Posted by scchua on October 1st, 2012
Another Monday Rufus. Not one for the more advanced (though 27 did hold me up, why I now can’t see). Thanks to Rufus, for the compact and smooth cluing. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom between them share 2 links with the puzzle. Please enclose any comments about them in double brackets.]]
7 Abandon one on flight (9)
DESERTION : DESERT(to abandon) + I(Roman numeral for “one“) + ON. Not very cryptic, with the answer as the noun of the main component of the wordplay.
8 Importance of respect (5)
VALUE : Double defn: 1st: As a noun; and 2nd: As a verb.
9 He may counsel the sexual offender (9)
THERAPIST : THE + RAPIST(sexual offender).
10 Timber reordered by one (5)
EBONY : Anagram of(reordered) BY ONE.
12 Animated or dead — idolised (6)
ADORED : Anagram of(Animated) OR DEAD.
13 Ability to stick to point, perhaps (8)
GUMPTION : GUM(to stick to) + anagram of(perhaps) POINT.
Answer: Initiative or courage, demonstrated by the ability to persevere, stick to. A WIWD(wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
14 After getting in the beer he went round preaching (7)
APOSTLE : POST-(a prefix from Latin, denoting after,posterior to) contained in(getting in) ALE(beer).
17 Attractive artwork (7)
DRAWING : Double defn: 1st: As in “drawing in,attracting the crowds”.
20 Document to be filled in by don or graduate (3,5)
PRO FORMA : PROF(short for “professor”,an academic don) + OR + MA(abbrev. for a Master of Arts graduate).
Answer: A standardised document, showing only some information ahead of one with the rest of the information.
22 Pop a question that’s somewhat obscure (6)
OPAQUE : Hidden in(that’s somewhat) pOP A QUEstion.
24 Seven dancing castaways? (5)
VEILS : Cryptic defn: Reference to the Dance of the Seven Veils, an elaboration of the biblical tale of the execution of John the Baptist. Usually described as performed by Salome, with the seven veils being cast away in turn. An early example of the striptease?
25 Way home from the inn (9)
ROADHOUSE : ROAD(Way) + HOUSE(home).
26 It’s worn by sailor in a blow (5)
HABIT : AB(abbrev. for “able-bodied seaman”,sailor) contained in(in) HIT(a blow).
27 Safety device to protect bird (9)
GUARDRAIL : GUARD(to protect) + RAIL(a bird).
1 Become acquainted with brick carrier’s way of working (6)
METHOD : MET(Become acquainted with) + HOD(a portable trough with a handle,a brick carrier).
2 Carry a gun with sleeves rolled up, say (4,4)
BEAR ARMS : Homophone of(say) “bare arms”(arms showing with one’s sleeves rolled up).
3 Dull-witted, confused type taken in by boss (6)
STUPID : PI(a jumbled,confused pile of types, those pieces bearing the letters for printing, possibly obsolete in the electronic age) contained in(taken in by) STUD(a circular rounded projection,a boss, especially an ornamental one on a ceiling or shield)
4 It may wilt and droop in the centre (7)
CORSAGE : SAG(droop) contained in(in) CORE(the centre).
Answer: The flowers in it may wilt.
5 Poor performing animal? (6)
RABBIT : Cryptic defn: A poor sportsman, especially in golf, tennis or cricket, is also called this animal.
6 Refuse to reduce the volume (4,4)
TURN DOWN : Double defn: 1st: To reject,refuse; and 2nd: To soften whatever sound you’re emitting.
11 Middle East overturns one ruler — or another (4)
EMIR : Reversal of(overturns) M.E.(abbrev. for the Middle East) I(Roman numeral for “one“) + R(abbrev. for “Regina” or “Rex”,ruler).
Answer: Another ruler,a head of state in some Islamic countries.
15 Grating that goes on top, of course (8)
PARMESAN : Cryptic defn: Grated Parmesan cheese is added,goes on top
of some Italian dishes,courses.
16 Game bird? (4)
LARK : Double defn: 1st: A carefree adventure or frolic; could be considered a bit of a game, I suppose.
18 Any power may produce armaments (8)
WEAPONRY : Anagram of(may produce) ANY POWER. Smooth surface.
19 Nothing in the ship is of extravagant style (7)
BAROQUE : O(the letter that looks like zero,nothing) contained in(in) BARQUE(a sailing ship of three or more masts).
Answer: An extravagant style of architecture and art that flourished in the late 16C to early 18C, characterised by extensive ornamentation.
21 Line up on parade and collapse (4,2)
FALL IN : Double defn: 1st: Command in the parade ground for personnel to get into formaton,line; and 2nd: To collapse into the centre.
22 Nuns take what superiors give (6)
ORDERS : Double defn: 1st: Nuns take holy orders to become ordained, a qualification they aspire to; and 2nd: what superiors give their subordinates to follow.
23 International organisation’s help is implicit (6)
UNSAID : UN(abbrev. for the United Nations Organisation) ‘S + AID(help).