Never knowingly undersolved.

Independent 6312 by Virgilius – themed as always

Posted by nmsindy on January 9th, 2007


I found this tough, though guessing the theme when I solved straightaway the very first clue (BROWSER) which was a hidden.

Grid filled with words associated with computers.    Some very inventive clueing, as I
associate with Virgilius.

Solving time:  34 mins

* = anagram

9  COMPACT DISC    CD is in middle of anecdote!  Good.
10 E MU Mu is Greek equivalent of M
11 UN(SUR)E  Two French words.   Were you looking for ER or UM?
14 SPELL CHECKERS “Chequers” PM’s residence in holidays.
23 P(L)UG IN  The architect PUGIN
25 UGH  (HUGH) Grant, the actor, with the initial h missing (“for Cockney”), I think.
26 SPREADSHEET e.g. centre SPREAD in paper (2 pages) + SHEET (another)
27 SPOT and PAL (both reversed) to give laptops “going to West”.   Excellent surface.
28 FOR MATS   

1 BACK UP   Had to think a bit about this, before remembering that to get someone’s back up is to annoy them.
15 (L (chemical finally) + REACT SAY)* CATALYSER Took me a while to spot the precise anagram.   A brilliant & lit.
16 B I ANNU(A)L.    Annoyed I did not get this, in a crucial position in the grid, more quickly.   Means twice a year, unlike “biennial” which means every two years.
19 RIG V (ED) A   Got this eventually from the wordplay.   A Hindu work.
20 UNITES  SET IN U (university) “upset”
24 HALF  A score (twenty) is half forty!   Last I solved.

2 Responses to “Independent 6312 by Virgilius – themed as always”

  1. says:

    I thought this was a very good example of its type – because the quality of the clues matched the large number of thematic entries. Slightly delayed by a careless BEEF UP at 1D but otherwise it seemed average difficulty for a Virgilius puzzle.

  2. says:

    Yes, very enjoyable. I think I’ve developed a Pavlovian response to Virgilius puzzles: “Where’s the theme, must find theme…”

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

five × = 35