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Independent on Sunday 1154/Glow-worm

Posted by Pierre on April 8th, 2012

Pierre.

With the date being what it was, I was half-expecting un poisson d’avril theme, but it turned out not to be so.

However, since it was also Palm Sunday, we have a little mini-theme around religious services, although I’m sure the two were not related.  I found this trickier than some of Glow-worm’s previous offerings; there were plenty of accessible clues to get you going, but the last few took me a good while to pin down.  All fair and clearly clued, though, so thanks to the setter.

If someone else out there frustrated themselves with the same idée fixe that I had for one of the clues, it would make me feel much better about myself.

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

Across

Taking a month off planning Martinmas 6
MATINS
An immediate reference to the gateway clue, SERVICE, of which MATINS is one.  Glow-worm’s inviting you to take the Mar for ‘month’ off ‘Martinmas’ and then make the anagram (TINMAS)*, with – I presume – ‘planning’ as the anagrind.  Unless someone has a better idea.

Aftereffects of Afghan government’s retrenchement
HANGOVER
Hidden n AfgHAN GOVERnment’s.

Sink a performance, admitting bad start in outskirts of Wirral
WASHBOWL
An insertion of B for the first letter of ‘bad’ in A SHOW; then all inserted in WL for the first and last letters of ‘Wirral’.

10  Utter pain with old shin guard
GREAVE
Nothing to do with football this time.  A homophone of ‘grieve’, with ‘utter’ as the homophone indicator;  as in ‘it pains me/grieves me to say so …’  A new one on me, but the SOED confirms: ‘ A piece of armour for the leg, below the knee, especially the shin.’  It’s Middle English, which is why it’s ‘old’.

11  Anxious twitch follows introduction of novel currency
NEUROTIC
Well, as Sir Alex would say, it’s squeaky bum time in Greece at the moment with their ‘novel’ currency, the EURO.  Put N for the first letter of ‘novel’ in front of that, follow it by TIC and you’ve got your answer.

12  Anzac regulars billeted in Miss Locket’s folly
LUNACY
An insertion of NA for the even letters of ‘Anzac’ in LUCY.

Lucy Locket lost her pocket;
Kitty Fisher found it.
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

A traditional nursery rhyme.  This was my first one in: I just knew the rhyme, but I bet very few twenty-five-year-olds do.  Cue discussion about younger cryptic solvers.

13  I’d so welcome restaging for knockabout shows
LOW COMEDIES
Another new one on me, but it couldn’t be anything else.  (I’D SO WELCOME)* with ‘restaging’ as the anagrind.

18  Soup pot?
BISQUE
A dd, I think.  BISQUE as a soup, I knew; it’s your shellfish, innit?  But the SOED also gives: ‘ In various games, especially tennis, croquet and golf (yawn) the allowing of a point or stroke to be scored or taken when desired as a handicapping advantage.’

20  Everything there is unsettling in revues
UNIVERSE
(IN REVUES)*

22  Sausage I’m regrettably taking back …
SALAMI
A reversal of I’M and ALAS.

23  … repeated problem with stone inside
INSISTED
(ST INSIDE)* with ‘problem’ as the anagrind.

24  Scheme isn’t largely captivating team’s top banana
PLANTAIN
A type of banana is a charade of PLAN for ‘scheme’, AIN for most of AIN’T, surrounding T for the first letter of ‘team’.  You need to cook them, apparently, as a Caribbean colleague once told me that they are pretty inedible raw.  It comes from the Spanish for ‘banana’, plátano, which is an oddity: all the other main European languages (including Portuguese and Italian) have a cognate with ‘banana': banan, Banane, banaan, or banana, which is apparently originally derived from a West African language.

25  Application reviewed in camera, with setter removed
ARNICA
(IN CA[ME]RA)* with ‘reviewed’ as the anagrind and ME (‘the setter’) removed.  ARNICA is a lotion or cream that you apply to leg muscles that are aching after you’ve spent too long standing at first slip while the opposition batsmen have been mothering it relentlessly into the long grass.

Down

Song-and-dance partner’s state
PALAVER
This was my last one in, and I got completely fixated on the idea that it must be CABARET, then went looking for a US state abbreviation to insert in something meaning ‘partner’.  But of course it’s simpler than that: a charade of PAL for ‘partner’ and AVER for ‘state’.  You have to take the apostrophe s to mean ‘has’ rather than ‘is’.

So far the riot’s developing around the centre of Southwark
HITHERTO
(THE RIOT H)*  ‘Developing’ is the anagrind and H is the central letter of ‘Southwark’.

Squire’s wheels?
ESCORT
This was head in dictionary time for me again.  It’s a dd: ‘wheels’ is slang for car, therefore ESCORT for those of us that are old enough to remember it (I passed my test in a Mark 1, which dates me); and the SOED also gives under ‘squire’ as a verb: ‘of a man, to escort a lady’.  So there you go.

Huddled, weapons raised, German called the shots
SNUGGLED
A charade of GUNS reversed, G for ‘German’ and LED.

Noble Henry’s last becoming girl – or an earlier one?
BOLEYN
(NOBLE Y)* with ‘becoming’ as the anagrind gives you Anne BOLEYN, one of the six wives of Henry VIII, who parted company with her head in 1536; but she wasn’t the last, which is why the setter’s added the last four words to the clue.  Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.

Victoria’s first seen in shot cerise and navy, for example
SERVICE
The gateway clue, and an accessible one: it’s (V CERISE)* with ‘shot’ as the anagrind.  I got this one early on, but SERVICE could hint at lots of areas, so I needed one of the themed clues to be certain.

6 sounding utterly normal around college
HOLY COMMUNION
Our second SERVICE is a charade of HOLY for a homophone of ‘wholly’ or ‘utterly’ followed by an insertion of UNI for ‘college’ in COMMON for ‘normal’.

14  Conductor of 6 starts to admit laxity with this kind of error
CLERICAL
A charade of CLERIC for the man or woman who conducts the SERVICE and the first two letters of ‘admit’ and ‘laxity’.

15  OG (not SN) 6?
EVENSONG
I thought this was a bit of a strange clue.  EVENSONG is our third SERVICE, and it appears to be alluding to the fact that O and G are the ‘even’ letters of SONG, thus excluding the odd ones, S and N.

16  For hamstring cold is a blessing in disguise
DISABLE
Hidden in colD IS A BLEssing.

17  German city church comes into being
ESSENCE
A charade of ESSEN and CE.  Plenty of churchy stuff today.

19  Picturesque and unusual antique missing foot
QUAINT
(ANTIQU[E])* with ‘unusual’ as the anagrind.

21  Invest nearly everything at the end of the month
INSTAL
A charade of INST for ‘the current month’ (although it’s really old fashioned: ‘we beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 3rd inst’) and AL for ‘nearly’ ALL.  Although the setter could have left out the ‘nearly’ if he’d chosen to use the eight-letter alternative, INSTALL.

Another pleasing Sunday Indy puzzle from Glow-worm, with nothing foolish.  Merci.

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1154/Glow-worm”

  1. scchua says:

    Hi Pierre, thanks for the blog; and thanks Glowworm for a nice Sunday outing today (I did the online version).

    Like you, PALAVER was the last one in, but my problem was trying to find a state/country to fit the checking letters.

    I think the other defn. for BISQUE is “unglazed earthenware, pots and the like”, so-called because of its biscuit colour.

  2. Pierre says:

    Thanks, scchua – your explanation of BISQUE makes much more sense.

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