Posted by scchua on February 11th, 2013
A straightforward enjoyable Quiptic from Arachne (who can turn up or down the difficulty level, as required). Thank you to Arachne. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]
1 Small London gardens smell awry (4-5)
SKEW-WHIFF : S(abbrev. for “small”) + KEW(the famous gardens in London) + WHIFF(to have an unpleasant smell;to stink).
Answer: Turned or twisted to one side.
6 Bishop gets into car in state of uncertainty (5)
LIMBO : B(abbrev. for “bishop”, as in chess notation) contained in(into) LIMO(short for “limousine”;a car).
Answer: An unknown intermediate place or condition between two extremes; figuratively, a state of non-resolution/uncertainty.
9 Horrify a quiet chum (5)
APPAL : A + P(abbrev. for “piano”;musical instruction to play softly;quietly) + PAL(a chum;a friend).
10 Toss Sappho the salt (9)
PHOSPHATE : Anagram of(Toss) SAPPHO THE.
Answer: Any of the salts derived from phosphoric acid.
11 Genius regularly sacrificed quadruped (3)
GNU : “genius” minus its 2nd, 4th, and 6th letters(regularly sacrificed).
12 A sad, panting tussle for unenthusiastic mates (5,6)
GIANT PANDAS : Anagram of(tussle) A SAD, PANTING. Nice surface, reminding one of those (Victorian) melodramas, with a sad heroine and a panting villain.
Answer: Those creatures notoriously known for not successfully mating in captivity. Has anyone tried champagne, soft music and even softer lights?
Do they look unenthusiastic to you? Incompetent maybe.
14 Art deco building, one of Butlin’s finest! (7)
REDCOAT : Anagram of(building) ART DECO.
Answer: One of the frontline staff in Butlin’s holiday camps. This same answer appeared in the DT Cryptic last Wednesday – coincidence or crossword editors giving solvers a leg up?
15 Shame about Dexter’s character (7)
REMORSE : RE(about;with reference to) + MORSE(Inspector Endeavour, character in Colin Dexter’s series of detective novels).
16 Best choose one’s mother (7)
OPTIMUM : OPT(to choose;to pick an option) + I(Roman numeral for “one”) + MUM(what you might informally call your mother).
19 Shake Sarah’s empty milk container (7)
SHUDDER : “Sarah” minus its inner letters(…’s empty) + UDDER(a milk container, not Sarah’s but more likely Daisy’s).
22 Secret family’s meant to be ignored, ultimately (11)
CLANDESTINE : CLAN(a group of people of common descent;family) + “destined”(meant to be;pre-ordained) minus its last letter(ignored, ultimately, or ultimately ignored).
23 We hear totally boring instrument (3)
AWL : Homophone of(We hear) “all”(totally).
24 Getting up when epic finally comes to conclusion (9)
ASCENDING : AS(when, as in “as and when”) + last letter of(finally) “epic” plus(comes to) ENDING(the conclusion).
26 Runs away from body in wood (5)
COPSE : “corpse”(a dead body) minus(… away from) “r”(abbrev. for “runs” in cricket).
27 Fear about to enter father (5)
DREAD : RE(about;with reference to) contained in(to enter) DAD(what you might informally call your father).
28 Enrage ref, misbehaving and running around (4-5)
FREE-RANGE : Anagram of(misbehaving) ENRAGE REF. In addition to running around, probably said a few choice words to enrage the ref.
1 In Reichstag Germans make unsteady progress (7)
STAGGER : Hidden in(In) “Reichstag Germans “.
2 Elaborate former English currency (7)
EXPOUND : EX-(prefix denoting former;once) + POUND(unit of English currency).
3 Trim, healthy Miliband making case for coach (4-7)
WELL-GROOMED : [WELL(healthy;fit) ED(Miliband, currently leader of the Labour Opposition in Britain)] containing(making case for, as in making a container for) GROOM(a coach;a trainer, especially one teaching the ins and outs of dressing, etiquette, etc.).
4 Fix Lily’s confession? (7)
IMPLANT : Cryptic defn: Contraction of “I am plant”, as a lily might own up to – if it could talk.
5 Damage to feral vagrant (7)
FLOATER : Anagram of(Damage) TO FERAL.
Answer: A person who continually changes his or her place of abode, employment, etc.
6 Slips clothing off, revealing cheek (3)
LIP : “slips” minus its 2 outer letters(clothing off).
Answer: Not that cheek exposed when you take off your clothes, as the surface suggests, but that part of your anatomy associated with impudent talk;cheek.
7 Cockney woman and I amble aimlessly (7)
MEANDER : ME(the objective case for “I”) AND ‘ER(as a Cockney might call a woman, dropping the aitch) – or even “I and Cockney woman”.
8 Manage to find lines in Old English (7)
OVERSEE : VERSE(poetic lines) contained in(in) OE(abbrev. for Old English language).
Answer: What managers do.
13 Wacky road race with rum bulletproof vehicle (8,3)
ARMOURED CAR : Anagram of(Wacky) [ROAD RACE +(with) RUM].
16 Men finding beet variety in fruit garden (7)
ORCHARD : OR(abbrev. for other ranks;non-commissioned military personnel;men) plus(finding) CHARD(a variety of beet with large succulent leaves and thick stalks).
17 Share of money put husband in dazed state (7)
TRANCHE : H(abbrev. for “husband”) contained in(put … in) TRANCE(a dazed;zonked out state).
Answer: In finance, a portion of a sum of money.
18 Mother’s dead dog (7)
MASTIFF : MA(Mother) plus( …’s, contraction of “… has”) STIFF(slang for a dead body).
More like massif or massive.
19 English resort’s pebbly beach (7)
SHINGLE : Anagram of(resort, as in “rearrange”) ENGLISH.
20 Expressionless and lifeless, sitting on toilet bowl (7)
DEADPAN : DEAD(lifeless) placed above( sitting on, in a down clue) PAN(a lavatory pan;a toilet bowl)
21 First halves of real life events are dull (7)
RELIEVE : First halves of the letters in the respective words “real live events”.
Answer: I think the sense in which “dull” is used here is as in “to relieve/dull the pain”. I may be wrong, as usually “dull” would be to make something monotonous and uninteresting, not exactly a relief.
25 Accept academic’s retirement (3)
NOD : Reversal of(retirement) DON(an academic in a university, say).
Answer: To accept by giving a nod, literally or figuratively.
Part of answer to Pic#1, please click here.