Posted by nmsindy on November 10th, 2009
Extremely impressive by Nimrod. Fitting about a dozen examples of the themed answer LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE into the grid. Made very little progress till I worked out that thematic answer after about 20 mins, the whole puzzle took 53 mins. One or two wordplays not yet understood, but have verified on Indy website that my answers are correct.
* = anagram < = reversed
1/25/15A LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE (vodka befell meanie)* Pretty clear from the start that this was an anagram of those 17 letters. The breakthrough was finding 29 across NOWHERE – I’d suspected from early on that the second word was OF. It was a hit for the band Buck’s Fizz who won the Eurovision contest in 1981 and Buck’s Fizz is a drink used in the surface reading of the clue.
4 AN TWERP ‘silly’ is a noun here.
8 NO D Land of Nod. Originally from the Bible, now meaning sleep
9 PAVLOV A Russian ballerina and Pavlov of the conditioned reflex
10 O (REGAN) O Daughter of King Lear from Shakespeare’s play
11 TÍR NA N-ÓG (ignorant)* Literally ‘land of the young’ from Gaelic (Irish)
12 G (EMIN)I Joe = GI and Tracey EMIN
13 SCATHE ( Queen’s half-restrained “Blast!”) is the clue. blast = scathe but I do not understand the rest.
16 OVA Think this is “over” as a ham (bad actor) might say it.
17 EX-PLAIN I liked this a lot ie it’s no longer plain so it’s now complicated
19 RE SIS T sororal = relating to sister = re sis
22 ERNEST Run the names of those two Indy setters together as BannsidER NESTor and he is a string of letters there.
23 L I LLI (ill)< PUT Jonathan Swift
26 HOSANNA HOSEA (prophet) with a nn for e (drug)
27 ALCOPOP Punning on ‘pop’
28 KEN I think this has two definitions, name and knowledge, with clue also indicating T = the’s has left KENT.
29 NOW HERE
30 NAR NIA ran< (in a)* From CS Lewis’s books
1 LAPUTA (a TU pal)< TU = trade union More from Jonathan Swift
2 NEVER Never-Never land – J M Barrie’s Peter Pan
3 O DO RANT !!!!
4 A DOS(e)
5 T(HE) LEAL Very pleased to work out this one, which was unknown to me, from the wordplay and confirm after. (eh)< in (tell a)* Scottish “Land of the Leal” (heaven)
6 EX (A MINE) ES Another clue I liked a lot.
7 PROMISE Definition: word Refers, I think, to the ‘Promised Land’
8 NAPOLEON Double definition
14 COPING SAW Another clue I liked a lot
15 BARB I CAN
17 EREWHON Samuel Butler’s work – there and here in the crossword being (nowhere)* ie 29 across
18 ABSENCE “Zero in on student for me” I do not understand this
20 S T LUC I A (a = area i (cult)s)<
21 UTOPIA (Up to)* I a Sir Thomas More’s work
24 PO P I N Po = one of the Tellytubbies