Posted by Simon Harris on May 28th, 2011
I had been thinking it was about time that Anax and I crossed paths, and here we are. No complaints from me: Anax is one of the very finest setters around, and no mistake.
After Anax’s generous tribute to the Fifteensquared solvers back at 7,588, this one is dedicated to many of the setters in the Independent stable, perhaps with the various upcoming Sloggers and Betters events in mind. I think this would not have befuddled newcomers unduly, though they might have wondered who all these strangely-named folks were!
Overall, a thorough workout as one might expect, though perhaps relatively straightforward compared to some Anaxes that we’ve seen. That said, I had to cheat a bit to finish it off, of course, and there are one or two bits and bobs that I can’t quite explain.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||RIP OFF – P[ian]O in RIFF.|
|4||ATHERTON – AT + HE + R + TON. When I saw the “cricketer” defintion I fretted that I almost certainly wouldn’t have heard of the chap in question, but Mike Atherton was a big name, and was a bit of a local hero up in Lancashire, where I grew up.|
|10||PROGRAM – O in (P[unk] R[adian] G[low-worm] R[aich] A[nd] M[onk]).|
|11||RAG-FAIR – RA + GF + AIR.|
|12||SAINT BERNARDS – (BANNSIDER’S ART)*. The definition seems to be “Barry likes”, but I’m afraid I don’t know what that means.|
|14||TRANSFORM – (R + ANS + FOR[k]) in TM.|
|16||TRONC – ORT< + N + C.|
|17||OBESE – OBE‘S + E[imi].|
|18||SADDUCEAN – (DAC USED A N)*.|
|19||THEANTHROPISM – (NESTOR PHI + MATH)*.|
|23||ULULATE – LULU< + ATE.|
|24||PHILEAS – HI in PLEAS[e]. Is “please” equivalent to “desire”? I’m not sure that I’m not missing something here.|
|25||PAISLEYS – ISLE in PAYS.|
|26||SETTER – TT (“Ts”) in SEER.|
|1||REPOSITION – [p]REPOSITION. The “on e.g.” was well hidden, I thought.|
|2||PROXIMA CENTAURI – PRO + XI + MACE + (A TURIN)*. This one fell in quickly from the checking letters and the “star” def, but the wordplay took some thinking about. I rather enjoy these long charades, but very few setters seem to use them, I’m not sure why.|
|3||FORETASTE – (OF A SETTER)*.|
|5||TURIN – RUT< + IN.|
|6||ELGAR – ([materia]L in RAGE)<. A reference to Edward Elgar, of whose Enigma Variations “Nimrod” was one. Composers aren’t my strong point, but I’ve been reading up on Elgar and Vaughan Williams recently, so I got lucky here.|
|7||THAT’S MORE LIKE IT – (THE TIME TRIAL’S OK)*.|
|8||NORM – [scorpio]N OR M[ordred].|
|9||EMPERORS – EM + PER + OR + S[uit].|
|13||ECONOMISER – E + CO + NO MISER.|
|15||MIDSHIPS – DIM< + S + HIP’S.|
|16||TEUTONISE – TO in (UNIT SEE)*.|
|20||E-MAIL – (AM I)* in EL.|
|21||NEEDY – NÉE + D[erb]Y. Derby being the setting of a recent, and very successful, S&B, I believe.|
|22||QUIP – Q[uixote's] U[sual] I[ndependent] P[uzzles].|