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Independent 8,043 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 25th, 2012


It is the last Wednesday of the month, so it must be Dac’s week off and time for a puzzle from Crosophile.

After last week’s struggle at the hands of Nimrod, I was looking for an easier ride this week, and Crosophile came up trumps. I was, however, put through my paces by a grid which seemed to split readily into four quadrants, with each needing to be solved in isolation.

The NW and SE quadrants proved to be the most stubborn, especially the latter. 23 and 30 were the last solutions to be slotted in. I may not have satisfactorily parsed 19, 25 and 1D, so any input would be welcome.

My clues of the day would have to be 5, for its smooth and deceptive surface, and the & lit. at 15.


*(…) indicates an anagram

1   CYCLAMEN [AM (=in the morning) in CYCLE (=ride bike)] + N (=new)
5   GENIUS *(USING E); “for a change” is anagram indicator; the definition is “no dope”, i.e. not a fool
9   TENDRILS TEN DRI<l>LS (=a number of boring bits); “left (=L) out” means the letter “l” is dropped; the climbers referred to in the definition are climbing plants, of course
10   DETAIL DE-TAIL (=dock, i.e. remove tail from)
12   EDELWEISS S (=Sweden, i.e. in IVR) in *(WEED LIES); “scattered” is anagram indicator; the definition is “alpine” as a noun, i.e. alpine plant
13   TRIBE <dia>TRIBE (=bitter harangue); “after aid’s withdrawn” means when placed after reversal of the letters “aid”
14   ICES <not>ICES (=boards); “not to take away” means the letters “not” are dropped
16   SCALENE [A (=amateur) + L (=league)] in SCENE (=picture); a scalene triangle is one in which all sides are of unequal length, hence “having no sides for a match”
19   EVENING Double definition: EVENING is “preparing, i.e. making, flat” AND “late party”
21   PUNY PUN (=wordplay) + Y (=yes)
24   MUTED T<rit>E (“superficially” means outer letters only) in MUD; the definition is “piano”, as an adjective, i.e. the musical instruction
25   FLAGSTONE FLAGS’ TONE (=sound of bunting); flagstones are laid, and then lie (lay colloquially), at ground level
27   UPROAR U<nited> + PRO (=professional) + AR<senal> (“two from” means first two letters only are used)
28   BERIBERI Homophone (“picked up”) of “berry berry” (=fruit, in plural)
29   HOSTEL HOST (=a crowd) + EL (=the Spanish, i.e. the Spanish word for the)
30   FORESTRY FORES (=attention-seeking shouts, i.e. in golf) + TRY (=exasperate); the definition is “(exemplary) elder management”, i.e. management of elder trees, for example
1   CUTLET The suffix –let might suggest a small chop
2   CANCEL C<h>ANCEL (=area around altar, in church; “that’s not hard (=H)” means the letter “h” is dropped); the definition is “scrub”, as a verb
3   ARROW <m>ARROW (=vegetable; “has no tip” means the top letter is dropped); an arrow, of course, has a tip
4   ECLAIRS *(A SLICER); “for chopping up” is anagram indicator
6   EYESTRAIN *(SEE IN TRAY); “in a mess” is anagram indicator
7   IMAGINED *(<char>MING IDEA); “working” is anagram indicator; “to do without daily (=CHAR)” means the letters “char” are dropped from anagram
8   SOLDERED SOLD<i>ERED (=joined the army); “not I” means the letter “i” is dropped
11   ASKS <t>ASKS (=chores); “time (=T) off from” means the letter “t” is dropped
15   CHILDCARE *(CRECH<e> + LAID); “out” is anagram indicator; & lit.
17   VERMOUTH <ri>VER (“from middle to end of” means opening letters are   dropped) + MOUTH (=estuary); the well-hidden definition is simply It., i.e. Italian vermouth, as in gin and it
18   LEOTARDS LEO <T (=time) for P (=piano)> ARDS (=cats)
20   GIFT Hidden (“somewhat”) in “willinG IF Tired”
21   PLACEBO PLACE (=rank) + B.O. (=stink, i.e. body odour)
22   HONEST HO (=small house, i.e. abbreviation) + NEST (=cosy refuge)
23   LEVITY L <on + <evenin>g> EVITY (=lasting for ages); “when not on by end of evening” means the letters “on + g” are dropped
26   SPINE S (=tip found on s<loe>, i.e. first letter only) + PINE (=wood); & lit.

5 Responses to “Independent 8,043 / Crosophile”

  1. Charybdis says:

    I’m just off for the day and incommunicado so I’ll thank you now, RatkojaRiku, for the fine blog. And your parsings all look good to me. Thanks

  2. allan_c says:

    I’d agree with your parsings, too, RR.

    In 26 ‘tip’ seems to be doing double duty – but the ? does flag it up.

    Nothing too difficult but definitely not a write-in. Thanks, Crosophile and RR.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    A pleasing, no-whistles-or-bells puzzle. I was having a chunter the other week about too many themed puzzles in the Indy, so this one did the business for me today. Short words sometimes have long clues, but the one for PUNY today didn’t, so that was my favourite this morning.

    Thanks to Crosophile (who I assume is also Charybdis?) and to RatkojaRiku.

  4. rowland says:

    Thanks RatkojaRiku for your lovely blog. I usually complete the Guardian each day, while the Indy and Times very often beat me, or take a long time. Not today though, with this doable puzzle by Crosophile. I’ll stick up for the themes however, which can be a lot of fun!

  5. Bertandjoyce says:

    We started off well on the western front although we couldn’t parse 19ac. Needed to come here to check things out and then Chambers as we’d not come across the late party before – they must take place after our bedtime.

    We struggled then on the eastern front having only one connection between them.

    Got there in the end with 30ac being the last one in.

    Thanks Crosophile and RR.

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