Posted by Pierre on April 21st, 2013
A puzzle in the usual Everyman style. One or two weakish clues today, though, I thought.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 Highest money for those in authority
A charade of TOP and BRASS.
5 Ancient city member in South America
An insertion of PART in SA.
10 Unable to relax in it, church close to Ely
A charade of IT, CH and Y for the last letter of Ely.
11 White stone in altar base, cracked
(ALTAR BASE)* with ‘cracked’ as the anagrind.
12 What can make you be so long adding drop of espagnole sauce?
(BE SO LONG E)*
14 Ring back about one supplying tree
An insertion of I in CALL reversed.
15 Quieten down tailored suit with pink coat?
PUT A SOCK IN IT
There was a typo in the clue, which I have corrected here. (SUIT PINK COAT)* with ‘tailored’ as the anagrind.
18 Trust able seaman? A loan may depend on it
A charade of CREDIT and RATING. Would you credit it?
21 Novelist’s wrong
If something belonged to the novelist Martin or Kingsley Amis, it would be AMIS’S.
22 Club official, person much valued at end of year
This has an &lit, or ‘all-in-one’ character. It’s a charade of TREASURE for a ‘person much valued’ and R for the last letter of ‘year’; but the whole clue also defines the answer.
23 Dramatist in Bonn working with Jones
(BONN JONES)* gives you the dramatist who was a contemporary of Shakespeare and is best known for Volpone and The Alchemist.
24 Greek character, the brightest star
A dd. The second definition is when it’s used to denote the brightest star in a constellation, like Alpha Centauri.
25 Level, holding the Parisian football team
An insertion of LE in EVEN.
26 Chapel H.E. Bates unfortunately died inside
(H E BATES)* with D inserted (‘inside’). ‘Unfortunately’ is the anagrind. H E Bates is probably best known for The Darling Buds of May, but my favourite of his is the hauntingly written Fair Stood the Wind for France.
1 Attempt to secure one pound for a du Maurier novel
More novelists. An insertion of I and LB in TRY.
2 Mischief-maker, almost drunk
‘A mischievous child’, says my Collins. A new one on me. It’s PICKLE[D], one of the squillion slang words in English for ‘drunk’.
3 Skate in narrow beam of light
4 Held a demonstration with foreign despot as target
STAGED A PROTEST
(DESPOT AS TARGET)*
6 Certain costermongers in shocking pink argyles
(PINK ARGYLES)* For overseas solvers who haven’t come across this London tradition, check it out here.
7 Quick and energetic, and extraordinarily good
8 Heinous act at Petrograd, say, involving soldiers after revolution
An insertion of RO for ‘other ranks’ reversed in AT and CITY, which is what Petrograd is an example of.
9 Complaint got by one failing to keep joint dry?
WATER ON THE KNEE
A not very subtle cd cum dd.
13 Ascend during fog and vanish
GO UP IN SMOKE
Not much more subtlety here. A rather weak cd.
16 Chapter on mob after second game
A charade of S, C and RABBLE for the word game.
17 Opposition of French intended
A charade of DE for one of the French words for ‘of’ and FIANCÉ for ‘intended’.
19 Lapses surrounding old university exam
An insertion of O in TRIPS for a word for the Cambridge University examination. Etymologically, it’s related to TRIPOD and was originally to do with a three-legged stool, apparently.
20 Fleet branch supported by a US lawyer
A charade of ARM, A and DA for ‘District Attorney’.
24 A quiet wood
A charade of A and SH!
Many thanks to Everyman for today’s puzzle.