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Independent 6819/Bannsider (23-08-08)

Posted by neildubya on August 29th, 2008

neildubya.

Another superb puzzle from Bannsider with some very original and rigourous clueing. Very tough too, but always a pleasure to solve.

Across
1 (PRAYER THAT)* – ART THERAPY. Great clue with an excellent surface reading and a hard-to-spot definition: “drawing to a salutary end”.
10 SIBYL – a woman who was thought to be an oracle or prophetess by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Also sounds like “Sybil”, the wife of Basil Fawlty.
11 DJ,EL(LAB)AH – tough clue, which I got from the definition and crossing letters and then worked backwards. “Fit” is HALE and a DJ is of course a Dinner Jacket.
12 DOG COLLAR – brilliantly deceptive clue, with some lifting and separating needed on “Shadow Minister’s band” to get the definition.
13 NOT SO? – not sure about this one. I can’t think of anything else that would fit N?T?O and “like a pork pie” could work as a definition for NOT SO if we assume that “pork pie” here is Cockney rhyming slang for “lie”.
15 A(FIC[-t]ION)ADO
16 LO(BEGAN)*RRY – LOGANBERRY. One of the easier clues in a tough puzzle; I think this was the first answer I filled in.
20 I KNOW – sounds like “aye no”
21 A,MEN,HOTE[P for L] – tough word, reasonably easy clue to unravel: exactly as it should be. That said, I had to look at the clue more than a few times before I got this.
23 GAIT,S(K)ELL – another corker of a clue. “Style in constitutional” for GAIT is excellent, especially given the context of the surface reading.
24 A,CHES[-s] – another very well disguised definition: “does long”.
25 OCHE – which is where a darts player would stand, the “bull” (or bullseye) being one of the targets on a dartboard.
26 CAPE DOCTOR – a wind that blows on the South African coast in the summer.
 
Down
1 AS,SAD – I think “down, no less” must mean “AS SAD” (as someone else,say).
2 TO BE GOING ON WITH – that’s “boarder” in the sense of getting on a plane or boat or whatever.
3 HILT,NO (going up)
4 RADCLIFFE CAMERA – the marathon runner is Paula and the RADCLIFFE CAMERA is a (round) building in Oxford which I think now forms part of the reading rooms for the Bodleian Library.
5 PIER,REC,(LONELIER)* – PIERRE CORNEILLE. I’d heard of him but annoyingly couldn’t remember his first name until I got the crossing P from 1a.
7 TAB,I,THAT(WITCH)IT – “sorcerer” and “Potter” are intended to lead you up a particular garden path but the Potter here is Beatrix not Harry. TABITHA TWITCHIT appears in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, amongst others.
8 (HE ONLY GOT)* – ETHNOLOGY.
9 B(L)AN,CO – an easy clue for a sportsman who is not exactly a household name; not in this country at least as Serge BLANCO played rugby union for France.
14 TALK,(GOT IN)* – “rocket” is a Brit colloquialism meaning to give someone a reprimand or TALKING TO.
17 NO(W)ISE – I found this very tough and it was one of the last couple of answers to go in. I considered both NEWEST and NEWISH but was never really convinced by either of them. I should have just trusted the simple wordplay and I might have got it a lot quicker. “Never once” is the definition as it’s an archaic word for “not at all”.
19 C(HEAP)O – cleverly done, especially the use of “clothing” to indicate containment and “lavish” (as in “to lavish praise upon”).

9 Responses to “Independent 6819/Bannsider (23-08-08)”

  1. Kieron says:

    This seems to bear no relation to the puzzle available online… Is this normal?

  2. neildubya says:

    Do you mean the puzzle online today? My post is about last Saturday’s prize puzzle so it wouldn’t currently be online.

  3. Kieron says:

    Oh yes. Beg your pardon!

  4. nmsindy says:

    This was very difficult with some unfamiliar words – but Eimi has clearly signalled this is fair game esp at the weekend. Some cracking clues – my favourites being ART THERAPY, OCHE and TO BE GOING ON WITH but many others besides.

  5. Popeye says:

    A lovely puzzle and nice touch by Bannsider having 20A “I know” which was Sybil Fawlty’s telephone catchphrase…

  6. Ali says:

    I spent less time on last week’s Listener than I did solving about 3 clues of this puzzle. Really very hard indeed, even when you know the answers!

  7. nmsindy says:

    NOT SO I read as an equivalent to ‘lie'(falsehood) i.e “it’s not so” with ‘pork pie’ as rhyming slang – main definition ‘less’

  8. Bannsider says:

    The “I know” and Sybil Fawlty thing was a complete coincidence!
    Otherwise apologies to those less than au fait with Oxford landmarks, Beatrix Potter, Arab customs, 17th century French drama, French rugby and Egytpian pharaohs – quite a list!

  9. ilpqjmgs icygtk says:

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