11 Fawns walk in confined area
A charade of CRAWLS and PACE to give a phrase meaning ‘confined area’.
12 Shoulder or stomach
14 Mouth of smiley supporter
Another chance to ask the audience …
15 Unhappy Social Democrat finally resigned
Lovely surface. (SOCIAL)* plus T for the last letter of ‘Democrat’.
17 Bone from tail of flightless bird? I’m not sure
A charade of S for the last letter of flightlesS, TERN and UM for a hesitation.
19 Simple soldiers at ease outside
An insertion of RE for Royal Engineers or ‘soldiers’ in COMFY for ‘at ease’.
20 A lot of porridge or just a bowl of cherries?
A dd, with ‘porridge’ referring to a prison term. I don’t know where the phrase comes from, but someone can no doubt tell us.
22 After quiet period artist produces exciting work
Another fine surface: it’s a charade of P, AGE and TURNER for the artist.
25 Feeling sorry for Estonians
26 Lancashire town providing support when king abdicates
27 Role for Patrick Macnee’s horse
A dd. Those old enough to remember will know that Patrick Macnee played STEED in The Avengers. And will also remember Emma Peel’s tight leather trousers.
28 Fashion parades in which male’s taken lead
(PARADES)* with an insertion of HE for a synonym of ‘lead’.
1 Issue one cent coins for circulation? Carrying on thus — within reason — I create a sort of boom
Well, it’s an anagram of (COINS)*, but there’s other stuff going on which I will leave to someone else to explain.
2 Garage repaired tank entering compound
An insertion of VAT for ‘tank’ in (GARAGE)*
3 Singer-songwriter in Wenceslas Square, finally?
She’s a favourite of mine, but apart from the fact that it’s got something to do with Good King Wenceslas, I can’t really parse it.
4 Current not carrying snake up the creek
IN A SPOT
A charade of I for ‘current’ plus an insertion of ASP in NOT.
5 Potential nuns may be turned on by bad habits
Another really clever surface reading: it’s a reversal of NO followed by VICES.
6 Divine consort from another age
Hidden in anotHER Age.
7 Rubbish ends in English river
The first and last letters of RubbisH, IN and E gives you the European river.
8 Office in springtime said to have emptied tea trolley
I think this is a charade of MAY, ORAL and TY for the first and last letters of Tea trolleY.
13 What’s yielding for bare bum?
(FOR BARE BUM)* with ‘yielding’ as the anagrind and an &lit.
14 Hotel owner is seen with a thousand small lizards
Fawlty Towers fans will have sussed this quickly: it’s BASIL (Fawlty), IS, K, and S.
16 Liberace is disheartened after very bad record
More first and last letters: LE (‘Liberace disheartened’) after CHRONIC.
18 Wealth that is retained for those lacking generosity
An insertion of IE for id est in MEANS.
19 Slim Pickens finally entering church free from sin
An insertion of LEAN for ‘slim’ and S for the last letter of PickenS in CE.
21 Criminal found with ring?
23 Lightning strike brings in first of pickets
An insertion of P for the first letter of ‘pickets’ in RAID.
24 Fish on film dropping a stick
John Cleese making his second appearance: he starred in A FISH CALLED WANDA; remove the A and you’ve got your answer.
Thanks to Orlando for a delightful puzzle and apologies for having to blog in a hurry and not do it more justice.