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Independent 7646 by Radian

Posted by flashling on April 19th, 2011


Tuesday and a sterling effort from Radian, I was a bit nervous after struggling with one or two of his in the past.


When I say sterling, I meant Sterling; Latin isn’t my strong point but I’m used to getting my grubby mitts on the theme, around the grid, anti-clockwise the NINA is DECUS ET TUTAMEN, the inscription on the edge of most pound coins, and 18 is The Pound In Your Pocket, which Harold Wilson nearly said. This week is also the 28th anniversary of the issue of pound coins in the UK. I can’t see anything else in that theme but several other clues are related. Apologies that I’ve not gone into Pierre’s yesterday’s level of explanations, but I am trying to pretend to be working!


4 Des-Res No I in DES[i]RES
7 Tia Maria I AM A[lert] in TRIA[l]
10 Tie Alternate letters in sTrIkE
11 Errata RAT in ERA
12 Red-Light LED* in RIGHT and &lit or not depending on your political viewpoint!
13 Site SIT + E[xam]
14 Sanctify I F[email] in SCANTY*
17 Strait ARTIST*
19 See 18  
23 Repeated No S in DE[s]PERATE* ie harried
25 Yelp Two subsids here hidden in plaY EL Paso and YE the old LP record. Woof!
27 Croupier CD not the strongest hom of I DEAL
28 Honshu H[ard] ON hom of shoe
29 Ago A + GO ie green light not red
30 Unedited Alternate letters of hEeD in UNITED not convinced about this meaning Errata
31 See 18  
1 Neurosis N[ational] + EURO + IS with S[ociety] inserted.
2 Eternal No by (X-multiplication) in ExTERNAL
3 Mighty Could = Might, Y = axis
5 Reactor What a surface! reCTum + O (round) in REAR (behind)
6 Stay S[ilvery] + TAY nice crossing of tie and stay
8 Adducing (ACID DUG N)*
9 Alibi A + LIB + 1
15 Flu First letters of Fowl Leaving Ukraine
16 Finalist FAILS* wins ie gets IN + tight
18 The Pound In Your Pocket (UK ONCE HE’D OPPORTUNITY)*
20 Oceanic No Pressure in [I CAN COpE]*
21 Rap sheet (Peter has)* I liked this
22 Degrade (DREAD EG)*
23 Reruns 23ac repeated (NURSERy)*
26 Chop Last one in, Chop = meat cut + Chop chop is hurry up.

16 Responses to “Independent 7646 by Radian”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, flashling.

    I too have struggled in the past with some of Radian’s puzzles, but I just about got there today. It all fell pretty steadily, with the SW corner being the hardest for me. I put in REPEATED without really understanding it, so thanks for the explanation of that one. (In the online version the enumeration is given as (8) but the grid shows it as (2,6). I thought I was in Another Place for a minute.)

    I smiled at REACTOR and also liked NEUROSIS today. I agree with you about UNEDITED, btw – I can’t really see how that works.

    Good puzzle, nice theme (which I didn’t spot, natch).

  2. Eileen says:

    Thanks, flashling.

    I always look forward to a Radian puzzle and this was no disappointment. Yet again, I failed to look for a nina, which was quite brilliant, as it went round the edge.

    Along with the other clues already mentioned, I particularly liked 6dn, with its reference to William McGonagle’s egregious poem, ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’, which begins:

    “Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
    Alas! I am very sorry to say
    That ninety lives have been taken away
    On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
    Which will be remember’d for a very long time.”

    [You can read the whole poem here: ]

    I agree that UNEDITED is rather puzzling. ERRATA usually applies to items that have, in fact, been edited, but the word actually means ‘mistakes’, which therefore need editing. I was always rather puzzled at school that, in other subjects, we headed our revised attempt ‘Corrections’ – and in French, ‘Corrigé’ – whereas in Latin, we wrote ‘Errata’.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Having crossed the Silvery Tay less than an hour ago I very much enjoyed the reference here and the whole puzzle. TIA MARIA went unfilled-in as I pencilled in TEA and failed to think of anything other than weird teas before arriving in Dundee. Missed the Nina completely despite being convince there must be something on the perimeter – if I had seen it I might have corrected 7ac.

  4. Eileen says:

    My belated apologies to Mr McGonagall for misspelling his name.

  5. nmsindy says:

    Tho the grid cried out Nina from the start, I did not spot it, even tho I read around the perimeter. Quite tough, esp SW corner, my favourite clues were CROUPIER (I’d not share flashling’s reservation, though here the homophone does not involve any spelling change just the word split in two) and DEGRADE.
    Thought UNEDITED was OK with the adjective clearly indicated, but it was a pretty tough clue – in fact the last I got. Thanks, Radian, and flashling.

  6. Pierre says:

    Hi flashling, you will know I hope that my comments yesterday were not at all meant as a criticism of the other members of the Indy blogging team! I know how time-consuming putting the blog together can be, especially when you have other commitments like earning a living … and anyway, there are always plenty of people who will be more than happy to help to explain a clue if newer solvers need some extra help.

  7. Joins says:

    I think the 11 in the clue for UNEDITED just refers to a football team rather than the answer to 11 across.

  8. nmsindy says:

    Not sure about that, Joins at #7. The clue was “Like 11, team takes heed rejecting odds”. 11 in the puzzle was ERRATA. If the wordplay is ED (heed rejecting odds = HEED ignoring letters in odd-numbered positions) in UNITED (team), “Like 11″ looks as if it has to be the definition.

    It made be think of books, not fully edited, in which it was necessary to give a slip with ERRATA.

  9. Scarpia says:

    Thanks flashling.
    Nice puzzle to round off a very good crossword day.
    A bit easier than the other 2 but still a good challenge.
    The surface to 5 down was very clever ,if unpleasant!
    The grid cried out ‘Nina’ which I had to Google to find,I suppose the inscription on UK pound coins runs anti clockwise as well.I can’t check as we still use paper Pound notes here in Guernsey.

  10. Colin Blackburn says:

    The inscription runs both ways, it depends whether you look at the coin from the obverse or reverse! From the obverse it runs clockwise and the letters are the right way up. From the reverse the letters are upside down. So if I had to plump for one then I’d say it runs clockwise. However, this is based on a sample of one.

  11. Allan_C says:

    Colin @10 and 3
    The inscription can run either way; probably something to do with the minting process. Not that I spotted the nina.
    And I too spent ages trying to make 4a some sort of tea – until I got ‘mighty’ for 3dn and got all the crossing letters.

  12. Thomas99 says:

    A bit late to chime in, but how on earth could you write something on the milled edge of a coin from left to right and NOT have it going anticlockwise?!

  13. Scarpia says:

    Thanks all,for your help.
    Thomas99 – A very good point and obvious now you mention it.
    3 dimensional thinking is not my strong point!

  14. Allan_C says:

    Clockwise or anticlockwise? The point being made is that if you hold a coin edge-on to read the inscription, the coin may be obverse up or obverse down – i.e.coins are not minted with the orientation of the inscription fixed relative to the obverse and reverse. (Actually most of the pounds in my pocket today have got the inscription ‘Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad’)

  15. Colin Blackburn says:

    I don’t think Thomass99’s point is obvious at all. The inscription on the coins edge is neither clockwise nor anticlockwise if you look at the edge. If you look at the coin from above you could say it is anticlockwise, if you look at the coin from below you could say it is clockwise. The direction depends entirely on which way you view the coin. To put it another way: If you look edge-on you need to rotate the coin to read the text letter by letter. If you rotate the coin from above you would rotate it clockwise. If you rotate the coin from below you would rotate it anticlockwise. The direction of rotation is relative to the frame of viewing.

  16. Colin Blackburn says:

    To bring this back to crosswords the same problem does not exist since they are two-dimensional objects. Certain Listener puzzles may break this!

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