Friday, September 3, 2010

Ten Fishy Clues

Each of the clues below has a different type of fish in it. They are all short words, cryptic clue regulars. Enjoy fishing out the solutions. [Answers updated.]

fish Times 24449: Ship stores fish in jars (6) SHAKES
SS (ship) around HAKE (fish)

Guardian 24506 (Logodaedalus): Imagine a fish about to swallow (6) IDEATE
IDE (fish) around EAT (to swallow)

Times 25104: Channel Islands fish that’s meant to be smoked (5) CIGAR
CI (Channel Islands) GAR (fish)

Guardian 25104 (Brendan): Pope interrupting good saint, most abrupt in manner (8) GRUFFEST
RUFFE (pope), in G (good) ST (saint). POPE is another name for RUFFE, the freshwater fish.

Guardian 25103 (Paul): Imagine fish shop (6) BETRAY
BET (imagine) RAY (fish)

Times 24506: Landing a fish without battle? Not at first (9) ALIGHTING
A LING (fish), around [f]IGHT (battle, without first letter)

Guardian 25073 (Paul): Live to eat fish, about to stuff what's used on green and brown food (6,6) PEANUT BUTTER
BE (live) around TUNA (fish), inside PUTTER (what's used on green)

FT 13429 (Dante): Go in for chips without fish (5) ENTER
CARPENTER (chips) – CARP (fish)

Guardian 24918 (Logodaedalus): Forgive sailor catching fish — about five (7) ABSOLVE
AB (sailor), SOLE (fish) around V (five)

Times 24562: Fish after not many hours round about coast (9) FREEWHEEL
EEL (fish) after FEW (not many) H (hours), around RE (about)

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12 comments

g said...

1. S-LING-S (verb jar)
2. INGEST? Sting* about e (I imagine e is imagine :P)
3. CI-GAR
4. G-RUFFE-ST
5.
6.
7. PEANUT BUTTER
8. ENTER? (No clue why/how)
9. ABSOLVE
10. FREE W[H]EE L

Chaturvasi said...

The one that didn't get away!

As all your fishy clues are from UK crosswords, here's one from THC:

Fish has swum around one lake (5)

Not a great example from Gridman (as the clue sentence would read better with 'the' rather than 'one') but I wanted to give a local flavour to your post.

Gridman has 'fish' in scores of clues.

Shuchi said...

I like that clue, CV Sir. A well-disguised anagram.

Giridhar said...

24918 - ABSOLVE

Anonymous said...

25104 - CIGAR

Anonymous said...

25073 - PEANUT BUTTER?

VJ said...

Some nice clues there...

Really liked this one. Funny considering the stereotype.

Go in for chips without fish (5)

raju umamaheshwar said...

Times 24449: Ship stores fish in jars (6) S_____ SHAKES

Guardian 24506 (Logodaedalus): Imagine a fish about to swallow (6) I_____ ID-EAT-E--- VERY CLEVERLY CRAFTED CLUE.!!

Times 25104: Channel Islands fish that’s meant to be smoked (5) C____ CI-GAR

Guardian 25104 (Brendan): Pope interrupting good saint, most abrupt in manner (8) G______ G-RUFFE-ST

Guardian 25103 (Paul): Imagine fish shop (6) B_____ B-ROKER

Times 24506: Landing a fish without battle? Not at first (9) A__G_____ A-L-IGHT-ING

Guardian 25073 (Paul): Live to eat fish, about to stuff what's used on green and brown food (6,6) P_____ B_____ PEANUT BUTTER

FT 13429 (Dante): Go in for chips without fish (5) E____ (CARP) ENTER

Guardian 24918 (Logodaedalus): Forgive sailor catching fish — about five (7) A______ AB-SOL-V-E

Times 24562: Fish after not many hours round about coast (9) F_E_____L FREEWHEEL

Shuchi said...

The tide has turned, VJ. We agree again. I really like that clue too!

Shuchi said...

You've got all but 'Imagine fish shop' - good solving g, Giridhar, Anonymous and raju.

'shop' is slang for 'betray', and 'chips' is slang for 'carpenter'. Here's another very similar clue from The Sunday Times:

Chips without fish? Come on! (5)

Answers are updated in the post now.

Venkatesh said...

Guardian 25103 (Paul): Imagine fish shop (6) (BET)(RAY)
Imagine BET+fish RAY= shop BETRAY

Venkatesh said...

Fish has swum around one lake (5) {H(I)(L)SA*}
HAS* around one (I) lake (L)
HILSA
is the national fish of Bangladesh and is the most popular fish among Bengalis.

The taste of the fish varies on different stretches of the river and even from bank to bank