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Independent 7,554 by Phi (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/01/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on January 8th, 2011

Simon Harris.

Something a little bit different from Phi here, to mark New Year’s Day.

This week’s puzzle has a preamble, which tells us:

Seven answers are suitably modified before entry to reflect the season.

This made for a relatively slow start, as answers were noted down next to the clues, and individual letters only inked in to the grid when checking confirmed them. Sure enough, before long, some clashes emerged, and it became apparent that they could be resolved by replacing the word OLD with NEW, as befits a “new year’s resolution”.

From then on things fell in pretty smoothly, though FINZI, FELSITIC and YAPON were new to me and had to be checked before I was confident enough to write them in.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
6 OLD AGE – (EGAD + LO)<.
8 SAUCEPAN – SAUCE + PAN.
9 FINZI – FIN[ale] + ZI[p]. Gerald Finzi was apparently one of the most admired British composers of the 20th Century, though I cannot claim to be familiar with his work.
10 CASHMERE – CASH + MERE.
11 OLD MOONS – (SOLOMON + [grun]D[y])*.
12 ANONN in (A + ON). “On” being the leg side in cricket.
15 FLUSHING MEADOWS – FLUSHING + (ADO in MEWS).
17 DOOR – DO[n]OR.
19 FELSITIC – ITSELF* + IC[e].
20 ASBESTOS – BEST in A SOS. Interesting that “best” and “worst” can be synonyms!
23 YAPON – YAP ON.
24 OLD WORLD – [b]OLD + (L in WORD).
25 ENIGMA – I in (ENG + MA).
Down
1 OLDFANGLED – FOLD* + ANGLED.
2 BARN OWLS – (NOW + L) in BARS.
3 WUSS – W[ork] + USS.
4 OLD MAN – L[ande]D in OMAN.
5 PAIR – P + AIR.
7 EPISODICPI in COPIES*.
8 SECOND GUESSED – SECOND + hom. of “guest”.
13 OLD ECONOMY – (COME + ONLY DO)*.
14 OLD STYLE – SOLD* + hom. of “tile”.
16 DUTY-PAID – (PAY IT)* in DUD.
18 ONE-TWO – O + ([midnigh]T in (NEW + O)).
21 SHED – SH[r]ED.
22 TERM – [win]TER M[onths].

3 Responses to “Independent 7,554 by Phi (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/01/11)”

  1. beermagnet says:

    Rather than any old New Year resolution I took it that the OLD/NEW manipulation referred to the old adage that is said at New Year midnight: “Out with the old – in with the new”.

  2. jmac says:

    Very enjoyable. I was relieved that the modified clues were all modified in the same way. One thing I have noticed before with Phi’s puzzles is that when he uses an unusual word, you are nearly always led to it by crossing letters etc., so that although you might check the answer in a dictionary, you don’t need to trawl through one looking for the answer – a sign of a master setter. Thanks to Simon for the blog.

  3. Allan_C says:

    I was a bit apprehensive seeing the preamble, but it was all quite straightforward. I think it was with 14d that I realised what modification was required, and then it was quite helpful to look for the remaining clues which led to “old” in the answer.
    Thanks, Phi and Simon, for puzzle and blog; and a Happy New Year to all!

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