Posted by Pierre on November 4th, 2012
Another nicely constructed and accessible puzzle from Everyman. One or two chestnuts, but – in the UK at least – it’s getting to that chestnutty time of year, and in a puzzle aimed at improving solvers, I don’t think we can cavil at that.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
1 Traitor shot by CO, a leader of troops
A charade of TURN for ‘shot’, CO, A and T for the first letter of ‘troops’.
5 Team audibly expressed relief
A homophone (‘audibly’) of ‘sighed’.
7 Finding Italian composer inside ceremonial court
An insertion (‘inside’) of VERDI inside FORMAL for ‘ceremonial’ and CT for ‘court’.
10 Following behind leader in rally
A charade of LATE and R for the first letter of ‘rally’.
11 Generally free
12 Sailor man, bruiser at sea
(MAN BRUISER)* with ‘at sea’ as the anagrind.
14 Fine Greek character making cheese there
A charade of F and ETA for one of the letters of the Greek alphabet.
16 Adult feeding toddler perfectly
TO A T
An insertion (‘feeding’) of A for ‘adult’ in TOT. Seeing this was the answer, I was minded to dig into the derivation of the phrase. It’s not clear, but this article seems to offer the best explanation. (If you’re into words, it’s a great site, btw, and its weekly 17ac is well worth signing up to.)
17 Young landlord brought round second bulletin
An insertion of S for ‘second’ in NEW LETTER.
19 Struggle to survive in desert heat
A charade of RAT for ‘desert’ and RACE for ‘heat’ in its athletic sense.
20 United aware of final in Rome
A charade of IN ON for ‘aware of’ and E for the final letter of RomE.
23 How Monopoly starts, as it always has
FROM THE WORD GO
A dd. Referring to the fact that on a Monopoly board, the corner square where all the pieces are placed to begin the game, is labelled ‘go’.
24 Additional matter involving learner driver
An insertion of L for ‘learner driver’ in PUS for ‘matter’.
25 Kirk series open about closure of kirk?
Nothing to do with our Scottish friends and their word for ‘church’. The long-running and much-loved (by Trekkies anyway) SF series starring Captain James Tiberius Kirk is a charade of START, RE for ‘about’ and K for the last letter of kirK.
1 One seeking damages losing simple argument
2 Rustic artist interrupting canon, endlessly
An insertion of RA for ‘artist’ in RUL[E], for ‘canon’ in its ‘law/rule/principle’ sense.
3 About to drink gin or cobblers
A charade of C for circa (‘about’), LAP for ‘drink’ and TRAP for ‘gin’. CLAPTRAP is a synonym for ‘balls’, which is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘cobblers’ awls’.
4 Guys during a test drive damaged trailer
An insertion of MEN for ‘guys’ in (A TEST DRIVE)* ‘Damaged’ is the anagrind.
5 Screen cast, about 50
Another insertion, of L for the Roman numeral 50 in SHIED for ‘cast’.
6 Cleaner put off by toff
This one has been round the block a bit. A charade of DETER and GENT.
8 Degrade sister, unwisely, in family magazine
(DEGRADE SISTER)* with ‘unwisely’ as the anagrind.
9 Put right about couple
A charade of RE for ‘about’ and PAIR for ‘couple’.
12 Planet could show a change of direction behind sun
Well, there are only nine of them. (Or eight, depending on your point of view; but that would mean that the mnemonic My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets would be redundant, which would be a pity.) The sixth rock from the sun is a charade of S for that very star and A TURN.
13 Attractive blue Fiat crashed outside university
(BLUE FIAT U)*
15 A critical time for one to leave alluring woman with nothing on
According to Mr Dwight’s song:
She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
Everyman’s asking you to take the I out of HOUR[I] (‘any of the virgins of the Muslim paradise, promised as wives to believers’ in the SOED) and then put ZERO for ‘nothing’ before it. I had to stare at this for a long time before I twigged the parsing.
18 Eminent female, a mostly shy person
A charade of F for ‘female’ and A MOUS[E].
21 The Spanish embarrassed over senior church member
A charade of EL for one of the Spanish words for ‘the’ and a reversal (‘over’) of RED for ‘embarrassed’.
22 Show yellow card to reserve
Thanks to Everyman as ever for the accompaniment to the Sunday morning coffee.