Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Clue Challenge: Annotate These Answers IX

annotate-clues Eight deviously constructed clues, with answers. How do you get the answers from the clues?

Have fun figuring them out. Post the annotations in the comments section.

Update (14th Apr 2014): Annotations added.

1. Guardian 26101 (Enigmatist): Cook's been able to do this once on time (common gender question posed by society!) (6,3,5) RETAIN THE ASHES
Annotation:RE (on) T (time) AIN'T HE A SHE (common gender question) S (society); definition: (Alistair) Cook's been able to do this once.

2. FT 14373 (Cinephile): Rhyme for rhyme for carriage makes stalemate (8) DEADLOCK
Annotation:rhyme for carriage: marriage = wedlock: rhyme for DEADLOCK; definition: stalemate.

3. Times 25649: Evil doctor in Emergency Room — victim of farmer's wife's thumping (8) ENORMOUS
Annotation:NO (evil doctor) in ER (Emergency Room), MOUS (victim of farmer's wife - MOUSE with its tail cut off, as in Three Blind Mice); definition: thumping.

4. Times 25695: Boy, there's some warbling around about the place close to memorial! (5,6,4) ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Annotation:ROY (boy i.e. a boy's name) + LA-LA-LA (some warbling) reversed, about BERTH (place) + L (close to 'memoriaL'); &lit for a concert hall in London, which is close to the Albert Memorial.

5. Guardian 26206 (Philistine): Therapist of the nose? Pay attention to include wise report about that (13) PSYCHOANALYST
Annotation:CHOANAL (of the nose) in YY ("wise" report i.e. a homophone) in PSST (pay attention); definition: therapist.

6. Times 25733: Lake that's divided as expanse has contracted (4,3) ARAL SEA
Annotation:L (lake) "that's divided" i.e. in AS, contracted by i.e. contained in AREA (expanse); &lit for the shrinking and division of the Aral Sea.

7. Guardian 26183 (Orlando): Grow up with short story collection (6) SPROUT
Annotation:"collection" i.e. anagram of UP and STOR[y]; definition: grow up.

8. FT 14581 (Gozo): Rough on the seabed, holding nothing, containers missing (7) UNKEMPT
Annotation:SUNK (on the seabed) + EMPTY (holding nothing), with containers missing i.e. [s]UNK EMPT[y]. definition: rough.

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11 comments

Prashanth Sai said...

1.Re(on)+T(time)+Aint He a She (common gender question)+S(society)

Shrikanth said...

"Lake that's divided as expanse has contracted (4,3) ARAL SEA"

Expanse = Area
Lake = L (doing double duty)

{AR(A(L)S)EA}

Shrikanth said...

Boy, there's some warbling around about the place close to memorial! (5,6,4) ROYAL ALBERT HALL

BOY = ROY
WARBLING = LA LA LA <= (ABOUT)
PLACE - BERTH
CLOSE TO MEMORIAL = L

Shrikanth said...

Lake that's divided as expanse has contracted (4,3) ARAL SEA

EXPANSE = AREA
LAKE = L ( doing double duty)

{AR(A{L}S)EA}

Raghunath said...

1. RETAIN THE ASHES: RE + T + AIN’ T + HE + A + SHE + S
RE = On. T = Time. AIN’T HE A SHE? = Common gender question. S = Society
3. ENORMOUS: dr NO in E R. E(NO)R + MOUS –e. Tail cut off by farmer’s wife in Nursery rhyme.
4. ROYAL ALBERT HALL: ROY + AL AL(BERT H)AL <= + L.[ & Lit]
ROY = Boy, LA LA LA = Warbling. BERTH = the place. LA LA LA reversed around BERTH. L = close to memoriaL
5. PSYCHOANALYST: PS [Y (CHOANAL) Y] ST.
PSST = Pay attention to. Around Ys = YY ~ Wise. CHOANAL : disease of the nose.
6.ARAL SEA: AR [ A(L) S] EA
Lake dividing as= A(L)S. Contracted expanse = AREA around A(L)S
7. SPROUT : UP + STOR –y Anagram
8. UNKEMPT: UNK EMPT.
On seabed: JUNK. Nothing: EMPTY. Containers missing: j (UNK EMPT) y

Chris Philpot said...

Marvellously, the first clue conceals AIN'T HE A SHE, but I can't work out the link between RETS and society.

Clue 3 is evil Dr NO in ER, followed by a MOUSE with its tail cut off (per Three Blind Mice).

7 is an anagram of UP and STOR (short story).

Michael said...

1. (I had to look up what on Earth retaining ashes meant-- there's no cricket in the US!)
On: RE
Time: T
Gender question: AIN'T HE A SHE?
By society: next to S
(Alastair) Cook's been able to do this once: def
2. Rhyme for carriage=marriage=wedlock
rhyme for wedlock=deadlock
Stalemate=def
3. Evil doctor: Dr. NO (007)
in ER: E{NO}R
Victim of farmer's wife: MOUS(e) whose tail was cut off with a carving knife
is
Thumping: def
4. Boy: ROY
Warbling (turned) around: LALALA<-
About the place: ALAL{BERTH}AL
Close to memorial: (memoria)L
&lit
6. Expanse has contracted lake that's divided "as": AREA takes L with AS around it; AR{A[L]S}EA
&lit
7. UP with curtailed STOR(y)
Collection ie organization of UP,STOR: {SPROUT*}
Grow: def
8. On the seabed, holding nothing: SUNK,EMPTY
Containers missing: (s)UNKEMPT(y)
Rough: def

Shachii said...

Hi
I'm new here...
Trying annotations for the first time...
Have got only 2...
Will wait to see the answers for the rest

1. RETAIN THE ASHES: Cook being the captain of the English team has been able to retain the cup twice...
3. ENORMOUS: Evil Dr= NO inside Emergency Room = ER victim of farmer's wife whose tail got cut off = MOUS(-E)
8. UNKEMPT: SUNK + EMPTY - B and Y (containers)

Shachii

mohsin said...

1. def = Cook's (England cricket captain) been able to do this once

on time = RE T
common gender question = AIN'T HE A SHE?
society = S

2.def = stalemate
rhyme for carriage = marriage
marriage = wedlock
rhyme for wedlock = DEADLOCK

3. def = evil
doctor in Emergency Room = NO in ER = E(NO)R
victim of farmer's wife's thumping = MOUS(-e) [ref: three blind mice, whose tails were cut off by the farmer's wife]

--> E(NO)R MOUS(-e)


5. def = therapist
pay attention = PSST
wise report = YY (~Y's)
of the nose = CHOANAL

--> YY inside PSST, about CHOANAL = PS(Y(CHOANAL)Y)ST

6. expanse = AREA
lake = L
lake dividing as = A(L)S
the above is contracted by expanse --> AR(A(L)S)EA
semi-&lit?

7. def = grow
short story = STOR
collection = anagrind
(UP + STOR)* = SPROUT

8. def = rough
seabed, holding nothing = BUNK EMPTY
containers missing --> -B -Y
==> UNK EMPT

could not anno 4

Shuchi said...

@Prashanth Sai: Right on!

@Shrikanth: You got the trickiest one - #4. In #6, the double-duty of L is fair since it's an &lit.

@Raghunath: Almost all right! You have a point there - on the seabed, divers find more junk than treasure ;-)

@Chris Philpot: re #1 - Marvellous indeed.

Shuchi said...

@Michael: Well done!

@Shachii: Welcome here. On #1, I thought Cook retained the cup once?

@mohsin: Nicely anno-ed! I'd say #6 is a proper &lit, and #8 has a slightly different parsing.

Answers added to the main post.