Posted by duncanshiell on October 2nd, 2010
I’m sorry that you are stuck with two Saturday puzzle blogs in a row from me, but thanks to the other Saturday Independent bloggers for letting me do some swaps to overcome periods when I am out of the country, or out of reach of internet connections. I expect to be in Saudi Arabia when this blog is published.
As usual, this was a satisfying puzzle form Nestor, and I am glad to say, easier than Nestor’s offerings under his other pseudonyms in other journals.
I solved this watching a bit of football and Formula 1 on the box over a period of two to three hours.
My first impression on looking at the grid was that there might be a message spelled out in the unches in the first and last rows, but that was not the case.
I think I have got the parsing right. I only deduced UNDERWATER as I wrote the blog. The parsing for BUSINESS IS USUAL is a bit tortuous, but it seems to fit.
There were some excellent clues. with very smooth and mis-directing surfaces. I particularly liked MEDIEVAL, RUMPELSTILTSKIN and UPLOAD in the acrosses, and RABELAIS, PAUPER and OEUVRE in the downs.
|8||UN (dialect word for [in some places], one) + DERWENT WATER (one of the attractions in the Lake District) excluding (away) WENT||UNDERWATER (immersed)|
|9||Even letters of (oddly ignored) YACHT and DORY||AHOY (hail at sea)|
|10||Anagram of (changing) HEAT’S SELDOM + TORY (Conservative)||THE SAME OLD STORY (no news there)|
|12||MEAL (spread) containing (has … in the middle) (DIE [to end] + V [volume])||MEDIEVAL (Middle Aged)|
|13||WIN (reach) + KERB (side of the road) excluding the last letter (shortly) B||WINKER (flashing direction indicator on a car)|
|14||RUMP (buttocks; duff) + ELS (reference Ernie Els, golfer) + TILTS (lists) + KIN (family)||RUMPELSTILTSKIN (unpleasant fairy tale character whose name had to be guessed by the princess in order to keep her child)|
|20||First and last letters of (fringe) UKIP + LO (see) + AD (advertisement; publicity)||UPLOAD (computing term for transferring data from you computer to a larger system. YouTube is a fairly well known website for sharing videos)|
|22||E (European) + (PYTHON [snake] excluding [extracted from] H [hydrogen]) + EG (for example; say), all reversed (reversing)||GENOTYPE (molecular constituton)|
|24||Anagram of (transported) USAS USAS (twice USA’s) contained in (in) (BUS [coach] + IN + EL (the mass transit system in Chicage is known as Chicago-L or sometimes Chicago-El)||BUSINESS AS USUAL (adhering to schedule)|
|26||Hidden word in TOP ELEVEN (reference Brazilian soccer star Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé)||PELÉ (Pelé would probably be in any football fans’ top eleven of all time)|
|27||MAKE TRACKS (work in recording studio, to make tracks for a CD)||MAKE TRACKS (leave) double definition|
|1||(S [second] + TOME [volume]) contained in (imbibed by) CUR (wretch)||CUSTOMER (one who will buy)|
|2||MADDEN (anger) without the first letter (blowing top) M + DUMB (speechless) excluding the last letter (almost) B||ADDENDUM (extra)|
|3||UR (primitive, as a prefix UR-) + BANE (cause of annoyance)||URBANE (refined)|
|4||RAISE (reference raise Cain, to make a fuss; what troublemaker does) excluding the last letter (mostly) E containing (traps) ABEL (brother of Cain in the Bible. Cain murdered Abel)||RABELAIS (a writer noted for bawdy jokes and songs; earthy writer)|
|5||FE (chemical symbol for iron) + LL (line line; lines)||FELL (floor, as a verb)|
|6||HAS (that features) + TINGS (metallic rings)||HASTINGS (where King Harold performed; where Harold did, or I note that ‘do’ can also mean ‘finish’, so King Harold ‘finished’ at the Battle of Hastings)|
|7||OARS (rows, as a verb) contained in CE (Church of England; Anglicans)||COARSE (the oppositie of urbane [3 down])|
|11||DO WELL (prosper) excluding final letter (endlessly) L||DOWEL (joint for fastening things together)|
|15||Anagram of (a change is needed) SOME DRIP||PROMISED (swore to)|
|16||LOGE (a box in the theatre or opera house; Chambers doesn’t indicate that it is necessarily private, but it is likely that it will have been booked privately) containing (in) D (duke)||LODGE (accommodate)|
|17||(I [one] + C [cold] + EATER [diner]) containing (in possession of) W (wife)||ICE WATER (fresh drink)|
|18||KEY (decisive) + PUNCH (blow)||KEYPUNCH (old data entry system)|
|19||Anagram of (to ruin) SENSE LED||NEEDLESS (superfluous)|
|21||PAPER (questions in exam; exam paper) containing U (university)||PAUPER (a destitute person; one who is far from needless [19 down])|
|23||The letters of OUR and EVE taken alternately in order (takes turns with [135 246])||ŒUVRE (work), technically with the Œ character, but obviously entered as OEUVRE|
|25||S (small) + CAB (driver’s compartment)||SCAB (an informal term for blackleg; one who continues to work during a strike)|