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Independent 6569/Glow-worm – Remember, remember…

Posted by neildubya on November 5th, 2007

neildubya.
Across
1 K in (PEARLS)*,R – SPARKLER. Got this straight off, and all of the other thematic answers followed soon after.
10/5 (LAND)* in ROMANCE – ROMAN CANDLE. The last thematic answer I got and possibly the most disappointing of all fireworks. They seem to promise much but hardly ever deliver.
12 UN,FREEZE – sounds like “frieze”.
13 [-c]OX-EYE – my only quibble with this is that “pays attention” would surely lead to EYES rather than EYE?
17 GUIDEPOST – I filled in GUIDEBOOK without thinking too much as I scented a very fast solving time. I had a feeling it wasn’t right though, which 8D later confirmed.
18/20A (RACHEL WHITE NEE)* – a really good anagram and indicator (“Wild”) but I can’t help thinking that the clue would have been so much better with a different definition rather than the thematic phrase “attractive thing” as, once you’ve got one of the other thematic clues, it immediately gives the game away.
22/25/14/11 (H-HELP HER A PURLOINED CIGARETTE BUTT)* – LIGHT THE BLUE TOUCHPAPER AND RETIRE. I didn’t bother to work out the anagram for this as the enumeration and definition were enough.
26 SHINE in PUSS
28 ROCK,ET
 
Down
2 M in A DIN
8 EVEN in (THEY’LL) – ELEVENTHLY. Not an obvious word but the wordplay is clear enough.
9 HE’S in A DIVE – deceptive clue, especially the definition “tacky” as part of the phrase “joint that’s low and tacky”. I knew that HE could be “ambassador” but at the time I couldn’t remember why. It stands for His (or Her) Excellency.
16 EXTR[-a],IN,[mu]SIC[al] – I liked “loses footing” to indicate dropping a final letter.
17 G,HILL,IE,S – I knew the word but didn’t know what it meant. Filled it in quite confidently though as the wordplay was straightforward.
20 A,TT in WAGE
23 hidden reversed in “carrOTS UGh” – “can’t keep them down” was obviously irresistible but I’m not really sure it does the job of telling us what we’re supposed to do here. That said, it didn’t delay me in getting the answer.
24 hidden in “licHEN NAturopath”

2 Responses to “Independent 6569/Glow-worm – Remember, remember…”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    OXEYE (13A)

    I too was a bit unhappy with “eye” but perhaps it’s there in the sense that “cast an eye over this” means “give this some attention”. But if so then “pays” is a bit odd. Is there some sort of sense in which to pay is to lie next to? Not sure about this …

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    In 17dn the surface jarred for me. The phrase Grampian fell just isn’t right. Scotland has hills, north England has fells.

    It was nice to have a thematic for the 5th but as soon as I had SPARKLER I wrote all the other theme phrases in with little thought. I did have to check …RETIRE though as I was always taught, “…and stand well back.”

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