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Independent 7659 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on May 4th, 2011


It looks as if something has prevented RatkojaRiku from being with us today so here is an analysis of the clues. In the interest of having something posted without too much further delay I have not added any commentary.

1 RIBALD RIB (bone) *(LAD)
4 COLOSSAL LOSS (deficit) in CO (company) A L (large)
9 VACANT CAN (container) in VAT (another {container})
10 SETTLING L (lake) in SETTING (area)
12 RUNG RUN (ladder) G[ingerly]
18 ARCHITECTURE A [schola]R CHIT (note) [l]ECTURE (university session wanting first)
21 ALLHALLOWS HALL (room) in ALLOWS (sanctions)
22 STIR hidden in ‘deepeST IRan’
24 PACK IT IN KIT (clothes) in PACIN[g] (walkin’ up and down)
25 DORADO DORA (woman) DO (party) – “the coryphene, a large edible marine fish, so called from its iridescent gold/blue colour when dying” or “the so-called golden salmon, a S American river fish (genus Salminus) of the Characinidae” (Chambers)
26 EMERGENT REME (soldiers {Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers}) reversed GENT (man)
27 CRONIN R[omances] in CON (read) IN (popular) – A J Cronin
1 REVERSAL RSA (arty group) in REVEL (celebration) – RSA: “Royal Society of Arts (officially the Royal Society for encouragment of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)” (Chambers)
2 BACONERS C (cold) ONE in BARS (pubs)
3 LANE [p]LANE (tree lopped)
5 ONE-HORSE TOWN cryptic def.
6 OUT TO LUNCH cryptic def. & def. – ‘one sandwich short of a picnic’ and ‘out to lunch’ both mean slightly crazy
7 SKIP IT SKI PIT (concealed danger on piste)
8 LEGEND LEG (match) END (goal)
11 CHURCHILLIAN H (aspiration) in CUR (rogue) CHILLIAN homophone of ‘Chilean’ (from South America)
14 RETREATING double def.
16 QUATRAIN QUA[d] (enclosed yard almost) TRAIN (rail) – “a stanza of four lines, usu rhyming alternately” (Chambers)
17 TEAR DOWN [hous]E A RD (a road) in TOWN (urban area)
19 MAGPIE double def. – “a hit on the penultimate outermost division of a target (shooting)” (Chambers)
20 CLOCHE CLOC[k] (timepiece almost) HE
23 MOOR homophone of ‘more’ (extra)

14 Responses to “Independent 7659 / Dac”

  1. Thomas99 says:

    Thank you so much for explaining the archery meaning of Magpie. A very slight anticlimax, if I’m honest, but good to have it settled – I suspected something like it but couldn’t find it anywhere online. I was beginning to wonder if there was a Radio 4 character called Mag Archer who’d been hit by a pie recently.

  2. flashling says:

    Indeed thanks Gaufrid as I couldn’t find anything for magpie either. Some normality returns with Dac back in his rightful place.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Good as always, my favourite being ONE-HORSE TOWN, esp the pun on ‘stable’. Nice to be reminded too of AJ Cronin, most of whose books I read quite a long time ago, but who seems to have faded somewhat from attention in recent times. Thanks, Dac, and Gaufrid.

  4. bamberger says:

    Only got as handful out but should have got more.
    7d I have never heard of ski pit -crevasse yes (but that would be off piste) in any country or resort I’ve skied in.
    13d For me more is pronounced moar and moor is pronounced moo (as in cow noise)-er
    Hadn’t come across baconers, cronin or quatrain .

    Thanks for stepping in Gaufrid.

  5. nmsindy says:

    Re 7D, Bamberger, I think the ? in the clue is there to suggest the “SKI PIT” is fanciful.

  6. scchua says:

    Thanks Gaufrid for the blog, and Dac for his usual fine puzzle.
    Last one in was MAGPIE whose 2nd definition was confirmed in the dicts. Favourites were 5D ONE HORSE TOWN, 6D OUT TO LUNCH, and 18A ARCHITECTURE.
    Hi bamberger@4, I think that setters love to make up words like “ski pit”, which do not exist outside crosswordland, in furtherance of their craft!

  7. scchua says:

    Sorry nmsindy, crossed with your #5. Hate this iPad keyboard, takes ages!

  8. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Gaufrid and Dac for the usual faultless puzzle.
    For those that couldn’t find it,the definition for MAGPIE is given on Chambers online

  9. Wil Ransome says:

    Good stuff as always from Dac, but I was unhappy with 12ac: ‘Step gingerly at first onto ladder': Quite apart from the ‘onto’ which I don’t like and feel, despite dictionary evidence to the contrary, should be two words, it seems that ‘onto’ is a rather weak link-word. [Wordplay] onto [Definition] doesn’t seem right.

  10. anax says:

    I didn’t have a problem with 12a Wil. ‘Step’ is the def for RUNG, then there’s the G of ‘gingerly’ which goes ‘onto’ RUN (ladder). It’s largely accepted now that on(to) in an across clue indicates a juxtaposition instead of (as it was in the bad old days) offering a choice between left/right of the preceding fodder.

  11. ele says:

    Liked Pack it in particularly and architecture but was delayed a bit by initially putting ‘more’ rather than ‘moor’ in for 23d down. Seems that from the clue alone either could have been the entry. Is there anything in the precise wording of a clue like this that tells you which homophone to choose?

  12. Allan_C says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid for the explanation of RUNG – I’d temporarily forgotten run=ladder and thought ‘step’ was doing double duty as definition and a doubtful synonym for ‘run’.

    Bamberger @4: baconers are pigs intended for bacon, as opposed to porkers – those intended for pork. You would hear the term used in the market reports in ‘The Farming Programme’ (if they still have them – I’ve not heard the programme for years).

  13. nmsindy says:

    Re ele’s comment at #11, MOOR did require some thought as to which to choose but I think it was unambiguous with ‘for’ leading from wordplay to definition. If it was the other way round, a link such as ‘of’ or ‘from’ would have been appropriate. In case clue is not ready to hand it was “Extra having audition for Othello, perhaps (4)”

  14. RatkojaRiku says:

    Thanks to Gaufrid for plugging the gap. This shamefaced blogger simply got his days wrong – on account of the public holiday, no doubt – and turned up with his Dac blog today instead of yesterday. Am glad you enjoyed the puzzle in my absence and hope to be back with a blog next week, hopefully on the right day.

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