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Independent on Sunday 1157 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on April 29th, 2012


This is my debut Indy blog, and an enjoyable and not too difficult puzzle to start off with.  Thanks Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The pictures at the bottom each has an unidentified link to the puzzle.


1 No-hoper in party admitting violation? Not initially (6)

DRONGO :  DO(a party,function,bash) containing(admitting) RONG{“wrong”(violation,offence) minus its first letter(not initially)}.

Answer: From slang-rich Oz, a slow-witted person,no-hoper, apparently derived from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse in the 1920s, which in turn could have been named after the bird.

4 Plant is shortly an enticement to tour parks when cultivated (8)

LARKSPUR :  LUR{“lure”(an enticement,bait) minus its last letter(shortly)} containing(to tour) anagram of(when cultivated) PARKS.

9 Secures extra, we hear, and makes do (4,2)

GETS BYHomophone of(we hear) “gets bye”(secures,obtains, in cricket an extra run without the batsman hitting the ball).  

Answer: As in “he gets by on a pittance”.

10 Projected plan in races arranged with nothing to follow (8)

SCENARIOAnagram of(arranged) IN RACES plus(with…to follow) O(looks like zero,nothing)

11 Like one getting abuse around amateur – and cut off from elsewhere? (9)

INSULATED :  INSULTED(descriptive of,like one getting abuse) containing(around) A(abbrev. for amateur).

13 Regular features in column disheartened colleague having little weight (5)

OUNCE :  OUN{second, fourth and sixth letters(regular features) incolumn”} + CE{“colleagueminus its inner letters(disheartened,heart extracted)}. 

Answer: You might be too young to have had to learn in school “16 ozs make a lb weight, 14 lbs make a stone, 112 lbs make a cwt, and 20 cwts make a ton” pre-metrication.  As I memorised them, I often wondered, “Where did those diaboloical numbers come from?”

14 Manager to plunder a Liverpool player before game, reportedly (5,8)

HARRY REDKNAPP :  HARRY(to ravage,plunder, as in war) RED(a player of the Liverpool Football Club, nicknamed the Reds) placed before(before) KNAPP{homophone of(reportedly) “nap”(short for “napoleon”,a card game similar to whist, apparently not named after the 1 with his hand under his vest in his portraits, but his nephew, the III.  The references I’ve seen don’t tell how he got to have a card game named after him.)}.

17 Disrespect pro overturned in loyalty to organisation (6,2,5)


Answer: Camaraderie, literally French for group spirit.

20 Notice in the last month one no longer in minority (5)

ADULT :  AD(short for advertisement,a notice) + ULT(abbrev. for ultimo,in the month preceding the current one,in the last month). 

Answer: One who has grown and is no longer a minor.

22 Courageous fielder in decisive part of match? (4,5)

GAME POINT :  GAME(having a fighting spirit,courageous) + POINT(in cricket, the position, or the fielder who takes the position, a short distance in front of and to the offside of the batsmen – I will assume that you know the other cricketing terms in that definition).

Answer:  The part in a eg. squash, tennis or badminton match where one further point would enable one of the players or sides to win the game. 

23 Moving painting recreated with love for impressionism foremost (8)

POIGNANTAnagram of(recreated) of PAONTING{“painting” where “o”(looks like zero,love in tennis scores) is replaced by(with….for) “i”{initial letter(foremost) of “impressionism”}. 

Answer: Moving,touching emotionally.  A nice WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.

24 Figure of speech producing amused response around island (6)

SIMILE :  SMILE(an amused response) containing(around) I(abbrev. for island).

25 Straight men taken in by much of vivid and showy speech (8)

RHETORIC :  [HET(short for heterosexual,straight in sexual preference) + OR(abbrev. for “other ranks”,all men who do not hold a commissioned rank, in the military)] contained in(taken in by) RIC(most letters,much of “rich”,vivid, eg. the colours of a painting).

26 Group in football somewhat trouble a guest (6)

LEAGUEHidden in(somewhat) troubLE A GUEst.


1 Setter, perhaps, with set of steps left out producing conflict (8)

DOGFIGHT :  DOG(an example of which,perhaps is a setter) plus(with) FIGHT{“flight”(set of steps,stairs) minus(out) “l”(left)}.

2 Comparatively stupid baronet stuck in one river before another (7)

OBTUSER :  [BT(abbrev. for baronet) contained in(stuck in) OUSE(the river – more than one with the same name – in England,one river)] placed before(before) R{abbrev. for (another) river}.

3 Fail in game by inventor? Certainly (2,5,2)

GO BELLY UP :  GO(Japanese board game of strategy) plus(by) BELL(Alexander Graham, inventor of the telephone) + YUP(certainly,surely, as expressed by Gary Cooper in his many cowboy roles)., 

Answer: To fail,reach end of its life, like dead fishes do literally.

5 Muck a horde sprayed around Dutch aristocrat’s area (11)

ARCHDUKEDOMAnagram of(sprayed) [MUCK A HORDE] containing(around) D(abbrev. for Dutch)

6 Japanese art covered by broken doorway (5)

KENDOHidden in(covered by) broKEN DOorway.

Answer: Modern Japanese martial art of fencing with bamboo staves, or sometimes, real swords.  Literal translation is “way of the sword”.

Replace the bamboo staves with light sabres and what do you have?

7 Food taken by Scottish footballers with wee dram (7)

PARSNIP :  PARS(nickname for the Scottish side, Dumfermline Athletic Football Club, to give it its full name) plus(with) NIP(a small drink of alcoholic liquor,wee dram as they say where the Pars come from).  Nice surface of an unusual diet.

8 Member of Providence’s electorate ignoring very unruly person in mob (6)

RIOTER :  RI(abbrev. for Rhode Island,USA, whose capital is Providence) OTER{“voter”(member of electorate) minus(ignoring) “v”(abbrev. for very)}

12 Musical detected in middle of aria? (3,4,3,1)

THE KING AND I :  The middle letters to be found(detected) in “aria” are “r”(Rex,Latin for THE KING) AND “I”.  My favourite clue.


15 Ready to admit a point in Catholic church I have condensed (9)

ACCEPTIVEA + {PT(abbrev. for “point”) contained in(in) [C(abbrev. for Catholic) + CE(Church of ­England – shouldn’t “church” be “Church” in the clue?) + I’VE(contraction of, “I havecondensed)]}

16 Fussy waiter’s round back of table in a kind of way (2,2,4)

AS IT WEREAnagram of(fussy) WAITER’S containing(round) E(last letter,back oftable”).

17 Learned prince not seen in country with awful diet (7)

ERUDITE :  ERU{“Peru”(country) minus(not seen in) “p”(abbrev. for “prince”)} plus(with) anagram of(awful) DIET.

18 Banter in border of park? (7)

RAILING :  Double defn: 1st: I thought “banter” was too mild a defn. for “railing”(uttering bitter complaints or vehement denounciation), but the references also give “banter” as light-hearted raillery; and 2nd: That which defines the border,edge of a park area. 

19 Interfere in Florida location by the sound of it (6)

TAMPERHomophone of(by the sound of it) “Tampa”(seaport in W.Florida).

21 What regular sun worshipper might see in winter dance? (5)

TANGO :  Cryptic defn: A regular sun worshipper,sunbather might see his/her suntan fade,go in winter.




7 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1157 Hypnos”

  1. flashling says:

    Welcome to the IOS! Don’t know quite why but I struggled with this one. The Imperial system is/was bizarre and the US version being different in places with the same names makes for a minefield.

    On a slightly tangetial note – why do gamblers who have no apparent ability numerically have an uncanny gift with bookmakers odds at what they have/could/should have won if some nag performs or not?

  2. Ian SW3 says:

    Thanks for the blog, flashling, and welcome to the Independent. Experience suggests tThere may well be no other entries after this one, and I’m flummoxed by the photos. Perhaps you could offer a hint. The black and white ones look a bit like Maria Schneider, Audrey Hepburn and Margaret Dumont but are not. No idea about the other one.

  3. scchua says:

    Thanks for your comments. (Am replying in my morning time).
    Hi flashling, if your question is not 25A-al, I’d suggest the answer is practice, practice, practice.
    Hi Ian SW3. It’s indeed Maria Schneider, which should give you the link to the crossword. The second is an award-winning American actress of Hispanic descent, the third was an English activist, and the fourth is a Chinese actress who had a common film role as the second.

  4. Ian SW3 says:

    Thanks, scchua, and sorry for mixing the previous poster’s name up with yours. Well, it looks a bit like Rita Moreno and Emmeline Pankhurst, but I’m still stumped. I’m not even sure what I’m meant to be looking for.

  5. scchua says:

    Hi Ian SW3, the links to the crossword are:
    Maria Schneider was in “Last TANGO(21down) In Paris”;
    Rita Moreno actd as Tuptim in the film version of THE KING AND I(12down) with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr;
    Emmeline Pankhurst was a leader of the Suffragettes who were inclined to chain themselves to RAILINGs(18down);
    Bai Ling is a Chinese actress who acted as Tuptim in another film version, Anna And The King with Chow Yun Fat and Jodie Foster.

  6. Ian SW3 says:

    Seems so obvious now, but all I could remember Rita Moreno in was West Side Story (only vaguely, as I don’t do musicals apart from My Fair Lady) . Railings is devious. Thanks.

  7. flashling says:

    @Ian Sw3, well I used to do IOS blogs… but Scchua does much fuller and prettier blogs than I ever could. (Never could get the hang of inserting pictures, it always went wrong, and I’m meant to be an IT expert.) D’Oh.

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