Posted by nmsindy on August 20th, 2009
This was one of the hardest Indy puzzles I’ve ever tackled. Only one answer entered on first run through as a tentative guess which, as the rest of the puzzle was solved, turned out to be wrong. Solving time, 116 mins. There are a few I do not fully understand.
* = anagram
1 PERTAINING Definition: relative (pregnant i i)*
6 SWI M Victoria in that area of London
9 ART NO (UV)EAU (aeronaut)*
10 WIN O Win no games
12 M (ICRO (BREW) ER)Y New word to me, apparently a US brewery than produces v little drink perhaps for its own staff. Newton & Ridley is brewery in Coronation Street (Corrie). (Corrie)* containing brew = plot (vb), I think. All in MY = I’m surprised
15 ELECT RON RON = 50% of 8 – not understood so far 8 = MOODY BLUES, 50% of 8 is also 4
16 NO-B ALL
19 Oscar WILD (FIR) E This was my favourite clue, Wilde having nothing to declare except his genius
21 HABER (DASH) ERY the – in the clue in (by rear, he)*
25 WE (LSHWOMA)N (Ohm’s law)* in new (reversed) = updated (revolutionary)
27/4/24/26 FAINT HEART NEVER WON FAIR LADY The 26-letter anagram from the first four words in the clue stood out from the start but it took me ages to get it.
1/2 PEAK RATE My last answer Splits, I think, at Box/16 but I do not understand the wordplay “Top-billing now demanded by Box 16, it might be said. 16 in the puzzle is NO-BALL.
3 ATOMIC THEORY I (iodine) in (tracheotomy)*
5 NEARBY “beer nigh” as a Spoonerism. Very good.
8 MOODY BLUES (me doubly so)* Breakthrough answer – very well concealed anagram.
11 SECOND GROWTH “Two drivers in pack have force that only 50% extra produce”
Definition may be ‘extra produce’ but do not understand the rest so far.
13 DELIGHTFUL Reference “Turkish delight”
14 JERRY BUILD “Hastily put up the Germans, having received plug on the radio” This was the one I wrongly guessed as Jerry built on first run through, corrected when 26 across resolved it. Do not yet understand the ‘plug on the radio’ part.
17/7 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN (wine-tasting hint -his)* Goes back far enough for nmsindy to remember it well
20 CAME RA (sun-god)
22 EM MA Jane Austen’s novel, I guess
23 SNOT Tons (reversed)