Posted by scchua on April 15th, 2013
The usual Monday comfort fare of (mainly) cds, dds, and anagrams from Rufus. Enjoyable, even if short in solving. Thanks to Rufus. Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets. Thank you.]]
1 The broken-down train isn’t moving (2,7)
IN TRANSIT : Anagram of(The broken-down) TRAIN ISN’T. Clever surface.
6 Reason heard for bird cries (4)
CAWS : Homophone of(heard) “cause”(a reason, to fight for, or, as an explanation).
8 Powerful passage of literature? (8)
CORRIDOR : Cryptic defn: Reference to the novel, “Corridors of Power” by C.P. Snow, about the politics within the British government, and which since has come to mean the offices of powerful leaders.
9 Society girl rejected title? Rubbish! (6)
DEBRIS : DEB(short for a debutante;a girl who has been introduced into society) + reversal of(rejected) SIR(the title for a knight).
10 When companies provide capital (6)
ASSETS : AS(when, as in “… as/when you look this way”) + SETS(plural for a group or company of people, as in “the jet set”).
11 Supporters of mine (3,5)
PIT PROPS : Cryptic defn: Reference to roof supports found in a hole in the ground for extracting minerals and such.
12 Start to show to advantage (3,3)
SET OFF : Double defn: 1st: To start off as on a journey; and 2nd: To improve or intensify the appearance of something by placing it in contrast to something else.
15 Tory boss may make an attempt to elicit sympathy (3,5)
SOB STORY : Anagram of(may make) TORY BOSS.
16 A crying need for free trade cut (4,4)
TEAR DUCT : Anagram of(free) TRADE CUT.
Defn: What is required;needed in order for you to cry;shed tears.
19 Incorporate dome by reconstruction (6)
EMBODY : Anagram of(reconstruction) DOME BY.
21 Attacked — but got to work (6,2)
TURNED ON : Double defn: 2nd: As with an electrical appliance, first thing done before you got it to work.
22 Graduate right to give approval to composer (6)
BARTOK : BA(post-nominals for a Bachelor of Arts graduate) + RT(abbrev. for “right”) + OK(indication of approval).
Answer: Bela, Hungarian composer.
24 Creature ailing badly (6)
NILGAI : Anagram of(badly) AILING. Smooth and concise surface.
25 Very frightened, I take a short rest before I can recover (2,1,5)
IN A PANIC : I plus(take) NAP(a short rest) placed before(before) anagram of(recover) I CAN.
26 Burden we can’t avoid? (4)
ONUS : Cryptic defn: We can’t avoid it if it’s “on us”.
27 Explosive magazine article (9)
GUNPOWDER : Cryptic defn: Explosive material;article found in a magazine;a building or room for storing munitions.
1 Restrictions for members in clubs (5)
IRONS : Double defn: 1st: Physical restrictions;shackles for the arms and legs;members; and 2nd: Golf clubs originally made of, well, iron, in contrast to those made of wood (or nowadays synthetic material).
2 It sinks below the waves (7)
TORPEDO : Cryptic defn: The weapon propelled underwater;below the waves that sinks ships.
3 A fateful day for military assistants (5)
AIDES : A + IDES(the 13th or 15th day of the month, depending on the month, a fateful day for Julius Caesar, who was assassinated on the Ides of March).
4 They may indicate corporal punishment (7)
STRIPES : Overlapping double cryptic defn. 1st: Indication of a corporal’s rank; and 2nd: Indication on the flesh as a result of corporal;physical punishment, by, say a cane or whip.
5 Publication showing current changes (4,5)
TIDE TABLE : Cryptic defn: Reference to the tabulation of current;ocean tide changes.
6 Tom takes in strip show (7)
CABARET : CAT(the male of which is a tom) containing(takes in) BARE(to strip;to uncover).
Answer: A show that might very well involve stripping.
7 Said to be understood by few auditors (9)
WHISPERED : Cryptic defn: Said so as to be heard;understood by few auditors;ears.
13 Performance of capital detachment (9)
EXECUTION : Double defn: 1st: Performance of, say, a feat; and 2nd: Cryptic. Reference to someone’s head;capital being detached from the rest of the body.
14 Abandoned infant discovered by Heather (9)
FOUNDLING : FOUND(discovered) plus(by) LING(the heather growing on open ground such as, well, heaths).
17 Pulls out Greene’s novel (7)
RENEGES : Anagram of(novel) GREENE’S.
Answer: Pulls out of an agreement.
18 Rigidity of stone in building (7)
TENSION : Anagram of(building) STONE IN.
Answer: Collins gives rigidity;tautness;stiffness as synonyms of tension. An example I can think of is of muscles being under tension and rigid, though mostly, rigid things are not/need not be in tension.
20 A local employee? (7)
BARMAID : Cryptic defn: One who tends bar in an inn;a local;the watering place near you which you frequent.
22 Shout of approval from supporter: “5 – 0″! (5)
BRAVO : BRA(a supporter of female bosoms) + V(Roman numeral for 5) + O(the letter that looks like zero;0).
23 Rosie’s willowy form (5)
OSIER : Anagram of(…’s willowy, as in flexible;pliant) ROSIE.
Answer: Any of various willow trees;a willowy form.