Posted by Pierre on February 23rd, 2014
As usual, a pleasing and solver-friendly puzzle from Everyman. One or two tricky ones thrown in this morning, I thought, but a bit of head-scratching and some crossing letters saved the day.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 Match pipe that’s used in experiment supervised by 14 across, perhaps
A charade of TEST for ‘match’ in the cricket sense (although let’s not mention the C word, please) and TUBE. The reference to 14ac is that of course a SCIENCE MASTER would be in charge where students were doing experiments using a test tube.
5 Person, for example, associated with a wine shop
A charade of BOD for a rather old-fashioned word for ‘person’, EG and A.
10 Reportedly undisciplined playwright
A homophone of ‘wild’, referring to OSCAR WILDE. ‘I can resist everything except temptation.’
11 Stones in the way derailed lead tram – none on board
An insertion (‘on board’) of O in (LEAD TRAM)* with ‘derailed’ as the anagrind.
12 Female spies receiving praise
An insertion of LAUD in CIA.
13 Making a mistake about a piece of jewellery
Another insertion: of A in ERRING.
14 Dispose of a semi – crescent stinks!
This was my last in, despite realising that it was an anagram. It’s (A SEMI CRESCENT)* ‘Stinks’ is public schoolboy slang for a science teacher, or MASTER as they are called in such institutions.
17 On my arm in role, dizzy actress
(ON MY ARM IN ROLE)* with ‘dizzy’ as the anagrind; although ‘dizzy’ could certainly be applied to some of the roles that the actress played throughout her career.
19 Eccentric in a cult, bonkers
(IN A CULT)*
21 Stylish English stage worker
A charade of E, LEG and ANT. LEG for ‘stage’ in the sense of ‘it’s the second leg/stage of the Tour de France today’.
23 A gallant French actor and singer
A dd. A word for a chivalrous man is also the surname of MAURICE CHEVALIER, the French actor an singer. ‘Thank eavens, for leetle girls’, if you’re of a certain age.
24 Set of rowers showing power, though not having won
[W]EIGHT. Is W an abbreviation for ‘won’? It is in football league tables.
25 Little boy, after short time, becomes difficult
A charade of T and RICKY.
26 Mysterious coteries formed
1 Strike the short Scouser’s mate
A charade of TH[E] and WACK, which is Liverpool slang werd for ‘mate’ or ‘friend’. Which may well have confused our overseas solvers (Scousers are people who come from Liverpool).
2 Unfortunately tripping up tackling square dance
An insertion of S in ALAS reversed (‘tripping up’ in the sense of ‘travelling up’).
3 Study inside heart of match factory reveals a wearisome routine
An insertion of READ for ‘study’ inside T for the middle letter of maTch and MILL.
4 A means of leverage to disqualify ‘winning’ golf shot
A charade of BAR, GAINING and CHIP.
6 Shell female got rid of in past
[F]ORMER. An ORMER is an edible marine mollusc, much prized gastronomically in the Channel Islands. It’s also called a ‘sea-ear’, because its name is derived from the French oreille de mer.
7 Bass guitarist released new titles
(NEW TITLES)* with ‘released’ as the anagram. Referring to the late John ENTWISTLE, who played with The Who.
8 Fitzgerald returned with grisly tale
ELLA Fitzgerald reversed, followed by GORY.
9 A part of geese I’d prepared?
PÂTÉ DE FOIE GRAS
Clever clue from Everyman. I can’t remember seeing this one before. It’s (A PART OF GEESE I’D) with ‘prepared’ as the anagrind. I won’t describe this as an &lit or ‘all-in-one’ clue, but I will risk a savaging by saying that it’s ‘&littish’.
14 Injured tiger seen in national park
Another excellent spot from the setter. (TIGER SEEN)* The only shame is that there aren’t any tigers in the Serengeti National Park, otherwise it would have been perfect.
15 Union soldiers during a salute
An insertion of MEN in A GREET.
16 One member legally acceptable, it’s understood
A charade of I, MP and LICIT.
18 Constant interference
20 Dog food about right
An insertion of R in TACK.
22 Fury shown as lid comes off crate
[B]ANGER. ‘Crate’, like BANGER, is a slang word for a clapped out car.
Fine puzzle from Everyman; thank you to him.