Posted by nmsindy on November 7th, 2011
Regular Indy solvers will know Phi appears weekly, usually on a Friday. This week he’s on Monday. The usual excellent puzzle, which I found a little harder than normal from Phi. Quite a few answers that I did not know or vaguely knew or had forgotten but was very pleased, with Phi’s clear and precise clueing, to be able to work them all out correctly from the wordplay, verifying after. I’ve missed many a Phi theme/Nina and I don’t see one here. There is a pangram however (each letter of the alphabet appearing). Solving time, 30 mins. My guess is that the move to Monday is because there is something planned for Friday. Only a guess but I have a suspicion as to why – in four days’ time I’ll know if I’m on the right track unless it’s revealed there’s some reason Phi was given today’s slot.
* = anagram
1 UPPER-CRUST An excellently constructed clue with the one-word definition ‘Posh’ and seamless join at ‘Posh meal’. Supper (meal) with no starter ie first letter = upper: crus (vintage wines) t (time)
6 JAIL J (Judge) ail (trouble) Definition: sentence
10 CORGI Have marked four clues today as my special favourites and this was one of them. Queen Elizabeth II has corgi dogs, as most will know. Tremendous surface reading and clever wordplay. Functionary = cog (eg small cog in a big wheel) carrying r = regina = Queen and then one = i
11 CAUSALITY USA in AL (almost all ie last letter missing) all contained in city (conurbation). Definition: linkage
12 Joseph SUK (Czech composer and violinist). Phi has a great interest in classical music as regular solvers will know. Though I’d never heard of the violinist I got this straight away from the clear wordplay. ‘Initially’ indicates the first letters of the last three words in the clue. I did wonder if the statement was also literally true ie did S study under K? Can’t quickly find any reference to that. They were both born in the same year (1875).
13 MAIZE “May’s” The z hinted at the pangram.
14 NOTRE DAME No Red in tame (quiet). Famous Church in centre of Paris – translates as ‘Our Lady’
15 ORLANDO FURIOSO (for a loud orison)* Poem by the Italian poet Ariosto written in the early 16th century.
18 BICYCLE THIEVES Another Italian connection – a film from 1947 directed by Vittoria de Sica regarded as one of the greatest films ever. I’d heard of it, tho can’t recall watching it. The wordplay part just means, I think, bicycle thieves today might have their images picked up by CCTV cameras.
22 CALIBRATE li (half of line) in cab rate (transport cost)
24 TEVET hidden in resoluTE VETerans. Jewish month, usually falling in Dec-Jan. New to me.
25 AXE test = exam cut = exa back = reversed = axe
26 DIABOLIST is in bolt (panic) after aid reversed.
27 RILKE Austrian poet k (king) in rile (upset – verb)
28 CHEW c (cold) hew (cut)
29 BOWDLERISE The second of my favourite four I marked today. (I see b word l)* l = first letter of long. V good surface. Word comes from Bowdler who published an expurgated version of Shakespeare’s works.
1 UNCOMMON comma cut = comm in (noun)*
2 PARTIAL p = power of the military = martial (not initially) = artial. Definition: incomplete
3 RAISE AN EYEBROW (see aery rainbow)* Was not quite sure if ‘arch’ referred to the shape of the gesture or the meaning of ‘arch’ as maybe cunning and smart, but the answer is clear from the wordplay.
4 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL nmsindy is more familiar with this than Czech violinists so got it straight away. rock = shock n = new list = roll. All started with Bill Haley and his Comets in about 1954, then many others followed, not least “The King”, and music and much else changed for ever.
5 SQUAT military formation= squad with t (time) to cover rear ie last letter d
7 ANIMALS slam in a “elevated” ie going upwards
8 LAYMEN amen = last in prayer perhaps after l (line) and including y (unknown – from maths)
9 CAPE FINISTERRE (pact refineries)* Needed crossing answers before I could be sure of the spelling.
16 UNTREATED The third of the four clues I marked as favourites changed nature = (nature)* ted = tied (bound) less one
17 AS IT WERE we r (run) in a site
19 ILL FAME The fourth of the four I marked, with a great surface reading. I (one) L (line) then f (fine) in lame (implausible)
20 VIVALDI VI (Roman sextet ie 6 in Roman numerals) sound = valid. “With a slight twist” = switch its final two letters.
21 ACIDIC Got this first from the definition ‘sharp’ before I saw what was going on. Currents (electrical) are AC and DC with ones (ie two Is) entering ‘variously’
23 AMIGO ago (past) including me – the musical note known as either me or mi.