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Independent 7818 Anarche (Sat 5-Nov)

Posted by beermagnet on November 12th, 2011


A Bonfire night themed crossword with enough horrible death by burning to satisfy the most extreme of sado-pyro-necro-philiacs. Indeed for people with a fear of fire or otherwise of a nervous disposition, like me, it was important to concentrate on decoding the wordplay and avoid thinking too much about the crispy ends of the poor souls being commemorated. It is either that or the clarity of the clueing that means I reckon I have all the wordplay buttoned down in the explanations below.

1 CANCANS Uproarious dances as prisons catch fire in America (7)
CAN (fire, as in sack in an American sense) inside CANS (prisons) Def: Uproarious dances. For a while I thought the wordplay was something to do with multiple prisons CANS twice
9 FILAGREE Fire sleeves insulate end of pipe – it’s delicate work (8)
LAG (insulate) inside FIRE, then [pip]E. I had to resort to the dictionary to conform that there is a word filAgree as opposed to filIgree. In that case I will mark this down as a new word to me.
10 FALL OUT Happen to disagree (4,3)
Double Def.
11 BEACONED Used fires to send warning as ocean bed erupts (8)
(OCEAN_BED)* AInd: erupts. First answer from the clear def (what else could it be?) and simple anagram
12 LAUNCH Eat round a fire (6)
LUNCH (eat) around A.  Def. Fire, in the shooting big missiles sense.  Reminds me of when I was attached to the Marketing department of a large company – the middle management used to go “Out to Launch” quite often – amazing how many different product launches there can be (and very long launches they were too.)
13 TRIMESTERS Clean-limbed Biblical heroine they say is cut in half, then quarters (10)
TRIM (Clean limbed) ESTER (Homophone “Esther” Biblical heroine) [i]S.  Def. Quarters, what we non-Americans would call terms (or term terms)  Edit: corrected (Thanks Eileen)
15 ETNA Jet napalming harbour, burning mountain (4)
Hidden in jET NApalming
16 RHEOSTATS They alter resistance, others alter acceleration, time and direction (9)
(OTHERS)* AInd: alter, A[cceleration], T[ime], S[outh] (direction) Very clear Def. again. Brings back memories of 6th form Physics lessons
21 AXES Fires eliminate central shafts’ central part (4)
22 DESERT ROSE Expanse which is bare, pink and succulent (6,4)
DESERT (Expanse which is bare) ROSE (pink)   This succulent (link)
24 LAIRDS Members of northern gentry lie to policeman (6)
LAIR (lie) and then DS for policeman (Detective Sergeant)
25 AUTO-DA-FÉ Burning of heretic now mostly takes place within metal walls (4-2-2)
TODA[y] inside (walls – walled by) AU and FE (Gold and Iron – metal walls). Def. Theme subject- burning at the stake (Wiki)
27 LATIMER Bishop killed by fire firstly laid aside battered mitre (7)
L[aid] A[side] (MITRE)* AInd: battered.  Bishop Latimer – one of our several martyrs
28 DIAZEPAM Cameron and Osborne’s last plan in recession? A sedative. (8)
Cameron DIAZ, [osborn]E, MAP< Nicely misled away from the correct Cameron
29 HEATERS Firstly cut the taters (they keep warm) (7)
[t]HE [t]ATERS. Last answer I entered. I was beginning to despair and curse the 3/7 checking with very common checking letters on that light before I spotted what was going on. I’ll be on the lookout for this “firstly cut” wordplay in the future now.
2 A LA CARTE Endless woe and endless tears changed way of ordering things (1,2,5)
ALAC[k] (endless woe) (TEAR[s])* AInd: changed.
3 CALENDAR Free-range landrace that’s stuffed with dates (8)
(LANDRACE)* AInd: free-range.
4 NAUGHTIEST Saint James we hear comes over as most mischievous (10)
NAUGHTIE St. James Naughtie of BBC Radio4 Today programme and Books and Music fame, beatified
5 RIFE Blazing fire is everywhere (4)
(FIRE)* AInd: Blazing
6 CAUCUS Reportedly stop American political group (6)
CAUC homophone “Cork” US
7 CRANMER He sticks out neck to defend male divine burnt at stake (7)
M[ale] inside CRANER (he sticks out neck) Link for this crispy Archbish
8 REDDISH Fired dishes’ terracotta lining? (7)
Hidden in fiRED DISHes
11 BRIMSTONE Is filled with pitch, a hellish punishment (9)
BRIM (is filled) STONE (pitch) I wasn’t sure about the Pitch/Stone synonym till considering the verb sense where both mean throw. Edit: Should be BRIMS (is filled) TONE (pitch).  (Thanks Sidey) 
14 ENAMELWARE Kitchen equipment containing English warm ale, brewed in Tyneside (10)
E[nglish], then (WARM ALE)* AInd: brewed inside NE (Tyneside)
17 SATIRIST Pope perhaps is within right to support burning of woman (8)
The Def. by example refers to Alexander POPE and his satirical verse. IS inside RT (right) underneath SATI (burning of woman – now thankfully illegal)
18 HEADGEAR Perhaps a hat which sits on top of mine? (8)
Double Def. The Headgear, or headframe, of a mine is the winding gear at the pit head
19 I D CARDS Papers, including Indy, regularly attracting eccentrics (2,5)
I[n]D[y] CARDS (eccentrics)
20 ASHTRAY Waif heading off to sit beneath tree, where smoking remains are found (7)
[s]TRAY (waif) underneath ASH (tree)
23 RIDLEY Man of leisure died: consumed in the flames he became a martyr (6)
D[ied] inside RILEY (Man of leisure – as in “Life of Riley” I wonder how that phrase arose)
Nicholas Ridley was another martyr
26 FLAM Trick in which fire finally vanishes (4)
FLAM[e] A Flam is a deception or trick

10 Responses to “Independent 7818 Anarche (Sat 5-Nov)”

  1. sidey says:

    Excellent puzzle nicely blogged, thanks.

    Couple of points, BRIMSTONE splits brims = Is filled as ‘she brims with happiness’, tone = pitch.

    A trimester is three months so there are three quarters in a full term pregnancy.

    NAUGHTIEST is possibly my favourite as James (that naughty man of the four letter word) pronounces his surname differently, naughty Anarche.

  2. sidey says:

    Er, that comment on brimstone should’ve been followed by ‘I think’. Sorry.

  3. Allan_C says:

    I’m with sidey on the parsing of BRIMSTONE.

    Held up for ages on 2d thinking the ‘endles woe’ was ALA[s], or even that the first ‘endless’ might be the definition, leaving ALAS for ‘woe’, until the penny suddenly dropped.

    I was a bit doubtful about FILAGREE at first; it couldn’t be anything else but I’ve always spelt it ‘filigree’. However, Chambers gives both spellings.

    A great puzzle, though. Some of the clues were (fire)crackers!

  4. beermagnet says:

    Sidey, you’re right, the Brims/Tone split is much more likely.

  5. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the blog, beermagnet,

    Super puzzle, if, as you say, you don’t dwell on the theme [which was amazingly well maintained].

    Great surfaces, as always, and really witty cluing throughout.

    I still can’t believe that spelling of ‘filigree’ – it just doesn’t look, or feel, right!

    Just to be picky: in 13ac, ‘they say’ refers to the missing ‘h’ in Esther.

    Many thanks, Anarche, for another excellent puzzle.

  6. beermagnet says:

    Thanks Eileen. I’ve corrected that Esther/Ester homophone

  7. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Beermagnet.

    How did you manage to reproduce the solved puzzle in your blog? Great idea!

    I saw Cranmer readily enough, but had never heard on Mr. Ridley.

    What amazed me was how readily I saw RHEOSTAT, considering I don’t even know what one does, ehem!

  8. Jan says:

    Thanks, beermagnet, it’s useful to see the completed grid, and what a great puzzle – thanks, Anarche.

    I was thrown by 19d, which I didn’t solve, assuming a foreign term was needed.

    The three bishops mentioned are known as the Oxford Martyrs with the Martyrs Memorial being in the city centre.

  9. MikeC says:

    Thanks beermagnet and Anarche. Enjoyed this. As a matter of interest, I had 23 as RIDDEL (*IDLER incl D), who was also a martyr, apparently. Although my wordplay makes sense, I suppose it could be that almost any name would fit martyrdom!!

  10. Anarche says:

    Many thanks, beermagnet, for your sterling work. Thanks, too, to all who have taken the trouble to comment, and apologies to those of a nervous disposition. Yes, FILAGREE is a disconcerting spelling, but once I saw the wordplay I couldn’t resist it. I enjoyed setting this one more than I should have, so for the good of my poor benighted soul I’m working on a much nicer theme for some future date :)
    Hope to see you all at Derby!
    Love and hugs,
    Anarche x

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