Quick Cryptic No 406 by Orpheus

Huge problems today – Livejournal is not saving drafts and the iPad isn’t allowing me to place letters or identify text to copy. This all after I blogged the wrong crossword and had HTML errors which took hours to sort out.
On top of all this I’m late to start a 5 hour drive so will not be able to answer questions for a while – and I do expect some given the effort below – created in email and copied in – I hope it helps.

As usual our happy band of volunteers will (I expect) be on hand to provide extra information.

Good luck!

DD=double definition.

1. DD.
5. Fish- C inside SAD.
8. Light, Fingered.
10. (S)ense, NIFF
11. DD – calculate and measure=bar in music with repeating regular beats.
12. Fume=SEE, THE.
13. River = ERSE inside MY.
16. Give authority = E, MP, OWER.
18. Expression = first letters of in Douglas Isle of Man.
20. Fly= DADDY, LEG (side in cricket) inside LONGS.
21. Register = ROLL as in roll call – drum roll.
22. One giving away a secret= TRAY inside BEER.

1. Stories in reginmenTAL EStablishement.
2. DD.
3. DD.
4. Riddle= anagram (resolved) off IN GAME.
6. Greek island = CO, anagram (distributed) of FUR.
7. Tottering= ODDER inside outside letters of DerbY.
9. Churchyard worker= G, RAVE, DIGGER.
12. Slim= gir(L) inside SENDER.
14. Tremulous= bos(S), HI, VERY.
15. Small wood= (O)bserved inside GROVE.
17. Part of bike= Homophone of peddle.
19. Skinflint = misery without the y

16 comments on “Quick Cryptic No 406 by Orpheus”

  1. Sorry you had such trouble blogging and good luck with the drive Chris. Your answers all look good. Another easy one today, but neat, I thought. 9d my favourite.
  2. I don’t understand the relevance of “in America” in 11 ac. Ok the letters USA appear reversed in the answer MEASURE, but that seems a bit vague.
    1. In America they use Measure as the equivalent of our Bar in the musical stave – as I’ve just discovered.


  3. Taking a short seaside break gave me the opportunity to try this if a morning instead of the evening. Either that or the unseasonally good weather and Whitby air allowed me a good time to complete this…or it was more easy than usual! Sorry that Chris was struggling with the technology today, but helpful blog. Agree that 11a ‘in America’ a bit vague and can’t reliably shed light on it – no doubt others more confident and more competent will be able to help out. Haven’t we seen 2d and 4d recently?
  4. I finished this one as well – two in a row, but more difficult than yesterday. Apart from 11A there were a few obscure ones such as ‘Erse’ and ‘scad’ and I don’t think ‘SAD’ is equivalent to ‘unhappy environment’.
    The best bit of deception was 4D – I spent ages trying to turn ‘riddle’ into a game before I realised it was the other way round.


    Edited at 2015-09-29 11:11 am (UTC)

    1. I think “environment” is part of the clue meaning to enclose – i.e. “C” in the environment of “unhappy”.
  5. 7 minutes, although SCAD was completely unknown to me after years of solving. But its clue was redeemed by its wordplay and its adhesion to the unwritten rule that a clue to an obscure word should have an alternative unambiguous route to its solution. Cf DEMIURGE in today’s 15×15.

    Edited at 2015-09-29 12:35 pm (UTC)

  6. About 30 minutes today, so quick for me; a bit tougher than yesterday.I made steady progress and was left with 1a. Despite years of accountancy I didn’t see 1a for a while; perhaps because I have never cooked pastry. David

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