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Independent 6449/Glow-worm

Posted by neildubya on June 18th, 2007


Fairly easy start to the week although I’d never heard of 18A before.

11 BOO,T(otall)Y – nice surface reading here.
13 (TESS IN PR)* – I’ve always thought SPINSTER such an unfortunate word, especially when compared with the male equivalent. I remember the 30 year old soon-to-be Mrs Dubya being horrified at being described as one.
15 PO’S,SET – having a three month old baby I’m very familiar with POSSET as a verb as I’ve had to wipe up the aftermath of enough of them but I didn’t know it could also be a noun.
18 R in (RAIDS)* = the last one to go in and a new word to me. Lucky guess really as SARDIR didn’t look right.
22 (ROTA’S)*,”nought”
24 ALL,O,A
25 PORT,(k)ENT
27 THE FAERIE QUEENE – “Queen Mab” is a fairy in English folklore.
2 (DOING ROLE)* – reference to The Gondoliers.
4 AB,ER,NEED< – another nice surface reading.
5 V,O(n)CE in AT
16 (FELL)* in SHIRE
17 I,CH in PASTE
20 I(d)A in (SEEMS)*
23 hidden in “sisTERS Eyeshadow”

6 Responses to “Independent 6449/Glow-worm”

  1. says:

    Re. 18ac. Don’t understand why “launches” is an anag. indicator. If a ship, for instance, is launched, it still retains its same form…


  2. says:

    Yes, SIRDAR was the last I got for the same reason – I never considered “launches” as an anagram indicator until I finally tracked down the solution and worked back from it. However the main definition in Chambers is “throw” and “thrown” might be OK as as indicator. Borderline perhaps.

  3. says:

    “Launch” means “throw” in the sense of “throw a cricket ball”, for instance. The ball retains its form…

  4. says:

    Yew, Al, I think you’re right about that.

  5. says:

    Ah yes, but a cricket ball is not the same as a group of letters. If they were hypothetically thrown across a river, due to their different aerodynamic properties, I doubt if they would remain in the same order 😉

  6. says:

    Come on! Despite the fact that Eimi’s answer is flagged as a joke, surely this kind of criticism deserves a more cogent response than that…

    The point about anagram indicators, it seems to me, is that they should give a plausible explanation of why the letters of a word should end up in a different order, but still in a straight line.

    “Destroyed”- fine, the order of the letters has been destroyed

    “Reordered”- fine, for obvious reason.

    “Confused”- fine, the order of the letters has been mixed up.


    What’s the chance of a group of letters being “thrown across a river” (why a river?) and ending up in a straight line?!


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