Posted by Pierre on February 18th, 2013
A challenging puzzle for a Quiptic today in my opinion. Some remote synonyms, unusual definitions, and a surfeit of insertion type clues.
I wouldn’t normally expect to have my head stuck in the dictionary for a Quiptic, but there were a couple of times here where I had to verify what Nutmeg was intending with her definitions. Anyway, interested to hear what others thought.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
definitions are underlined
1 Current prototype docked by Royal Navy
A charade of MODE[L] and RN.
4 Very bright graduate contrarily idle
A charade of AB for ‘graduate’ reversed (‘contrarily’) and LAZE for ‘idle’.
9 Infection of ear passed quickly
A homophone (‘of ear’) of ‘flu’.
10 Second favourites retiring after nimble dances
A charade of QUICK plus a reversal (‘retiring’) of S PETS. ‘Favourite’ as in ‘teacher’s pet’.
11 Sublime new non-British breakfast food?
Actually among the health-conscious, this is standard British breakfast fare these days. It’s (SU[B]LIME)* with ‘new’ as the anagrind and Nutmeg is telling you to take the B out with ‘non-British’.
12 High and mighty go back, breaking rank
An insertion of a reversal of GO in ARRANT. ‘That is arrant/rank nonsense.’
13 Professors‘ accounts cut by about a half
An insertion of C for ‘circa’ or ‘about’, A and DEMI for ‘half’ in ACS for ‘accounts’. DEMI is nicked from French and occurs in (admittedly not very common) words like DEMIGOD, DEMITASSE AND DEMISEMIQUAVER.
15 Hack ornamental stone
‘Jade: inferior or worn-out horse; a nag’ says the SOED. But it also says ‘now rare’, so perhaps not ideal for a Quiptic. I’d certainly never heard of it. It’s a dd, with the other definition being JADE as the pale-green gemstone.
16 Cattle innards freed from gas
OX[YG]EN with the setter hinting that you should remove the middle letters, or ‘innards’ from the gas that is one of the components of the air that you’re breathing right now.
17 Reportedly no female marksmen — publicity needed!
A homophone (‘reportedly’) of ‘male’ and SHOTS for ‘marksmen’.
21 European mother abandons motherhood for ever
A charade of E and [MA]TERNITY
22 Rule = “n under g”?
Nutmeg is whimsically suggesting that if the rule is ‘n under g’ then logically it should also be G OVER N.
24 What the musketeers swore finally when catching cold is unrepeatable
ONCE FOR ALL
‘All for one and one for all’ was the musketeers’ cry. If you put C for ‘cold’ in the second part you’ve got your answer, although I personally would always say ONCE AND FOR ALL, so I’m not rightly sure what’s cracking off here.
25 It conveys characteristic style right away
‘Style’ is GENRE; if you remove the R (‘right away’) then you’ve got the unit of heredity which does indeed convey characteristics from one generation to the next. This requires sex, which makes it even more fun.
26 Take in order, including books in price
An insertion of OT for Old Testament or ‘books’ in RATE for ‘price’. ‘Cook and Bell are rotating the strike well this morning.’
27 Resilient son apparently unwashed?
S plus PONGY, although I’m not sure SPONGY and ‘resilient’ are the best synonyms to choose for a Quiptic.
1 Shellfish from lake fed to nervous locums
An insertion (‘fed to’) of L in (LOCUMS)* with ‘nervous’ as the anagrind.
2 Tosses off such clues as this
A dd. ‘Toss off: drink with gusto’ (SOED).
3 Insist upon right to leave mass for memorial service
REQUI[R]E plus M for ‘mass’. The second time Nutmeg has used the R removal device.
5 By adopting new rake bloomers could be raised here
The surface takes you to the garden, but you need to think of ‘bloomers’ in the bread sense. An insertion of (RAKE)* in BY with ‘new’ as the anagrind.
6 Put one’s name to plot to support car
Since this is a down clue, it’s GRAPH under (‘supporting’) AUTO.
7 Sweep vessels into river
Another insertion of PANS in the River EXE.
8 Elaborate lie — any African accounts are based on it
(LIE ANY AFRICAN)* with ‘elaborate’ as the anagrind.
14 Dullest listener interrupts with fewest tears
An insertion of EAR for ‘listener’ in DRIEST.
16 Exeter’s starter for ten bungled more and more
This would appear to be (E FOR TEN)* with ‘bungled’ as the anagrind, but I’m not convinced this is a word. If it is, then you’d have to have OFTENEST, which is ugly by anyone’s standards.
18 Supporters kiss cricketer in field
A charade of LEGS for ‘supporters’ and LIP for ‘kiss’ for the fielder who waits just behind the batsman on the leg side to snaffle a catch. LIP for ‘kiss’ is in my SOED, but it’s marked as ‘poetic'; so again, perhaps not an ideal definition for a Quiptic. The surface is engaging, if slightly homoerotic.
19 Radio covering end of lengthy dictatorship
Yet another insertion: of Y for the last letter of ‘lengthy’ in TRANNY for (transistor) ‘radio’.
20 Tackling university, sadly I won’t succeed
And another: of U in (I WON’T) with ‘sadly’ as the anagrind.
23 Iron Age villagers stocking up, animal products excluded
Hidden reversed (‘up’) in IroN AGE Villagers.
Many thanks to Nutmeg for this morning’s Quiptic.