Posted by Pierre on January 21st, 2013
A bit tricky for a Quiptic, I thought, but perhaps you think differently.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
definitions are underlined
8 Paul finally given day off to silence a pop star
A knowledge of popular culture needed here. It’s a charade of L for the last letter of PauL, (DAY)* GAG and A.
9 Pestilence in city that’s changed hands
PRAGUE is the city; if you swap R for L (left and right hands) then you’ve got a synonym for ‘pestilence’.
10 Polish sweetheart who’s not all there!
It’s clever, but is it Quiptic? I saw that it was the verbal rather than the adjectival form of ‘polish'; but it still took me a long time to see what was going on. It’s HONE[Y]. HONEY for ‘sweetheart’ is more American than British English, I fancy.
11 Type of fracture in broken tiger’s neck
Hmmm. I wouldn’t normally expect to come across a word I’d never heard of in a Quiptic, but to be fair to Pan, it’s a clearly signposted anagram. (TIGER’S NECK)* ‘Designating a type of bone fracture, especially in children, in which one side of the bone is broken and only one bent’ (SOED).
12 The broadcast featured Iranian city
A charade of (THE)* and RAN.
14 Struggles with gross fruit
Another charade, of GR for ‘gross’ and APPLES.
15 Formidable expert exhibits look of disgust
I suppose GRIM is a synonym for ‘formidable’, although perhaps not in the phrase ‘it’s grim up north’. Whatever, it’s a charade of GRIM and ACE. The GRIM REAPER, perhaps.
17 Hostile commercial against Gaelic
A charade of AD for ‘commercial’, V for versus or ‘against’, and ERSE for ‘Gaelic’, or in a more general sense, ‘Irish’.
20 Measured ham fed to cuckoo
(HAM FED TO)* with ‘cuckoo’ as the anagrind. ‘Measure the depth of water with a sounding line’ (SOED).
22 Gathers second part of harvest in valleys
An insertion of A for the second letter of ‘harvest’ in GLENS.
23 China cares about sweet stuff
(CHINA CARES)* with ‘about’ as the anagrind.
24 Go out without heart condition
Pan is asking you to take the middle, or ‘heart’ out of GO[O]UT to give you the condition where your big toe hurts like hell because of uric acid build-up.
25 Judge became unwell, locked up
A charade of J and AILED.
26 Sailor with spots chooses not to vote
Another charade of AB for ‘sailor’ and STAINS.
1 Wrecker cast boat user adrift
(BOAT USER)* with ‘cast adrift’, separated, as the anagrind.
2 Part of vehicle to wear out, we hear
A homophone of TIRE.
3 Comic almost dead in cart
A charade of WAG and GON[E].
4 Great queen, say, backing Russian goldsmith
A charade of FAB for ‘great’, ER for Elizabeth Regina or ‘queen’ and GE for a reversal of ‘eg’ or ‘say’. Think eggs.
5 European bridge raid organised
A charade of SPAN for ‘bridge’ and (RAID)*
6 Special performance of group work
A charade of PARTY for ‘group’ and PIECE for ‘work’.
7 Endless fast before he finds something to eat
QUIC[K] plus HE.
13 Animal overcoming restraining device that’s badly constructed
RAM over SHACKLE.
16 Soldier in company with married man at party
A four-part charade: CO plus M plus MAN plus DO.
18 South Australia and New Guinea endlessly optimistic
Another four-part charade: S plus A plus N plus GUINE[A].
19 Maria, heartless damsel, mistreated sailor
An anagram (‘mistreated’) of MARIA and DL for ‘damsel’ with its heart (middle letters) taken out.
21 A rector’s article on rodent found on Turkish mountain
A charade of A, R for ‘rector’, A for ‘article’ on RAT gives you the mountain.
22 Oily Greek’s sexually available
Please. This is a family newspaper. A charade of GR and EASY.
24 Aim of lass to capture boy’s heart
An insertion of O for the central letter of bOy in GAL.
Many thanks to Pan for this morning’s Quiptic.