Posted by Pierre on October 15th, 2012
Another accessible but well-constructed Monday puzzle from Quixote. Lots of different devices, including some clever anagrams, and some nice story-telling surfaces.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Passionate second eleven ending with victory
A charade of S for ‘second’, TEAM for a cricketing ‘eleven’ and Y for the last letter of ‘victorY’.
4 Blemishes of holy folk? Time to come forward
I wanted to put this in at first glance, but it took a while to see how it worked. ‘Holy folk’ are SAINTS, and if you bring T for ‘time’ forward then you’ve got your answer. For me, moving a letter from right to left is ‘backward’, since we write from left to right; but we’ve had this arcane discussion before and everyone seems happy with the convention (‘moving forward’, ‘moving nearer the front’), so we’ll move on.
10 Real nudes abandoned protection against the weather
(REAL NUDES)* with ‘abandoned’ as the anagrind.
11 Foreign city with one installed in seat
The Bulgarian capital is an insertion of I in SOFA.
12 A lot will be seen in this enterprise around university
Another insertion: of U for ‘university’ in ACTION.
13 Food with a fair amount of fat? That isn’t true
Well, you can’t say that a pork pie is a low-fat option (even the real thing from Melton Mowbray). If something’s not true, it’s a lie, and PORK PIE is Cockney rhyming slang for the same. Often now abbreviated: ‘he’s telling porkies’.
14 Now, sir, weddings can turn out to be a sham designed to look good!
(NOW SIR WEDDINGS)* with ‘can turn out to be’ as the anagrind.
16 Fans boo, lots sozzled with ale, when the games are on
‘Sozzled’ is the anagrind here. (FANS BOO LOTS ALE)* Unlike Quixote to reference the beautiful game; I have him down as more of a cricket aficionado. Although the surface isn’t kind to the masses huddled on the terraces …
20 Cold hovel leads to artist getting terrible disease
A charade of C, HOLE and RA for ‘artist’.
21 Political official is taken around a Queen’s vessel
An insertion (‘is taken around’) of A R’S for ‘a Queen’s’ in WHIP for ‘political official’. It’s pretty difficult as a Chief Whip to get barred from your own party conference, but the current holder of the post for the Nasty Party managed to do just that last week. What a pleb.
22 It’s a popular one with cruciverbalists!
Having spent time in alehouses with other crossword obsessives, I can vouch for the fact that this is true. But what the setter is getting at, I can’t fathom. DR INK? D RINK? Someone is going to have to help me out here.
23 Audacity shows lack of judgement – not right
24 Bird – this is hiding by stream
A charade of TH (‘this’ with ‘is’ removed) and RUSH for the verbal sense of ‘stream’. A bird from the unfortunately named Turdidae family. Here’s the obligatory Pierre bird link. Handsome, no?
25 Muscle has fabric around, hurting no end
A charade: a reversal of NET for ‘fabric’ and SOR[E]. A tensor is a type of muscle.
1 Complain, wanting guarantee without question
An insertion of QU for ‘question’ in SEAL for ‘guarantee’.
2 Medical expert consoling editor when unwell
This was my favourite today for an amusing surface and a cleverly spotted anagram. (CONSOLING EDITOR)*
3 Admirer sadly disqualified from new romance?
Another clever anagram: of (ADMIRER)* ‘Sadly’ is the anagrind and a semi-&lit.
5 Communications centres left with bits of steel lying round
An insertion of PORT for ‘left’ in (STEEL)* with ‘lying round’ as the insertion indicator and ‘bits of’ as the anagrind. Not ‘Beam me up, Scotty’, but ‘a centre providing interconnections between different forms of telecommunications’.
6 Covers thrown with sunrise
7 Reliable but unspectacular person may be needed to effect a dismissal
SAFE PAIR OF HANDS
Here we go with cricket. A dd. A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS is often used in political circles to describe someone who may perhaps be uncharismatic, but who will get the job done without a fuss; and you’d put your best fielder in a key position like backward point where he’d be most likely to catch someone out and ‘dismiss’ them.
8 Gas from old scientist carrying no weight
NE[WT]ON, referring to Sir Isaac, of gravity fame among other things.
9 Was the cartoon curate presented with one wicked person?
A dd. The reference is to ‘a curate’s egg’ (good in parts). The ‘cartoon’ part of the clue refers to the fact that the phrase comes originally from a cartoon published in Punch in 1895.
15 Silly people nicking sailor’s jumpers
Another fine surface reading, and an insertion of AB for ‘sailor’ in WALLIES for ‘silly people’.
16 A bad person held in fear, not half, is 14
The definition is ‘window dressing’; it’s an insertion of A CAD in FE for half the letters of ‘fear’.
17 At the end of a short holiday see Her Majesty wave
A charade of BREAK and ER for Elizabeth Regina.
18 A game requiring pack of cards to be cut
A charade of A and BRIDGE.
19 Look to make heartfelt request having changed sides finally
APPEAL with the last letter L changed to R.
21 Group of women given gym to mop
A charade of WI for Women’s Institute and PE. As Mr Blair found out, don’t mess with the WI.
Thanks as always to Quixote for the Monday morning diversion.