Posted by Pierre on October 31st, 2012
Peter O is down to do the blog today, but since he lives in New York, he no doubt has other things on his mind this morning. So I have stepped in as a substitute blogger. Please forgive any errors or typos; there are a few where I need help parsing too, but in the interests of getting a blog out sooner rather than later, I will rely on others to fill in the gaps.
There seemed to be a theme today, with ‘fliers’ and ‘air force’ and celestial bodies scattered around the grid. Again, I’m sure people will be able to elucidate if necessary.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
9 After Thailand fly over Kuala Lumpur in a flash
A charade of T for ‘Thailand’ and an insertion of KL for ‘Kuala Lumpur’ and IN in WING for ‘fly’.
10 Outlet is definitely not restricted
11 Fliers and swimmers like rakes
A charade of RAF and FISH.
12 In Cuba a servant nearly sent back starchy food
More country abbreviations: an insertion of VASSA[L] reversed in CA.
13 Casual, physically fit, trains here
I guess the definition is ‘casual’, but I need help with this one.
14 Stalled rate increase beginning to decline
A charade of TEMPO for ‘rate’, RISE and D for the first letter of ‘decline’.
16 Current fliers in Blackburn et al
I think this is DEE for the river or ‘current’ and JAYS for these birds. Referring to Tony Blackburn and his DJ friends.
17 Visit a boxing gym to see star
An insertion of PE for ‘gym’ in CALL and A. ‘Boxing’ is the insertion indicator. A double star in Auriga, 46 light years from 26ac.
19 First-time fliers slept fitfully in shorts, I gathered
An insertion of (SLEPT)* with I inserted (‘gathered’) in TOTS for alcoholic ‘shorts’. ‘Fitfully’ is the anagrind.
22 Casanova that’s exempt from obligations after retirement
Another one I need help with.
24 Setter’s getting on making pictures
Nice surface reading. If Crucible were getting on (and I’m sure he’s a spring chicken) he would say ‘I’M AGING’. Or I’M AGEING, depending on your point of view about ‘clueing’ or ‘cluing’.
25 Star who fancied Helen to bag Oscar left?
The North Star is an insertion of O for OSCAR in the phonetic alphabet and L in PARIS, who was Helen’s admirer in Greek legend.
26 Wear the trousers to avoid shocks
Hidden in wEAR THe; ‘trousers’ is the hidden indicator.
27 Eg Tom Cruise’s no use performing with a large female
To avoid delaying the blog any further, I will ask the audience about this one as well.
1 It flies in US celebs with turbulent priests
STARS AND STRIPES
An easy one to give us a few starting letters in the west. STARS with (AND) (PRIESTS)*
2 Song for church service
A charade of AIR, FOR and CE.
3 Film about Spain’s Flight of the Wild Geese
An insertion of E in SKIN for ‘film’. The formation that geese adopt when they’re doing that V thingy formation.
4 Cargo planes forget about military ones
F[RE]IGHTERS. Crucible’s asking you to remove (‘forget’) RE for ‘about’.
5 Eg good scrumpy occasionally holds up breakfast
What you’d put your dippy egg into is a charade of EG, G, and CUP for the second, fourth and sixth letters of sCrUmPY.
6 Like flights round Ireland to no-frills destinations?
An insertion of IR for ‘Ireland’ in AS TRIPS for ‘like flights’. Let’s not mention RyanAir.
7 Stretch limos for 20 event?
I think this is OS for ‘big’ and CARS to give you the film awards referred to in 20dn.
8 At US parade radar displayed what’s on 2 badge
PER ARDUA AD ASTRA
(AT US PARADE RADAR)* with ‘displayed’ as the anagrind. The motto of the RAF, meaning roughly ‘through hard work to the stars’.
15 Beat pickle — it may produce a 9 23
A charade of LAM for ‘beat’ and PLIGHT for ‘pickle’. And a TWINKLING GLEAM could indeed be LAMPLIGHT.
17 Odd chap turning up at officer’s fling
A charade of CA for the odd letters of ‘ChAp’, a reversal of UP AT and LT for ‘lieutenant’ or ‘officer’.
18 Read story about three times
My best guess at this is that it’s LIE for ‘story’ about T followed by RATE, but I can’t really see how it works.
20 Freddie Mercury’s last Sky at Night?
A charade of Freddie STARR and the last letter of skY. Freddie Starr was the one who ate my hamster, although he’s been in the news much more recently for something else.
21 Coach of golf to quit working online
23 Brief appearance by male model after midnight
A charade of G for the middle letter of niGht and (MALE)* ‘Model’ is the anagrind.
Thanks to Crucible for an enjoyable puzzle and apologies again for any errors in a rushed blog.