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Guardian 25,809 – Rufus

Posted by manehi on December 3rd, 2012


Gentle start to the week from Rufus. 7 and 13 made me smile.

1 ORANGE-TIP =”Butterfly” [wiki] (operating)*
6 BAIT =”lure” IT=”sex appeal” after BA=”degree”
8 SCHOONER =”vessel” as in boat &lit =”Drinking vessel” as in a glass
9 OBLIGE double def =”Accommodate”; =”do a favour”
10 CRISES =”difficulties” C=”many” [roman numeral for 100] + RISES=”pay increases”
11 FREE HAND =”without guidance” or to let go (FREE) a workman (HAND)
12 AMALFI =”tourist resort in Italy” A + (film)* around A
15 STUMPERS cryptic def In cricket, you can be stumped out if your foot leaves the batting crease and the wicketkeeper removes the bails.
16 UNEARTHS =”Discovers” (her aunt’s)*
19 EASELS cryptic def these support canvases etc in an artist’s studio
21 ISOTHERM cryptic def A line of points of equal temperature
22 APPEAL double def =”Please”; =”request a re-trial”
24 DEMEAN =”Lower” (emend a)*
25 RAMPAGES =”Runs riot” RAM=”beak” [of a ship] + PAGES=”leaves” [in a book]
26 AYES =”more than one” [word of agreement] A + YES=”word of agreement”
27 WAISTCOAT =”clothing” WAIT around (Ascot)*
1 OSCAR =”Hollywood success” O=”nothing” + SCAR=”mark”
2 AROUSAL =”awakening” O=”love” inside (Laura’s)*
3 GENUS =”class” GEN=”information” + US
4 TARIFFS =”taxes” (staff)* around rev( I[nland] R[evenue] )
5 PROSECUTE =”Pursue” PROSE=”writing style” + CUTE=”attractive to Americans”
6 BELLHOP cryptic def runs errands for you in a hotel. US variant of “bellboy”, hence “in New York”
7 IN GENERAL =”on the whole” IN=”popular” + GENERAL=”officer”
13 MONASTERY cryptic def A retreat for an order of monks
14 IN THE KNOW =”Aware” (how Kent)*, with IN=”batting” in front [“first”]
17 ANTHEMS =”music” AN and THE are “Articles”, + MS=manuscript=”writing”
18 SAMURAI =”Eastern fighters” (A A RUM IS)*, where the first “A” is used twice [“double”]
20 SOPRANO cryptic def a soprano will be given the highest parts of a musical score to sing
22 ADMIT =”Acknowledge” M[usic] in ADIT=”entrance” [to a mine]
23 ALERT double def =”Wide awake”; =”siren call”

27 Responses to “Guardian 25,809 – Rufus”

  1. muffin says:

    Thanks rufus and manehi
    A lot of “write-ins”, but enjoyable all the same.
    Last in was STUMPERS despite the fact that I was actually watching cricket (Aus v SA) and two dismissals in the highlights were of this type.

  2. J. David Simons says:

    I thought this one was easy enough but got ‘stumped’ on 15 across – I thought it was scuppers – with the ‘uppers’ being the foot support but couldn’t figure out where the ‘sc’ came in at the beginning.

  3. brucew_aus says:

    Thanks Rufus and manehi
    Nice to get printing from the site working again … and to get a pretty straightforward one here. Did look slightly different with more wordy clues today.

    Liked the misdirection of 18 and the anagram of 16 took a while to get for some reason and was my last in. Hadn’t heard of the rostrum beak before in 25.

    All over quite quickly but enjoyed it nevertheless.

  4. Dunsscotus says:

    Thanks Rufus and Manehi; a pleasant start to the week. Did you, M, really mean to single out 7? It seems just an old chestnut to me. Otoh, I liked 21.

  5. Stella says:

    Thanks Rufus and manehi.

    Just a couple of stumbling blocks to make this last a little longer – I tried “scuppers” for 15ac, too, thinking that to do so to someone is to trip them up; and I didn’t know RAM for “beak”, or even that a ship had a beak :-)

  6. Eccles45 says:

    Shouldn’t 11a be clued as (8) not (4,4)

  7. tupu says:

    Thanks manehi and Rufus

    My sentiments are much as those of others so far. Fairly easy but one usually enjoys the artistry in R’s deceptively simple clues. I thought the double meanings of some dds were a bit close together – e.g those of ‘oblige’ and also of ‘alert’. I particularly liked 21a, 13d, and 14d.

  8. John Appleton says:

    Eccles45 @6: I’d assumed this clue referred to giving someone a free hand to do something (a noun), rather than doing something freehand (an adjective). But looking at the clue again (and Chambers’ definitions), I think you’re right – the adjective seems to fit the sense of the definition more.

    Anyway, a good enough start to the week. My only quibble would be with SCHOONER, probably a bit too obvious as a semi &lit. There are those who consider some Rufus clues to be more suitable to a quick crossword; I don’t always agree, but I think they’d be justified in this case.

    That said, 20d was a good clue. I rightly figured it was a cryptic def, and it held me up for a short while as I tried to think of what “scores”, particularly “high” ones, could allude to. Made me smile when the penny dropped.

  9. togo says:

    Got stuck (on a Rufus too!) because, for some reason, I thought slippers (just) worked for 15a… So prosecute lost too. Eccles45, I think the answer is FREEHAND, as in drawing a circle without ‘guidance’.

    Thanks Manehi and Rufus.

  10. Malcolm says:

    I think I did this in record time for me, under 5 minutes for 90% of the clues. I got stuck on Prosecute and Stumpers.

  11. Robi says:

    Thanks Rufus and manehi.

    I’m another who looked at scuppers before the penny clanged. I particularly liked SAMURAI, SOPRANO, ISOTHERM and IN THE KNOW, and didn’t know beak=ram.

    I tried bellboy for 6d at first. I agree with others that 11 seems to be (8) rather than (4,4)in the sense in the clue.

  12. chas says:

    Thanks to manehi for the blog.

    I thought 8 was rather weak with vessel being used twice.

    On 18d I first applied ‘double’ to rum giving me an anagram of (arumrum)* which got nowhere :(

  13. Kathryn's Dad says:

    A good Rufus for me – sticking to his brief of providing an accessible Monday puzzle, but with a few nice twists thrown in. I liked the anagram for ORANGE TIP and thought ISOTHERM worthy of mention too. On the other hand, STUMPERS doesn’t really work if you’re a cricket aficionado: STUMPERS are indeed wicketkeepers, but you can’t really ‘bail’ someone out.

    Thanks to manehi and Rufus both.

  14. Trailman says:

    Ouch, I’m in the SCUPPERS queue, my fault for rushing to finish. NE corner slowed me down at the end, not seeing beyond ORANGE for OxxxGxfor a while and thinking 6d started/ended with NY, but got there apart from the error.

  15. hammock says:

    And I’m in my SLIPPERS!!!

  16. Giovanna says:

    Thanks, Rufus and manehi for a nice start to the week.

    Liked orange-tip, which reminded me of the excitement when I first saw one many years ago.

    Liked all the nautical clues and pleased to get the cricket ones, although stumpers took a while.

    Giovanna x

  17. rhotician says:

    re 11 FREEHAND. The first part of the clue is a cryptic definition and is properly (4,4). The second part is a definition and should be (8). manahi shows the way out by describing the cryptic definition as if it were a charade. So “Let go a workman without guidance (8)” for FREEHAND is faultless.

  18. tupu says:

    I see that Collins gives ‘free hand’ (two words) as ‘freedom to act without restriction’ which seems to fit the clue pretty well e.g. as in ‘I gave him a free hand to sort out the matter’. A problem only arises if one thinks the clue refers to drawing or painting I think.

  19. rhotician says:

    If the clue does not refer to such as drawing then ‘without guidance’ is redundant and inaccurate since it does not mean the same as ‘without restriction’.

  20. Robi says:

    Hi tupu; John @8 discussed this in terms of the noun, FREE HAND or the adjective, FREEHAND. If the definition is ‘without guidance,’ this seems to me to be adjectival and therefore (8.) It’s only a small matter anyway.

  21. Thomas99 says:

    As Robi says it’s a small matter, but for what it’s worth in the last 150 years “freehand” in the drawing sense (as an adjective) has been spelt “free hand” “free-hand” and “freehand”. The Guardian daily cryptic does not claim to follow any particular dictionary (see its editor’s blogs) but this is the whole story since 1866 as given in the OED (note that the currently favoured “freehand” gets its first citation only in 1960):

    1866 Times 4 May 3/5 (advt.) French, German, and drawing (free hand and geometrical) taught.

    1873 E. Spon Workshop Receipts 1st Ser. 4/2 Vaguely formed ‘rustic’ or other free-hand letters are in bad taste on such drawings.

    1877 Amer. Naturalist 11 204 The preparation of microscopical sections by free-hand cutting, or even with the assistance of the microtomes now in use.

    1906 J. A. Flemer Elem. Treat. Phototopogr. Methods i. 6 It is not easy to make free-hand sketches of landscapes geometrically accurate enough to be used iconometrically in place of the landscapes.

    1960 Connoisseur’s Handbk. Antique Coll. 236/1 There are various ways of producing relief decoration: by freehand modelling, free-incising or piercing or, more frequently, by pressing soft clay in plaster moulds.

    1977 J. Esherick in S. Kostof Architect 255 The drawn criticism was of course freehand, usually with a grease pencil or sometimes with a conté crayon.

    2006 Papercraft Essentials No. 8. (Quick & Clever Suppl.) 44/1 These pens can also be used for freehand lettering and drawing

  22. tupu says:

    Hi rhotician

    I can see why the clue might appear inaccurate, but disagree that there is in fact insufficient overlap between freedom and without guidance. Also in painting and drawing, freehand work is not strictly speaking ‘without guidance’ except that of ‘guiding instruments’. It uses guidance of brain and eye.
    I’m afraid your point about redundancy goes past me. One half of a double definition can sacrcely be redundant.

    Hi robi and John(@8)

    I take your point. To make matters worse I suspect the phrase is in fact adverbial. But I am not so worried about it either way, and instinctively prefer the idea that Rufus has sacrificed grammar to surface rather than has misnumerated the answer.

  23. tupu says:

    Thanks Thomas

    That throws further interesting and possibly decisive light on the matter of misnumeration.

  24. Brendan (not that one) says:

    Very easy as per although I did like 5 & 20D

    Originally went with SCUPPERS for 15A due to Rs penchant for all things nautical. Had to go with STUMPERS to fit in with the “foot wrong” although both answers seem equally inapt as I too don’t see correct usage in “bail you out” with regard to stumping? (Possibly the intended answer actually is SCUPPERS!!!!)

  25. rhotician says:

    Thomas, if you have easy access to the OED then I am very jealous. If not then I am grateful that you make the effort on our behalf.

    But you do not say which numeration you prefer. Three posts here favour (8). The OED allows either for ‘without guidance’ but both Chambers and Collins reflect modern usage which clearly distinguishes ‘freehand’ from ‘free hand’, presumably on the grounds that they have distinctly different meanings.

    Tupu, I understood you to be saying that the clue is just a single, cryptic definition and therefore (4,4) is correct. I read it as a cryptic definition (4,4) and a straight definition (8). I can’t recall seeing anything like it before. Certainly rewording the clue as a charade plus definition resolves any problem, minuscule as it is.

    A little more serious is SCHOONER. The clue is neither a cryptic nor a double definition. It’s sort of something or other, obviously.

  26. tupu says:

    Hi rhotician

    It was kind of you to respond to my rather hasty last comment yesterday – I had to dash off to do something else. It is too small a point to pursue further except to say I had tried to think of it as a ‘double definition’.

    It may help you to know that there is access to OED for holders of some public library cards including Cambridgeshire in my own case. The OED site will advise if your library subscribes. Also if you have access from home to a subscribing college or university site you can use that.

  27. rhotician says:

    Thanks, tupu. I’ll investigate.

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