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Independent 6528/Virgilius

Posted by Colin Blackburn on September 18th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

A typically good Virgilius puzzle with a few tough clues. I made one significant error early on which left me flummoxed over the last two entries.

7 TICKET COLLECTOR — double def. — a driver committing parking or speeding offences might collect tickets! For some reason I wrote in TICKET INSPECTOR very early on without fully resolving the second cryptic definition. This was great for a while as almost all the crossing lights went in okay. Then at the end I was left with 3 and 4 down. I spent too long trying to force in wrong answers before I realised my error was in this clue!
10 LIVELIHOOD — (HOLD OIL I’VE)* — this is a great anagram because it is such an awkward answer to see without a few checking letters. For a while I had just the final D and so moved ‘handled’ from the word play to the definition, desperate to find a word ending in -ED.
12 ENDORSED — (RED-NOSED)* — another good angram and great, but simple, surface.
13 MIDAIR — austRIA DIMly — excellent reverse hidden word.
18 OUTGENERAL — OUT+GENERAL — I didn’t know this word at all and despite having OUT for a time I didn’t connect usual and GENERAL.
19 BLUE — double def. — BLUE refers to adult in the sense of blue joke, blue movie, etc.
21 SHIP OF THE DESERT — cryptic def. — a camel would be seen in a caravan.
22 DIFFERENTLY — (FRIEND LEFT)* + (part)Y — yet another good anagram with potential anagrinds at both ends of the clue just to confuse things further.
1 RICHARD THE THIRD — cryptic def. — mounting desperation from, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”
2 FLEW — L in FEW — The Few refers to the RAF in 1940. The term arises from a speech by Churchill about the Battle of Britain.
4 ALLIED — L in A LIED — LIED = a German song = number.
6 NATIONAL GALLERY — “art-of-the-state”. Just the opposite usually signifies a reversal in the word play from that stated, here it creates a cryptic definition.
8 RED CRESCENT — RE + CR after D in DESCENT — an insertion clue with a precise location specified. The Red Crescent is the equivalent of the Red Cross in Islamic countries.
14 MILANESE — M1 LANES + E — parts of motorway = M1 LANES
20 BEAT — BE AT — a real doh! moment to end on.

6 Responses to “Independent 6528/Virgilius”

  1. nmsindy says:

    This was good as always from Virgilius – not too difficult. I do not understand the wordplay in 3 down “Sort of criminal who’s less blessed?” R?C?I?E? RECEIVER from the definition, I guess.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    I think it’s a cryptic def. It is better to give than receive.

  3. Testy says:

    Yes. Bible reference, Acts 20:35 ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

  4. nmsindy says:

    Many thanks for that, Colin and Testy.

  5. Michod says:

    I had out ‘outperform’ for 18 across, which I think fits the wordplay better (just a shame my version doesn’t actually correspond to the definition).

  6. Colin Blackburn says:

    OUTPERFORM crossed my mind too. If I’d put that in as well as TICKET INSPECTOR I doubt there’d have been a blog at all!

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