Posted by Pierre on April 15th, 2013
‘For beginners and those in a hurry’, says the puff on the Guardian crossword website. I’m not a beginner, but it’s a good job I wasn’t in a hurry this morning.
Please tell me that it’s not just me – I just found this really tricky for a Quiptic. The definitions were clear enough, I suppose, but I struggled to parse quite a lot of clues. And there’s one that still escapes me.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
definitions are underlined
1 Lead story on poor diving result?
A dd. A SPLASH is what you don’t want if you’re Tom Daley entering the water.
5 Arrived, taking parking place by tent area
An insertion of P for ‘parking’ and SIT for ‘place’ in CAME.
9 Key to study in evil gets proof
A charade of the key with four sharps in its key signature, followed by an insertion of DEN for ‘study’ in VICE for ‘evil’.
10 Thai starter with pork quarters is a capital course
A charade of T for the first letter of ‘Thai’, HAM and ES for two ‘quarters’, East and South.
11 Poet’s going round with loose woman
‘A prostitute’, says my SOED, but it marks it as ‘archaic’. Whatevs, it’s a reversal of BARD.
12 Potential difficulties with fishing kit?
CAN OF WORMS
A cd cum dd.
13 Half army runs away having lost heart, coming back for me
A charade of MY for half of arMY and a reversal (‘coming back’) of FL[E]ES. Have we wandered away from Quiptic territory here?
14 Plant, say, about 1,000 new carrots
An insertion of K for ‘1,000’ in (CARROTS)* with ‘new’ as the anagrind. Referring to Robert PLANT, the lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin.
16 Level and prepare surroundings for play area
A charade of STAGE for ‘level’ and SET for ‘prepare’.
19 Prepared me to come in for a cure
Hectence is asking you to substitute ME for A in READY.
21 Drink for red-headed porter?
23 Being in A Chorus Line on stage is a gas
Hidden in A Chorus LiNE ON stage.
24 TV company’s party used to be good place to see stars
A charade of SKY for Mr Murdoch’s TV channel and LAB for Mr Miliband’s party. The NASA space station that orbited the Earth from 1973 to 1979.
25 Finished first scene with leading character as a teacher
A charade of DID for ‘finished’, ACT 1 and C for the first character of ‘character’.
26 Posh new sweetheart’s daughter on silly diet, not yet checked
A charade of U for ‘posh’, N for ‘new’, E for the middle letter (‘heart’) of swEet, D for ‘daughter’ and ITED for an anagram (‘silly’) of (DIET)*
27 Number for cab? No thanks!
I have no idea how this works, so help appreciated. Edit: Prolixic and Mr A Writinghawk have kindly explained this one in the first two comments.
2 Poor young son caught in obvious scam, held in compound
There’s a bit of parsing going on here. An insertion of Y for ‘young’ and S for ‘son’ in OVERT for ‘obvious’ and TRICK for ‘scam’, all inserted into PEN for ‘compound’. Alles klar?
3 “German car’s crap!” — said loud enough to be heard
AUDI is the German car and the BLE bit is a homophone, ish, of BULL, for BULLSHIT or ‘crap’.
4 Worker on strike finally submits to police restraint
A charade of HAND for ‘worker’, CUFF for ‘strike’ and S for the last letter of submitS.
5 Charlady showing tolerance not to work
([TO]LERANCE)* with ‘work’ as the anagrind.
6 Farah suit’s about design
The gold medal winner is becoming the setters’ new best friend. MO plus a reversal of FIT.
7 Jack’s best friends?
Since DOGS are – allegedly – man’s best friend, then SEA DOGS would be a sailor’s or Jack’s best friend.
8 Unusually, Ian Holm’s due late for film
THELMA AND LOUISE
(IAN HOLMS DUE LATE)*
15 Snip article from new cigar trade magazine
Take the A for ‘article’ out of ‘cigar trade’ and then make an anagram to get your answer.
17 Soldier, with horse that was winning, laughed nervously
A charade of GI for ‘soldier’, GG for ‘horse’ and LED for ‘was winning’.
18 Look! Miliband was a hot topic on Twitter
Another charade of TREND for ‘look’ and ED for the leader of the Labour Party. If something is popular on Twitter, it TRENDS.
20 Cool men sport an eyeglass!
(COOL MEN)* with ‘sport’ as an unlikely anagrind.
22 Automaton runs rings round second-rate model
Good job the definition is obvious. A charade of R for ‘runs’, B for ‘second-rate’ in OO for ‘rings’, and T for ‘model’, as in Model-T Ford.
Thanks to Hectence for today’s Quiptic.