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Independent 7933/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on March 19th, 2012


After celebrating his twenty-fifth anniversary with the Indy two Fridays ago, Quixote is back in his usual Monday slot with another clearly-clued and enjoyable puzzle.  John, the blogger for the Don’s puzzle that day, indicated that he would recommend the Quixote Monday crossword to newer solvers, and I wouldn’t disagree with that advice.  So as usual I’ve tried to give full explanations in case there are some of that ilk who are lurking out there today and are still getting to grips with this strangely addictive cryptic world.  If you don’t need all that detail, you can of course look away now …



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


Second player in line of defence?
A dd.

A boy in plan starts to think everything difficult, being unsuited to task?
An insertion of A LAD in MAP followed by TED for the first letters of ‘think everything difficult’.

Critic and editor returned by vehicle rarely seen in city streets
A reversal of ED and TRACTOR, which is a vehicle not often seen in city streets, except in Paris when the farming community is objecting to cuts in the Common Agricultural Policy budget and is dumping manure outside the relevant ministry.

11  This is not detected – odd sound
I liked this one.  A charade of TH[IS] and RUM for ‘odd’.  I had a look in the SOED to check the definition and it’s  ‘a sound of a guitar being strummed’, but there are a number of other meanings, including ‘copulate’.  I love English.

12  Agitated cop in race riot returning the same gestures?
(COP IN RACE RIOT)* with ‘agitated’ as the anagrind.

14  Angry speeches that could be staider
(STAIDER)*  ‘Could be’ is the anagrind.

15  River swirling for example with problem getting across
One of those clues where, for me at least, once you’d got the crossing letters ‘it has to be that’, but where it took a while to parse.  I am ready to be corrected, but I think it works with two reversal indicators: ‘swirling’ and ‘getting across’ for an insertion of GE (reversal of EG for ‘for example’) in GANS (reversal of SNAG for ‘problem’).

17  Flowery things provided by pupil up in school
Hidden in pupiL UP IN School

19  Artist has to put up with squalid room
A charade of RA and THOLE.  Only a couple of pages back in the SOED from THRUM for me to check THOLE: ‘ suffer, undergo, be afflicted with’.

22  Seem classy and hep wandering round elegant thoroughfare in Paris
(SEEM CLASSY HEP)* with a clearly indicated anagram (‘wandering’) for the avenue in the huitième arrondissement whose name comes originally from Greek.

24  You may see a fierce contest in Somerset tomorrow
Hidden in SomerSET TOmorrow.

25  Find goal ultimately with difficulty, striking around when this?
An insertion (‘around’) of (FIND L)* in BOLD for ‘striking’.  ‘With difficulty’ is the anagrind.

26  Bird wanting smoother heather
Nice surface, so I’m going for this as my CoD just because I like birds.  I don’t very often put links into my blogs, but when birds make an appearance, I often succumb to temptation.  A charade of SANDER and LING for ‘heather’.

27  Head is comic but lacking in love
BEAN[O] with the O for ‘love’ removed from the comic that (still) features Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx.  BEAN is slang for ‘head’.


American pal with little energy gets seaside location
A charade of BUD for the American word for ‘pal’ with E to give you the Cornish resort.  Perhaps the mark of a gentler puzzle that the setter clues it as ‘little energy’ for E.

Someone needed for party?  There’s double hesitation after dodgy act
Two lots of hesitation, ER, ER, after (ACT)*  ‘Dodgy’ is the anagrind.

Mixed contents of pan – taste as something to whet the appetite
(PAN TASTE)* with ‘mixed contents’ as the anagrind.  An (archaic, according to the SOED) alternative to ANTIPASTO, the Italian term for ‘starter’ or ‘appetiser'; etymologically ‘before the meal’.

Ventilation system made of a metal that gets cold inside
An insertion of C for ‘cold’ in A IRON for ‘a metal’.

I’d pain at heart, revolting against cruel political regime
(I’D PAIN AT HEART)* with ‘revolting’ as the anagrind.

Deviation of indeterminate number grasped by mathematician
An insertion of N for the mathematical representation of ‘indeterminate number’ in Alan TURING, the mathematician widely regarded as the father of computer science who worked at Bletchley Park during the war and committed suicide, possibly because of his being prosecuted for being homosexual, in 1954.

It’s not bright in one small building that’s run down
A clever charade of DIM, IN, I and SHED.

10  Somehow reconnect iPad that’s likely to crash?
(RECONNECT IPAD)* with ‘somehow’ as the anagrind.  Quixote wouldn’t have been able to get iPad into one of his clues when he started out in the Indy all those years ago, and I guess it’s a product that wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the man referenced in 7 down.

13  Put little son in a high bed before start of supper, whatever may happen
An insertion of S in A TALL COT before another S for the first letter of ‘supper’.  S for an abbreviation of ‘son’ is very common, but like in 1dn, the setter’s giving us an extra bit of help by cluing it as ‘little son’.

16  Granny is out to get part of the legal establishment
(GRANNY IS)* with ‘out’ as the anagrind.

18  Carriage taking Head of Art between pub and college
An insertion of A for the first letter of ‘Art’ in PH for public house and ETON for the alma mater of our current Prime Minister.  And a word I only know from crosswords.

20  No horse should be let loose towards the coast
Another anagram.  (NO HORSE)* with ‘should be let loose’ as the anagrind.  Quixote’s certainly been shuffling his Scrabble tiles today.

21  Like some tea the woman served before dance ended prematurely
A charade of HER and BAL[L].

23  Port that could be a haunt of vice
Hello sailor!  A charade of A and DEN for the Yemeni port.

Congrats again to Quixote on his Silver Anniversary, and thanks to him for today’s puzzle.

10 Responses to “Independent 7933/Quixote”

  1. Allan_C says:

    Yes, an excellent introduction for the novice cryptic solver – yet one or two clues, e.g 19a, that were a bit challenging to the experienced solver, so thanks, Pierre, for the blog. And thanks to Quixote for a gentle Monday morning workout.

  2. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Quixote for a pleasant puzzle and Pierre for the blog.

    15ac: I took “getting across” as the insertion indicator – I cannot see anything else that could be. Then “swirling” applies to the whole of S(EG)NAG.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Pierre and Quixote. Just in case some of those ‘novice’ solvers might be discouraged, I found this a little trickier than some of the comments above suggest but I got there in the end, understanding everything. THOLE and ANTEPAST were new to me.

  4. Quixote says:

    Surprised NMS didn’t know THOLE — a word I learnt early on from my dear Ulster wife ( who tholes things better than I do sometimes!)

  5. flashling says:

    Didn’t know but guessed THOLE, it had to be, very quick solve apart from that, thanks Pierre and the Q.

  6. Cumbrian says:

    THOLE was new to me, as was ANTEPAST, but both available from either the clue or crossing letters. I haven’t come across a Sanderling before; that was my last one in after a bit of head scratching (note to self – “smoother” doesn’t always suggest an iron, press or similar laundry implement!)

    Many thanks for an enjoyable puzzle and an excellent blog.

  7. Pierre says:

    With reference to 27ac, and in a case of serendipity, I’m sure, the Indy i today reveals that Dennis the Menace and the Beano are featured in a new set of themed stamps issued today by the soon to be privatised Royal Mail.

    Thanks to Pelham for clearing up how GANGES works.

  8. Bertandjoyce says:

    We also needed to check ‘thole’ but otherwise a straightforward, enjoyable solve. No stand-out clues but all fair and a good start to the week.
    Thanks Quixote and Pierre.

  9. Dormouse says:

    For years I thought the course in Italian restaurants was “antipasta”, something to counteract the effects of too much pasta. When I discovered to derivation, I subconciously spelled it “antepasto”, so ANTEPAST wasn’t too difficult to guess. Didn’t know “thole” – got the answer but couldn’t see how to parse it.

  10. Rorschach says:

    Weirdly, I got to 17 ac by L=pupil UP IN S=school… and was thinking it was just a bad clue…

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