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Independent 7429 – Saturday Prize Puzzle (7 August 2010) by Bannsider

Posted by duncanshiell on August 14th, 2010


This was another challenging crossword from Bannsider.

If there was a theme, it was centred on television programmes and catchphrases from television programmes.  We had STUPID BOY (Dad’s Army), I DON’T BELIEVE IT (One Foot in the Grave) and BEAM ME UP SCOTTY (Star Trek) as catch prhrases.  Potential television programs were MAGNUM (e.g. Magnum PI), ADDER (Blackadder [?]), probably pushing the theme a bit here), SOFTLY SOFTLY (Detective spin-off from Z-Cars a long time ago) and LAUREL AND HARDY (I vaguely remember watching them regularly on TV when I was young).

Bannsider routinely produces excellent clues.  I always like the ones with the carefully constructed wordplay, .e.g. ISLAMISATION, VINCE CABLE, SOFTLY SOFTLY, LAUREL AND HARDY, COLWYN BAY and BEAM ME UP SCOTTY.  I am less enthusiastic about cryptic definitions (this is a purely personal opinion and I am sure others will disagree) such as BIBLE BELT and ITS YOUR FUNERAL,

DYSPNEIC doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but it couldn’t really have been anything else once the checking letters were in place.

I’m not entirley convinced by my parsing of SPEEDO and would be very happy to hear a better interpretation.

Overall, though I found this puzzle to be easier than other Bannsider puzzles that I have blogged.  I am not entirely sure that Vince Cable is unembarrassed by the position he finds himself in (again a purely personal opinion that others will view differently).

Wordplay Entry
1 (IS [one’s] +LAMA [spiritual guru] + anagram of [spinning] INTO) containing (lies about) IS (one’s) ISLAMISATION (conversion)
9 STUPID (slow) + BOY (sounds like [in sound] BOUY [float]) STUPID BOY (Captain Mainwairing’s frequent comment to Private Pike in the Dad’s Army television series)
10 D (first letter of [van] of DRIVER) + (EG [for example; as] + DO) all reversed (wheels) DODGE (go round)
11 OVERLORD (military operation – Second World War; D-Day Landings) with R (right) omitted (not) and replaced by (but) U (acceptable) OVERLOUD (possibly deafening)
12 MAG (magazine; publication) + NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) MAGNUM (large bottle from which you can pour red [wine])
13 O (nothing; squat; diddly squat) contained in (packing) RAM (stuff) ROAM (aimlessly go around)
14 Anagram of (working with) A and L (Liberal) and I’VE BEEN and C C (Conservatives) excluding E (first letter of [hint of] EMBARRASSMENT VINCE CABLE (Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the current coalition government) &Lit clue
17 UNDER (neath) + BELLY ( makes one think of someone who rings; recalls ringer perhaps) UNDERBELLY (side vulnerable to attack)
18 BLIP (spot that appears on a radar screen to detect the presence of something) BLIP (deviation) – double definition
20 EXACT (spot on) + S (first letter of [west end of] SHOW) EXACTS (demands)
21 Anagram of (to dance) SPICY END DYSPNEIC (laboured of breathing)
23 LADDER (steps)  excluding (out of sight) L (learner; new driver) ADDER (one who puts something on; putter on)
24 BIBLE BELT (States of the Southern USA) BIBLE BELT (The chapters and verses of the Bible inform policy direction in these areas)
25 SLY (surreptitious) containing (including) (OF + T [temperature]), twice (repeat) SOFTLY SOFTLY (patient)


Wordplay Entry
1 IT’S YOUR FUNERAL (taken literally this suggests a large warning) ITS YOUR FUNERAL (a phrase that usually describes an enjoyable but risky event)
2 L (left) + AU (gold) + (RELY (bank) containing AND (also) and [HAD containing {to keep}R {rupees}]) LAUREL AND HARDY (film stars)
3 MANLY (like fellow) containing (to hug) I (one) MAINLY (most of the time)
4 JUDE (reference Jude the Obscure, excluding final letter [briefly] E)  contained in (SUB [reserve] and ICE  [reserve]) SUB JUDICE (under consideration by the Judge or Court)
5 Odd letters of SKY NOT TO reversed (on reflection) TOYS (plays)
6 ORDINANCE (law) excluding (fleeing) I (one) ORDNANCE (heavy weaponry)
7 Anagram of (playing) IN LET IT BE VIDEO I DON’T BELIEVE IT (get away!)
8 BEATTY (reference Warren Beatty) containing (MM [miles] + EU [European Union; Brussels] + an anagram of [somehow] COPS) BEAM ME UP SCOTTY
15 COL (pass) + W (west) + Y (last letter of [end of] JETTY) + NB ([take]notice) + AY (yes; ok; fine,) COLWYN BAY (holiday resort in North Wales)
16 ORATOR (speaker) + IO (one of the moons [satellites] of Jupiter) ORATORIO (a story, set to music)
19 Hidden word in TOO DEEP STAYS rveresed (up) SPEEDO (the speedometer stays high if you press the accelerator too deeply [?])
22 TIBET (described by Chambers as an autonomous region in Western China) excluding the first letter (capital) T I BET (I’m sure)

7 Responses to “Independent 7429 – Saturday Prize Puzzle (7 August 2010) by Bannsider”

  1. beermagnet says:

    19D This going in too deep stays up (6) SPEEDO

    SPEEDO is a brand name of tight swimming trunks and by extension a style of same.
    If you dive in a pool with these on, they stay on, others … well, haven’t we all been there.

  2. jmac says:

    Another great puzzle from Bannsider. Thought VINCE CABLE had a brilliant surface reading. Thanks Duncan for explaining DODGE and EXACTS which I found tricky to parse and having seen your clear deconstruction of these clues I now feel like 9 across. Agree with Beermagnet about SPEEDO, although when referred to without a noun (i.e. trunks) it is normally found in the plural.

  3. Allan_C says:

    Yes, a great puzzle. Bannsider can be daunting at first, but one gets there in the end. I agree with Duncan about DYSPNEIC. (BTW older editions of Chambers spell it ‘dyspnoeic’ but the later ones have both spellings).
    Re comments earlier this week about the frequency with which long phrases crop up, I DON’T BELIEVE IT occurred not so long ago if I remember rightly. Not complaining – just thought I’d mention it.

  4. Bannsider says:

    Just a small point(as I shelter from the Cheltenham rain before venturing out!):
    IT’S YOUR FUNERAL isn’t a cryptic definition – it parses as “IT’S YOUR FUN ERA + L”.

    There wasn’t really an intention at the start to use TV catchphrases – it just sort of happened. I don’t think BEAM ME UP SCOTTY strictly speaking is a catchphrase, as it never was actually said by Kirk in Star trek, but has come to used facetiously to mean “get me out of here!”.

  5. Richard Heald says:

    Another hugely entertaining offering from Bannsider full of original touches (especially ‘squat’ for 0 which I’m surprised is not in the latest Chambers) and of course that superb VINCE CABLE & lit.

    Incidentally, 1Dn is not just a cryptic definition. The wordplay is IT’S YOUR FUN ERA + L, the defn simply ‘warning’.

  6. Polly says:

    After gazing at this one in despair for two days, on and off, I wondered idly whether 21 across could possibly be the simple anagram suggested by the clue. Knowing the word ‘apn(o)ea’ helped, and after that the rest fell into place in record time (for me vis-à-vis Bannsider, that is). 14 across has to be one of the best crossword clues of all time, and I found 8 down laugh-out-loud ingenious when I parsed the wordplay.

  7. Duggie says:

    Another challenging corker from the recently ennobled Lord Bannside. In the COED the derivation of DIDDLY-SQUAT is fundamentally quite interesting.

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