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Guardian Quiptic 668/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on September 3rd, 2012

Pierre.

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.

 

 

 

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

Across

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

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

9 Withdraw from contest with slight injury
SCRATCH
A dd.

10 Non-U souvenir, funny variant
VERSION
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
UNDERSEAL
A charade of UNDERSEA and L.

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

13 Short period of enchantment
SPELL
And another dd

15 Carry out utensil
IMPLEMENT
And another.

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

19 Resting place for fish
PERCH
Another dd.

22 Funereal sound a little girl heard
KNELL
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
KINSWOMAN
(IN MASK NOW)*  ‘Disguised’ is the anagrind.

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

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

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

28 Suitable trial for Darwin’s survivors?
FITTEST
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.

Down

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

2 Shorten a violin part
ABRIDGE
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
INTER
[W]INTER.

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

5 Knocker provided by learner
GAVEL
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
SCRAPHEAP
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
IMITATE
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
GUNSHOT
(NOUGHTS)* once I’d convinced myself that SHOTGUN wasn’t the solution.

14 Letters secure cricket venue
LANDLORDS
‘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
PLAINTIFF
A charade of PLAIN and TIFF gives you the word for someone bringing a court action.

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

18 Change into top gear?
DRESS UP
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
RUMPOLE
A charade of RUM and POLE gives you John Mortimer’s fictional silk.

21 Remote crewmen on Egypt’s borders
HANDSET
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
KNEAD
A homophone of NEED.

24 A few historians taking part in a game
WHIST
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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