Quick Cryptic 554 by Felix

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A really enjoyable crossword from a new setter (at least to me). I got going pretty quickly, but was slowed up by 5d, 22a and 8a, last ones in in that order, with a few made up words along the way. I put in 18d then took it out again, as it didn’t seem right, before twigging, and still need some explanation for 5d. COD jointly 3d and 22a.
Thank you to Felix

1 The end of Greater Prussia Jack made into film: JURASSIC PARK
Anagram (made into) of R (last letter of greater), with PRUSSIA JACK. I was sure this was an anagram but the solution didn’t immediately leap out, even when I had the J.
8 Tips of the French politicians: DUMPS
French for of = DU, politicians = MPS. This one held me up; so sure it had to be DE (it usually is) that I convinced myself of the word DEMPS meaning finger tips. Ah well, sometimes the words you make up turn out to be right! On edit, see comments below, DU is French for ‘of the’
9 Irritated, not having done any correctly: ANNOYED
Anagram (not having correctly) of DONE ANY. A nice way of indicating the anagram.
10 Australian bird starts on expensive merlot, unfortunately: EMU
Initial letters (starts), and one for me and my blogging name!
11 I act and I perform songs after large hero-worshipping: IDOLISING
I act = I DO, large = L, I perform songs = I SING
13 Score cannot change, only partially: NOTCH
Hidden word
14 Fellow is backed by girl, mostly: SILAS
Is backed = SI, girl mostly = LAS(s)
16 Extraordinary green site for African National Park: SERENGETI
Anagram (extraordinary) of GREEN SITE
17 Something for breakfast, say, good: EGG
Say = for example = EG, good = G
19 Good Queen holding Cockney’s cloak, what is more: BESIDES
Good Queen = BESS, including Cockney’s cloak – cloak = HIDE, and the setter’s dodge for indicating the dropping of the initial h of a word, is to assign it to a Cockney
21 Give out much, from what we hear: ALLOT
Homophone (what we hear), of much = A LOT
22 Where purchases are made without obligation?: DUTY-FREE SHOP
Cryptic definition

1 Girl in Taipei dojo turned upside down: JODIE
Reversed (upside down) hidden word
2 Odd bishop, say, producing sauce for Christmas?: RUM BUTTER
Odd = RUM, bishop = B, say = UTTER. I’m more used to brandy butter, but I’m sure this also exists!
3 This Sat’s windy, possibly – we hope it won’t be wet!: ST SWITHIN’S DAY
Anagram (possibly) of THIS SATS WINDY, with a cryptic definition for 15th July, since, by legend, the following forty days will have the same weather
4 Running or involved at Henley?: IN A ROW
Double definition, as in three days’ running
5 Old procurator’s heard request for thump from airman: PONTIUS PILATE
I thought Pilate was a prefect, but Wikipedia tells me he was originally thought to be a procurator, so that’s sorted out. Homophone (heard) of pilot (airman) is clear, but I’d be grateful for help on the rest of the clue. On edit – see many comments below on pronunciation of Pontius.
6 Fish one of those sunbather catches: RAY
Double definition, one cryptic, and a fishy favourite for cryptic crosswords
7 More than one saying publicity is maturing: ADAGES
Publicity = AD, maturing = AGES
12 One left the hall, staggering, being poorly: ILL-HEALTH
One = I, left = L, anagram (staggering) of THE HALL. I’m not sure this is the same part of speech so I’d be happy if someone could clarify if I’m missing something
13 Battle refusal to go outside South East Britain at first: NASEBY
Refusal = NAY, outside South East = SE, Britain = B
15 Hot spring? Yes, unusually, in Germany (not many!): GEYSER
Anagram (unusually) of YES, in GER(many)
18 Raise unusual costume?: GET-UP
Double definition
20 Tart mostly finding very little money: SOU
Tart mostly = SOU(r)

28 comments on “Quick Cryptic 554 by Felix”

  1. Could 5a be a homonym of “Punch us, pilot”? Not very good I must admit and it was my LOI.
    I probably agree with you about 12a, but it’s clear enough so possibly not worth quibbling about.
    I found this a middling difficulty puzzle, so not so bad once I got into it.
    I thought you’d be pleased with 10a!
  2. I’ve a horrible feeling that we’re being invited to believe that “Pontius” sounds like “punch us”!

    Other than that aberration (or bit of fun, if one likes that sort of thing) this was enjoyable and a little tougher, I thought, than the four previous Quickies this week. At 13 minutes it was the first to take me over my 10 minute target anyway.

    At a rough count Felix has set us around 16 puzzles starting in Week 5 and appearing most recently before today on March 2.

    Edited at 2016-04-22 04:41 pm (UTC)

  3. A couple of things slowed me down, and I already can’t remember all of them; but I couldn’t remember what Henley is about, and then couldn’t see ‘running’ when I had IN A _O_ and had to play with the alphabet. I also thought (why?) that 3d would be xxx ING DAY, finally gave that up but forgot to change the G. Nice to be told something’s wrong–if this had been the club site I’d have submitted and kicked myself after. Emu, a minor correction: DU is ‘of the’ in French. Punch us pilot, forsooth! Glad I biffed that one. 8:07.
  4. I thought I had already posted this so if it is duplicated I apologise.
    PONTIUS sounds like PUNCH US, a bit. I thought this was a bit of a weak clue compared to the rest. I thought this was the toughest of the week with some great anagrams especially 3d. THanks to Felix and emu for 15d I had it as GER as an abbreviation for Germany, emu’s explanation is much better.

    Tyro Tim

  5. Going too fast whanged in ANODYNE, which held up 5d considerably. Plus, as a chorister, Pontius always has three syllables 🙂 My birthday is St. Swithin’s day, do visit Winchester if you can. 10’, so happy.
    1. Yes, but choristers also sing sal-vat-I-on – which is not now used in normal speech.
  6. 5dn PONTIUS PILATE LOI bring’s the game into disrepute.

    Setter requires a good thump!

    Fairly spoilt my day – although PP did spoil a lot of other people’s days as well.

    fyi there is a St. Swithin’s Lane in London EC4


    horryd Shanghai

  7. Back to a more normal 10 minutes for this today, so I must have been on the right wavelength. I agree the weakness and interpretation of the homophone at 5d, and liked the ‘not many’ device in 15d. I hadn’t fully parsed 17a, thinking only of the link with good as in good egg, so thanks for that Emu.
  8. In our school RE classes he was always Punchus Pilot, which I thought very amusing.
    And that’s how my dad, a minister of the church, always pronounced it so I reckon if it was good enough for them 🙂
    1. Thanks Felix. I agree that that is the trad English pronunciation, so a good clue.
    1. It’s always nice to see new contributors, anon, but might I suggest that in future you glance through previous comments before posting? It’s true Emu66 asked for assistance explaining this clue but it had already been covered 5 or 6 times, including a contribution from the setter himself, so it didn’t need saying again.

      Edited at 2016-04-22 09:48 am (UTC)

      1. Blimey jackkt, you came across as rather prickly there! If you don’t want this to be a friendly place (you’ve been quite short with me as well in the past) then carry on in that manner. And pronouncing Pontius so it rhymes with ‘punch us’ has to be a minority pastime surely. Made me groan like any bad pun though!
        1. Hi, pexiter, and I’m sorry if you felt I was short with you in the past. If you want to write to me privately about that you can click on my name above as I’m afraid I have no recollection of any such occasion.

          As for our anon friend, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect anon contributors to take a glance at what others have already said before commenting on a direct query raised in the blog. I was trying to be constructive but I guess these things are subjective.

          Edited at 2016-04-22 10:49 am (UTC)

          1. Mea culpa jackkt. I’ve read your post and my reply again and its me that comes across as rude, not you. Won’t happen again your honour!
  9. I enjoyed this, but spent far too much time on 5d for the reasons covered at length above. I also invented a new word, ‘iconising’, for 11ac. Invariant
  10. Took me 28 mins. 5d took a while since I didn’t know what a “procurator” is (it’s a tax-collector), and even if I had, I didn’t know that Pontius Pilate was one. Also I’d biffed 14a as GILES, though I wasn’t happy with it, and all became clear when 5d clicked. SOU was also a new word, though gettable.
  11. Did not get NASEBY, because I had BATCH for NOTCH. Was sure “Britain at first” meant the battle started with B. So ended with a DNF after steady progress today. No complaints with Pontius Pilate.
  12. I thought there were some excellent clues here. I liked 17a, 19a and 7d for example. I wasn’t really held up by anything but had to work at it. Finished in 16 minutes ( good for me) without any of the problems mentioned above. David
  13. Procurators fiscal in Scotland had me all in the wrong place trying to think what they might be heard to say!! Not on the right wavelength at all. Being Scottish the homophones don’t ever really work for me and I have to consult my RP-speaking friend. Easyyoke
  14. Toughest of the week for me – it took me the best part of an hour. 5d went in unparsed and was held up by 2d, being more familiar with the brandy version. Lots of excellent clues but my COD was 4d. Good to have a week with 5 successful solves as it hasn’t happened for a while
  15. After breezing through yesterday’s at record time I took forever to get “in a row” to finish it off and even “besides” took far too long. Anyway at least Pontius Pilate was went in on my first pass… Thanks Felix this was challenging and enjoyable


  16. Sorry this is so late…

    I was always taught de = of, du= of the….

    Only clue that went in easily for me

    Dave the Diver

  17. Thank you all for your comments on Pontius Pilate. I guess it demonstrates possible pitfalls for homophone clues!

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