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Independent 7374/Phi

Posted by John on June 4th, 2010


The usual nice cryptic from Phi, with some very good clues as always. One which utterly defeats me, but which people will I’m sure fall over themselves to explain.

As for a Nina, the only thing I can see is OIL in three of the unches, quite near BP, but I don’t think that’s anything more than chance.

8 LEFT OVERS — port=left, deliveries are overs and leftovers are possibly not fresh
10 A1 OLI{d}
11 PAINT THE TOWN RED — 2 defs
12 TO TEM{pt}
13 BIG ENDIAN — (being)* i in (and)*, something that I associated with Gulliver’s Travels but which I now see is also to do with computing
17 ATHIRST — {wate}r in (that is)* — I’m not sure what this is — I think it’s an attempt at an &lit. but to my mind it doesn’t quite work
19 CA(LAB)RES {forc}E
21 MIAOU — but I can’t see why beyond the fact that a miaou is the call of a cat
23 MONEY FOR OLD ROPE — 2 defs
1 SLAPSTICK COMEDY — KC in (domestic play’s)*
3 DESHABILLE — (said he’ll be)* — one would think that the main meaning is as given in Chambers “careless attention to one’s dress”, but another meaning, which makes the clue OK, is “a light casual garment”
4 P{lay}S S{tun}T
5 DAR{e} WIN
6 COUR({fron}T)IER — excellent clue
9 F LINT — flint is a variety of quartz
14 GUADELOUPE — up in (league do)*
16 ALL-IN ONE — where all-in is shattered
18 HUMIDORS — (dim)rev. in (hours)*
20 B(L)Y TON
22 A LO(N)G
24 {c}OUCH — well I suppose a couch is a bed, but I think of a couch as more a pouf, like the one Steven Fry liked to have his feet on while watching Countdown — however the dictionaries will give couch=bed

7 Responses to “Independent 7374/Phi”

  1. sidey says:

    A, E, I, O, and U are the ‘vocal characters’ minus the E, the most popular.

    Sigmund Freud’s patients reclined on his couch, I don’t think a pouf is quite the same thing.

  2. flashling says:

    As I normally spell miaou as miaow, was slightly misled until I got the vowels part. Otherwise a fairly pleasant Friday Phi. Back to the cricket, someone needs to take a bat to KP’s head.

  3. NealH says:

    Vocal can mean “of or pertaining to a vowel”, although I’d prefer verbal myself. I quite enjoyed this one. It took me a while, although I was trying to do other things at the same time, which never really works well.

  4. Scarpia says:

    Thanks john.
    A comparatively easy puzzle from Phi(compared to Loroso in the F.T.).
    I read 3 down as referring to ‘en(or in) deshabille’ wnich means ‘partly or improperly dressed.
    17 across works as an &lit for me – a bit tenuous perhaps but o.k.
    Just Googled ‘Big Endian’ as I only knew the Swiftian reference – like you say something to do with computers but many miles over my head!

  5. flashling says:

    Ha as a computer bloke (sorry, computer fixing prices on request) the big endian clue confused me as I’d only ever heard the term big/little endian in computing environments, I’ve never read a word of Swift, but I guessed the term had been nicked from there.

    You would be surprised at the number of computing technical terms have been taken like this. You’d be surprised at how thick most techies are.

    I may well be the most badly read contributer here. Makes it more of a challenge.

  6. Moose says:

    Did ok.Never heard of a couple but got 3d from anagram.13a ? 26a don’t understand. 4d never would have got 13a same.Solved the rest.Pleased

  7. Nick Corney says:

    Re 26ac: Suffer = cop (as in ‘cop that’ etc. Your = yr (not an abbreviation I like much) and ‘struggle having lost first’= (f)ight. Personally what slowed me up was the unusual anagrinds ‘stricken’ and ‘wasted’. Liked 21ac very much amongst others.

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