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Independent 6480 by Virgilius – Reversals and much more

Posted by nmsindy on July 24th, 2007


Even by Virgilius’ exalted standards, I thought this was really special – famous names reversed being a big part of it.    The theme revealed itself gradually as the grid filled up.

Solving time:  31 mins

* = anagram  < = reversal


3/1A  PETER PAN   From J M Barrie’s play – character who never grows up – hence play-boy.

6 TH(ieves) ROB

10/3D  ALEXANDER POPE  (poet)  There have been eight Popes called Alexander.

12 RACE M(EMOR)Y   Rome<      Same meaning as folk memory.

14 E (CO) NOMIC    (income)*       Excellent surface.

18/15/26  SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE  (poet)    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (composer).

20 ROSEMARY   Mary Rose,  KING (11) HENRY (28) VIII’s warship.  “Exchanging parts”.  Wondered if the 1128 was run together deliberately to look like a year.     That was my first reading before twigging it referred to clue numbers.

23 MARKS W (with) OMEN   Great clue.

28/11  HENRY KING    Got this from the “backward” monarch – later verifying he’s a character in Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales who chewed bits of string.

30  TRY   Hear (a court case).    Rugby score, which the scoring team follows by getting a kick at goal to convert it (and make 5 points 7).


4 TIA MARIA    Aunt Maria in Spanish.   A liqueur  “that gets drunk” is definition.

8/25  BARRY JOHN    Famous Welsh stand-off half (so wore No 10).   Lloyd George (Welsh PM) at No 10 Downing Street.

16 ROYAL NAVY    Royal blue and navy blue.

17 HOME TEAM   Pleasing cryptic definition I solved first time around.

22 HORDES    “Hoards”

25/8  JOHN BARRY   John = gospel  music – bar  ry = railway.

9 Responses to “Independent 6480 by Virgilius – Reversals and much more”

  1. dupin says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with nms.
    A weird idee fixe with ‘green man’ for 3/1A held me up a while.

  2. Mick Hodgkin says:

    Wot no Elton John?

  3. eimi says:

    Virgilius mentioned his idea to me and asked if I could think of any other people who “6 Down”. Unfortunately the only ones I could think of were a little obscure, but it’s quite a good game. Maybe readers could suggest a few more.

    I came up with:
    John Collins and Collins John (footballers who both played for Fulham)
    King Solomon and (singer) Solomon King

    and I recently came across Kiwi America’s Cup supremo Grant Dalton, a reversal of a former British high jumper Dalton Grant.

  4. Ian says:

    30 across – clear you’re not Rugby League fans – 5 points makes 7 indeed – southern softies !!

  5. nmsindy says:

    Touché, Ian.

  6. ilancaron says:

    Eimi: there’s Major Major who’s a character in Catch-22 who is the reversal of a character in Catch-22 who is…

  7. eimi says:

    Thanks Ilan, but Major Major would have to be in a different crossword, with Humbert Humbert from Lolita and Duran Duran from Barbarella. Any more?

  8. neildubya says:

    How about King Stephen (c.1097 – 1154) and Stephen King (horror novelist)?

    It’s a shame there wasn’t a King Mervyn, to go with his reversal, the current Governor of the Bank of England.

  9. Richard Heald says:

    There’s the acting triumvirate of Robert Lindsay, Robert Wagner & Lindsay Wagner. Or how about Barbara Windsor, Barbara Castle and, er, Windsor Castle?

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