Posted by Eileen on January 9th, 2013
We don’t see Audreus very often, so it’s always good to see her name on a puzzle. There were several smiles here, which made up for a couple of niggles, with some nice surfaces, and I enjoyed the puzzle overall. Many thanks, Audreus.
[Audreus today - so, it must follow, as the night the day ...? Looking forward to it already!]
1 Blunt warning?
an amusing cryptic definition to start us off
4 First, little one’s about to tell a story of flowers
L [first letter of Little] + I’S [one's] round LIE [to tell a story]
9 Impulse to say game should be turned round
reversal [turned round] of EG [say] + RU [Rugby Union - game]
10 Health food gets extremely dry — picture a biscuit
BRAN [healthy food] + D[r]Y [extremely dry] + SNAP [picture]
11 Quirky smile, going round the bend to start the day?
anagram [quirky] of SMILE round U [bend]
this went straight in, because MUESLI had immediately sprung to mind for ‘healthy food’ in the previous clue
12 Arrogant bird? Yes!
COCK [bird] + SURE [yes]
13 Which person’s the French girl with energy in large quantities
WHO [which person] + LE [the French] + SAL [girl] + E [energy]
15 Give credit for the pound’s demise
L [pound] + END [demise]
16 Ecstatic, when talking money
sounds like [when talking] ‘sent’ [ecstatic]
but I had to wait to get 16dn before I knew which word to enter – grrr!
17 Checks pitch at pavement’s edge
CURBS [checks] + TONE [pitch]
a more serious niggle: according to both Collins and Chambers, this is specifically a North American spelling and there ought to be an indication of this
21 Fish taken out of American hard, black conveyance
PIKE [fish] round ['taken out of''?] + US [American] + H [hard] + B [black]
22 Carry on making space for operator to come round
reversal [to come round] of EM [space] + USER [operator]
24 Largely off course about sanctimonious little man returning with plant
ASTRA[y] [largely off course] round PI [sanctimonious] + reversal of SID [little man]
25 While entertaining reverend gentleman tots will assuredly appear
AS [while] round [entertaining] DD [Doctor of Divinity - reverend gentleman]
26 Romantic songs in silly riddle, after point for daughter
anagram [silly] of RIDELE [riddle with D [daughter] replaced by E [point]
27 Coming from abroad, am I chubby in the nude?
hidden in abroAD AM I Chubby
a new word for me but easy to guess from the derivation
1 Hawkeshead, lying in a narrow depression, is in telephone communication
H [first letter – head – of HAWK[e] in TROUGH [narrow depression]
I don’t know where the extraneous ‘e’ in the clue has come from: it’s not in the name of the village
This brought back memories of the long-distance telephone operator saying, ‘You’re through’!
2 Being 6, dispel wrinkles
double / cryptic definition: to press is to be insistent
3 Super water colourist caught opening sketching materials
FAB [super] + RI [Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours] + C [caught] + S [first letter of Sketching]
5 Having rashly cued in, bring it on!
anagram [rashly] of CUED IN
6 Concentrating on capturing one on board, compelling attention
INTENT [concentrating] round [capturing] I in SS ['one on board']
7 Marked Cliff, an ardent left-winger
SCAR [cliff] + RED [ardent left-winger]
8 Heard to put artic into reverse at some degree
sounds like [heard] ‘back a lorry at’ – ‘put artic into reverse at’
oh yes it does! – and it made me laugh out loud
14 Inlet much improved by midday?
anagram [improved] of INLET MUCH
16 Pass round peacekeepers’ quarters, offering advice
COL [pass] round UN [United Nations - peacekeepers] + SE [quarters]
18 Except for mum I would have a local job
BAR [except for] + MA [mum] + I’D [I would]
19 Typical manic do for this kind of life
anagram of MANIC DO
an ingenious anagram indicator [typical - nomadic] making an &littish clue
20 Joint I’d brought in to share
I’D in DIVE [joint]