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Independent 7752 by Nestor (Saturday prize puzzle 20th August 2011)

Posted by twencelas on August 27th, 2011


A tricky one this week from Nestor, with a good use of different vocabulary to direct or mis-direct the solver.

I found this quite a slog – an enjoyable 27 clues, picked off as a series of singles over an hour or two of partial concentration. I did like 1 down, a little risque but a lovely clue. 3 down too, whilst surprisingly simple, it took a little while for the penny to fully drop.  23 down also deserves a mention.

As to anything hidden in the grid – TAT OR ALE RAGS in the last 2 unchecked columns is my best effort, which  the puzzle most certainly was not. Many thanks Nestor. My only quibble is why did 19 across have the plural of daughters when a single daughter is all that is required in the word play?

As I will be in Chamonix, when this appears, I may not get the chance to respond to your comments, as my “smartphone” is not smart enough to display the comments.


Rev: Reverse, * (Anagram)


8              Rev[R (resistance) + OHM (its unit) ] in ALE (drink) = ARMHOLE (opening above flank)

9              (O(opposite) + P(prompt) + rakes) * = PRESOAK (steep up front)

11           Rev (RISk (danger mostly) = SIR (baronet)

12           LITTLE (small) around (indicated by dresses)  (PICKS)* = LICKSPITTLE (Flatterer)

13           GAINS (gets) + AID (benefit) = GAINSAID (Denied)

14           AS (since) in (indicated by welcomed) WEE (diminuitive) + L (liberal) = WEASEL (Deceiver)

16           Cryptic definition – POINT OF NO RETURN (As in tennis)

19           REAR (bring up) + D (Daughters – not sure why this is pluralised) around (indicated by embrace) G (good) = REGARD (Respect)

20           PEAL (set of changes as in bell ringing) around R (run) + SON (lad)n = PERSONAL (Of an intimate nature)

22           (CREW TO)* in (indicated by coverage) ON ICE (being suspended) = ONCE OR TWICE (A few times)

25           Reversed hidden in suGGEstions = EGG (Quaint kind of person)

26           Rev(E (European) + FUSSIER (more particular) – F (folio) ) = REISSUE (something published again)

27           EM (measure) + PRESS (news medias) = EMPRESS (Powerful woman)


1              (AS A RULE ORGASM + P(pressure))* = MASSAGE PARLOUR (Here as a rule orgasm may be arranged)

2              EMBRYO (developing form) + LYING (one being deceitful) – Y – Y (twice omitting year) = EMBROILING (getting involved in conflict)

3              (E + S + O + F + L + W)* Initials of1st six words = FOWLES (Author of French Lieutenant’s Woman)

4              KEY (Important) replacing R (Queen) for  Y (Yen) + CHIEF (Head) = KERCHIEF (Head covering? For an Englishman at the beach)

5              P (piano) in lOUSy (middle parts of lousy) = OPUS (Composition)

6              BED (Plot) + IVE (I have condensed) + RE (concerning) = BEDIVERE (Knight as in SIR BEDIVERE)

7              WON (Succeeded) + T (Trader’s first) = WONT (Custom)

10           (eg or in Tomsk ill)* = KREMLINOLOGIST (Expert in Moscow)

15           SQUARER (less swinging) around (DEN)* = SQUANDERER (Profligate)

17           TO RISE (To rocket) around TO = TORTOISE (Slow mover)

18           Rev – indicated by Northern (RENO  straddling NILE) = ONE-LINER (Crack as in joke)

21           SPY (Observer) around – denoted by keeps LEE (the protected area) = SLEEPY (Like a backwater)

23           CHIN-CHIN(toast) losing half = CHIN (It moves when chewing)

24           Rev (KT (knight) around ER (monarch)) = TREK (Difficult travel)

4 Responses to “Independent 7752 by Nestor (Saturday prize puzzle 20th August 2011)”

  1. Lenny says:

    Thanks twencelas. This was quite a chewy offering from Nestor and I stared at a blank grid for some time until I got Kremlinologist with its straightforward definition and anagram. Then, like twencelas, I just picked away at it until I had finished. I enjoyed the naughty Massage Parlour. I also thought the clue for Fowles was quite original. I thought the clue for Presoak was a bit indirect because it involved getting an abbreviation and then including it in the anagram fodder. That was my penultimate, followed by Bedivere who I had never heard of but guessed from the wordplay.

  2. superkiwigirl says:

    Many thanks, twenceslas, for your excellent blog (hope you are enjoying your time in Chamonix) and NESTOR for a very entertaining puzzle.

    I found this difficult, spending a lot of time head scratching, and it wasn’t until I read the blog that I could understand the parsing of clues like KERCHIEF and ONE LINER. Yet, when I look back, all of the clues are very fair, there are no solutions that aren’t words or phrases in common usage, and I think that the difficulties that I encountered stemmed from the clever misdirection that twenceslas has referred to.

    There were some really lovely surfaces here, and favorites included LICKSPITTLE, POINT OF NO RETURN, ONCE OR TWICE, and KREMLINOLOGIST. I also had a good laugh over MASSAGE PARLOUR.

  3. Lenny says:

    I forgot to mention twencelas’ query about Daughters. I think many abbreviations embrace the plural, particularly currencies: L can be pound or pounds, and measures: M can be mile or miles. In genealogies you see 1s2d for 1 son 2 daughters. I think setters use the plural option in abbreviations to improve the clue surface or, possibly in Nestor’s case, to obfuscate it

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