Posted by scchua on January 21st, 2013
The usual Monday fare from Rufus. Not everyone’s cup of tea, as the many cds do not allow the solver to synthesise the answer from scratch, but require one to take a macro view. Thanks Rufus for the usual enjoyable (to me) puzzle. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[Each pictures at the bottom has 1 of 3 unidentified links to the puzzle. Please double bracket any comments about them. Thank you.]]
1 Trees making longbows (7)
LARCHES : L(abbrev. for “long”) + ARCHES(bows;forms a curve).
Answer: And the wood from these could be used for making longbows. A WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.
5 Cup of tea left to go cold (7)
CHALICE : CHA(tea, from the Chinese language) + L(abbrev. for left) + ICE(to go cold;to form ice).
10 Cutting reminder? (4)
SCAR : Cryptic defn: A reminder of where you’ve been cut, and the wound healed.
11 The services may prove decisive in this struggle (10)
TIEBREAKER : Cryptic defn: The crucial part of, say, a tennis match after a tie in regulation play, when the serves;services may help to win or lose the whole set.
12 Resentment one can bear (6)
GRUDGE : Cryptic defn: As in “to bear a grudge”.
13 Catalogue to the French pictures (8)
TABLEAUX : TABLE(a catalogue of contents, say) + AUX(“to the” in French).
14 One helping satanists out (9)
ASSISTANT : Anagram of(out) SATANISTS.
16 Increase in shouts of disapproval at end of act (5)
BOOST : BOOS(shouts of disapproval) placed before(at) last letter of(end of) “act”.
17 A number well-suited to fashion (5)
ADAPT : A + D(Roman numeral for 500) + APT(well-suited to;fit for its purpose).
Answer: To fashion;modify from one form or function to another form or function, eg. from a novel to a screenplay.
19 Notice job is to be relocated — protest! (9)
OBJECTION : Anagram of(to be relocated) NOTICE JOB.
23 State of California, if left in chaos (8)
CAROLINA : Anagram of(in chaos) “California” minus(… left) “if”.
Answer: Either of the two, North or South, Carolina states in the USA.
24 A motto rewritten for the vegetarian (6)
TOMATO : Anagram of(rewritten) A MOTTO.
Answer: Item of food for the vegetarian.
26 A travelling case? (10)
OUTPATIENT : Cryptic defn: Someone who comes for medical treatment;a case, as the hospital staff refer to him/her, and then leaves afterwards without staying – travelling, as in a “travelling” sales rep. A clever misdirection into thinking “luggage”.
27 Become wedged, we hear, in the doorway (4)
JAMB : Homophone of(we hear) “jam”(to become wedged;stuck).
Answer: Either of the 2 vertical sides of a doorway.
28 The smoke after battle? (7)
CALUMET : Cryptic defn: Often refered to as the peace pipe, smoked after battle, though, properly, refering to any of the various ceremonial pipes used by the American Indians.
29 Trial makes sense (7)
HEARING : Double defn: 1st: In a court of law; and 2nd: The faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
2 Gives a hundred lines? (7)
ACCORDS : A + C(Roman numeral for 100) + CORDS(lines of rope or string).
Answer: As in “to accord hospitality to”.
3 An apple may be firm and brightly coloured (5)
CORED : CO(abbrev. for a company;a commercial firm) plus(and) RED(brightly coloured).
Answer: What you might have done to an apple.
4 Appeal in French to doctor (7)
ENTREAT : EN(the preposition “in” in French) + TREAT(to doctor;to apply medical treatment).
Answer: To implore;to beg.
6 By means of joining present and past (6)
HEREBY : HERE(in answer to a roll call to indicate one is present) plus(joining … and …) BY(past, as in “she walked by me”).
7 Doesn’t include signs of spring (6,3)
LEAVES OUT : Double defn: 2nd: Cryptic, referring to springtime in temperate climes, when plants begin to bear new leaves.
8 High-spirited children? (7)
CHERUBS : Cryptic defn: Members of an order of angels;spirits high above, often represented as winged children.
9 Double indemnity to secure cover for members (4,3,6)
BELT AND BRACES : Cryptic defn: Two forms of securing one’s trousers;cover for one’s legs;members, just to be sure in case one of the two safeguards fails. The surface refers to the insurance cover which pays double in case of accidental death.
15 I’m bang on time with socially acceptable ad-lib (9)
IMPROMPTU : I’M + PROMPT(to be bang on time, not early nor late) + U(a British term for characteristic of or appropriate to the upper classes). This time, “time” is not “t”.
18 Stoker’s batman (7)
DRACULA : Cryptic defn: Writer Bram (originally Abraham) Stoker’s creation who was vampire bat-cum-man.
20 Give claim to name (7)
ENTITLE : Double defn.
21 Old Empire sofa (7)
OTTOMAN : Double defn: 1st: Of the old Turkish Empire; and 2nd: A kind of sofa.
22 Very much the opposite (6)
LITTLE : Cryptic defn: Merely the antonym;the opposite of “very much” – the crypticness coming from it being a simple definition put in Yodaspeak.
25 Key man in the army (5)
MAJOR : Double defn.