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Guardian Quiptic 668/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on September 3rd, 2012


I came off the bench to do a rushed blog for Orlando’s Guardian cryptic puzzle last week, and we come across each other again this morning.  I thought this was a nicely constructed Quiptic which fulfilled its brief to be suitable for ‘beginners and those in a hurry’.  I wasn’t in a particular hurry today, though, and enjoyed the range of cluing devices and story-telling surfaces.




cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)* anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) missing


1 Sinatra does a turn for leading lady in Russia
(SINATRA)* with ‘does a turn’ as the anagrind.

5 Leave support for little bird
A charade of GO and SLING for the baby goose.

9 Withdraw from contest with slight injury
A dd.

10 Non-U souvenir, funny variant
Orlando’s telling you to take the U out of ‘souvenir'; then it’s (SOVENIR)* with ‘funny’ as the anagrind.

11 Waterproof coat left on submarine
A charade of UNDERSEA and L.

12 Fruit cracker
Another dd.  ‘That was a peach of a cover drive from Cook.’

13 Short period of enchantment
And another dd

15 Carry out utensil
And another.

17 Units imported by one country or another
An insertion of ONES for ‘units’ in INDIA.

19 Resting place for fish
Another dd.

22 Funereal sound a little girl heard
A homophone in anybody’s language of ‘Nell’, as in Gwyn.

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

23 One of the family disguised in mask now
(IN MASK NOW)*  ‘Disguised’ is the anagrind.

25 Mark is terribly verbose
(VERBOSE)*  ‘Terribly’ is the anagrind.

26 First person taken by northern clubs as a prisoner?
A charade of I for ‘first person’, N for ‘north’ and IRONS for golf ‘clubs’.

27 Former spouse was a model, it’s revealed
A charade of EX for ‘former spouse’ and POSED for ‘was a model’.

28 Suitable trial for Darwin’s survivors?
A charade of FIT for ‘suitable’ and TEST for ‘trial’, referencing Darwin’s seminal work On the Origin of Species, which introduced the concept of survival of the FITTEST as the driver for evolution.


1 Thriller’s first editions? They’re disposable
A charade of T for the first letter of ‘Thriller’ and ISSUES.

2 Shorten a violin part
A charade of A and BRIDGE for the wooden part of a violin – or other stringed instrument – that holds the strings away from the body.

3 Season not starting with deposit in earth

4 Lithe acts, perhaps
(LITHE ACTS)* and an &lit or ‘all-in-one’ clue.

5 Knocker provided by learner
A charade of GAVE for ‘provided’ and L for ‘learner’ gives you the hammer used in auction rooms.

6 Sort of paperchase avoiding last junk pile
Orlando’s indicating that you should remove the last letter of PAPERCHAS[E] and then make an anagram, with ‘junk’ as the anagrind.

7 This setter’s gallery includes one copy
Since the setter is ‘I’, this is I’M and TATE for the gallery with the inclusion of I for ‘one’.

8 Nought’s amiss in report
(NOUGHTS)* once I’d convinced myself that SHOTGUN wasn’t the solution.

14 Letters secure cricket venue
‘Letters’ in the sense of ‘those letting property’ is a charade of LAND (‘she’s just landed a plum job’) and LORD’S, the home of cricket.

16 Basic disagreement for one in court
A charade of PLAIN and TIFF gives you the word for someone bringing a court action.

17 Annoying smoker I put out
(SMOKER I)* with ‘put out’ as the anagrind.

18 Change into top gear?
A cd.  When you get your glad rags off and put on the posh frock, you’re ‘changing into top gear’.

20 Odd post for fictional barrister
A charade of RUM and POLE gives you John Mortimer’s fictional silk.

21 Remote crewmen on Egypt’s borders
It’s called a zapper in our house, but the correct name for it is a charade of HANDS for ‘crewmen’ and ET for the first and last letters of ‘Egypt’.

23 Require sound massage
A homophone of NEED.

24 A few historians taking part in a game
The answer is hidden in feW HISTorians.

A fine Quiptic from Orlando; thank you to him.

5 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 668/Orlando”

  1. Eileen says:

    Nice puzzle, nice blog: thanks to both.

    What a lovely example of an &lit in 4dn!

    [Re 6dn: I took ‘sort of’ to be the anagrind and ‘junk pile’ the definition.]

  2. Pierre says:

    Thanks, Eileen, that of course makes much more sense for 6dn.

  3. Robi says:

    Good Quiptic; thanks to Pierre for the blog.

    I particularly liked HANDSET, UNDERSEAL and LANDLORDS.

  4. flashling says:

    Thanks Orlando and Pierre, I generally find the quiptics more fun than Rufus, where you’re usually looking for iffy DDs or CDs – liked 4d but the shot putters and hammer throwers are probably not what Orlando was thinking of 😉

  5. Derek Lazenby says:

    Very smooth, nice one Mr O.

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