Posted by duncanshiell on February 26th, 2010
As I only blog Independent puzzles once a month, I don’t have a great deal of experience of individual setters. A little research though shows that I have solved Bannsider’s puzzles before as he is a Times Setter and also operates as Aragon in The Listener. I believe he also judges the monthly clue competition in The Times Crossword Club.
The Fifteensquared Setters page describes Bannsider as Ximenean, Hard. I’ll certainly go along with that. I took some time to solve this puzzle. I think I have understood almost all of the constructions, and have only just come up with a possible parsing of INGROWN as I finish this blog. Also, I could well be wrong on the wordplay for ECHO.
I was aware that Saturday’s Independents often had a theme. Before I started to write this blog, I thought that this was a puzzle without a theme. Wrong!. I now know a lot more about the Singles and Albums released by the British indie rock band KASABIAN.
KASABIAN‘s latest album is West Ryder PAUPER LUNATIC ASYLUM. It contains, among others, the following tracks – VLAD THE IMPALER; UNDERDOG; FIRE and THICK AS THIEVES. The lyrics for another track, ‘Where did all the love go?, contain the word RIBCAGE.
In 2009, KASABIAN played at the Liverpool ECHO Arena . In 2010 KASABIAN have been nominated for an NME award entitled ‘Giving it Back’ (GENEROSITY). I guess NME is today what the New Musical Express when I was first interested in rock and pop music. I’m probably stretching the theme here but it’s been fun doing the research.
A difficult but enjoyable crossword that has really come to life since I started to blog it. The clueing was rigorous with excellent surface readings.
|1||Double definition (one cryptic). VLAD THE IMPALER – a fairly unpleasant gentleman from an area of Eastern Europe covering present day Hungary and Romania||VLAD THE IMPALER (he was reputed to impale the heads of his enemies on posts – ‘sticker on post’)|
|9||UNDERDO (cook inadequately) + G (the letter remaining after the first and last two [shelled] letters, E,G of EGG are removed)||UNDERDOG (the competitior likely to be beaten)|
|10||See 2 down for full explanataion||ASYLUM|
|11||OTI’S (reference Chris Oti, England Rugby Union winger 1988 to 1991)||OTIS (reference ‘Miss Otis regrets’ – song by Cole Porter, written in 1934 for the musical Hi Diddle Diddle)|
|12||Anagram of (upsetting) TO A SHOPPER||APOSTROPHE (reference to the punctuation mark in grocer’s, also more widely to [in]famous grocers’ use of the apostrophe – e.g. APPLE’S and PEAR’S only £1 for n)|
|13||ECHO (I am guessing that this is a reference to the words used in International Radio Communication and the NATO phonetic alphabet; ECHO represents E and is ‘on the way’ through the alphabet to INDIA which represents I)||ECHO (to repeat; to parrot)|
|14||GENE (boy’s name) + (ROSY [healthy] containing [should be eaten] IT)||GENEROSITY (the quality of being free and unstiniting with one’s possessions; being big|
|16||B (last letter of [at last] THUMB) + ONE (I) + SETTER (me; Bannsider)||BONESETTER (a person who treats broken or dislocated bones, especially when not surgically qualified.) &Lit.|
|19||Double definition. FIRE (send off one)||FIRE (reference ‘play with fire’; involved with dangerous play)|
|21||(OB [obiit; died] containing [apprehending] BALT [reference Baltic States of which Estonia is one]) all contained in (in) COMB (search for weapon)||COBALT BOMB (weapon)|
|24||TOBIAS (boy’s name) replacing (overcoming) BIAS with BY||TOBY (a more familiar usage of Tobias)|
|25||First letters (leads) of PATH and ACTUALLY + UP + last letter [close to] of CASTLE + R (rook)||PAUPER (one with no money; one stony [broke])|
|26||Every second letter (regularly) from IN CARIBBEANS BACK reversed (from the east)||KASABIAN (British indie rock group formed around 1998/1999, still going strong today),|
|27||THIEVE (steal; pinch; half-inch [rhyming slang]) contained in (collected by) THICK ASS (stupid idiot)||THICK AS THIEVES (intimate; very friendly; close)|
|2/10a||Anagram of (playing) UNMUSICALLY A and T (last letter [finally] of QUINTET)||LUNATIC ASYLUM (reference Bedlam [an asylum for lunatics])|
|3||RES (Royal Engineers – plural) contained in (siezed by) DS (Detective Sergeant [Lewis]) + CODE (morse code)||DRESS CODE (may demand uniform [to be worn])|
|4||Hidden word (in) JEOPARDY HURTLES reversed (skyward)||HYDRA (creature)|
|5||The second letter of GIRLFRIEND is I and it is located (found) IN [between] G and R + OWN (has)||INGROWN (turned into the flesh)|
|6||LASTER (survivor) contained in (buried in) PER (a)||PLASTERER (layer of stucco)|
|7||LAY (not a member of the clergy; not cloth) + TO (last letters [taking tips] of BUT and SHAMPOO)||LAY TO (vigorously apply)|
|8||(UGH (how horrible!) + I) all contained in (tuck into) ROT (nonsense; bunkum; bunk) c||ROUGH IT (live in basic conditions; abandon luxury)|
|14||Anagram of (resort) TARGET + RE (on) + K (king)||GREAT TREK (reference to the 1830s and 1840s migration of Boers from Cape Colony into other parts of modern day South Africa)|
|15||SOFT (piano) containing (covering) A (area) + ABLE (up to it)||SOFA TABLE (item of furniture)|
|17||O DO (plea for one to [do something]) + RANT (hold forth)||ODORANT (emitting a strong smell; pungent)|
|18||Anagram of (various) GO KARTS excluding (no) G (good) and (introduced) I (one)||TROIKAS (chariots; perhaps more stately than the chariots of Ancient Rome))|
|20||(I [one] + BC [in olden times]) all contained in (consumed by) RAGE (passion)||RIBCAGE (the heart is located within the rib cage, hence heart’s prison)|
|22||I (one) + UP (cheerfaul) + PA (father; old man) all reversed (raised)||APPUI (defensive support for a military force)|
|23||B (book) + OS (outsize) + CH (children)||BOSCH (reference Hieronymus Bosch, Dutch painter 1450 – 1516)|