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Independent 7274 by Glowworm

Posted by NealH on February 8th, 2010


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism

Nicely varied crossword that was probably a bit easier than some of Glow-Worm’s previous offerings. I was mostly held up by 2 down, which I didn’t follow (although I guessed the answer quite early on) and 9 across, which had a tricky second definition.

1 Personable: (P[e]el one’s bra)* – the E being “taken” i.e. removed.
7 Veto: Hidden in leave toper.
9 Tilt: DD. This particular meaning of tilt – a type of canopy or awning – was totally unknown to me. Unfortunately, list also fitted, which would make it difficult to decide which was correct without a dictionary.
10 Rotisserie: Rot + is serie[s].
11 Fedora: Fe[z] + Dora (Bryan).
12 Eclipsed: EC (older term for the EU) + lips + [sw]ed[en].
13 Stand-Off: Anag of T[wickenham] + D(=500) + “of fans”. Stand-off half is a term for Jonny Wilkinson’s number 10 position, although it seems to be more commonly called fly-half these days.
15 Item: Even letters of diathermy.
17 Scut: [burglar]s + cut. A scut is an animal’s tail.
19 Yuletide: Hom of you’ll + tied.
22/23 Four leaf clover: (Careful of)* + lover. Some good misdirection here because I originally thought the anagram was “paramour’s charm”.
25 Incomplete: P[arty] + let in income.
26 Icon: Setter pores = I con.
27 Odds: Odd letters of “old odes”.
28 Retirement: Trireme* + [d]ent.
2 Eminent: Clue is “Celebrated “Shady Bottom” set aside and given to National Trust”. Obviously, National Trust gives the NT but not sure exactly where the emine part comes from.
3 Set to: DD.
4 Narrator: (Rota + ran)<.
5 Butterfly Effect: Butter + (fat left Effy c)*.
6 Easily: Even letters of “because inlays”.
7 Viewpoint: Initial letters of “vary in every way” + point.
8 Trireme: Hom of try + ream.
14 Notorious: Hom of no tory + [h]ous[e].
16 All Clear: DD.
18 Crowned: C + wonder*.
20 Die down: Die (=stamp) + down(=feathers).
21 Vesper: Hidden in thieves perform. Vesper is a somewhat archaic word for evening-time.
24 Odium: [S]odium.

5 Responses to “Independent 7274 by Glowworm”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Neal
    After much web research I think the ’emine’ in 2dn comes from EMINE[m] (‘bottom set aside’ indicating removal of the last letter in a down clue). Apparently Eminem is a rap musician who is also known as Slim Shady.

  2. Ali says:

    I loved the Eminem reference, though the punctuation in the clue was very misleading and it took me a while to get it. Failed on 9A, but otherwise a really enjoyable puzzle. FOUR LEAF CLOVER my fave.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Enjoyable puzzle, my favourite too was FOUR-LEAF CLOVER, also esp liked ODDS.

  4. Emrys says:

    I loved this puzzle, even though I totally failed with the reference to a rap musician. I did know “tilt” because the canvas soft top to a military land rover is always called a tilt for some reason. But I still failed on that clue. Mostly, jolly good fun. Thanks!

  5. Moose says:

    Just when I thought I was improving! Hats off to all who found this solvable.Got about 5 clues!

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