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Independent 7160 (Saturday Prize Puzzle – 26 September) by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on October 2nd, 2009


This is the second successive Nimrod puzzle that I have blogged for Saturday Independents, so I guess I knew what to expect in terms of both general knowledge and difficulty. Both were at the challenging end of their respective scales.  I had to resort to a bit of research to confirm some of the answers.  For example, Bert Lahr, American actor was unknown to me, and possibly will return to my obscurity failrly rapidly.

We were told that the seventeen asterisked clues ‘lead to answers that are 24 down in various contexts’

As usual, I solved this whilst watching a variety of sports on the box, so I don’t have an accurate solving time.  I got the theme word immediately so that helped a lot on the asterisked clues.  

The theme word was GOLDEN and all the asterisked clues could have GOLDEN preceding them to form a well known word, or combination of words, as follows:


Golden retriever

Golden rules


Golden oriole

Golden age

Golden girl

Golden jubilee

Golden goal


Golden Delicious

Golden wedding

Golden hello

Golden Wonder

Golden parachute

Golden eagles

Golden fleece

Golden syrup


You will note that I have struggled to come up with a convincing explanation the word play for ROD (11 Across), JUBILEE (17 Across) and WEDDING (4 Down)  Please feel free to explain the wordplay of these to me.

Wordplay Entry
7 RE(on) + T (time) + RI (religious instruction; biblical class) + EVER (without fail) Golden RETRIEVER (a dog who presumably will go and get the stick that you throw)
8 R (king) + YULES (Christmasses, lacking the initial letter [topping]) Golden RULES (a monarch rules)
10 DON (reference Don Quixote) containing (engages) I (single) DION (man’s name)
11 D’OR (of gold; golden) reversed (got over).  I’m clutching at straws a bit here, but I feel fairly sure about the ‘OR‘ gold connection. I’m less sure how the D gets in.  ‘D can mean ‘had’, can it also mean ‘got’? ROD (cane)
12 OLE (shout of encouragement) containing (to drink) RIO (reference the port of ‘RIO de Janiero)’ Golden ORIOLE (bird)
13 Hidden in (in) ….CopenhAGEn…. Golden AGE (years)
14 GI (Reference GI Joe) + R (right) + L (left; right and left=contrasting ways) Golden GIRL (daughter)
15 SINE (trigonometrical function) + DIE (a DIE has lots of spots) SINE DIE (indefinitely adjourned)
17 BILE is a humour of early physiology.  E is the third letter of thE and BILE can contain it (over) to give BILEE, but I am defeated by JU.  Perhaps it refers to the JU of the months of JUne or JUly.  I expect that I have missed something very obvious here. Golden JUBILEE (celebration)
20 F (fine) + WASTER (good for nothing) reversed (turning) FRETSAW (tool)
22 Reference Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book The SIGN OF the FOUR, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, excluding (deserts) OUR SIGN OFF (clock out)
24 GOA ( a popular holiday destination; an island off the coast of mainland India) + LAND excluding (off) AND Golden GOAL (end)
26 LO (look) + O (round) LOO (lavatory, toilet or little boys’ room)
27 (L [50] + IN [not out]) all contained in BYE (an extra run in cricket) BY-LINE (a boundary line in football)
28 Hidden in (of) ….thE YEar….. Golden EYE (looker)
29 LA (note in the tonic solfa) + HR (short for hour; a little time) LAHR (reference Bert Lahr, 1895-1967, an American actor and comedian)
30 JUL 1 (July 1st, the day after June 30)  + A JULIA (a woman’s name)
31 ACHE (pain) contained in (during) TESTS (exams) TEA CHESTS (packing cases)


Wordplay Entry
1 Anagram of (do) CLUES I DO I Golden DELICIOUS (pleasing)
2 UR (textspeak for ‘you are’) + IN ALL (totally) excluding L (lecturer) URINAL (piss taker; cryptic definition)
3 DESIRES (wants) excluding (to move out) I DES RES (desirable residence)
4 WING is fan or vane, but I am defeated by the wordplay for EDD which is contained (admitted) in WING.  At a guess, E is the end of thE.  That still leaves DD Golden WEDDING (clearly the bride is the centre of attention at a wedding)
5 DIME (ready [money] in America) contained in (for; not the strongest containment indicator I’ve ever seen) RUNT (weakling)) RUDIMENT (principle)
6 HELL (down under) + O (nothing) Golden HELLO (‘what’s going on?’)
9 RED NOW (cryptic definition of a ‘blue’ Tory policitican crossing the floor of the House and becoming a Labour (‘red’) supporter now) reversed (heading for the top) Golden WONDER (miracle)
16 Anagram of (malfunctioning) REACH UP AT Golden PARACHUTE (structure while going down)
18 IN SPIRIT (reference Charles Lindbergh’s plane ‘Spirit of St Louis’ that he flew in to complete the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927) INSPIRIT (encourage, get behind)
19 Anagram of (dicky) AGE (13 across is AGE) + LES (Lesley) Golden EAGLES (an eagle in golf is two [couple] under par)
21 OR (gold[en]) contained in (in) FEVER (excitement) FOREVER (indefinitely)
23 FLEECE (charge too highly for) Golden FLEECE (woollen coat) – double definition
24 GEN (news) containing (about) OLD (antique) GOLDEN (happy)
25 SUP (reference ‘s up?; what’s the matter’) containing (being held) RY (railway) reversed (up) Golden SYRUP (sticky liquid)

6 Responses to “Independent 7160 (Saturday Prize Puzzle – 26 September) by Nimrod”

  1. jetdoc says:

    In 4d, DD, a large cup size for a bra, is indicated by “busty”.

    In 17a, BILE = humour replaces the N in JUNE, so it is “over the third of the month”.

  2. Allan_C says:

    11a: “d” for “had”, and “got” can mean “had”. Stretching it a bit but I think you must be right there.

    29a: Just to mention that “so” is the note preceding “la” going up the scale. But I had to google for “Lahr” so I guess he was obscure for quite a lot of solvers!

  3. IanN14 says:

    Just to defend Nimrod’s use of Bert Lahr, he was quite famous as the cowardly lion in “The Wizard of Oz”.
    Also his son wrote “Prick Up Your Ears”.

  4. nmsindy says:

    I read 11 across as D’OR’s (golden, literally ‘of gold’ from French) ‘got over’ ie reversed, as the blog indeed says, with no more to it than that.

  5. Eileen says:

    nms, I’m glad you said that. I thought exactly the same and couldn’t actually understand the other comments!

  6. Big Dave says:

    It’s only a small point, but in 5 down I took “to describe” as the containment indicator; “for” is part of “ready for American”.

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