Posted by Eileen on April 8th, 2013
The familiar Rufus medley of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions. Some witty misdirection and the usual silky surfaces made this an entertaining puzzle for me – a couple of unusual words, but easily gettable. Many thanks, Rufus, for the smiles.
7 Place for watching TV? It’s a matter of opinion
double / cryptic definition
8 Instruction book?
9 Quickly get past those dithering
anagram [dithering] of PAST THOSE
10 Shoots game
12 Basic security for sailors
13 Brazil’s outer defence?
cryptic definition: ‘Brazil – where the nuts come from’ ['Charley's Aunt]
14 Lead on?
cryptic definition – which took longer to see than it should have!
17 X-ray pet, perhaps — a kiwi?
anagram [perhaps?] of X-RAY PET for the genus of kiwis
there has been discussion recently about the cluing of an unfamiliar word with an anagram but the crossing letters and knowing that ‘pteryx’ was Greek for ‘wing’ [cf pterosaurus and pterodactyl] made it gettable for me
20 Pop article in French newspaper
A [article] in LE MONDE [French newspaper] – one of my favourite clues
22 Shortage put right in the end
R [right] in DEATH [the end]
24 She appears in an ensemble that’s rather colourless
SHE in AN
25 Discovering jewellery rightly leads to conviction
RINGS [jewellery] + TRUE [rightly]
26 Silly girl that is going out
NAN [girl] with IE [id est, that is] going out[side]
27 Such a suit might make Ian pretty upset
anagram [upset] of IAN PRETTY
1 Refuse to acknowledge down is out
anagram [out] of DOWN IS
2 Changes locks
I remember this use of ‘switch’ causing some puzzlement fairly recently: a switch is ‘a tress of false hair used to give added length or bulk to a woman’s own hair-style’ [Collins]
3 Doctor goes to hospital bearing material
MO [medical officer - doctor] + H [hospital] + AIR [bearing]
4 This month worker’s dependent on tick
INST [this month] + ANT [worker] – it’s unfortunate that INST is short for ‘instant’ but it’s a lovely surface
5 Rift created by a broken promise?
a rather weak double definition but, again, a nice surface
6 People correspond, but not physically
MEN [people] + TALLY [correspond]
11 Stage favourite’s elevation
reversal [elevation] of PETS [favourite's]
15 Nevertheless netting first and last service
EVEN SO [nevertheless] + first and last letters of NettinG
My favourite clue by far: I have seen this word clued umpteen times as a very simple charade but the construction and misleading surface here is excellent
16 Hawk always returns south
reversal [returns] of AYE [always] + S [south] for the second ‘rara avis’ – a fledgling hawk – which I have met before in crosswords
18 Demanding much in either effort or money
19 Group studying ruined remains
anagram [ruined] of REMAINS
21 The earth’s five main features
cryptic definition, with a play on ‘main’
22 Graduate’s graduation?
double / cryptic definition
23 Convict getting privileges can be relied on
double definition – but they’re very closely connected