Posted by scchua on September 3rd, 2012
A standard Rufus, heavy on the cryptic and double (and one double wordplay) definitions, and the odd marine reference. Not everyone’s cuppa (but then what is?). Thanks Rufus, enjoyed this. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. As usual please double-bracket any comments on them. Thank you.]]
1 Number to facilitate and inspire truce (5,4)
CEASE FIRE : C(Roman numeral for 100) + EASE(to facilitate) plus(and) FIRE(to inspire as in “all fired up by his rhetoric”).
6 Criticism directed at military aircraft? (4)
FLAK : Cryptic defn: Anti-aircraft fire during military combat, the word coming from the abbrev. for the German phrase for “aircraft defence cannon”.
Answer: Of the adverse sort, nothing constructive.
8 House sound as a bell outside and fine inside (8)
DWELLING : DING(sound as a bell) containing(outside and … inside) WELL(fine).
Answer: As a noun.
9 In the team, on the wing, not breaking the rules (6)
ONSIDE : Double wordplay: 1st: If one takes “on” = “In “; and 2nd: On the side,not at the centre,on the wing.
Defn. and answer: In games like football and rugby, not breaking the offside rule. Nice surface of a winger on the playing field.
10 Sayings of modern times (6)
ADAGES : Cryptic defn: “AD”,Anno Domini, attached to any year in modern times, (or, even, any year after the birth of Christ), and thus “modern times” = A.D. Ages.
11 It suffers periodic reversals in the kitchen (3,5)
EGG TIMER : Cryptic defn: The old fashioned device in the kitchen like a small hour-glass, which is periodically overturned, reversed.
12 Order still from photographer? (4,2)
HOLD IT : Cryptic defn: An instruction,Order from a photographer to keep still, in order not to have a blurred photo – assuming he/she is holding the camera still also.
15 Anti-Mass movement? (8)
SATANISM : Anagram of(movement) Anti-Mass. A WIWD(wordplay intertwined with definition) clue, as Satanism may surely be considered a movement against,Anti Mass, the religious service.
16 Slip into debt, having fallen ill once more (8)
RELAPSED : LAPSE(a Slip,error, as in “a lapse of memory” – especially for me containing(into) RED(in the, signifying one is in debt).
19 We hear wickedness has the advantage in church councils (6)
SYNODS : Homophone of(We hear) “sin”( wickedness) + “odds”(the advantage one side has against another in a contest, as in “the odds are on my side”).
Answer: church councils formed to discuss ecclesiastical affairs.
21 Puts chaps ashore, since they’re no sailors (8)
LANDSMEN : LANDS(Puts … ashore)+ MEN(chaps).
Answer: People who live or work on, well, land, no sailors by any means.
22 Investigate in depth (6)
FATHOM : Double defn: 1st: As a verb, to discover,Investigate; and 2nd: As a noun, as in “Full fathom five thy father lies…”
24 Ring back a number of soldiers (6)
SIGNET : Reversal of(back) [TEN(a number) of GI'S(abbrev. for American soldiers)].
Answer: A small seal, as part of a finger-Ring.
25 Rose might arrange a date with men (8)
EMANATED : Anagram of(might arrange) [a date plus(with) men].
Answer: Originated from,Rose.
26 Sounds an unfavourable bet (4)
ANTE : Homophone of(Sounds) “anti”(against,unfavourable).
Answer: The stake in a bet.
27 Worker strikes result in restriction on movement (9)
HANDCUFFS : HAND(a Worker, especially of manual labour or general duties) + CUFFS(blows,strikes, especially with the open hand).
Answer: What are used to secure,result in restriction on movement, eg. to prevent the restricted from cuffing someone. Nice surface.
1 Intimidated firm to form a union (5)
COWED : CO(abbrv. for a business company,firm) + WED(to marry,to form a union).
2 Declared as supporter in possible deal (7)
ALLEGED : LEG(a supporter, eg. of the human body) contained in(in) anagram of(possible) DEAL.
3 Prepares to publish working diets (5)
EDITS : Anagram of(working) DIETS.
4 Entrance signs switched round about (7)
INGRESS : Anagram of(switched) SIGNS containing(round) RE(abbrev. for with reference to,about)
5 Use of sole agent lengthens the process (9)
ELONGATES : Anagram of(Use of) SOLE AGENT.
6 Create trend (7)
FASHION : Double defn: 1st: As a verb, to Create,make into the desired shape; and 2nd: As a noun.
7 Spoke to a number in uniform (9)
ADDRESSED : A + D(Roman numeral for 500) + DRESSED(in uniform)
13 Relation seen in public performance (9)
OPERATION : RATIO(the Relation between two similar magnitudes, equal to the number of times one contains the other) contained in(seen in) OPEN(descriptive of something public).
14 Try out striker in international game (4,5)
TEST MATCH : TEST(to Try) + MATCH(one that provides fire after striking, usually against an abrasive).
Answer: An international game, especially in cricket or rugby.
17 Go-slow that could be at an end? (7)
ANDANTE : Anagram of(could be) AT AN END.
Answer: A musical direction to play slowly,Go-slow.
18 Prison for old debt collector who has gone astray (7)
DUNGEON : DUN(a person who duns,tries to collect a debt) plus(who has) anagram of(astray) gone. Nice surface.
Answer: A Prison in the old days.
20 Certainly less than 50% (3,4)
NOT HALF : Double defn: 1st: Indeed,surely,Certainly, as in “I agree he’s not half stupid”. But “not half” also means “not really”, as in “he’s not half clever enough to do that”. One of those Janus (two-faced god of war) words/phrases that can take opposite meanings.
22 Managed football club without money from abroad (5)
FRANC : RAN(Managed, a team, say) contained in(… without) FC(abbrev. for a football club in Britain, eg. MUFC).
23 Does as one is told — ring the Turkish officials (5)
OBEYS : O(looks like a ring) + BEYS(provincial governors,Turkish officials of the old Ottoman Empire).