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Independent 7,764 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 3/9/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on September 10th, 2011

Simon Harris.

One doesn’t expect an easy ride from Nimrod, and we didn’t get one here. For me this was another week of having a stab at it, then waiting until the following Saturday, and trying to explain the answers given on the website.

Which probably doesn’t make for an exciting blog, but one does one’s best. There’s still a fair bit in there that hasn’t quite clicked for me, so any insights from readers are welcome.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 LASH UP – SH in PAUL*.
5 MACASSARACAS in ARMS*.
9 PRETERNATURALLY – (UTTERLY RARE PLAN)*.
10 HOROLOGIST – (TO SHOO[t] GIRL)*. The enemy here being time.
11 DEER – hom. of “dear”, with “does” being nicely misleading, but representing female deer.
12 LIVE DANGEROUSLY – LIVE + (ROUES* in DANGLY).
15 SEE NAPLES AND DIE – ([peo]PLE DEAD IN A SENSE)*. Not a phrase I’ve come across, so given a clue lacking a definition, and non-deterministic wordplay, I had no hope of solving this.
20 EPIC – [th]E PIC[ture].
21 ONSLAUGHTS – ON + (SL + AUGHTS.
22 RATES OF EXCHANGE – dd.
23 BEARINGSE in BARINGS.
24 DISARM – RAIDS* + M.
Down
2 A PRIORI – PRIOR in A1.
3 HIT HOME – I’m not sure if this quite works for me. Maybe readers can explain it better than I can: Success in effect delivery.
4 PERSONAL PRONOUN – (SUN + PORN + ON PAROLE)*.
5 MEANINGLESSNESS – ENS< in (IN A MENS SINGLES)*.
6 COUNTERBALANCED – COUNTER + BALANCED.
7 SPANDAU – PANDA in U.S.<.
8 ALLHEAL – AL Gore + (E[mperor] in HALL*).
13 VIE – VI (six) + [a-sid]E.
14 SOD – presumably SOD[a], but I don’t know how that’s a “lawmaker”.
16 EXPIATE – (1 in EXPAT) + E.
17 NUCLEAR – from UNCLEAR with the first two letters (its “head”) turning. The “…” run-on from the previous clue is crucial to spotting the whole of the definition.
18 DOG DAYS – G’DAY in DOS.
19 INTEGER – TEG in [m]INER.

12 Responses to “Independent 7,764 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 3/9/11)”

  1. Polly says:

    The range of reactions from different solvers always fascinates me – I found this by far the easiest Nimrod for a long time. I’m still puzzled about the wordplay for 3d and look forward to someone elucidating, but 14d is simply explained: SOD as in Sod’s Law.

    I wouldn’t credit myself with more than reasonable general knowledge, but the phrase ‘See Naples and die’ has been familiar for as long as I can remember (which is a very long time indeed, so perhaps Simon has the advantage of youth).

    Thanks to Nimrod for an enjoyable puzzle and Simon for the blog.

  2. Rishi says:

    3d Success in effect delivery (3,4) – HIT HOME

    Let me try.

    Success – HIT ( as in “the film is a hit”)
    in – HOME
    effect delivery – v. followed by n. – when you effect delivery, you carry out an intended objective, that is, hit home

  3. Thomas99 says:

    Rishi-
    Yes, I’m sure that’s right. It’s a clever definition – I think it may be alluding to the modern managementspeak overuse of “delivery” – “effect delivery” is exactly what I’d expect some boring people in suits to say when what they mean is “hit home” or possibly just “do [x]“. Whether it is or not, it works very well as a synonym for the answer.

  4. Thomas99 says:

    Re 21, I think “what follows one in a thousand” is NAUGHTS, which attacks (surrounds) SL after the round O.

  5. Thomas99 says:

    PS. Now I’ve realised aught means zero too, I think I actually prefer your version of 21, Simon! Mine requires double duty/a semi-&lit. I’d forgotten aught=naught=nought. Very confusing.

  6. crypticsue says:

    One hesitates to whisper the word ‘easier’ with regard to Nimrod so I will just say not as difficult as many of his cryptics. Great fun.

  7. Simon Harris says:

    Thanks, chaps.

    To clarify, I’m not saying this was “hard for a Nimrod”, just that it was hard for me :) I’ve never really clicked with Nimrod’s blocked puzzles anyway, though I acknowledge that many people love them.

    His Inquisitors, on the other hand, are something that I hope to see a lot more of.

  8. nmsindy says:

    Thanks for the blog, Simon, and Nimrod for the puzzle. I found it pretty hard, but one expects that from Nimrod so ideal for a Sat. Favourite clues DEER, SPANDAU. HIT HOME was pretty tricky and clever too, I thought.

    Re those Nimrod Inquisitors you’d like to see, Simon, I guess it’s a question of whether Nimrod could get them past the editor…

  9. flashling says:

    @NMS Lol, couldn’t try this as couldn’t get a copy, the local newsagent had shut down – I was away doing a firework display for a friend’s wedding. @Nimrod can I get a copy?

  10. John H says:

    Flashling, contact me direct on the given address, and I will sort.

    BTW, very witty nms!

    John H

  11. Ben C says:

    Thanks Simon. Btw the puzzle was number 7764.

  12. Simon Harris says:

    Well spotted, Ben – I’ll get that fixed.

    In my defence, the font in the title line of the Saturday Indy cryptic is so tiny, it’s a wonder that we ever get it right!

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