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Independent 7496 by Glow-worm

Posted by nmsindy on October 25th, 2010


Pleasing puzzle from Glow-worm, quite gentle Monday fare, solving time, 22 mins.

* = anagram


1 IDENTIFICATION     1 DENT (depression) IF 1 CAN around 1st letters of Therapy In Outpatients

10 Henrik IBSEN    Alternate letters of Bimbo’s jeans

11 SPONGE BAG    PONG (smell) in (B GAS E)*  B = British  E = engineer’s beginning

12 FREE  SIA(m)

13 SCANDAL   can (prison) in lads reversed

14 LASSO     Hidden in DalLAS SOcialite

16 TAP DANCER   (PRANCE AT D)*    d = front of dais

19 SPARE TYRE     Double definition ref car and overweight

20 ENSUE     EN SUITE  less IT

22 NEMESIS    semen reversed, outer letters of Incas

25 REEL OFF   Double definition, ref fishing and reciting poetry learned off for example

27 B (Baron)  ALLER (vb to go in French) IN (trendy) A (American)

28 AMOUR   Armour less R = rex

29 GR (grey) ASP (snake) THE NETTLE   (TEETH LET N)*  n = nobody initially



3 NO-NOS   N (navy) in SOON = shortly (going up = to arise)


5 ICONS      CON in I’s     Two clues nicely linked

6 AGGRAVATE      Va (Virginia) in GRATE (grill) after Ag (silver)

7 IN (batting) BUD (partner)       Good surface, suggesting cricket

8 NIGGLER   GG (horse) in NILE (water ie river) R (start of race)

9 EIFFEL    hidden in kerfufflE IF FELicity      Eiffel Tower (la Tour Eiffel) in Paris, tour = tower in French so clever use of the cycling race in the surface

15 OVERS (many balls – cricket) LEEP (strip head to toe ie move 1st letter of peel = strip to the end)

17 PREORDAIN     rd = road = highway in (OPEN-AIR)*

18 CASTOR OIL    My favourite clue with surface suggesting TV soaps.  CAST (actors) O (order) ROIL (create turbulence)

19 SANDBAG    handbag with 1st letter changed

21 EFFORT    (TRADE-OFF)* less ad = notice

23 MALT (whisky) A (1st letter of appreciate)

24 SMITH    s = second m = million  final letters of ennuI aT WandswortH

26 ENACT    rod = cane (up) T = middle letter of rosTrum

6 Responses to “Independent 7496 by Glow-worm”

  1. scchua says:

    Thanks nmsindy and Glowworm for an enjoyable puzzle.

    Favourites were 2D DYPEPSIA, with its reference to the underdog rather than the usual rival, 4D INSTANTLY with its apt deletion indicator, and 15A OVERSLEEP with another apt indicator.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks for the blog, nms. A steady solve today, with everything finally falling into place. I liked DYSPEPSIA too; also NEMESIS for its slight cheekiness. There were some good surfaces elsewhere, especially for SPARE TYRE with its clever use of American and British English.

    And good to see the use of ‘lads’ to clue 13ac after The Lads’ crushing victory over Aston Villa on Saturday. (Sorry Gaufrid, and non-footie fans, but it’s quarter of the way through the season and it’s the first time we’ve mentioned the beautiful game …)

    Good puzzle, thank you Glow-worm.

  3. NealH says:

    I enjoyed this a lot and loved the use of the French word tour in 9 down. I was held up a bit on 11 across after convincing myself that I’d seen a word sponge that was ancient slang for an engineer in another crossword. But eventually noticed the pong in there and realized this was complete nonsense. My only slight quibble would be with 17 down. Is the definition supposed to be “Fixed in advance closure”? Otherwise, the closure looks like it’s referring to highway, which would give a y, rather than rd.

  4. scchua says:

    NealH@3, I think the definition is “Fixed in advance” and “closure” is the indicator for (open-air)* closed around “highway”

  5. walruss says:

    A very pleasant solve over lunch. many thanks to Glow-worm and the Indy.

  6. flashling says:

    Took rather more than 22 mins but was trying to eat lunch as well. Took rather longer than I expected to get In Bud, just didn’t see it, trying to justify in bed, thought the well hidden Eiffel my favourite today. Otherwise a nice crossword to start the week. Thanks NMS and GW.

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