Posted by Pierre on April 7th, 2013
I haven’t blogged a Kairos puzzle before, but having had a brief look in the Fifteensquared archive I see he made his Indy debut earlier this year. I enjoyed tussling with this one, but I can’t remember when I last had to bury my head in the dictionary for so long when solving and blogging an IoS puzzle. There are two clues I can’t explain: I’m pretty sure that one is faulty, and the other may be too. I’m sure someone will put me right if I haven’t understood them properly.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 Disclose porter’s cunning on board ship
An insertion of CRAFT for ‘cunning’ in AIR for ‘disclose’ and CARRIER for ‘porter’.
9 Master butler smashed a glass
(M BUTLER)* M as in Master of Arts or similar.
10 Drinks brewed by superior French wine producer
I liked this clue a lot, although it took me a while to see it. It’s simple, but misleading: a charade of CHA and TEA for ‘drinks brewed’ followed by U for ‘superior’. U and non-U – blame Nancy Mitford.
11 Have an affair with duke’s partner
A charade of D and ALLY. I don’t recognise this definition: for me, DALLY means to flirt or to trifle with, which unless I’ve not led a sufficiently sheltered existence is not quite the same as having an affair.
12 Passed through East Germany following a van?
A charade of (Ford) TRANSIT, E and D for ‘Germany’.
13 Light green potash ICI manufactured
(POTASH ICI)* As well as being a nut, it’s also the colour resembling that of its kernel. Good surface.
15 Plot involving Wimbledon champion, it’s said
A homophone of Steffi GRAF, the seven time Wimbledon women’s singles winner.
16 European Economic Community workers return leaving behind new anchor
A reversal (‘return’) of EEC ME[N]. I wasn’t mad keen on the definition here. MC or ‘Master of Ceremonies’ is a compère, but ‘anchor’? If you must, I suppose.
18 I am quick texting you off the cuff
A charade of I’M PROMPT and U for textspeak for ‘you’. Some setters are nowadays using U in this way without signalling that it’s the text version of the pronoun.
20 Extreme problems as Spurs play football without wingers
Hidden in SpurS PLAY FOOTball. My SOED hyphenates it, but Collins gives it as one word, so fair enough. It’s a condition where the feet are turned outwards, hence ‘extreme problems’.
23 Quiet man pursues tailless dog
MUT[T] and ED. I’m not a big fan of cluing ‘man’ in this way, but I’d better get used to it.
24 Raced back with old Prince to find aquatic mammal
Once I’d remembered how to spell it, this was straightforward: a reversal of RAN, W for ‘with’ and HAL for old Prince Henry. They look scary, but in fact the male’s helical tusk, an elongated left canine tooth, is thought to be a secondary sexual characteristic, like the peacock’s tail. Must make foreplay a bit painful, though.
25 Oddly your mum is regularly merry and more delectable
I can’t quite make this work. YUMM is the odd letters of YoUrMuM and ER is ‘regularly’ mErRy, but how we get the I, I don’t know. It can’t be part of the ‘oddly’ bit, since that would give us an S and not an I. Perhaps the clue is faulty?
26 Defines optional version as ‘bloody-minded‘
(DEFINES OPTIONAL)* Clever anagram.
1 Some pills worker and I push down soldiers
A clever charade of ANT, I, DEPRESS and ANTS. Gold star to Kairos for getting both the usual definitions of ANT into the same clue.
2 City developer rebuilt our slum
(OUR SLUM)* with ‘rebuilt’ as the anagrind. Together with REMUS, he allegedly founded Rome.
3 Republican nation includes English ballad in event
An insertion of E and LAY in R RACE. Lay: ‘a narrative poem; a song’ (SOED).
4 Cardinal writing to welcome rector
It’s an insertion of R for ‘rector’ in FIST for ‘writing’, but FIRST is an ordinal, and not a cardinal number. So I think this is the second clue to be faulty, but would be happy to be proved wrong.
5 Excited man gets a bear back
I thought at first this might be a Trap of Some Sort, as Pooh might have said; but it wasn’t. It’s just a charade of COCK, A and a reversal of POOH, the bear of little brain.
6 Birds I raised in Yemeni capital
This is a tough clue by IoS standards, I think. Since this is a down clue, Kairos is asking you to move the I in RAILS one position upwards. The RIAL is the Yemeni currency or ‘capital’ and RAILS are a family of birds including the coot and the moorhen. Here is the obligatory Pierre bird link.
7 Popular time to welcome the return of mating sloth
There’s been a bit of parsing to be done with this puzzle. IN for ‘popular’ plus an insertion of IT reversed in ERA. IT in its ‘sexual intercourse’ definition, thus ‘mating’.
8 Having a hunch game’s supported
A charade of ROUND for ‘game’ as in ’round of golf’, I suppose, and SHOULDERED for ‘supported’.
14 Riff-raff stop independent institute holding vote over opposition leader
The wordplay is complicated so it’s a good job the definition and the enumeration made it obvious. My SOED gives HO as ‘halt, pause, limit’, thus ‘stop’; then we’ve got two I’s for ‘independent’ and ‘institute’ around POLL for ‘vote’ and O for the first letter of ‘opposition’. Phew. Good surface though.
15 Attendant embroidered monograms
17 Church Latin exam’s hypnotic
Not a common word, perhaps, but clearly clued: CH, L and ORAL. Trichloroacetaldehyde, or CHLORAL, is a liquid which is used as a hypnotic.
19 Pavarotti dropping bible off for loyalist
More ingenious cluing. (P[AV]AROTTI)* with ‘off’ as the anagrind and ‘dropping’ as the removal indicator. AV is the King James Authorised Version of the Bible.
21 Brute‘s shout of joy
22 Disorder hit my glands
(HIT MY)* for the plural of THYMUS.
Thank you to Kairos for an entertaining puzzle, just slightly spoiled – if I am right – by the erroneous definition in 4dn and the erroneous wordplay in 25ac.