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Guardian 24,242, Quantum: Better latte than never

Posted by michod on 23rd November 2007



4. JAM PAN. A guess now confirmed – it’s a kind of sedan chair.

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Independent 6585/Math

Posted by neildubya on 23rd November 2007


In his blog yesterday, nmsindy was wondering why Phi had been moved from his usual Friday slot; this puzzle might provide an explanation… Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 46, Royalty by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 23rd November 2007

Colin Blackburn.

By the time you read this I should be at the top of Manau Kea in Hawaii.
Unless I turn out to get altitude sickness in which case I’ll be in a bar in Hilo!

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Independent 6580/Monk

Posted by neildubya on 23rd November 2007

3 A,MB,U,LANCES – I hesitated a bit over this as I didn’t know that LANCE=move quickly but with A,MB,U and a definition of “hospital transport” there’s not much else it can be.
11 [-s]CARED
12 E in WILDE,D – I liked “an Oscar” to indicate WILDE because it’s a bit different to what we would usually see: “Oscar, say” or “Oscar, perhaps”.
13 REWARD< – one of four answers in the puzzle that uses the same letters.
15 INFERNAL,A CHIN in ME – INFERNAL MACHINE. I’d heard of the phrase but wasn’t really sure what it meant – apparently it’s a concealed explosive device intended to destroy life or property.
21 WARRED – “ward”. The second thematic clue.
23 W in TOE,RED – I’ve been caught out by “legend” (end of leg) before, and by the same setter I think.
26 ED in CAR – is there a technical term for clues like this: “Editor’s vehicle wrapped round tree”, where we have to read it as “Vehicle’s wrapped round editor tree”. Reverse container-and-contents, perhaps?
27 SATYRICON – which was a satirical novel written in the 1st century AD by Petronius. SATYR is a word for a lascivious man (“Chap desiring sex”).
5 hidden in “fUND IDeally”
6 RA (going up),A in CHIC – with A?C???? filled in I had to resist the urge to fill in “ancient”.
7 C,RIS[-e] in (ARETE)* – CAREERIST. “Professional climber” is a great definition.
8 SIDE – was a bit puzzled about this one when I filled it in but I think I get it now. Full clue is “Left Channel 4?” and it was the “Channel 4″ bit I didn’t get. I think it’s a reference to a TV station being a SIDE, as in “Switch to the other side”, meaning to change channels. Unless anyone else has a better explanation.
9 WARDER – the third thematic clue. The “lift and separate” definition is “screw”.
14 BELLY-DANCE – marvellous cryptic def. “Corporation shake-up in the East”.
16 IN LAND in F,AI (going up) – FINLANDIA is a symphonic poem by Jean Sibelius.
17 TIDE (going up) in MATES
19 EAR[-ly],DRU[-id],M[-en] – an excellent clue with an original treatment. “Both feet having been severed” is the indicator for lopping off the last two letters in “early Druid men”.
20 REWARD – the fourth thematic clue, and identical to 13A! “Artist’s back pay for good work”.
22 DES (going up),OD – I originally filled in DOPED thinking “I’ll figure out the wordplay later”, but that’s never a good idea.
25 S,CUP – a “porgy” is a type of sparid food fish, or SCUP. This was all news to me but the wordplay could only take you in one direction.

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Beelzebub 926/Phi (11-11-07)

Posted by neildubya on 23rd November 2007

1 L in BASH – I hesitated over this at first because I couldn’t see why “go” = BASH. Then I remembered “have a bash at [something]”.
11 (SIGN BLOOMERS)* – REBLOSSOMING. Pleasing &lit clue.
12 ENZOOTIC – this must be right as the definition fits but I can’t untangle the wordplay: “Quickly one should return around zone suffering localised disease”.
16 BEE,SWING – a BEE is a social gathering (e.g. spelling bee) and BEESWING is a flaky deposit found in port and other wines.
19 P in A DRESS
21 DA in DUET,E
24 E in SLP,TOFF – I initially filled in SWEPT OFF even though it didn’t really fit with the definition because I convinced myself that Arthur Scargill was in the Socialist Worker’s Party (SWP). Turns out he founded the Socialist Labour Party.
29 IT’S A< – IT is vermouth, as in “gin and it” (which sounds like a classic martini to me…)
32 (B[-a]BY)*,LOW – BYBLOW. Excellent &lit clue. A BYBLOW is an illegitimate child.
1 BREEZE – I liked this clue a lot: “Refuse to go cheerfully”. As a noun, BREEZE refers to cinders, ash or dust (which is what breeze blocks are made out of) and as a verb it can mean a few things but probably the most relevant is “to move in a self-confident or jaunty manner”.
2 (CLEARLY UNLIT)* – LENTICULARLY. I struggled to get, partly because I thought I was looking for a word ending -ICAL.
4 BE,A in H (FOOT)* – HOOFBEAT. Another excellent &lit: “Horse with foot moving? Happen one will be involved”. I’ve only now spotted that “happen one” is BE,A though.
8 P,P,IE in LIST
15 QUEE[-r],(MAN)*,B – QUEEN MAB is a tantalizing fairy who “governs and produces peoples’ dreams”.
17 SPOFFISH – not sure if this is right as I can’t work out the wordplay. Full clue is “Officious affected types upset a person”. This answers crosses with 33A – which I’ve got as HASTE (the H is where they cross) but I can’t explain that either so it’s possible that might be wrong too.
20 DEFRA,Y[e]S
25 odd letters of SiLk, initial letters of “Used By Braiders”.
27 IT<,R,L – TIRL.

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Our first appearance in the national press

Posted by neildubya on 23rd November 2007


Virgilius Fifteensquared puzzle

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