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Independent on Sunday 1135/Raich

Posted by Pierre on November 20th, 2011


Those who have tackled Raich’s crosswords since he started setting for the Indy will know that he’s keen on his football, so I’ll go straight into cliché land and say that this was a puzzle of two halves …

First half – get most of the straightforward ones and go in at the interval 2-0 up.  Second half – pinned back in the last third, concede some own goals.  Finally triumph 3-2 in extra time with a last-minute winner at the second stick.  But seriously, I found this to be a mixture of relatively easy and ‘okay, that’s the answer, but how does that work?’  An enjoyable Sunday crossword, with a mini-theme where I got introduced to three members of the opposite sex; this turned out to be a proper theme when I looked at the filled grid and saw what was going on.

There’s a nina down the left-hand and right-hand columns: CHILD STARS.  And of course the three lasses turn out to be JUDY GARLAND, SHIRLEY TEMPLE and HAYLEY MILLS.

I have a couple of mini-quibbles, and one I can’t really explain; but Raich is always a precise setter, so as Mulder and Scully would say, the truth is out there.

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed


At the end, notes provided by company lawyer from New York
Coda in musical terminology refers to the last sequence, or notes, of a piece of music; if you start with CO for ‘company’ and finish with DA for ‘District Attorney’, who would be an American lawyer, then you’ve got your answer.

Sequence from mournful tragedy lacking moderation
Hidden in mournfUL TRAgedy.

Daring pull back succeeded
Well, here’s the football surface.  This was definitely in my second half, even when I’d got the crossing letters.  ‘Daring’ is the definition and it’s GUT for ‘tug’ or ‘pull’ backwards and S for ‘succeeded’.

10  27 in grass meadow
The first of our bonnie lasses.  A charade of HAY for ‘grass’ and LEY for ‘meadow’.  More commonly spelled LEA, but both are in dictionaries.  The village where I live, like lots of others, ends in LEY, which betrays its origin.

11  Unusual declamatory talk after President meets resistance
Mr Lincoln, ABE, is our president; then it’s R for ‘resistance’ followed by RANT for ‘declamatory talk’.

12  Regularly lacking dignity, uncivil, enter uninvited
Raich is inviting you to add INT, the second, fourth and sixth letters of ‘dignity’ to RUDE for ‘uncivil’ to give you a word meaning to ‘enter uninvited’.  ‘Regularly lacking’ is an indication to leave out the other letters of ‘dignity’.

14  Wife has fit, seeing one in the water?
W as an abbreviation for ‘wife’ is followed by HALE for ‘fit’ to give a marine mammal, one species of which is the biggest animal on the planet.  HALE is in the dictionary as ‘fit’ or ‘healthy’, but is usually only heard in the expression ‘hale and hearty’, which is a pleonasm, since both words mean essentially the same thing.

15  To sum up, there’s uncertainty about Northern cheese
The surface tickled my fancy.  I originally thought IF for ‘uncertainty’ was a bit of a push, but now I think about it, it’s made clear by the phrase ‘Ifs and buts’, or ‘That’s a big if’.  Anyway, If you put that around N BRIE for ‘Northern cheese’ you’ve got your answer.

17  Notice sedge at first in river and a lake
Another smooth surface.  It’s AD for ‘notice’ and S for the first letter of ‘sedge’ in DEE for the river followed by A.  Are seas and lakes synonymous?  In Crypticland they are.

20  Money trouble at Southern factories
A charade of M for ‘money’, ILL for ‘trouble’ and S for ‘southern’.  Which is slightly perverse, because you only get trouble at t’mill up north.

21  Lines to feature in fashionable summit
An insertion of LL for ‘lines’ and TO in HIP for ‘fashionable’.

23  Learner’s entries being corrected, he pays attention
A charade of L for ‘learner’ (as in L-plates) and (ENTRIES)*  The apostrophe ‘s is indicating ‘has’ rather than ‘is’ to make the clue work.

24  Best of times, having money in the sea by Cannes?
A charade of SUM for ‘money’ and MER, which is what those who live in Cannes would call the sea.  Most people would consider SUMMER to be the best of ‘times’ or ‘seasons’, although spring is my personal favourite.

25  A feat, however you look at it
Because whether you look at it backwards or forwards, DEED comes out the same.

27  She works in sales with added energy
The definition is ‘she’ and it’s SAL[E]S, the answer giving us the definition for the three child star clues.  But I’m not sure exactly how this works, so would welcome comments on the parsing.


Aid not on?  That’s wrong, as this may suggest
(AID NOT ON)*  ‘That’s wrong’ is the anagrind, and it’s &lit(ish).

Foolish to accept everyone’s case for money
An insertion of ALL for ‘everyone’ in WET.  ‘Foolish’ for WET is in my opinion a bit of an ask; for me, ‘wet’ is more ‘feeble’ or ‘toothless’.  Although the hangers and floggers in the Conservative Party would no doubt attach Raich’s sense to the ‘Tory Wets’.

27, Democrat replaces Republican in group that decides
The second damsel.  Pretty obvious that you need a D to replace an R, but you’d likely need 27 before you could solve it; or in my case, 27 and both the crossing letters.  It’s JU[R]Y with the D as the replacement letter.

Moored in Trieste, a merchant ship
Nicely hidden in TrieSTE A MERchant.

When asked to enumerate requisites at first, list a turbine
The first letters of When Asked To Enumerate Requisites and WHEEL for ‘list’.  Unless I’m missing something, these are pretty distant synonyms.  My first sense of ‘list’ is what ships do when they tilt over.

Edit: my fault.  I mistranscribed the clue.  It actually reads ‘When asked to enumerate requisites wanted at first, list a turbine’  and Sidey explains it at comment number one.

Subdeacon initially tense over a new Church position
A charade of S for the first letter of ‘subdeacon’ and T for ‘tense’ over (since it’s a down clue) A, N and CE.  Good surface.

Good idea finally to overlay both sides with flowers
I only saw how this worked when I was writing up the blog.  It’s G for ‘good’, A for the last letter of ‘idea’, on top of RL for ‘both sides’ and AND for ‘with’.

13  Apprehension seen in US as misplaced
(SEEN IN US AS)*  ‘Misplaced’ is the anagrind.

16  Father and son have to be told
A dd.

18  To help sober up, this is provided after drunken sprees?
A charade of (SPREES)* and SO. SO and ‘this’ have equivalence in sentences like ‘It’s so important’ and ‘It’s this important’, which is why Raich has put the this in italics.  I think.

19  27, reserved, entertaining Irish and the French
The third colleen.  An insertion of IR for ‘Irish’ and LE for a French definite article in SHY for ‘reserved’.

20  Athlete’s accommodating a writer from America
An insertion of A in MILER for a runner.  Norman Mailer, the American author who was married six times and had nine children, but found time in between to write.

22  Met up over detailed request in place of worship
This was one of my ‘has to be that but why?’ clues.  I eventually worked out that it’s a reversal of ‘met’, TEM, over PLE[A], which is a request that’s been de-tailed (like the trio of visually-impaired rodents).

24  School class, it’s taken by QC
A charade of S for ‘school’ and ILK for ‘class’.  Some object to the use of ‘of that ilk’ for ‘of that class’, because its original meaning referred to Scottish families and estates; but its general use is now very well established.

A roast dinner, a glass or two of red and a puzzle from Raich.  That’ll do me for a Sunday afternoon.  Thank you to the setter.

5 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1135/Raich”

  1. sidey says:

    Nice blog Pierre.

    In 5 down you are missing ‘wanted’ after ‘requisites’ in the clue, the ‘W’ + heel = list.

    27 is a composite anagram of sorts, SHE with Energy ‘works’ to make sales. Well, something like that, I blame Azed.

    Good fun though so thanks to Raich too.

    Oh yes, missed the Nina, I blame online solving.

  2. Pierre says:

    Thanks, sidey. I’ve amended the blog for WATER WHEEL.

  3. Wanderer says:

    Thanks Pierre and Raich, not much to add except to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this and appreciated finding a theme and a Nina in such an accessible puzzle.

  4. flashling says:

    shirley you can’t be … loved this one thanks Raich and Pierre. Nina a nice touch.

  5. Raich says:

    Many thanks, Pierre, for the excellent blog and all for their comments. It was a serendipitous moment when setting to realise the three surnames were English words in their own right.

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