Posted by Pierre on June 24th, 2013
I’m not sure what to make of this one. It’s not a bad puzzle by any means, but it didn’t really hit the spot for me. Some of the cluing is pretty complicated (So what? I hear you say) and a number of surface readings don’t make much sense. Well, that’s what I think, but you may differ. I’ve not been much help to you this morning, since there are a few I can’t parse properly.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
definitions are underlined
1 Lawyer detained by short hearing maybe carried chairs
An insertion of DA or District Attorney, the American term for ‘lawyer’ in SENS[E]. Hearing is one of the senses, hence the ‘maybe’.
4 Duplicitous women belonging to American church interrupting Irish politician
Alchemi seems keen on long clues and convoluted wordplay. This is perfectly fair: it’s an insertion of W for ‘women’ and OF A CE for ‘belonging to American church’ in TD for the abbreviation for ‘Irish Politician’. Teachta Dála, usually abbreviated to TD, is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament.
9 About to stop mother’s fantasies
An insertion of RE for ‘about’ in DAMS for ‘mothers’. Don’t forget to ignore the apostrophe.
10 Major road allows for travellers
A charade of MI for ‘M1′, which is certainly a major road if you live oop north, and GRANTS.
12 Company functions in public transport
An insertion of SINES in BUS. SINES are mathematical functions. It’s the opposite over the hypotenuse, if I remember well. Which I may not have done.
13 Healthy, Queen Paul?
A charade of WELL and ER for Her Maj, or Brenda according to Private Eye. Alchemi is taking us back to the 80s, with Paul WELLER as the reference.
15 The way one occupies perch
An insertion of A in ROD.
16 Back into crash point set up in advance
An example of a surface without much meaning: it’s an insertion of REAR for ‘back’ in PRANG for ‘crash’ followed by E for one of the ‘points’ of the compass.
19 Service brought to a premature end with financial centre’s involvement in conspiracy
My best stab at this is COMPLI[NE] for a shortened ‘service’ and CITY, but that is no doubt balls and someone will parse it properly for us.
20 Boast about noise
A charade of C for circa or ‘about’ and ROW for ‘noise’.
23 Corrects what an author does over the phone
A homophone (‘over the phone’) of WRITES.
25 Replacing disc with electronic memory, showbiz mogul becomes dictator
Alchemi is asking you to take the O out of C[O]WELL and replace it with ROM. O is a ‘disc’; ROM is read only ‘memory’ in a computer; and Simon COWELL is some trumped-up television personality, apparently. Was CROMWELL a ‘dictator’? Discuss.
27 Starts in appalling situation after carrion runs riot without right instruments
I like surfaces to tell me a story or to put a picture in my head. This one did neither – what is this all about? It’s a charade of (CA[R]RION)* plus AS for the first letters of Appalling Situation. The anagrind is ‘runs riot’ and ‘without right’ is the removal indicator.
28 Haile Selassie once lost rat on hunting trip
I missed this clue out of the original blog. Michelle has explained it below.
29 Become pessimistic, having left crucial beer ingredient in old bishopric
It’s fair, but again it’s a bit convoluted. A charade of L, and an insertion of HOP in O SEE for ‘old bishopric’.
30 Ship’s engineer initially having trouble with German sailor
This was a good, story-telling surface. SE for the first letters of ‘ship’s engineer’ followed by ADO and G.
1 Explanatory panel deconstructing air beds
I knew it had to be (AIR BEDS)* but I couldn’t see it for a while. A SIDEBAR is a boxed article in a newspaper, placed alongside the main article and containing supplementary material. I never knew that.
2 Physician every so often gets crowd to take his advice in winter?
I can’t parse this either, I’m afraid. My best guess is that it’s a charade of DR, ES and SWARM, but where the ES bit comes from I can’t fathom. They are the first letters of Every and So, but how the clue tells us that is beyond me. Edit: as others have kindly pointed out, ES comes from the even letters of gEtS. How could I not see that?
3 Calling Campbell, say, to support new head of astrophysics
The world of politics: not Alastair, but Menzies, commonly known as MING Campbell. So since it’s a down clue, it’s N plus A for the first letter of Astrophysics followed by MING.
5 Jokes about horse getting the smallest bit imaginable
An insertion of H for ‘horse’ or heroin in WIT.
6 Desists on behalf of Yogi and Boo-Boo
Smarter than the average bear … A charade of FOR and BEARS. Childhood black and white TV memories.
7 Grand Union perhaps may bring adversarial sides together
I think this is CAN for ‘may’ and AL for the outside letters of AdversariaL. But I may be wrong.
8 Merit of French tennis shot
A charade of DE for the French word for ‘of’ and SERVE.
11 Bird, small, sometimes torpid, caught wearing a surprised expression
Again, this is not really putting a picture in my head. And again, it’s fair but convoluted. OH! is the ‘surprised expression’ and the setter is asking you to insert (‘wearing’) into that S, TRI for the odd letters of ToRpId and C. Here is the obligatory link. Biggest egg in the known world, and when it hatches, the resulting member of the avian family looks like it was designed by committee.
14 Works key player to the end of the day
A charade of FACTOR and Y. Edit: this is in fact a charade of F for ‘key’, ACTOR for ‘player’ and Y for the last letter of daY.
17 Surprisingly, I made runs as caretaker
(I MADE RUNS)* with ‘surprisingly’ as the anagrind. Another surface that makes no sense.
18 Flounder, perhaps, as resistance falls away in chaotic first half
19 Author‘s list of vehicles
A dd cum cd. I might have fancied a question mark at the end of this clue, since it’s whimsical. A list of vehicles might be a CAR ROLL, and it’s referring to Lewis CARROLL, aka Charles Dodgson, best known perhaps for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
21 Coming to final conclusion in what toddlers have to learn?
A dd, I fancy. My SOED under definition 7 says ‘(slang), die’, so I think it must be that. Edit: Michelle explains this for us at comment number 2; thank you to her.
22 Ian McKellen starts with insipid run through
The first letters of Ian McKellen followed by PALE.
24 Girl is after good barometer
A charade of G and LASS for a common word to describe a barometer.
26 Being in the American elite used to be soft
A charade of WAS and P for ‘piano’ or ‘soft’. An acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Elite? Now that Obama is President, perhaps not, but it’s still a well-used phrase.
Thank you to Alchemi for this Monday’s puzzle.