Posted by kenmac on July 16th, 2009
Well, here goes with my first blog. I picked up my Independent with some trepidation but as soon as I turned to The Inquisitor and saw that it was by Phi, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I find Phi’s cluing to be reasonably fair most of the time and this was no exception. I was also all geared up for some July 4th US Independence theme but ’twas not to be.
Several of the across answers that bordered the left edge or right edge were too long for their grid space thus causing them to HANGOVER the grid (effectively losing their first or last letter, as appropriate.)
The excess letters to the left spelled out THE WRATH and the excess letters to the right spelled out OF GRAPES thus THE WRATH OF GRAPES which I’m sure many of us have experienced as a result of the EXCESS the night before.
Solving time: 90 minutes
|1||DAEDAL||LA (US city)+DEAD
(absolutely) (all reversed: backing)
(left hand page)
|9||T||RUMP||RUM inside TP
|11||H||ORSESHOE||(gardene)RS inside HOES
(tools)+HOE (extra one!)
|13||ROADSHOW||A inside RODS
inside MOT (French for word:
word in Paris.) Egmont, opus 84, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set
of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I’ll have forgotten that next week
|15||STUN||G||NUT (devotee) inside GS
|17||W||ORRIT||OR (gold) inside WRIT
|19||GLOAT||(ow)L inside GO
AT (attack.) This one had me baffled for ages as I knew
it had to be GLOAT but I
couldn’t see how GOAT
represented “attack”- d’oh!
|20||OTAGO||TAG (name) inside OO
(rings.) OTAGO is a region in
the south of the south island of New Zealand. Anywhere near where
Phi lives? I don’t know.
(reversed.) Apparently a French word for extravagant admiration
|23||R||USHY||RUSH (sudden flow)+Y
(unknown.) RUSHY=made of
(position) inside LA (the
French.) LAPUTA: a flying
island in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, inhabited by people who
engage in ridiculous projects.
|26||A||CID FREAK||CID (police)+Following
inside AREA (sector) +K(ing).
ACID FREAK: a person who takes
|28||TURNIP TO||P||NIP (smart) inside POT
(reversed.) TURNIP TOP: the
green sprout of a turnip in its second year, used as a vegetable.
|29||T||OSSING||SOT (a drunk)
(reversed)+SING (to give
|30||HEIN||E||EIN (one in German) inside
HE (fellow.) Heinrich HEINE:
|31||H||OTTED||(po)TTE(ry) inside HOD
(trough.) HOTTED: informal
word for heated
|32||DEPRES||S||EP (extreme pressure)
inside DRESS (bandage)
|1||DRONGO CUCKOO||Anagram (anagrind: flying) NO GOOD ROC
(d)UCK (losing head)
|2||AURUM||U(ranium) x2 (repeatedly)
inside ARM (inlet.) AURUM:
the Latin word for gold. Confused me for a little while because I
thought the leading AU was gold
|3||EMSWORTH||Anagram (anagrind: out) THROWS ME.
Lord EMSWORTH is a recurring
character in PG Wodehouse’s Blanding’s stories who breeds pigs.
Having never read any Wodehouse, I don’t know if the dotty refers
to the pigs’ markings or the fact that EMSWORTH was absent-minded
Spenserian adjective for infatuated
(heartless and reversed)
|6||ESTH||Hidden: likES THis|
|7||REROUTE||OUT (way of escape) inside
RE (soldiers) x2
|16||TAR PAPER||REP (salesman)+ A
PRAT (fool) (all reversed)
|18||ROSIEST||OS (outsize: unusually
large)+I inside REST
(and in German)
|22||FLANGE||L(ine) inside FANGE(d)|
successful policeman) without MO (moment: second)
|27||DUST||Hidden: avoideD US Temporarily|