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Independent 7573 by Nitsy

Posted by NealH on January 24th, 2011


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism

This is only the second Nitsy puzzle I can recall and it continues an improving trend. It was mostly on the easy side but had a good variety of clues. I quite liked 20 across, although I had my doubts about it at first, and 11 had an excellent surface.


1 Nose: Son< on E.
3 Big Wheel: CD (fair ground ride).
10 Perpetual motion: (Train MOT people)* around [Subar]u.
11 Ineffable: Fine* + f + able.
12 Plum: Plum[p].
13 Low Down: DD.
15 Sheath: (Has the)*.
17 Slap-up: Slap (=smack) + up (=at college).
19 Rouleau: Our* + eau around l. Never heard of eau as a channel, although it does mean water.
20 Sofa: United (joined together) S[tates] of A[merica].
21 Matchless: DD.
24 Palaeontologist: &lit. (One’s apt goal)* around to i[nvestigate] [fossi]l.
25 Sedition: S(mall) + edition.
26 Pegs: Initial letters of p[oker] e[xhibitions] g[enerate] s[mall].
1 Nuptials: (Paul isn’t)*.
2 Serve: Seve (Ballesteros) around r[ough].
4 Illness: [Dr]ill + ness (=tongue, another word for a headland).
5 Whoopee Cushion: CD.
6 Etiquette: [Omel]ette around quite*.
7 Long: Log around n[eedle].
8 Self-complacent: (Pet can smell of)* around c.
9 Turban: Turn around B[angladeshi] a[dult].
14 Well-oiled: DD.
16 Pulsates: (up least)* + [teenager]s.
18 Pimento: (Pot I)* around men.
19 Ration: [O]ration.
22 Elite: Tile< + [sal]e.
23 Opus: O(rdinary) + pus[h].

9 Responses to “Independent 7573 by Nitsy”

  1. scchua says:

    Thanks NealH for the blog, and Nitsy for a puzzle which, on the whole, was enjoyable.

    Favourites were 24A PALAEONTOLOGIST, a nice &lit, 10A PERPETUAL MOTION, and 8D SELF COMPLACENT, all anagrams one can really get one’s teeth into.

    Some niggly doubts: 19A ROULEAU, like you, not sure of “drainage channel”=”eau”; 10A “..make it work” indicates, say, a “perpetual motion machine” or similar device itself, not just the principle on which the machine is based; and 17A SLAP-UP which I think of as “first class”, “super”, and not necessarily “expensive”.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    For 19ac you need to look in Chambers under ‘ea’ which gives “a drainage channel in the Fens, sometimes eau, as if taken from French”.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Neal. Not sure what to make of this. I struggled with quite a bit of it, and normally I’d be saying that’s down to me. But I didn’t warm to ROULEAU either and the definition in PERPETUAL MOTION doesn’t really work for me. There were some good clues elsewhere, though, which I enjoyed.

    But SEVE for golfer? I’ve said before, golf isn’t even a sport, so why do setters insist on having golfing references? I’m with Mark Twain. FREDDIE for cricketer is fine, obviously, as is blind prejudice.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Yes, this was good, not too difficult, favourite clues SHEATH and WHOOPEE CUSHION. Not 100% sure about it but I read SOFA differently ie that it united the three words STATES OF AMERICA by being hidden within them ie stateS OF America.

  5. sidey says:

    This is a rather fine effort. PERPETUAL MOTION is fine if you think about it. And a foopball (teh beautiful GAME) supporter moaning about a game that requires individual skill, well really…

  6. flashling says:

    Glad others found this easy I got there in the end but was a struggle for me. Thanks Neal for confirming some of my solving thoughts. Didn’t help myself mispelling 24a though.

  7. Wil Ransome says:

    I thought there were some realy nice clues here — particularly for SEDITION (25ac) and for MATCHLESS (21ac). But I thought the clue involving ea/eau was strained by using this word, which doesn’t usually appear in an (easy) daily cryptic.

    When Jo Brand was on Countdown she called some word that I forget a “rubbish word”. This is how I feel about “self-complacent”, which seems to me to be rather tautological, like talking about safe havens. But it’s in the dictionary, so …

  8. Wil Ransome says:

    Really, even.

  9. Scarpia says:

    Thanks NealH.
    A very good puzzle which I didn’t find easy.Didn’t help myself by reading ‘rioting’ as ‘noting’ in 25 across(must get stronger glasses).
    I thought the long anagrams at 10,24 and 8 were excellent,but I wasn’t that keen on the 2 CDs at 3 and 5,not my favourite type of clue so I’m probably biased.
    ‘Ea’and ‘Eau’ are regulary used by setters of barred puzzles but I think this is the first time I have come
    across them in a normal daily puzzle.

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