Posted by Eileen on February 11th, 2013
I found this a rather trickier Rufus than usual. There are some really nice clues, with the usual smooth-as-silk surfaces, my favourites being 12, 13 and 14ac and 15 and 18dn, along with a couple I’m not so keen on. Many thanks, Rufus, for a pleasant start to a chilly day.
7 Collected tales of Franco-English PM
DE [French 'of''] + CAMERON [English PM]
8 Blame one laid on head of Dean Swift
RAP [blame] + I [one] + D[ean] – nice ‘lift and separate’ clue
9 Phone about disruption of trade causing delay
RING [phone] round anagram [disruption] of TRADE
10 Swindle quietly put together by rogue
SCAM [[swindle] + P [quietly]
12 Close by river or brook
END [close] + URE [the river that runs through my beloved Wensleydale]
Clever misdirection here, in ‘close by’ and the definition
13 Frank, ensnared in sex scandal, reveals all
PLAIN [frank] in anagram [scandal] of SEX
14 1,000-1 betting slip?
M [1.000] + I [one] + STAKE [betting]
17 Setback for the other side
20 Suspect hijinks for the departing prodigal?
22 Stop side moving good man
anagram [moving] of SIDE + ST [good man]
24 Woman who has to polish hard
EDIT [polish] + H [hard]
25 Showing where there’s a cover-up
double definition: one of those words, like ‘cleave’, that can mean the opposite of themselves
26 A nutcase?
27 Kept quiet and withdrawn
P [quiet - again] + RESERVED [withdrawn]
1 River veers roughly north
anagram [roughly] of VEERS + [north]
2 Missile launcher fitted to aircraft carriers
I think this must be intended as a double definition but it isn’t really, is it? And it’s not cryptic, either.
3 A point that was put on record
cryptic definition, referring to the stylus used in gramophones / record players
4 Outsider — a good steeplechaser?
double definition – this is another one I didn’t like much
5 Where a shopkeeper needs to carry identification
I’m rather struggling to find this one cryptic, too
6 Mail sent astray produces complaints
anagram [astray] of MAIL SENT
11 Record the same note twice — it’s sharp
EP [record] + EE [same note twice]
15 Ex-US president takes round new British PM
IKE [ex-US president Dwight D Eisenhower] round anagram [new] of ROUND
I made heavy weather of this: having only the I and O, I first thought of Iron Lady, with RON for the ex-president, but got nowhere with that, then, when I got the second word, I tried to make UK = British – then light dawned and I saw we had a different use of ’round’ here. Very nifty, Mr Squires!
16 Touch with an oral greeting
double definition: it’s what snooker balls do, I believe
18 Girl holds chap up in Denmark
ELSIE [girl] round reversal [up] of RON [right this time!] for the Prince of Denmark’s home
19 Fabulous supporter of royal arms
cryptic definition [It's not often I have to supply links for a Rufus blog and this is the third one!]
21 Growing anger
22 Got up smartly
23 Sent us out at the end of the day
anagram [out] of SENT US