Posted by Eileen on March 11th, 2013
Back to normal Monday with a Rufus puzzle, with perhaps fewer cryptic definitions than we sometimes have. There were some very neat anagrams, I thought, and some nice surfaces, as always. Many thanks, Rufus.
1 The ne plus ultra conversion, very bland
anagram [conversion] of NE + ULTRA – this gave me a smile to start the puzzle
5 She plays with electricity switch
AC [electricity] + TRESS [switch]
10 Once put down, it can be served
double definition – the old past tense of ‘written’ [put down] as in ‘The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on’
11 Be unlucky in raffle, but lucky in Russian roulette
DRAW A BLANK
12 Go faster in the present, though beaten in the past
double definition – active voice in the present tense, passive in the past
13 Farewell present for a member of the party?
14 It teaches fashion in accordance with good taste
anagram [fashion] of IT TEACHES
16 Five Gaelic lines of poetry
V [five] ERSE [Gaelic]
17 Where to see runners, as on a bed
AS + COT
19 Special among men, a legendary Greek hero
clever anagram [special] of AMONG MEN A
23 Best to appear in public well-dressed
24 Took exercise when reminded
26 Wealth is about to provide security for girl in panto
GOLD [wealth] + IS round LOCK [to provide security]
27 Boring makers of laws
anagram of LAWS – cryptic definition
28 Sat out next to hut, hidden away
anagram [out] of SAT + SHED [hut]
29 Singular-looking giant?
cryptic definition – which made me laugh
2 On the way to speaking French?
3 Teacher‘s expression of disgust with our skipping university
TUT [expression of disgust] + O[u]R minus u [university]
4 Neat and refined, but rather slow
anagram [refined] of NEAT AND
6 Greek ferry operator casts anchor
anagram [casts] of ANCHOR, for a third Classical reference
7 Athletes who take part in four-legged races?
8 Model lass and her footwear?
anagram [model] of LASS AND
9 Comedian’s repertoire is one that’s ridiculous
double / cryptic definition
15 Photographed both teams, but was biased
18 Tried to make a little yarn go a long way?
double / cryptic definition – reference to ‘spin a yarn’ – tell a story
20 May accept joke with dignity
JEST [joke] in MAY
21 Cover too many a circuit
OVER [too many] + LAP [circuit]
22 Scottish magistrate that is after guarantee of court appearance
IE [that is] after BAIL [guarantee of court appearance]
25 A girl in distress, the object of chivalrous attention
anagram [in distress] of A GIRL – a lovely surface, reference to chivalrous knights rescuing damsels in dstress, as well as searching for the Holy Grail