Posted by Pierre on November 26th, 2012
With apologies for its late appearance (see below), here’s my brief blog of Quixote’s puzzle today. Another good’un from our regular Monday setter, but someone else will have to explain 21dn.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Rower uses river to enter city that lies on one
An insertion of R for ‘river’ in STOKE (-on-Trent). Large swathes of the Trent Valley are under water at the minute.
4 Put off region, not one for adult to dwell in
DISTR[I]CT with A for ‘adult’ replacing the missing letter.
9 Be sitting beside nameless relation, very attractive lady
A charade of BE and AU[N]TY
13 Place where youngsters learn something – cannot, if hols have been arranged
(CANNOT IF HOLS)*
17 Break during academic period – is boy one to be kept in?
A charade of IN TERM, IS and an insertion of I in SON.
20 Chemical splattered around – absorbed finally for removal
(SPLATTERE[D]) I did not do the timeliness of this blog or my temper much good by stupidly entering SALTPETER to start with. It is an alternative spelling, in my defence.
22 Term of respect in a greeting received by British Society looking back
An insertion of A HI in BS reversed. A Indian Raj term, if I remember well.
23 Acts of destruction certain to occur in particular times
Another insertion: of SURE in ERAS.
24 Tie man in knots – you mightn’t want him to escape
25 Small bird caught finally with rodent eating it
An insertion of IT in T for the last letter of caughT and MOUSE. This little fellow.
26 Holiday location put in order again
1 Put in vehicle that’s turned up to go to American University
A reversal of BUS followed by MIT for the university.
2 Supporter in Romania meeting broadcaster Kate
Bands use these to get them from one gig to another. A charade of RO and Kate ADIE, the BBC radio journalist.
3 Soldier in uniform joining any number in shout of acclamation
Lord KITCHENER is a charade of KIT followed by an insertion of N in CHEER.
5 Doctor to patronise offensively
IN POOR TASTE
6 The service he’s walked out of – it’s banal
7 Creative type who brings things alive
8 Like some decorations put on sale with small edging round
Only 394 days till Christmas 2013. An insertion of SELL in TINY.
12 Racehorse – it could have been trained for them?
14 Sort of design used in fancy linos once
15 Young female writer wants the minimum of time to be wasted
A charade of MISS, PEN and T. An adjective most often applied to youth.
16 Normally reliable type has broken law in sudden movement
An insertion of (LAW)* in START.
18 Fellow with nothing goes across Spain – it’s certainly not expensive
An insertion of S in CHAP followed by O.
19 Sailor off with the fairies and not on his ship?
A charade of AB for ‘sailor’ and SENT. I would have said that SENT was more ‘enraptured’ than ‘off with the fairies’.
21 Dwarf planet that is submerged under water
I have absolutely no idea …
I’m off to make a cup of tea for the chimney sweep (it’s been a busy day …) I shall be back later. Thanks to Quixote for today’s puzzle.