“Grapes for Wine-making”

Cryptic Quiz 12

My dad’s fruit-wine brewing ended with a crescendo, in the 106-gallon year that included an outstanding sweet blackberry and a fearsome Victoria plum and crab-apple. Wine seemed to be French, rusty-red, expensive and astringent. The locals in Brittany, however, were choosing litre bottles of cheerful, red juice called Plein du Soleil, on our summer camping trip. What followed has been a treasury of friendly chats with wine-makers, to a background of sunny courtyards or happy rows of vines. Empty your car boot and aim it towards those vines. You’re in for a treat.

First Question

Tiberius left Rome in a mess.
M (6)

Tiberius: “T”

left: “L”

“T L Rome” in a mess:

Anagram of: “T L Rome”


Second Question

Pick the beginning. Not without information, right?
P (5,4)

“Pick” the beginning: “Pi”


without information: “no i”

right: “R”

Pinot Noir

Third Question

Regular dropped their ale in winter maze and got disorientated.
G (14)

“Regular” dropped their “ale”: “Rgur”

“Rgur” in “winter maze”: “winterRgurmaze”

“winterRgurmaze” got disorientated: anagram of:


Fourth Question

Add back one hundred at the end.
M (6)

Add: “Sum”

“Sum” back: “muS”

one hundred: “C”

“at” the end


Fifth Question

Keep appointment at the Social Security Office. Inside, the mauve doesn’t suit me. Go pale and lose footing.
S (9,5)

Keep appointment at the Social Security Office: “Sign on”

“mauve” doesn’t suit “me”:

“mauve” without “me”: “auv”

“Sign on”. Inside, “auv”: “S auv ign on”

Go pale: “Blanche”

Lose footing: take the end off

take the end off “Blanche”: “Blanc”

Sauvignon Blanc

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R (7)

Snapped lines: anagram of lines: “eslin”

“eslin” in the “rig”:


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Chemical elements: All possible, Carbon: C, Copper: Cu, Gold: Au, Hydrogen: H, Iron: Fe, Nitrogen: N, Oxygen: O, Silver: Ag, Sulphur: S

Chess: King: K, Queen: Q, Bishop:B, Knight: N, Rook: R

Countries: Australia: Aus, England: Eng, France: Fr, Germany: Ger, Great Britain: GB, Northern Ireland: NI, New Zealand: NZ, Russia: Rus, Scotland: Sco, South Africa: SA, Spain: Esp, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: UK, United States of America: USA/US

Cricket Score Card: bowled: b, caught: c or ct, stumped: st.

Direction: east: E, left: L, north: N, right: R, south: S, west: W

Jobs: Salesperson/man/woman: Rep

Military: Royal Artillary: RA, Royal Engineers: RE

Miscellaneous: Hospital: H

Money: penny: d/p, pound: l, shilling: s

Music notation: loud: f, notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, quiet: p, very loud: ff, very quiet: pp

Musical notes: doh, ray, me, fa/fah, so, la/lah, te

Names: First/Christian Names can be abbreviated to the first letter. Common alternatives are also used: Catherine/Katherine: Cath, Cathy, Kat, Kate, Katy, … Charles: Charlie, Chaz, Chuck, … Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Betty, Eliza, … Henry: Harry, Hal, …

Numbers: billion/thousand-million: giga/G, billionth: nano/n, hundredth: centi/c, million: mega/M, tenth: deci/d, thousand: kilo/k, thousandth: milli/m, trillion/million-million: tera/T

Police: Detective Inspector: DI, Detective Sargent: DS, Policeman/Copper/Plod: PC

Popular Culture: Compact Disk: CD, Extended Play record: EP, fashionable: U, laugh out loud: lol, Long Play record: LP, unfashionable: non-U

Position/Grade: First/1st/I/A, Second/2nd/II/B, Third/3rd/III/C, Fourth/4th/IV/D, Fifth/5th/V/E, Sixth/6th/VI/F/Fail

Road Names: Avenue: Av, Close: Cl, Court: Ct, Crescent: Cr, Drive: Dr, Road: Rd, Street: St

Roman Numerals: one: I, five: V, ten: X, fifty: L, one hundred: C, five hundred: D, one thousand: M,

Scientific: acceleration: a, Amps: A, Centigrade: C, electricity: AC (Alternating Current), DC (Direct Current), Energy: E, Fahrenheit: F, hour: h/hr, mass: m, minute: m/min, Newtons (Force): N, Speed of Light: c, second: s/sec, speed/velocity: v, time/temperature: t, Tesla: T, Volts: V, Watts: W

Ships: Steam Ship: SS, Her/His Majesty’s Ship: HMS

Sport: Professional: Pro

Subjects: Art/s: A, Biology: Bio, Chemistry: Chem, Engineering: Eng, Philosophy: Phil, Science: Sc

Text: circa : c, editor: ed, information: i/info, in charge: ic, plural: pl, reference/referee: ref, refers to/with reference to: re, slang: sl, spelling: sp, very: v,

Titles: Bachelor: B, Doctor: Dr/DPhil/PhD, Knight: Sir, Master: M, Missis/Missus/Mistress: Mrs, Mister: Mr, Professor: Prof, Saint: St

Vehicle Licence Plate Country Codes: France: F, Germany: D, Italy: I, Switzerland: Ch, UK: GB

Weights and Measures: gram: g, metre: m, pound: lb, stone: st, ton/tonne: t