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Independent 7375 (Sat 05-Jun) by Nestor

Posted by beermagnet on June 11th, 2010


Another Saturday Prize Indy that was surprisingly easy compared to previous experience of both Nestor and  Saturdays.  There has been a run of easier Saturday crosswords lately.
After first getting one of the long answers (10A) I tried, and much to my surprise succeeded, in solving all six long answers before polishing off the corners one at a time. All just as well as there is a lot of things to catch up with after being away for the half-term week including a stack of crosswords (newsagent was kind enough to save me copies) and a veg patch that needs attention (why can’t the slugs eat the blackfly?).

Given all this I thought there must be a theme or Nina here. Can I see one? Can I hell as like.

Little bit of wordplay not understood at 9 Down.

6 WISH LIST (SAILS WITH – A)* AInd: ordered
10 I AM THE GREATEST! (AS A HITTER GET ME!)* AInd: Exceptional.
Nice &lit that was my first in. Well known quote from that bloke who was also known to float like a butterfly
12 EXTRUDED [n]EXT (Initially cut later) RUDE (rough) D[iamonds]
13 RED BLOOD CELLS RE (note) DB (Decibels) LOO (Lavatory – ref 14 down) C (approximately – circa) inside DELLS (valleys)
16 BEDCOVER BE (Live) DC (Washington) OVER (on)
18 EARWAX AR[kansas], WA[shington] inside EX (former)
19 ELECTRIC GUITAR CD/DD “Axes” need current (amperes) to work and only work through amplifiers (some of which have dials that go up to 11)
20 KISSER Reverse hidden in captuRES SIKhs. Def: Trap, slang for mouth, as is the answer.
1 DISASTER DIS-ASTER Deflower?! Good job he put that question mark there
2 WHAT THE DICKENS W[ith] H[ot] [m]ATTHE[w] DICKENS (author’s) Particularly liked “contents of first gospel” for ATTHE
3 BIN-END IN (home) inside (cased) BEND (crook) A bin-end is where you find odd bottles left over from people making up cases.
The Last of the Summer Wine is the world’s longest running sitcom but this will be its last summer (BBC calls time on LOTSW). I don’t expect fans to beseige Broadcasting House in the manner of 6 Music buffs.
4 MONASTIC M[aiden] (ACTIONS)* AInd: affected
5 BEETLE Reverse alternate letters in vEiLs ThE kErB. Def. is “crawler”, though I wonder if it could equally be “being”. My last answer because I couldn’t see the wordplay for a while despite having beetle pencilled in from the crossing letters, and wondering if “kerb crawler” was the definition which would be disrespectful to VW Beetles. Loved it when I saw it so top clue award goes to this:
Being oddly ignored, contrarily, veils the kerb crawler (6)
7 THREE-FOUR TIME (EITHER MUTE OR F[orte])* AInd: played. Definition (feature of waltz) and enumeration made this a bit of a give-away without needing to unscramble the anagram.
9 THE BUTLER DID IT BUT (only) LE[wis] inside THE IT (Ref: The IT Crowd ) but not sure how RDID comes from “one bit of Morse’s”. Full Clue:
Only Lewis’s leading duo in front of TV crowd with one bit of Morse’s mystery cliché (3,6,3,2)
Update: Nothing to do with “The IT Crowd“. jmac gives deconstruction as:
BUT LE[wis] inside T (front of TV) HERD (crowd), then I DIT (one bit – dot – spoken in Morse Code)
14 LAVATORY LAVA (fluid stuff that’s spouted) TORY (Conservative)
15 SEAWATER AWA[i]T (expect one’s departed) inside SEER (clairvoyant)
17 EYELID YEL[l] inside EID
18 ENGAGE (GANG)* AInd: dodgy. inside E E (Class A pills)

7 Responses to “Independent 7375 (Sat 05-Jun) by Nestor”

  1. jmac says:

    I think 9 down is: T(front of T.V) + HE (+ BUT + L (front of Lewis))RD (Herd = crowd) + I + DIT ( vocalese for one dot in morse code)

  2. jmac says:

    Sorry I’ve expressed that parsing so clumsily but you get the idea.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, beermagnet. I agree with you that the Saturday puzzle has been more solver-friendly in recent weeks, but they’ve still been good fun, this one included. Several where I didn’t understand the wordplay as usual. Especially liked SEAWATER and EYELID.

  4. beermagnet says:

    jmac, dah dit-dit-dit-dit dit-dah dah-dit dah-dit-dah dit-dit-dit.
    I didn’t know DIT was a spoken version of a Morse dot, though I have heard people saying dit-dit-dit dah-dah-dah etc. I haven’t seen it written as a word before – and I considered Morse Code when trying to understand the wordplay.
    So. Nothing to do with the surprisingly BAFTA award winning “The IT Crowd” after all – and I thought THE IT fitted “front of TV crowd” so well!

  5. Allan_C says:

    This was one of those crosswords where for some entries the crossing letters and enumeration lead to the answer and only afterwards do you understand the wordplay – e.g. “The butler did it”. But very satisfying and, no, I couldn’t find a nina either.

  6. nmsindy says:

    Even by the exalted standards of Nestor, I thought this was a brilliant crossword with almost every clue having something special. I did not find it as easy, in relative terms, as some seem to have. Marked too many clues to list out individually and understood everything except that DIT before coming here.

  7. jmac says:

    Two things I forgot to say before dashing off to work; 1. What a fine puzzle this was, with a good mixture of the straight-forward and the devious; 2. What a great job Beermagnet (and the othe bloggers) do in providing easy-to-understand parsing of often quite complex solutions.

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