Posted by Mister Sting on April 12th, 2012
With this sort of DIY grid puzzle, it all depends how easy cold-solving is. So how easy is this going to be? And what’s the puzzle actually called?
In fact, in addition to cold-solving, one has the aid of the grid – in this case, there are only two 4-letter clues and six 7-letter clues. The former, along with a fair portion of the clues, are frankly pretty easy (I’ve spent a lot longer getting this entry ready than I did on the original solve – especially because I lost my original grid and had to do it again).
I could have started in the NE quadrant and attempted a sort of simultaneous solve-and-fill. Instead, given their simplicity, I chose to solve as many of the clues as I could prior to the grid fill, to be as sure as I could be of the grid.
Doing it that way avoided any dramas, and the few trickier (to me, at least) clues fell fairly easily given a few letters).
The last thing to find was the title. It wasn’t hard to spot.
sitting across the vertical bars in the third and tenth rows.
Not a tough solve, this week, just a simple, well-executed idea.
Here’s the grid:
There were a couple of editing issues (there is a Telegraph crossword editor, isn’t there?): ”Sergeant-at-1aw” shouldn’t have a numeral in it to the best of my knowledge. Also, OCELOT has (6), not (5) characters. The latter is pretty important in a puzzle of this sort, but that’s not Piccadilly’s fault.
(xxx) = definition
[xxx] = (anagram/homophone/container/etc.) indicator
XXX* = anagram
< = reversal
xxx = unused letter(s)
Please post a comment if the explanations are not clear.
|AIDING||Changing India, Gandhi’s first in helping (6)||helping: [INDIA + G (Gandhi's first)]* [changing]|
|ALONE||Solitary wail sounded regularly (5)||solitary: wAiLsOuNdEd [regularly]|
|ALTAR||For broadcast, modify feature of church (5)||feature of church: homonym [for broadcast] of ALTER (modify)|
|ANOAS||Samoan wanting money changed to get oxen (5)||oxen: SAmOAN* [wanting Money; changed]|
|ANTIC||Clown, once funny in act (5)||clown, once: INACT* [funny]|
|CANYON||Some going in to study ravine (6)||ravine: ins. [going in] of ANY (some) in CON (study)|
|CRAZE||Mad race to embrace unknown fad (5)||fad: ins. [to embrace] of Z (unknown) in RACE* [mad]|
|CRYPT||Prayer ends in worship at underground chapel (5)||underground chapel: CRY (prayer) + PT [ends in worshiP aT]|
|CYNICS||Leaders in ‘Communist Youth News’ invariably criticise stoic philosophers (6)||philosophers: Communist Youth News Invariably Criticise Stoic [leaders]|
|DETOURS||Circuitous ways of new route between Germany and Sweden (7)||circuitous ways: ins. [between] of ROUTE* [new] in D (Germany) + S (Sweden)|
|EVADNE||Escape embracing Northern woman (6)||woman: ins. [embracing] of N (Northern) in EVADE (escape)|
|FIR TREE||Sack containing bits of timber refills easily — from this? (7, 2 words)||semi &lit: ins. of TRE [bits of Timber Refills Easily] [containing] of in FIRE (sack)|
|HAMISH||Scots lad Henry joins Mennonite set (6)||Scots lad: H (Henry) + AMISH (Mennonite set)|
|IGLOO||Home in North Italy gets new logo (5)||home: I [North Italy] + LOGO* [new]|
|INFECT||Taint of iron and carbon in processed tin (6)||taint: ins. of FE (iron) + C (carbon) in TIN* [processed]|
|INGAN||Gardening anthology includes Scottish onion (5)||Scottish onion: gardenINGANthology [includes]|
|INJURE||In Japan, river results in damage (6)||damage: IN + J (Japan) + URE (river)|
|INN SIGN||Panel outside pub spinning erratically losing power (7, 2 words)||panel outside pub: SpINNING* [losing power; erratically]|
|INSECT||Wretched insignificant person in dissenting body (6)||wretched insignificant person: IN + SECT (dissenting body)|
|KIND||Agreeable relations with daughter (4)||agreeable: KIN (relations) + D (daughter)|
|KNAVERY||Even Krays, at heart, exploited dishonesty (7)||dishonesty: eVENKRAYs* [at heart; exploited]|
|KUKRI||Disgust this country showed over Gurkha’s knife (5)||Gurkha’s knife: <[over] IRK (disgust) + UK (this country)|
|LAMIA||Legendary bloodsucker left a note (anonymous) (5)||legendary bloodsucker: L (left) + A + MI (note) + A (anonymous)|
|LAREDO||Earl arranged party for American town (6)||American town: EARL* [arranged] + DO (party)|
|LEARS||Backing Middle Eastern country — its leader ignored old lessons (5)||old lessons: <[backing]iSRAEL (Middle Eastern country)[its leader ignored]|
|LILAC||One in ring climbing tree (5)||tree: ins. of I (one) in <[climbing]CALL (ring)|
|MASCARA||Graduate, concealing a blemish, finds cosmetic (7)||cosmetic: ins. [concealing] of A SCAR (blemish) in MA (graduate)|
|NA-DENE||In North America and Spain study language (6, hyphenated)||language: ins. of DEN (study) in N (North) + A (America) + E (Spain)|
|NORA||Woman is no artist (4)||woman: NO + RA (artist)|
|OCELOT||Cat, excited, close to eradicating last of rats (5)||cat: CLOsETO* [excited; eradicating last of ratS]|
|PACIFY||Subdue one fellow in smart clothing (6)||subdue: ins. [in clothing] of I (one) + F (fellow) in PACY (smart)|
|PANZER||Harshly criticise Zambia concerning overturned tank (6)||tank: PAN (harshly criticise) + Z (Zambia) + <[overturned]RE (concerning)|
|PLACE||Find job for programming language expert (5)||find job for: PL (programming language) + ACE (expert)|
|RESIT||Half of gauleiters ordered to take exams again (5)||take exams again: gauleITERS* [half of; ordered]|
|SAGAS||Heroic tales of commander in special section (5)||heroic tales: ins. of AGA (commander) in S (special) + S (section)|
|SCERNE||Distinguish by eye, once screen is adjusted (6)||distinguish by eye, once: SCREEN* [adjusted]|
|SIMILOR||Yellow alloy I’m hiding in storage tower right? (7)||yellow alloy: ins. [hiding] of IM in SILO (storage tower) + R (right)|
|SKULL||Doctor skilful, if lacking brain (5)||brain: SKiLfUL* [doctor; IF lacking]|
|SLANT||Bias of Sergeant-at-law and soldier (5)||bias: SL (sergeant-at-law) + ANT (soldier)|
|STIRS||Causes trouble in prisons (5)||double definition: causes trouble/prisons|
|SWALE||Son with beer finds a shady place (5)||a shady place: S (son) + W (with) + ALE (beer)|
|TARTAR||Two sailors meet a formidable person (6)||a formidable person: TAR (sailor) x2|
|UNCURL||Remove roll from our lunch, removing crusts, and chew (6)||remove roll from: oURLUNCh* [removing crusts; chew]|
|YEANS||Gives birth locally? Affirmative, without any nurse, initially (5)||gives birth locally: ins. [without] of AN (Any Nurse, initially) in YES (affirmative)|