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Guardian Quiptic 670 / Moley

Posted by Big Dave on September 17th, 2012

Big Dave.

A very straightforward puzzle from Moley, with no high or low points.

Most of the definitions given are from Chambers 11th Edition. Most of the standard abbreviations used in the wordplay are shown with the unused letters in brackets e.g. S(on). In common with the practice adopted by two of my fellow Quiptic bloggers, definitions are underlined in the clue and only included in explanations where further information is given.


1 Change in nude is no different (9)
UNALTERED – a verb meaning to change inside an anagram (composition) of NUDE gives an adjective meaning not changed

6 Elegant son’s craving (5)
SWISH – S(on) followed by a craving

9 Congo naturalist’s broadcast: well done! (15)
CONGRATULATIONS – an anagram (broadcast) of CONGO NATURALIST

10 In space asteroid’s veering towards orient (4)
EAST – hidden inside the clue

11 Sailor’s wayward, markedly different from the norm (8)
ABERRANT – a two-letter abbreviation for a sailor followed by an adjective meaning wayward

14 Show fur, reportedly, to driver (9)
CHAUFFEUR – sounds like (reportedly) show fur

15 Expert in part of the store (5)
ADEPT – split as (1,4) this is a part of a store

16 Intended as average time (5)
MEANT – a word meaning average followed by T(ime)

18 Scared when favourite one’s fired, perhaps (9)
PETRIFIED – a favourite followed by an anagram (perhaps) of I (one) FIRED,

20 Insect animals find to be fearful pests (8)
BUGBEARS – an insect followed by some animals

21 Great drama when recipe’s returned without touching (4)
EPIC – reverse (returned) the middle part (re)CIPE(‘s)

25 Went around with iced rum, vacating ground (15)

26 Employees‘ greasy food sent back to France (5)
STAFF – reverse (sent back) some greasy food and follow it with the IVR code for France

27 Latter day, sassiest assembly of writers (9)
ESSAYISTS – an anagram (assembly of) of the final letter of (latter) daY with SASSIEST


1 Relative part of overrun cleared (5)
UNCLE – hidden inside (part of) the clue

2 Forgetting disease, Continent accepts lost men (7)
AMNESIA – a Continent around (accepts) an anagram (lost) of men

3 Forty heading off mutinous novice (4)
TYRO – an anagram (mutinous) of (F)ORTY without its initial letter (heading off)

4 She is badly hurt (4)
RUTH – an anagram (badly) of HURT

5 Intended to ponder (10)
DELIBERATE – a double definition – intended as an adjective

6 Party World: a lighthouse in Aberdeen originally (10)
SATURNALIA – a world or planet followed by the initial letters () of four words in the clue

7 Separate unit’s very unpunctual (7)
ISOLATE – I (unit) followed by a two-letter word meaning very and an adjective meaning unpunctual

8 Hated holding knotted ties, so hung back (9)
HESITATED – HATED around (holding) an anagram (knotted) of TIES

12 Impromptu action with the wrist? (3,3,4)
OFF THE CUFF – a cryptic definition

13 Water-based paint, no coloured emulsion initially, in moderation (10)
TEMPERANCE – a water-based paint followed by the initial letters of three words in the clue

14 Arrives carrying support and replies (9)
COMEBACKS – a verb meaning arrives around a verb meaning to support

17 Country‘s changed regalia (7)
ALGERIA – an anagram (changed) of REGALIA

19 Motivation shown as time’s up, anyway (7)
IMPETUS – an anagram (anyway) of TIME’S UP

22 About poem’s rules (5)
CODES – the single-letter abbreviation of circa, the Latin for about, followed by a poem and the S from ‘S

23 First lady’s kind of pudding (4)
EVE’S – Adam’s partner and the ‘S

24 Plain fruit, reportedly (4)
UGLY – sounds like (reportedly) an Ugli® fruit

9 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 670 / Moley”

  1. yvains says:

    Thanks, Big Dave – bet you had fun with the pics, especially the first one :)

  2. Big Dave says:

    I thought I exercised great restraint in not adding a YouTube video of Sir Cliff for 9 across!

  3. andy smith says:

    Thanks for the blog.

    I thought this was very nicely compiled – a uniform and appropriate level of difficulty and covering all the basic word play devices.

  4. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the blog, Dave.

    I read 21ac as a reversal of reCIPE minus re = touching.

  5. Big Dave says:

    I did consider re = touching but couldn’t find any provenance in Chambers or the ODE. I see now that Mrs Bradford’s Crossword Solver’s Dictionary includes it.

  6. Eileen says:

    My Chambers has ‘prep. concerning’ for both ‘re’ and ‘touching’. I’ve seen this use a number of times in crosswords.

  7. Robi says:

    Bang on for a Quiptic.

    Thanks Big Dave & Eileen for re=touching, which I hadn’t seen before.

  8. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Yes, just right. Nice variety of clues, all clearly written. Brava, Moley.

  9. Derek Lazenby says:

    Some would say Eve was the second woman after Lilith. I wouldn’t know.

    Keep showing restraint re 9a.

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