Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013 — Right and Left


In today's puzzle from Cox & Rathvon, the setters welcome those from across the political spectrum.

Note: Today's blog posting appeared late as I had to contend with technology gremlins which prevented me from accessing the National Post website. I eventually determined that the problem was on my own computer and was able to resolve it.

Solution to Today's Puzzle

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

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


1a   CONSERVATIVE* — anagram (oddly) of NOT VICE VERSA

9a   RAM|AD|AN — RAM (sign [of the zodiac]) + AD (advertising; as a noun) + AN (†)
Ramadan[5] is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset.
10a   BED|EVIL — BED (plot; garden) + EVIL (very bad)

11a   WE|D — WE (the two of us) + D (had; 'd [contraction])

12a   REACTIONARY* — anagram (maverick) of ONCE A RARITY

13a   CA(YEN)NE — CANE (rod) containing (keeps) YEN (hankering)

14a   NAB|IS|CO — NAB (cop; catch) + IS (†) + CO (company)
Nabisco[7] (originally known as the National Biscuit Company) is an American manufacturer of cookies and snacks.
16a   RAG(WE)ED — RAGED (out of control) containing WE (first half of WEek)

19a   FIR(EAR)M — FIRM (company) containing (takes in) EAR (listener)

21a   PR|OGRESS|IVE — PR (public relations) + OGRESS (monster) + IVE (I have; I've)

23a   MAT< — reversal (turned round) of TAM (cap)

25a   CON(I)FER — CONFER (have a meeting) containing (around) I (island)

26a   ESPANOL* — anagram (translated) of ONES PAL
The Spanish word for Spanish is español[8].
27a   LIBERTARIANS* — anagram (new) of BRITAINS REAL


1d   C(A)REW — CREW (team of rowers) containing (including) A (†)
Thomas Carew[7] (pronounced as "Carey") (1595 – 1640) was an English poet, among the 'Cavalier' group of Caroline poets.
2d   NAME DAY — anagram (whipped-up) of MADE ANY
Name day[5] is the feast day of a saint after whom a person is named.
3d   ENDURANCE* — anagram (reformed) of NEAR DUNCE

4d   VAN(TAG)E — TAG (label) contained in (borne by) VANE (rooster; weathervane)
Rooster[3,4,11] is a chiefly US and Canadian term for a cock, the male of domestic fowl [chicken] and certain game birds.
5d   T(I|BET)AN — {I (†) + BET (wager)} contained in (with coat of) TAN (light brown)

6d   _VIDE|O_ — hidden in (some) proVIDE One's

7d   A|VIA|N|S — A (ascending primarily; first (primary) letter of Ascending) + VIA (by way of) + N ([first] pole) + S ([second] pole)

8d   PLAYROOM* — anagram (rearranged) of MA POORLY

13d   CAR|APACE — CAR (highway traveller) + APACE (in a hurry)

15d   B(ARK)EEPER — ARK (old boat) containing (wearing) BEEPER (pager)

17d   G|ROUND — G (good; as a grade on an academic test or assignment) + ROUND (song)

18d   D|ESERVE — D (poor grade; on an academic test or assignment) + an anagram (misbehaving) of SEVERE

19d   FAIR|EST — FAIR (bazaar) + EST (established)

20d   AR(MEN)IA — MEN (guys) contained in (in) ARIA (song)

22d   {RAF|FI}< — reversal (backward) of {IF (†) + FAR (extremely; perhaps, as in 'far-reaching')}
Raffi Cavoukian[7], better known by his stage name Raffi, is an Egyptian-born Canadian children's entertainer of Armenian descent.
24d   TOLLS — double definition; "taxes" & "rings"
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)
[11] - (Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary)
Signing off for today — Falcon

1 comment:

  1. Hi Falcon!
    Thanks for persisting against those gremlins. Always hate having technology issues :(