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Independent 7948 / Nimrod

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 5th, 2012


Nimrod never fails to impress us. His latest Inquisitor took us a while to finish but provided much enjoyable head-scratching until the puzzle eventually fell into place. We wondered what we would have in store for our Thursday blog today! There were some new words but all fairly clued albeit somewhat deviously at times!

We needed some of the checking letters to help solve 14d which was particularly difficult, especially as we hadn’t come across the word before. 10a brought a smile to our faces. It took a little while for the penny to drop for 15a. You knew it had to be ‘Dick’ but it provided a good laugh when you realised why! I think we’ve had a similar clue for 12a before but we needed a few easier ones to help get us started. At one point we looked up ‘Prom’ for 17a although we couldn’t believe it could be that simple ……

We wondered if there was a theme developing with 11a 12a and 14a as they all have the same sound at the end but cannot see anything.

Finally, there have been some murmurings about the use of the word ‘anagrind’ in “Another Place” this week. Some bloggers just put the anagram indicator in brackets. We don’t know why but when we started blogging recently we decided to use the word within the brackets as well. Although it is only used by crossword enthusiasts and is not in the dictionary, we feel that if you are reading the blog you are hopefully familiar with the term.

1 UNDERSTANDINGS UND (half of ‘around’) + ERGS (units or ‘divisions’ of work, in Physics) around (‘will admit’) STAND-IN (delegate) = agreements
8 IDLE TALK Anagram of DEALT (anagrind is ‘criminal’) in ILK (kind) = something that is foolish to say
9 DOTTLE (b)OTTLE (nerve) with D (duke) in place of (‘displayed for’) ‘b’ (book) = plug (especially of tobacco in a pipe)
10 FRED FLINTSTONE T (a short time) inside an anagram of LEFT + NO FRIENDS (anagrind is ‘unfortunately’) = animated quarryman (!)
11 ALOO ALOO(f) (‘not quite cold’ – without the last letter) = potato dish (in Indian cookery)
12 NAPOO NAP (sleep) + O (old) + O (love) = no more (World War I slang, from the French ‘il n’y en a plus’ – there is no more)
14 BAPU BU (French for ‘drunk’, as in the past participle) around (‘to cover’) P (pressure) attached or ‘applied’ to A = father in spirit (a hindi word for spiritual father)
15 DICK Double definition: a) slang word for detective & b) the middle man of Tom, Dick and Harry – anybody, or the man in the street
16 SWIFT Double definition: a) rapid & b) the writer Jonathan Swift, author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
17 FORM FOR (‘pro’ – in favour of) + (a)M (‘am’ without or ‘lacks’ ‘a’) = schedule
18 CUT ME SOME SLACK Anagram of KEE(p) CALM CUSTOMS (without or ‘having spent’ p (penny) – anagrind is ‘suspiciously’) = ease off
21 OVATED OVATE (egg-shaped, like Humpty Dumpty) + D (daughter) = gave a hand, as in ‘applauded’
22 EULOGIUM MU (letter – Greek) + I + GLUE (stick) around O (ring) all reversed (‘writing back’) = praise
23 BREAKFAST TABLE TABLE (board) behind BREAK (crack) & FAST (firm) = where you may tackle a Continental (unless you prefer a full English!)
1 UNDER PLAIN COVER UNDER (short of) PLAIN (simple) COVER (protection) = how ‘dodgy’, potentially embarrassing or confidential goods might be posted
2 DREADLOCK DEADLOCK (impasse) around (‘stifling”) R (resistance) = one of (Bob) Marley’s hangers-on
3 REAL LINES ALL IN (exhausted) inside (‘inwardly’) SEER (prophet) reversed (‘rising’ in a down clue) = in mathematics, lines whose points are real numbers – no, we’d never heard of them either, despite both of us studying maths to A-level (and beyond for one of us!!)
4 TAKE NO PRISONERS Anagram of ARREST NO-ONE SKIP (anagrind is ‘intrigues’) = cryptic definition – if no prisoners are taken, no-one is arrested
5 NIDUS ID (papers) inside or ‘kept in’ SUN-up (dawn, reversed or ‘up’ in a down clue) = nerve-centre
6 IN TWO IN TOW (‘being pulled’, with the last two letters being reversed or ‘suffering reverse finally’) = apart
7 GOLDEN PARACHUTE Anagram of GUT-ACHE (anagrind is ‘bad’) around (‘when digesting’) OLDEN (past) + PAR (correspondence, as in a state of equality) = not a wholly bad result for ex-MD – an unusually lavish payment to a senior member of a firm on dismissal following a takeover
13 ON THE FLAT Anagram of FELON THAT (anagrind is ‘redistributed’) = where there are no fences (in horseracing)
14 BAFFLEGAB FAB (of the Beatles – the ‘fab four’) backwards and forwards (in two ways – reference to the answer to 6d) around (‘catching’) LEG (‘on’ in cricket) = jargon, as used by politicians, officials and salespeople to persuade, pacify or obfuscate. A new, but wonderfully explicit, word to us!
19 TETRA Double definition: a) a combining form denoting ‘four’ as in tetrahedron, etc & b) a fish
20 END OF (s)END OF(f) (‘consign to early bath’ without the ‘wingers’ or first and last letters) = last word – contemporary phrase for ‘no further discussion’


13 Responses to “Independent 7948 / Nimrod”

  1. crypticsue says:

    Devious but fair indeed. My last two in were 14a and d, and they took a lot of cogitation and muttering. Lots of very nice clues and an education too (the question is will I remember today’s new words ?? Thanks to Nimrod for stretching the cryptic grey matter and to Bert and Joyce for the excellent explanations, rather you than me!!

  2. Allan_C says:

    Quite a stretch for the “leetle grey cells” after three easy days, but finished without outside help. But it was one of those crosswords with long answers in which a few crossing letters and the enumeration point to an answer without having to unscramble the anagram or complete the parsing, as today in 10 and 18a, 1, 4 and 7d. Sometimes that can make things too easy and reduce the satisfaction of completing the grid – but not today.

    Thanks to Nimrod and B&J.

  3. flashling says:

    Well that brought the easy week to an end with quite a bump, was wondering at times if I’d accidentally picked up a foreign language paper, some very unusual words here.

    Nimrod has a tough reputation but this just seemed to be for the hell of it, thanks B&J for the blog, the lack of comments is a bit surprising but many probably just gave up on this.

  4. duncanshiell says:

    Definitely the hardest puzzle of the week so far. Like Allan_C I managed to complete the puzzle without resorting to aids, but it took a long time and also involved walking away for a time to do other things before coming back and having a flash of inspiration which then gave some extra crossing letters that helped solve one or two more before walking away again and repeating the process. Last in were BAPU and BAFFLEGAB.

    The clues were fair and the less well known words were deducible from the wordplay one enough crossing letters were available.

    Thanks to B&J and Nimrod

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, B&J for the blog and Nimrod for the puzzle. I would like to comment further, but I really didn’t get far at all with this one today – pretty much out of my league. However, I have solved a couple of Nimrods in the past, so I shall enter the fray again next time he’s up in the Indy.

  6. Bannsider says:

    I realise I am on dubious ground here, but I’d like to declare the clue to BAPU the most sadistic I’ve seen in a while :-)

  7. flashling says:

    @Bannsider considering some of your stuff that’s quite a comment. I wonder how many folks will see Nimrod (or Bannsider!) and not even attempt it.

  8. Bannsider says:

    “@Bannsider considering some of your stuff that’s quite a comment. I wonder how many folks will see Nimrod (or Bannsider!) and not even attempt it.”

    Quite a lot I should think, which is why if it was up to me the puzzles would be anonymous!

  9. Rorschach says:

    Long live Nimrod (and Bannsider)!

  10. Conrad Cork says:

    11 12 and 14 are all on the same line and rhyme with each other. Coincidence? Probably not.

  11. Mr A Writinghawk says:

    22ac had the less obscure ‘EULOGIES’ as an equally possible answer (‘es’ also being a letter), but that fouled up the long answer at 7d. For me that tipped the balance of the puzzle from very hard to unreasonably hard.

  12. Mr A Writinghawk says:

    Also, speaking as a sometime mathematician, I still had to puzzle out 3d because I have never heard anyone talking about ‘real lines’ in the plural. The real numbers considered as a line are ‘the real line’.

  13. Mr A Writinghawk says:

    (Er, I meant ‘EULOGISE’, of course. My bad. But the point stands.)

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