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Puzzle 9/18/22 — Explained
The solution and explanation for this week's puzzle.
Here’s the solution to this week’s Janus Words puzzle, with the parsing of each clue explained and the completed puzzle below, with the themed solutions highlighted. This week’s puzzle’s theme was Janus Words and their tricksy little opposite meanings.
Definitions are italicized, “clue-type” indicators are shown in parentheses, and anagram indicators are additionally marked with an *.
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6 Heartless Rebecca and I confused by rock used for sculpture (7)
An anagram (confused*) of REB_CCA (heartless Rebecca, i.e., with the central letter removed) + I. Breccia is a sedimentary rock commonly used in sculpture.
7 Put on article inside 3 to fend off a storm. A storm! (7)
An envelope with THE (article) inside (inside) WEAR (put on). Weather is a Janus Word that means “to endure” and “to fade.”
9 Ghost, for instance, losing second child minder (5)
A subtraction with SCARER (ghost, for instance) minus S (second, abbreviation).
10 Nice unicorn with no eyes going berserk at lack of interest (9)
An anagram (going berserk*) of NCEUNCORN (nice unicorn without the i’s).
11 Yearn for sign of obedience and Medieval weapon (7)
A charade of LONG (yearn for) + BOW (sign of obedience).
13 Roughly abandon 3 stick that's also split (6)
A charade of C (roughly, as in the abbreviation for circa) + LEAVE (abandon). Cleave is a Janus Word that means “cut apart” and “adhere to.”
15 Not particularly agile but canoed round it anyway (13)
An anagram (anyway*) of CANOED ROUND IT.
19 Hide or show 3 (6)
Double definition. Screen is a Janus Word that can mean “to hide from view” and “to show, as a movie.”
20 Kristy and Claudia accomplished this by a broth with bats (7)
An anagram (broth*) of BY A and (with) BATS. Kristy and Claudia were founding members of The Baby-sitters Club.
23 Extravagant mustache for servant at the French pub (9)
A charade of HAND (servant) + LE (the French — “the” in French) + BAR (pub).
24 Peter, for one, loses foot to teacher (5)
A subtraction (loses) with RABBIT (Peter, for one) minus T (loses foot, i.e., the final letter).
26 Incredible frightening 3 that's cute, electrifying at first, and very Jack (7)
A charade of AW (that’s cute) + E (electrifying at first) + SO ME (very Jack). Awesome is a Janus Word that can mean “incredible” and (somewhat more archaically) “frightening.”
27 Lincoln orbiting Sun with velocity to spare! (7)
A container clue with ABE (Lincoln) around (orbiting) SOL (Sun) + V (velocity, abbreviation.)
1 How ear comprehends 3 to deteriorate and endure? (4)
A hidden clue (comprehends) in hoW EAR. Wear is a Janus Word that can mean both “erode” and “last.”
2 Block cooler up with small beetle (6)
A charade of BAR + AC reversed (up) after (with) S (small, abbreviation).
3 First month with brand after university term that could go either way (5,4)
A charade of JAN (first month) + SWORD (brand, a literary word for sword) after (after) U (university, abbreviation).
4 Distress coming back after tropical fruit, twisted inside, produces blossom (8)
A reversal (coming back) of AIL (distress) after MAGNO (tropical fruit, twisted inside — i.e., with the inside letters of MANGO jumbled up).
5 They might cobble together some Shaker rum (10)
A cryptic definition (shoemakers who shared a shop might cobble together) with an anagram (rum* — in its sense meaning “strange”) of SOME SHAKER.
6 3 to collapse but hold on (6)
A double definition. Buckle is a Janus Word that can mean “to collapse” and “to hold together, as a belt.”
7 Mop up after screen assassin (4)
Double definition. Wick means “to mop up” and is also a screen assassin played by Keanu Reeves in John Wick.
8 Call the hospital for an alarm clock, maybe? (6)
A charade of RING (call) + E.R. (the hospital).
12 Nothing right about booze for this person! (10)
An &lit. definition that is a charade of NONE (nothing) + R (right, abbreviation) around (about) DRINK (booze).
14 Cook possibly live-streamed over a minute for a chopper (9)
A charade of TIM (Cook, possibly, as in the CEO of Apple) + BE (live) + RAN (streamed) around (over) M (minute, abbreviation).
16 How one might clue ~kool~ 3 - watch, Miss! (8)
This is a rare sort of clue that I don’t believe I’ve discussed before. It’s basically asking you to imagine a common reversal clue for the word “Kool” (how one might clue kool) which is “look” reversed (over).
17 Nothing odd in varsity hymnal causing breathing problems (6)
A letter selection clue with all the even letters (nothing odd) of vArSiTy HyMnAl.
18 3 that's hit and miss in baseball (6)
A double definition. Strike is a Janus Word that can mean “to hit” and “to miss in baseball.”
21 Breast let loose. Most naked! (6)
An anagram (let loose*) of BREAST.
22 Strong Christian maybe drops head a bit (4)
A letter rearrangement clue with BALE (Christian maybe) dropping the B below the A (drops head a bit).
25 Hold fast and run away, 3! (4)
A double definition. Bolt is a Janus Word that can mean both “hold fast, as a door” and “run away.”