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Independent on Sunday 1144/Glow-worm

Posted by Pierre on January 29th, 2012


A decent puzzle from Glow-worm, in the usual accessible Sunday Indy Prize style, albeit there were a good number of clues that I found more difficult, and there’s one I can’t parse.  Not too many smiley or ‘aha!’ moments, but perhaps we’re all supposed to have our serious Sunday solving hats on to win that set of dictionaries.  I’ve never quite fathomed why dictionaries are prizes for crosswords, since if you’re sending off a prize puzzle then it’s a good bet you’ve got the full set already.  Any road up, here’s what I made of it …

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


Despot’s grilling poor, newspaper’s admitted
An insertion of PRESS in (POOR)*  ‘Grilling’ is the anagrind.

Decoration’s advancing with no hint of inharmoniousness
GO[I]NG, and the first of a number of clues with a removal – in this case the first letter of ‘inharmoniousness’.  Funny surface – how can a decoration advance?

10  Cloth – some buckram – allocated for backing
Hidden reversed in buckrAM ALLocated.  LLAMA is the cloth as well as the animal.

11  Notice not applicable – employ a maiden for ever
A charade of AD, NA, USE and A M for the Latin phrase.  Strictly the definition should lead to AD INFINITUM, but the clue works fine for me.

12  Trunk road circling castle (or island, with greater reason)
An insertion of FORT in A1 plus OR and I for another Latin phrase.

13  Unacceptable, whichever way you look at it
Because NOT ON is a palindrome.

14  Cardinal’s prudish, fairly oddly
A charade of PRIM and fAiRlY, for the adjectival meaning of ‘cardinal’.  A, R and Y are the even letters of ‘fairly’ though – does ‘oddly’ work here?

16  Fossil obscured by rare lichen
Hidden in raRE LIChen.

19  Medic rebuffing suitable design
A charade of MO for ‘medical officer’ and a reversal of FIT for ‘suitable’.

21  Realise river’s attractive
A charade of the River EXE and CUTE.

23  Try to shake off lumbago – trouble with disc?
Nice surface and my favourite today.  Glow-worm is asking you to shake off ‘go’ for ‘try’ from ‘lumbago'; then it’s (LUMBA)* with ‘trouble’ as the anagrind.

25  Questionable political capital made from rich receiving entertainment in South Dakota
An insertion of LUSH and FUN in SD for the US state.

27  Performance by a Latin duo gets pats on the back
(A LATIN DUO)*  ‘Performance’ is the anagrind, but I’d consider ADULATION to be a bit more than a ‘pat on the back’.  And of course LAUDATION also fits.

28  Do the twist with Shirley?  Pirouetting sure to be de trop
There’s a bit going on here, in my opinion.  It’s a charade of W for ‘with’ and HIRL, which you arrive at by shedding (because it’s ‘de trop’) SEY from ‘Shirley'; and SEY is YES (‘sure’) reversed.

29  Sounding a bit on the borderline
Couldn’t see this, but ‘when in doubt look in the dictionary’ would have been a good approach.  SOED for ‘curb': ‘A chain or strap passing under the lower jaw of a horse and attached to the bit.’  ‘Sounding’ is the homophone indicator and a KERB, which is a homophone in anyone’s language of CURB, is on the border between the pavement and the road.

30  Stuffing things in cab, wine’s overturned; Mary’s gutted
The art of stuffing dead animals is a charade of TAXI, DER for RED reversed, and MY for the outside letters of ‘Mary’, which is what you’d be left with if she were ‘gutted’.


Old illuminators used small point for the most part
(SMALL POI)* with ‘used’ as the anagrind.  I’m not a big fan of clues like this, since there is no clear indication that you need to remove only the last two letters of ‘point’.  Okay, three out of five letters is ‘for the most part’, but I still don’t like it, probably because I’m of an age where I’m turning into a Grumpy Old Man.

No Conservative complaints about this philosophy
This was phone a friend time, I’m afraid, but now it’s been explained to me, I can’t see why.  I was off thinking about conservative people being into Platonic relationships, but that was complete pants.  It’s simply ([C]OMPLAINTS)* with ‘about’ as the anagrind.  Given the high number of clues with letters removed in this puzzle, I should have seen this and been able to save my phone bill.

Demand former partner’s given decree
A charade of EX and ACT.

Insubstantial commercial set in flashy surroundings
An insertion of AD in SHOWY.

Check up after game with Norway becomes more fluid …
A charade of RU for Rugby Union (‘game’), N for ‘Norway’ and a reversal of REIN (‘check’, up).

7  ... obvious in extra time …
A further charade of OVER for ‘extra’ and T for ‘time’.

…sign of stratagem in internationals?
Hidden in strataGEM IN Internationals.  As usual, the ellipses in these three clues have naff all to do with the solutions.

In Quebec French girl’s scoffing bit of Norfolk dumpling
A charade of QUE for the official abbreviation for Quebec and ELLE, with N for ‘a bit of Norfolk’ inserted.

15/21  Quixote – unusual man – sadly sacking you and me one day in September?
A nod perhaps to the compiler who set more than 2,000 Sunday Independent puzzles before deciding it was time for a change of guard.  It’s (QUIXOTE UN[US]UAL MAN)* with ‘sadly’ as the anagrind and the current compiler inviting you to take US (‘you and me’) out of the anagram fodder.

17  Designer of short evening dress featuring in guide
An insertion of TU[X] in COURIER.

18  How a lord might carry on with endless vendetta?
Well, FEUDALLY is how a lord might carry on, and it’s a charade of FEUD and ALLY, but I’m afraid I’m not seeing this.

20  Play fat cissy mostly on the right wing
(FAT CISS[Y])* with ‘play’ as the anagrind.

22  Lawyer’s cloak material
A charade of DA for ‘District Attorney’ and MASK for the rich, patterned, woven material originally from Damascus.

24  Breathed a sound, getting more despondent
A homophone of ‘blew’ and ‘a'; ‘sound’ is the homophone indicator.

26  Axed, ambassador took the plunge
A charade of HE for ‘His Excellency’ and WED, which is what you did when you plunged hopelessly and devotedly into marriage (if indeed you did).

Merci, Glow-worm.

6 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1144/Glow-worm”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Glow-worm and Pierre. Re FEUDALLY, I think it may be FEUD (vendetta) ALL Y (year) ie endless?

  2. GregN says:

    I think FEUDALLY could derive from FEU (endless vendetta) and DALLY (carry on – as in the ‘flirting’ sense)

  3. Pierre says:

    Thanks, both. Either of those would do for me; I fancy Glow-worm might have had Greg’s parsing in mind.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Yes, the explanation from GregN at #2 is likely to be the correct one, thanks to him.

  5. Glow-worm says:

    Mon plaisir, Pierre…

    I had in mind “decoration” in its DIY sense — with a husband and wife working together with no hint of discord!

    And yes, FEU[D] + DALLY

    Thanks to you and the bloggers

    Kind regards


  6. Pierre says:

    Thanks for dropping in, Glow-worm. The picture you were painting with the surface for 6ac was clearly not the picture that came into my head (my excuse is that I hate le bricolage). Now you’ve explained it, it’s actually quite funny, so I withdraw my remark about no smiley moments …

    Thanks again.

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