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Guardian Quiptic 680/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on November 26th, 2012


A delightful Quiptic from Orlando, which I think would have been a treat for the intended audience.  Plenty of wit, a good variety of devices, and some lovely surfaces.




cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) missing


1 Autumn turns out to provide unexpected gains
A dd.  The fruit that you’d find on the ground after the first few winds of autumn is a word for something that you weren’t expecting financially.

6 Carry minute emblem that’s venerated
A charade of TOTE for ‘carry’ and M for ‘minute’.  Perhaps best known in TOTEM POLES, made by the indigenous peoples of North America.

9 Wise man’s last seen in great lake
More North America: an insertion of N for the last letter of ‘man’ in ERIE, one of the Great Lakes.  Referring to Ernie Wise, one part of the comedy duo Morecombe and Wise.

10 Gobsmacked as we shot by lorry
A charade of (AS WE)* and TRUCK.  ‘Shot’ is the anagrind.

11 Going on a bit, chap who’s a poet
Yet more North America: a charade of LONG for ‘going on a bit’ and FELLOW for ‘chap’ gives you the American poet perhaps best known for The Song of Hiawatha.

12 Produce artwork that’s required by supermarket chain
Hidden in supermarkET CHain.

14 In novel form I’m great detective
(I’M GREAT)* with ‘in novel form’ as the anagrind gives you Georges Simenon’s fictional detective.

15 Shows given low grades by old people
Lovely surface.  ‘Shows’ is the definition, and it’s a charade of DE for ‘low grades’ and PICTS for the ‘old people’ who were some of the first inhabitants of our islands.

17 A heavenly shade
A cd.

19 Company blocking sudden increase? That causes great suffering
An insertion of CO for ‘company’ in SURGE.

20 Vessels of American and British navy going in
Another insertion: of RN for ‘Royal Navy’ in US.

22 Breaking a code, Clint appears in Western
A nod to Clint Eastwood: it’s (A CODE CLINT)* with ‘breaking’ as the anagrind.

25 Popular officer, more often than not
A charade of IN for ‘popular’ and GENERAL for ‘officer’.

26 Annoyed Irish king — extremely exasperated
A charade of IR, K and ED for the outside letters of ExasperateD.

27 More for one with small part
A dd.  ‘One with a small part’ in a film would be an EXTRA; also known as a ‘spear-carrier’.

28 Perhaps dirt makes apparent where washing stopped
(DIRT MAKES)* with ‘perhaps’ as the anagrind.  Those rings round the bath which appear if you don’t give it a rinse round when you’ve got out.


1 Revolver we’ll hear
A WHEEL is a ‘revolver’ and it’s a homophone (‘hear’) of ‘we’ll’ in anyone’s accent, I would suggest.

2 No A-team member getting ninety not out
A word meaning a nobody is (NINETY NOT)* with ‘out’ as the anagrind.  And talking of cricket, Cookie and the lads have just recorded a famous victory in India.

3 Brawl with nobody facing charges?
A cd.

4 Female in meadow allowed a bit of advertising material?
An insertion of F for ‘female’ in LEA for ‘meadow’ and LET for ‘allowed’.

5 Drug present in diets or otherwise
(IN DIETS)* with ‘or otherwise’ as the anagrind.

6 Skirt for opponent of apartheid
A dd.  The short pleated skirt that ballerinas wear; and Bishop Desmond TUTU, the South African archbishop who was a central figure in the campaign to rid South Africa of apartheid and who is also rhyming slang for a second class university degree.  Cf ‘I got a Geoff’.

7 Financial arrangement tied up, so it’s said
A homophone of ‘trussed’.

8 Brand has half-term rush
Clever clueing.  MAKE for ‘brand’ followed by HAS and TE[RM].

13 Queer old dean, say, breaking no promises
Another excellent piece of cluing at Quiptic – or indeed any other – level.  (NO PROMISES)* with ‘breaking’ as the anagrind, and referring to the Reverend Spooner, who could be considered a ‘dean’.  And of course ‘queer old dean’ is a Spoonerism for ‘dear old queen’.

14 Manly man (clue is cryptic)
(MAN CLUE IS)* with ‘cryptic’ as the anagrind.

16 Janitor, a conscientious type?
A dd cum cd.

18 Selected passage right in bar
An insertion of R in EXCEPT.

19 Head of state bumped off expert
A charade of S for the first letter of ‘state’ and KILLED for ‘bumped off’.

21 Dark period for famous nurse missing in gale
NIGHT[INGALE]  Florence, of Crimean War fame and now somewhat discredited, according to some sources.

23 Cover over very large leisure facilities
Since it’s a down clue, Orlando is asking you to put LID over OS for ‘very large’.

24 Bionic man ignoring the odds is old American
And more America to finish off.  If you take even letters (‘ignoring the odds’) of bIoNiC mAn, you’ll end up with your ancient American people.

Thank you to Orlando for a lovely Quiptic.  On a completely irrelevant personal note, this is my hundredth blog, which I know is not many compared to some other bloggers on Fifteensquared; but my first blog was a Quiptic too, and I’ve enjoyed helping (I hope) beginners get more 19dn with their solving.

7 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 680/Orlando”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the blog, Pierre, and congratulations on your milestone!

    As you say, a lovely puzzle, with lots of smiles, eg in the &lit [?]28ac. I remember us children being accused of tidemarks under our chins when we’d washed our faces but not our necks.

    Other favourite clues: MAIGRET, OCCIDENTAL and SPOONERISM.

    [I’ve no axe to grind here but re your observation at 1dn, our choirmaster is forever nagging us to pronounce the H in ‘wheel’, etc. ;-)]

    Many thanks, as ever, to Orlando, for the amusement and enjoyment on another gloomy morning.

  2. JohnR says:

    Super puzzle and as always very helpful blog – 19d indeed, and much appreciated!

    On 1a, I wonder if the setter intends an envelope of FALL in WINDS – i.e. “turns out[side]” autumn? The dd looks a bit weak to me.

  3. Eileen says:

    Well spotted, JohnR – I’m sure you’re right. I’d been wondering about ‘turns out': it’s not like Orlando to waste words.

  4. Robi says:

    Thanks Orlando for a good Quiptic and to Pierre for an informative blog.

    I parsed 1a as JohnR @2; I thought SPOONERISM had a stunning clue, and I liked the TIDEMARKS. I took surprisingly long to spot the ha ETCH. I assume the indicator is ‘required by(?)’ which is a bit strange; perhaps ‘discovered’ or somesuch would have been better (?)

  5. crypticsue says:

    A lovely treat whatever part of the intended audience one might be. Thanks to Orlando for a lovely start to the week and Pierre for his milestone blog.

  6. Derek Lazenby says:

    At the risk of repeating myself, Orlando is really seriously getting the hang of Quiptics. Very good and amusing with it.

  7. Pierre says:

    Thanks for the correct parsing of WINDFALLS, John and Robi. Of course that’s what it is.

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