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Independent 6734 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on May 16th, 2008


A fairly straightforward puzzle by Phi, I found – solving time, 16 mins

* = anagram < = reversed

1 SHOPPING LIST A second meaning for each of the words.

9 O SA K A It = SA (Sex appeal) A crossword staple.

11 STEAM OPEN Liked this. Open as in open golf.

12 DRAW Equality (as in a football match)



16 A (R) N OLD Worked this out from the wordplay. Not heard of the composer but Wikipedia tells me there’s a Samuel Arnold from the late 1700s. R = runs (cricket)

19 FL (OUR) Y ‘Like’ as it’s an adjective.


21CH (INST R) AP (isnt)* R = right

21 VI (O) L (e) Sensing a musical interest of the setter.

23 ARTHROPOD (port hoard)* ? as ‘crustacean’ is just one example of this class of creatures.

28 C (A N) ON

27 MICROCLIMATE (it commercial)*


1 HO A X A = first (letter) of April. X = times (multiplication sign). Very tolerant of the Indy to mention a competing title.

3 POST M ARK (as in Noah’s)

4 IN ESSE cf (f) inesse. All my dicts say it means ‘in existence’ which does not seems quite the same as ‘at heart’ so I hope I’ve not missed something. I verified the answer using ‘reveal’


6 IMPERSO NATION (promise)*

7 TU (r) NED

8 G OLD LEAF Refers to the phrase ‘turning over a new leaf’ i.e. reforming for the better

10 ANACHRONISTIC n (new) in (chair action)*

14 IMPRESARIO I (one) in (proms are I)*


18 POP PAD UM Nice to be able to work out a new word from the wordplay. It’s an Indian dish.

21 PROPEL cf proper


24 E (C) HT the<

7 Responses to “Independent 6734 by Phi”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    16ac There reference is undoubtedly to Sir Malcolm Arnold, one of Britain’s most significant 20th century composers.

  2. Ali says:

    Funnily enough, when I solved 16A, I thought of David Arnold, he of the recent Bond film scores and the excellent Play Dead collaboration with Bjork!

    Anyhow, a nice puzzle, with faultless clueing as ever from Phi. 8D was very nice. I needed a bit of help with 4D though.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Hmm, I didn’t consider David Arnold despite living in his home town of Luton for four years. His collaboration with Bjork was excellent. Maybe I should replace the “undoubtedly” with “probably”.

  4. Testy says:

    I agree that 4D was the tricky one here and that “At heart” was not very good as a definition (as Nmsindy pointed out it means “in existence” not “at heart”).

    I had guessed that the answer was IN ESSE but thought that the “At heart” was part of the wordplay giving IN ESSENCE and I was left looking for some way to subtract the NCE and for a definition. I think your explanation is more likely and that the definition appears to simply be wrong (at least according to the on-line dictionaries I currently have access to).

    Otherwise a good puzzle (bit of a funny looking grid though!)

    P.S. MICROCLIMATE is (it commercial)*

  5. nmsindy says:

    MICROCLIMATE – corrected now, I must have been thinking cryptic to put ‘ad’ next to ‘commercial’. Will defer to you guys re the composers. I’d looked in Chambers Crossword dict to seek verification but no Arnold’s mentioned there. I’ve looked in Bradford’s now and it’s there but it does not say who…

  6. Phi says:

    As a longstanding member of the Malcolm Arnold Society, I know who I meant. I think I’ve heard some reference to family links to Samuel, but none to David.

    If you’re not careful, I’ll use the other two prominent British symphonists born in Northampton in the early years of the 20th century, one of whom isn’t even in Chambers Crossword Lists (which I greatly prefer to the Dictionary). Can’t help feeling there should be a fightback against these obscure pop groups that keep creeping in…

    I was going to say that if it’s a funny-looking grid, there’s probably a Nina, but there isn’t. What I think Testy is referring to is the fact that the rotational symmetry looks a bit odd (that lump of black top left). I wonder what a mirror reversal of this grid would look like – much better, I’d guess.

  7. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Phi, for an excellent puzzle as normal and, Colin, you were perfectly right. From a solver’s point of view, the key was – esp for a daily puzzle – that the clue could be solved unambiguously even if you did not know the reference, as I didn’t.

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