The M&G's cryptic crossword

Welcome to the Mail & Guardian’s new cryptic crossword. Compiled by Professor George Euvrard of Rhodes University, it has been piloted in Grocotts Mail for the past 18 months as the first South Africanised cryptic crossword. The perspective is proudly South African, decolonised, and full of local references and words.

Although it’s still in the classic English cryptic crossword tradition, forget “artist” being “RA” (Royal Academy) or a “river” being “Exe”. Here you will need to delve into your Dictionary of South African English (free online at dsae.co.za) to confirm bhuti and windgat, and to take out your South African atlas to check the spelling of Nossob!

The solutions will appear in the next M&G, but in the meantime you can also come here to see explanations of each solution (at the right time), as well as engage with other solvers and the compiler on particular clues, solutions and related crossword matters.

JDE 116

Across

1 INCOMMUNICADO Out of touch with restricted earnings at Municipality, and crassly initiates a party (13)

INCOME + MUNI + C + A + DO

10 OUZEL Singer gives introductions for outgoing unrepentant Zuma at East London (5)

O + U + Z + EL

11 RAMAPHOSA Aha, O.R.‘s map given new life by new leader (9)

aha ors map anag

12 EPICENTRE Great northern tree uprooted in middle of earthquake (9)

EPIC + (n tree anag)

13 SADHU Holy man had tour in ‘backward’ America (5)

S (had anag) U

14 OSMOTIC Somewhat moist inside, old celeriac end is capable of diffusion (7)

O (moist anag) C

16 INDLELA The way that all dine out (7)

all dine anag

18 KESTREL Make strelitzia trap for bird (7)

maKE STRELitzia containment

20 GO TO BED Received nothing with teaching qualification, so retire (2,2,3)

GOT + O + BED

22 VALET Screen put around a pupil cleaning inside (5)

V (A + L) ET

24 SATIRISED Ridiculed and unhappy about it returning with lift (9)

SA (IT backwards + RISE) D

26 LUCKY DUBE Entertainer is fortunate to designate direction (5,4)

LUCKY + DUB + E

27 ERICA A female leaves our continent, replaced by Eastern flower (5)

AF/E RICA

28 PROTESTANTISM Methodism, for example, is in favour of trial - a New Testament supplemented by one’s ultimate theism (13)

PRO + TEST + A + NT + I’S + M

Down

2 NAZIISM Fascist ideology unknown in new area; one is mystified at first (7)

N + A (Z) I + IS + M

3 OIL HEATER Love one left who devours husbands and makes us all hot! (3,6)

O + 1 + L + H + EATER

4 MERIT Value mass American band returning (5)

M + (TIRE backwards)

5 NUMBERING Queen Elizabeth found in shocking state, counting ... (9)

NUMB (ER) ING

6 CAPES ... heads in shattered space (5)

space anag

7 DO-OR-DIE Entry-exit for final attempt (2-2-3)

DOOR + DIE

8 KOUE BOKKEVELD OK, OK! Eve bulked out in the mountains (4,9)

ok ok eve bulked anag

9 VALUE-ADDED TAX Duty is worth the extra demand (5-5,3)

VALUE + ADDED + TAX

15 COLISEUMS One muses about cost-of-living before going to places of entertainment (9)

(1 + muses anag) after COL

17 DETERGENT Cleaner to put off man (9)

DETER + GENT

19 SPLICER Cutter has on board quiet knitter (7)

S (P) LICER

21 BOSSIES Mad in head - in other words, final psychosis (7)

BOSS + IE + S

23 TRYST Attempt street meeting (5)

TRY + ST

25 THETA The thank-you letter (5)

THE + TA

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