Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - ST 4489

Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle Number in The Sunday Times
ST 4489
Date of Publication in The Sunday Times
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tim Moorey
Link to Full Review
Times for the Times [ST 4489]
Times for the Times Review Written By
Dave Perry
Date of Publication in the Toronto Star
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Date of Publication in the Vancouver Sun
Saturday, July 7, 2012


I thought that this puzzle was a bit less difficult than some recent ones. However, I still needed to use my electronic assistants to complete it.

Notes on Today's Puzzle

This commentary should be read in conjunction with the full review at Times for the Times, to which a link is provided in the table above.

1a   Heroin and cocaine increase quickly in intensity (8)

Snowball[10] is a slang term for a mixture of heroin and cocaine.

9a   Food consists of say, chicken and ham but no starter (4)

In Britain, the first course of a meal is known as a starter[5].

11a   Stifle supply or a form of it (6)

In the cryptic analysis, "supply" is not a noun meaning the action of providing what is needed or wanted but an adverb meaning in a supple manner.

12a   Friar's short trip for a Charterhouse store (4,4)

In Britain, tuck[5] is food eaten by children at school as a snack and a tuck shop is a place which provides such items. Friar Tuck[7] is a character who appears in the legend of Robin Hood. Charterhouse School[7] is an English collegiate independent boarding school (also referred to as a public school [meaning it is a private school by North American standards]) situated at Godalming in Surrey.

16a   Nurses taking time off in Borders (4)

"Borders" likely refers to an outlet of the Borders bookstore chain. The British branch of this company went out of business in 2009 with the the American parent company following suit two years later.

19a   Check part of theatre sets for a second time (10)

The definition is "sets for a second time".

21a   Old battle-axe is prejudiced (8)

A partisan[10] is a spear or pike with two opposing axe blades or spikes.

27a   Positive response repellent in fringes of Hackney? (4)

Hackney[7] is a borough of London, England.

5d   Excuse something fool inserted in building toy (3,2,2)

A tit[10] is a slang term for a despicable or unpleasant person. Is that the same thing as a fool?

8d   Amateur with two suits in abundance (1,4)

In Britain, a gogo[4] means as much as one likes or galore • champagne à gogo. In North America, on the other hand, a gogo[3] means In a fast and lively manner • dancing à gogo.

15d   It could be represented as spent, ate and succeeded (4,5)

In the cryptic analysis, succeeded[5] must mean to have taken over a throne, office, or other position from (someone) as this is the sense in which it may be abbreviated as s[5] .

20d   Left out in the cold, shivering in Gironde (7)

Gironde[7] is a common name for the Gironde estuary, where the mouths of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge, and for a department in the Aquitaine region situated in southwest France. The Bordeaux wine region is in the Gironde.

22d   How the olde Tiger's Head may be written — till now (2,3)

The definition is "till now" and the wordplay is AS (how) + YE (the olde; i.e., an old-fashioned word meaning "the") + T (tiger's head; i.e., first letter of the word "tiger") producing the solution AS YET. "How" (in the cryptic analysis is a relative adverb meaning in any way in which • I’ll do business how I like.
Key to Reference Sources: 

[1]   - The Chambers Dictionary, 11th Edition
[2]   - Search Chambers - (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)
[3]   - (American Heritage Dictionary)
[4]   - (Collins English Dictionary)
[5]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford Dictionary of English)
[6]   - Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford American Dictionary)
[7]   - Wikipedia
[8]   - Reverso Online Dictionary (Collins French-English Dictionary)
[9]   - Infoplease (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)
[10] - (Collins English Dictionary)

Signing off for this week - Falcon

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