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Guardian Quiptic 679 Pan

Posted by scchua on November 19th, 2012


A straightforward enjoyable puzzle, just nice for a Monday.  Thanks to Pan.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzze.  Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets.]]

7 Action lab turning out herbal remedy (9)

BOTANICAL : Anagram of(turning out) ACTION LAB.

8 Tree-dwelling creature found in Camberwell or Islington (5)

LORIS : Hidden in(found in) CamberwelL OR ISlington.

9 Deceive Rex with old wine in bag (9)

HAVERSACK : HAVE(to deceive;bluff, as in “You’re having me on!”) + R(abbrev. Rex, Latin for king) plus(with) SACK(a strong wine formerly produced in Spain).

Answer:  The precursor of the nowadays ubiquitous backpack.

10 Eat with artist (5)

MUNCH : Double defn: 2nd: Edvard, Norwegian Expressionist artist, famous for his “The Scream” (or the “The Shriek”, if you like), apparently a favourite among art thieves.

12 Geneticist to repair central part of cell (6)

MENDEL : MEND(to repair) + EL{the middle letters of(central part of) “cell”}.

Answer: Gregor, scientist and Augustinian friar, founder of genetics via his experiments with pea plants.

13 Drive away unofficial ticket seller for penalty finish (5,3)

SHOOT OUT : SHOO!(an imperative to drive away) + TOUT(an unofficial ticket seller;a British ticket scalper).

Answer: In football, if the teams are level after full and extra time, a method of deciding the winner via penalty kicks.

14 Take one’s pants off to get information from soldiers (7)

DEBRIEF : DE-BRIEF(using prefix “de-“;to remove, eg. “deoxygenate”, a whimsical term for “to take pants;briefs off”).

Answer: To get information from soldiers following a mission.

17 Disagree about how to take an exam at Oxford or Cambridge, say (7)

VARSITY : VARY(to disagree;not match with) containing(about) SIT(to take an exam – with the “how” a literal description).

Answer: Short for “university” of which Oxford and Cambridge are examples;say.

20 Volatile glue safe in part of aircraft (8)

FUSELAGE : Anagram of(volatile) GLUE SAFE.

22 Reggae English replaced with a new musical genre (6)

GARAGE : Anagram of(… new) RAGGAE{“reggae” with its “e”(abbrev. for “English”) replaced by “a”}.

Answer: A musical genre originating from it being practised in a garage. A stretch to call it musical or genre, IMHO, and unfortunately it could not be confined to garages, but then it’s a question of taste.

24 Country woman taking in old man (5)

JAPAN : JAN(a female name) containing(taking in) PA(term for your old man).

25 Sweet stuff coy men cooked in part of stove (9)

HONEYCOMB : Anagram of(cooked) COY MEN
contained in(in) HOB(the flat top part of a stove holding hotplates or burners.

26 Initially fit, then always getting a sharp rise in temperature (5)

FEVER : F{initial letter of(initially) “fit“} plus(then) EVER(always, as in “ever faithful”).

27 It smelt awful alongside old English plant (9)

MISTLETOE : Anagram of(awful) plus(IT SMELT) O(abbrev. for “old”) + E(abbrev. for “English”).

1 Drill around silver herb (6)

BORAGE : BORE(to make a hole;to drill) containing(around) AG(the chemical symbol for the element silver).

2 On which to note the date when cold beer’s given to and drunk by Roger (8)

CALENDAR : C(abbrev. for “cold”) + ALE(beer) plus(given to) anagram of(drunk) AND plus(by) R(in the older phonetic alphabet, the letter represented by “Roger”. He has now been replaced by Romeo, but Roger retains its meaning of “received and understood” ).

3 Christmas decoration‘s rustling? Listen! (6)

TINSEL : Anagram of(rustling) LISTEN.  Second Christmassy clue, more of which I guess will surface from now to year end.

4 Dead body of patient under jaguar, say (7)

CARCASE : CASE(the term used by hospital staff for a patient, eg. “the cardiac case”, etc.) placed below(under, in a down clue) CAR(an example of which is;say the Jaguar, with a capital).

5 Vigorous resistance to old bosom (6)

ROBUST : R(symbol for “electrical resistance” in physics) plus(to) O(abbrev. for “old”) + BUST(the bosom;the human breast, especially a female’s).

6 Six sons carry weight with nobleman (8)

VISCOUNT : VI(Roman numeral for “six”) + S(abbrev. for “sons”) + COUNT(to carry weight;to have significance)

11 Grundy’s of Ambridge pinching something comfortable to sit on (4)

SOFA : Hidden in(… pinching) Grundy’S OF Ambridge.

15 Well informed and, surprisingly, dead cute! (8)

EDUCATED : Anagram of(surprisingly) DEAD CUTE.

16 Rome’s ultimate parking space for sale here? (4)

EBAY : E{last letter of(…’s ultimate) ROME} + BAY(a parking space).

Answer: The electronic marketplace.

18 Cogged wheel to power chain in special firework (8)

SPROCKET : P(symbol for “power” in physics) contained in(chain in) {S(abbrev. for “special”) + ROCKET(a type of firework – and of course flashling knows all about them, and more)}.

 Rocket Racks

19 Tuneful maiden unusually docile (7)

MELODIC : M(abbrev. for “maiden”) + anagram of(unusually) DOCILE.

21 Upset fertile man entitled to hold protective covering (6)

ENAMEL : Hidden in(… to hold) and reversal of(upset) fertiLE MAN Entitled.

22 Understand expression of disappointment uttered in slum (6)

GHETTO : Homophone of(uttered) “get”(to understand;grasp) + “oh”(an expression of disappointment, amongst a whole lot of other emotions you can use it for).

23 Hindquarters missing from game meat (6)

GAMMON : “backgammon”(a board game for 2 payers) minus(… missing from) “back”(hindquarters;the posterior).

Answer: Cured or smoked ham.



The answer to pic#3 here

5 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 679 Pan”

  1. Robi says:

    Thanks Pan & scchua.

    Good Quiptic puzzle; last in were the two E?A… clues, which were both nice. I’m sure DEBRIEF must have been used a few times before, but it still raised a smile.

    [[ 1. is a VISCOUNT plane; 2. is a Malay VISCOUNT butterfly; 3. is a stormtrooper on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (? perhaps someone else can try this one); 4. is from the play ‘CALENDAR Girls.’]]

  2. Robi says:

    P.S. I would always spell CARCASE as ‘carcass,’ but I note the former is the first entry in Chambers.

  3. scchua says:

    [[Hi Robi, right! I’ve added a link for #3 beneath the pictures – though I suspect you already have the answer.]]

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, scchua.

    I found this a bit harder than your average Quiptic. I too am a CARCASS person, but the clue is fair since the alternative spelling is in dictionaries. I have a quibble with 24ac, since I confidently entered NEPAL, which also works. So on the basis that the solver should be certain when they enter an answer that it’s right …

    Anyway, thanks to Pan for the puzzle.

  5. Derek Lazenby says:

    Hmm. Usual expert mistake. Anything easy for them is called a good Quiptic. Well it took me twice as long as Brendan. And as is often the case, one isn’t sure why afterwards.

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