CANTY and COUTHIE Solutions
Sting and Ling
c) By force (literally : Strung from a pole)
Sting : a rod Ling : a rope or thread
Perhaps the Scots equivalent of hog-tied
b) A sour, sulky wretch
the priest was an interfering auld ruddoch
c) Robin redbreast
The mavis liltit frae the thorn, (mavis : the song thrush)
The ruddoch doon the brae.
b) Linen cloth with patterns
a) A mischievous child
c) A hedgehog
Both meanings are as for urchin in English.
Solutions for Dual Crossword No 114
* = anagram of the preceding material
(rev) = reverse the preceding material
1 PLEB Contained peo ple b elowstairs & lit
. & lit : the whole clue acts as the Definition
4 BUCKSHEE Bucks (Buckinghamshire, English county) + hee [L] (scoundrel) L = lake
8 NARCOTIC O (ring) in N (Northern) + Arctic (polar region)
9 URGE Contained s urge on
10 THREE-DECKER 2 Definitions three-decker : a large wooden ship-of-the-line (battleship)
12 SPLIFF spli [T] (crack, shortly) in front of ff (very loud, fortissimo)
14 RUDDER (dude)* in RR (Rolls-Royce)
16 MONTY PYTHON (not my)* + python (Serpent) blasted : Anagram indicator
19 SKIP 2 Definitions
20 SHIPMATE (HMS Pieta)*
21 INFLATED (Flat Enid)*
22 YODA ay (always) round do (party) (all reversed it is)
. I’m not a great fan of Star Wars, which is mostly (but not entirely) clever exploitation.
2 LEAST let (permitted) round As (Arsenic, chemical symbol)
. I’d welcome solvers’ views as to whether it’s fair to use circulate to mean go round in this context
3 BACARDI bad 1 (evil one) round car
4 BUTTERFLY flutterby : Spoonerism for butterfly
. William Archibald Spooner, former Warden of New College Oxford, famous for inadvertently
. transposing the initial letters of adjacent words. kinkering Congs for conquering Kings was one
. that he himself admitted to, but many (including A sale of two titties for A Tale of two Cities) are
. almost certainly apocryphal. Quite often used as a ploy in crosswords.
5 CFC C, F, C (first letters of Chelsea Football Club)
. This clue was compiled shortly after Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea. My gut feeling, which may
. be wildly wrong, is that he wanted out and forced the club’s hand. By the time the puzzle appears
. we may know (but not care that much) more.
6 SKULK K (King) in sulk (mood) (Mourinho? Abramovich?)
7 EN GARDE (gardene [R] )*
11 EARLY BIRD 2 Definitions
13 PUMPKIN pump (interrogate) + kin (family)
. Concise Clue : Halloween, originally a pagan Celtic festival (Samhain), was hijacked by the early
. Christian church (just like Yule and Easter). The use of a hollowed out pumpkin to create a mask
. is entirely American, as is the commercially inspired Trick or treat. In Ireland a hollow turnip is used
. and they played duck-apple and bob-apple, which I remember as a child.
15 DAHOMEY home (where the heart is) surrounded by day (light)
. cf catchphrase : home is where the heart is. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is not involved.
. Modern Benin, formerly the French colony of Dahomey, then the independent Republic of Dahomey,
. still has a (ceremonial) King of Dahomey. At one time it was the epicentre of the West African slave trade.
. At that time the King’s bodyguard was a regiment of women known as the Dahomey Amazons.
17 NEPAL NE (North East) + pal (China)
. Cockney Rhyming slang My old china (plate) : my old mate (my old pal)
18 NOTED No Ted Definition with Cryptic addition
20 SAT 2 Definitions Sat = Saturday