Posted by Pierre on January 7th, 2013
Another pleasing puzzle from our Monday Indy regular. Mostly straightforward, but the last few – including one or two less familiar words – took me a while. And there’s one where you’d most likely end up with the answer once you had the crossing letters, but which in my opinion required knowledge that would generally be beyond the ken of your solver on the Clapham Omnibus. But plenty to savour here for the beginning and improving solver, and probably a quick coffee-time solve for those more experienced in the black arts. And one I can’t parse, so help appreciated.
Nice to see a couple of science-based clues today, as well as a mathematical one.
Since many other bloggers seem to be moving this way, I have become ovine and underlined the definitions in the clues.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Married woman has caught a disease
An insertion of A in M LADY.
4 Wife involved in fall – there’s some stuff stolen
Another insertion, of W in SAG.
9 Set produced by artist and fashion designer not right
A charade of RA and DIO[R].
10 The usual question about the last bit of carpet needed for floor covering?
A charade of PAR for ‘usual’ followed by an insertion of T for the last letter of ‘carpet’ in QUERY. Not sure why Quixote has put the question mark at the end – I think it works just as well without it.
11 Ancient one has little hesitation interrupting boy: ‘Don’t give up!’
An insertion of OLD I and ER for ‘little hesitation’ in SON.
12 Part of the body protected by gladiator sometimes
Hidden in gladiaTOR SOmetimes.
13 Ecofriendly activity – i.e. with this making ice!
Nope, this is not coming to me. Ice is ‘diamonds’; diamonds are made of carbon? It’s time to bring in reinforcements.
Edit: thanks to Cumbrian for explaining this one at comment number 1.
15 Thinks tragedy could possibly be a sign of good things on the morrow?
RED SKY AT NIGHT
(THINKS TRAGEDY)* ‘Could possibly be’ is the anagrind. I liked this a lot – a clever anagram with a lovely surface.
Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight;
Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning
19 Minister won’t keep quiet – a serious offence
20 In detail somehow without the first sign of contrast
(IN DETAIL)* around (‘without’) C for the first letter of ‘contrast’ and &litish.
22 Rope the man beginning to explore discovered in wooded area
An insertion of HE for ‘the man’ and E for the first letter of ‘explore’ in FOREST. It sounds like a sail, but the SOED has ‘a rope by which the lee corner of a foresail is kept in place’.
23 Cautious about minimal energy – when one’s this?
An insertion of E for ‘energy’ in WARY.
24 Attractive girl read French, getting a Second
Great surface reading, but … first of all I didn’t know that LULU was an ‘attractive girl’. It’s not in my SOED, but online dictionaries do give exactly that definition. LU is the past participle of the French verb lire, to read (Avez-vous lu le journal aujourd’hui? Have you read the paper today?) so is indeed ‘read French’ if you pronounce it ‘red’. I knew that. And if you double that, you get LULU. But should your average solver be expected to have this level of knowledge of French? Discuss.
25 Be awkward, as conceited young man that’s put inside
An insertion of LAY for ‘put’ in PUP for ‘conceited young man’. You need to read ‘that’s’ as ‘that has’.
1 Poem written in 1050 for example
I liked this one too. Quixote’s asking you to put ODE for ‘poem’ inside ML for the Roman numerals for 1050.
2 Dafter ladies or gents not so far away reportedly?
A charade of LOO and NIER for a homophone of ‘near’.
3 Being stripped of individual recognition, deal with depression painfully
(DEAL DEPRESSION)* with ‘painfully’ as the anagrind.
5 Famous Scot tethers unruly brute – it may be found at side of house
An insertion of (BRUTE)* in WATT. The anagrind is ‘unruly’ and it’s referring to James WATT, the Scottish engineer best known for his work on the steam engine.
6 Chemical in body only egg can initially supply
(ONLY EGG C)* The anagrind is ‘supply’ in its ‘supple’ adverbial sense. GLYCOGEN is a polysaccharide that is used by animals to store energy; if its metabolism is compromised, then diabetes can be a consequence.
7 Pi is ‘being in the spiritual realms’ maybe
Not referring to the recent film, but to our friend 3.14159 … A dd: TRANSCENDENTAL meditation would take you – like the Fab Four – to a ‘spiritual realm’; and Pi is a transcendental number. A dd.
8 Bra-destroying feminist presumably wouldn’t have this quarrel!
Well, I couldn’t possibly comment, but a feminist who had burned her bra might find it tricky to keep her BUST UP.
9 Flowering plant got out of bed
13 Official register‘s showing bad man of star-like quality
New one on me, but with a few checking letters, it couldn’t be much else. A charade of CAD and ASTRAL. My SOED gives it as an adjective, with CADASTRE as the noun, which the surface would seem to lead to. ‘Having reference to the extent, value and ownership of land.’
14 Led astray with fraud? That’s terrible
(LED FRAUD)* with ‘astray’ as the anagrind.
16 An enzyme one’s found in unusual snake
More biochemistry, and why not? A group of enzymes involved in phosphate group transfer. An insertion of I in (SNAKE)*
17 Escape that sounds unlikely!
18 Friend of Sarah losing her head
Never realised that SALLY was a familiar name for Sarah. It’s [S]ALLY.
21 Runner Steve’s first sign of pain – due to this?
Steve CRAM, former middle distance runner and Son of the North precedes P for the first letter of ‘pain’.
Thanks as always to the Don for the Monday morning entertainment.