Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Not the Whole Story


In journalism and police investigations, there are six fundamental questions that are regarded as basics in information-gathering. Four of them appear in today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon.

Solution to Today's Puzzle

Legend: "*" anagram; "~" sounds like; "<" letters reversed

"( )" letters inserted; "_" letters deleted; "†" explicit in the clue


1a   STRA<|W HAT — reversal of ARTS (cultural doings) + WHAT (eh; an exclamation used to express questioning surprise or to seek the repetition or confirmation of a statement or question[4])

5a   A|WARDS — A (†) + WARDS (dependent's)

9a   TIPPING — double definition; "restaurant diner's practice" & "listing"

10a   R(AIM)ENT — AIM (propose; to plan or intend to do something[4]) contained in (wearing) RENT (torn)

11a   RYES~ — sounds like (audibly) RISE (puff up)

12a   MEAD(O|W HEN)S — {O (circle) + WHEN (while)} contained in (getting into) MEAD (honey concoctions)

14a   LAM(BAD)A — LAMA (Tibetan priest) containing (describing; tracing the form or outline of[3]) BAD (naughty)

16a   I|VIED — I (†) + VIED (struggled)

19a   AUDI|T — AUDI (German car) + T (time)

20a   C(AT|CH) UP — CUP (chalice) containing (outside) {AT (by) + CH (church)}

22a   S|CREE(C|H OW)L — {C (catcher's first; the first letter of Catcher) + (by) HOW (the way)} contained in (in) {S (small) + CREEL (basket)}

25a   ROLL~ — sounds like (when pronounced) ROLE (part; in a theatrical production)

27a   TOO|K ILL — TOO (excessively) + KILL (badly beat)

28a   HELIPAD* — anagram (reconstructed) of HAD PILE

29a   ENSIGN* — anagram of (arrangement of) NINE GS

30a   RO(WHO)USE — ROUSE (agitate) containing (about) WHO (which person)


1d   S(A)TURN — {S (second) + TURN (loop)} containing (around) A (†)

2d   RAPPELLED~ — sounds like (you might say) repelled (disgusted)

3d   WAIL~ — sounds like (aloud) WHALE ("That she blows!"; phrase traditionally uttered by whalers to announce that a whale has been spotted, rather than simply yelling "Whale!")

4d   A(NG)LE — NG (no good) contained in (in) ALE (beer)

6d   {WAIN|WRIGHT}~ — sounds like (pronounced) {WANE (shrink) + RIGHT (correctly)}

7d   RE|EVE — RE (concerned with) + EVE (twilight)
American actor Christopher Reeve (1952 – 2004) portrayed the fictional superhero Superman in a series of four films released from 1978 to 1987.
8d   SE(T) ASIDE — T (tee) contained in (in) SEASIDE (beach area)

10d   RA(DIA)NT — RANT (rave) containing (about) DIA (day in Mexico; Spanish word meaning 'day')

13d   S(MOTHER)ING — SING (do a tune) containing (about) MOTHER (Mom)

15d   AL(COHO)L — ALL (completely) containing (covering) COHO (salmon)

17d   IMPROMPTU* — anagram (trickily) of TRIP MOM UP

18d   CAS(SET)TE — CASTE (Indian group) containing (having) SET (firmly scheduled)

21d   S(L)EDGE — L (left) contained in (in) SEDGE (swamp grass)

23d   ROOTS — double definition; "cheers" & "origins"

24d   W(AH)OO — AH (that's satisfying) contained in WOO (court)

26d   _BLA|H_ — reversed (back) and hidden (in) soutH ALBerta
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 today — Falcon

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