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Independent 6963 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on February 9th, 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone

I found this extremely tough. There was a lot of quite obscure stuff and quite a few that I didn’t follow.

Across
1,14 Monday Morning Feeling: Mon + hom. “dame awning” + fee + ling. A perfect clue to sum up how I felt trying to struggle through this first thing Monday.
9 Perm: Double def. I think it must be referring to perm being used in expressions like “perm any two from four”.
10 Cloisonne: Conn[i]e around Lois. Connie Francis is an American singer and Lois Lane is Superman’s love interest. Not sure what a cloisonne is, but it seems to be something ornamental.
11 Bereft: ref in bet.
13 Llanelli: ([w]ell all in)*
17 Mediant: Didn’t understand this – the clue is “Old Iranian artefact ultimately given to me”. It looks like me + dian + last letter of artefact, but I’ve never heard of Dian as an Iranian and mediant is a musical term, so I can’t see what it’s got to do with the clue.
18 Diarist: hom. of dire wrist.
20,28 Leave No Stone Unturned: “Waste no opportunity to reverse every Roller?” I’m not entirely sure about this, but I think it might be a cryptic reference to the Rolling Stones.
23 Telemann: Teleman + n. George Philipp Telemann was a composer. I’m not sure about teleman for TV personality. Wouldn’t it be “telly man” ?
24 Teresa: Easter* (Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
26 Sterilise: I think this is an anagram of “tree s” + i l (first letters of in Latin) + is.
27 AWOL: Even letters of Larwood + l.
Down
2 Oxeye: X in OE + ye[t].
3 Dam: double def.
4 Yucatan: Cat in Yuan.
5 Otoole: Too in [r]ole – Peter O’toole
6 Nastase: (an asset)*. Ilie Nastase was a tennis player, hence court.
7 Non-believer: (Nobel I)* in never.
8 Bed linen: B.Ed. + line +n[ot].
12 Enlargement: (Angler meant)* with a changed to e.
15 Epilepsy: Pile in EPs + y.
16 Gut: “String theory”. I presume this is a double def. String for gut seems reasonable, but I’m struggling a bit with theory. Perhaps it’s in the sense of “gut instinct”.
17 Mel: “One over the moon over a girl ?” It might be “One over the moon over” = Lem reversed, but I don’t know who or what Lem is.
19 Sea Lion: Seal + ion. I think it means cork as a verb i.e. if cork a bottle, you seal it.
21 Entreat: Entre[e] + [aspir]at[ional].
22 In situ: Odd letters of “pianist in tour”.
25 Spoke: double def. It seems as if you can use rung to refer to the spoke of a wheel, although it’s more commonly associated with ladders.
27 Air: [Ma]ria<.

11 Responses to “Independent 6963 by Glow-worm”

  1. beermagnet says:

    16D GUT Grand Unified Theory – the TOE, Theory Of Everything, that will no doubt involve String Theory.
    17D LEM Lunar Excursion Module The Eagle that landed the first men on the moon was a LEM.
    (TLAs – we gottem)

  2. mhl says:

    Thanks for the post, NealH.

    I think 17 across is that MEDIAN was an old Iranian language, T is “artefact ultimately” (as you say) and the definition is “me”, that being the third note of the solfa or the MEDIANT of the scale.

  3. Paul B says:

    It must be ‘old Iranian’ (adj.) here as in ‘relating to the people of Media': they were Medes (Medic, Medism, Medise etc.)to Greeks, and I’m pretty sure Median isn’t generally used as a noun.

  4. mhl says:

    oops – I was just going by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_language

  5. eimi says:

    I have no specialist knowledge of this, Paul, but Collins says “Median n, adj” in the entry under Mede.

  6. mhl says:

    NealH: with regard to 9 across, Chambers does indeed give “perm” as a short form of “permutation” (and it says it can be verbed :))

  7. Simon Harris says:

    I also found this remarkably tough going, so nice work on the blog. The 17s eluded me completely, but there was some nice clueing in there all the same.

  8. Glow-worm says:

    The third line of the Chambers entry for “Median” gives “also n” in brackets, so I felt pretty safe whichever way solvers wished to read it! Paul B’s right, though, that the adjectival use is predominant and that’s what I had in mind.

  9. John Peters says:

    I don’t think “Roller” (20,28) was ever used for the Rolling Stones!

  10. Mike Laws says:

    No, it’s the rolling stones which gather no moss.

  11. Paul B says:

    Wotcher Glow-worm, Eimi.

    Sorry about the noun, guys. I went (in Collins Lite, which is the desktop version they give you when you buy the paper dick) to Media and associated entries, which doesn’t give the noun. Annoyed now.

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