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Independent 8,094 by Morph (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 22/09/12)

Posted by Simon Harris on September 29th, 2012

Simon Harris.

A change in format for me this week as I experiment with PeeDee‘s rather nifty blog post maker. I’ll have to try out the various options, but so far I like it as it looks like I’ve put far more effort into the post than I have! Many thanks to PeeDee for making this tool available to us.

Anyway, on to the puzzle. I’d recently completed a Morph puzzle in the “i”, and had found it rather challenging, but had eventually completed it successfully, which was pleasing. As a result I was more than happy to draw another Morph puzzle to blog.

I found I made steady progress at first, then had to return to the puzzle a few times to nail the stragglers. Actually 5dn beat me, but I’m not sure why as it seems perfectly reasonable.

Finally, I’m not sure if I’ve spotted a theme, but on blogging I notice that there’s a lot of MAN, GIRL, WOMAN stuff going on in there, so I wonder if I’m missing something further.

Across
6 AMISS Wrongly thought to equal 1 mile? (5)
From the proverb “a miss is as good as a mile”
8 ENNOBLING Entitling one to return, if note is retained, jewellery (9)
(N in ONE<) + BLING
10 SANGRIA Performed revolutionary tune that’s found in Spanish bars (7)
SANG + AIR<
11 MEDDLED Got involved, and won prize in audition (7)
hom. of “medalled”
12 TIME TRIALS Tests rate limits under duress (4,6)
(RATE LIMITS)*
14 ORAL Unwritten rule in backward Southeast Asian language (4)
R in LAO<
15 FEMME FATALE 20’s heavy rock noise ultimately holds nothing for attractive woman (5,6)
FE (chemical symbol for iron) + M (maiden) + (F.A. in (METAL + [nois]E)) 
19 OMIT Leave out overheard appeal to Romney (4)
hom. of “oh Mitt”
20 IRON MAIDEN Presswoman in a suit, very sharp underneath the surface (4,6)
IRON (press) + MAIDEN (woman)
21 WOLFMAN Female left fellow inside – he may be affected by the moon (7)
(Left + Fellow) in WOMAN
23 TAKE AIM Fire’s said to follow this and make it a mess (4,3)
(MAKE IT A)*
25 LADLEFULS More than one helping in duel falls injured (9)
(DUEL FALLS)*
26 NIECE Withdraw article in German about English member of different generation (5)
EIN< + Circa + English
Down
1 GIRN Facial expression with a twist in it (4)
I think this is from GRIN, with the IR twisted, and then &??lit
2 RELATIVE PRONOUN Say which arrangement of Beethoven’s last piano overture includes cello in the middle (8,7)
The definition is “say which”, meaning that “which” is an example of a relative pronoun. It’s an anagram of ([beethove]N + PIANO OVERTURE + ceLlo)*
3 ANIMAL MAGNETISM Zoo attraction? Polar bears might exert such a pull (6,9)
I think this is sort of a dd., with two somewhat whimsical definitions
4 IBID Setter tries in the same place again (4)
I BID
5 GIRLFRIEND Fix up advance rent by day and date (10)
RIG< + (FRIday in LEND)
6 ASSETS Establish in rear property (6)
SET in ASS
7 STRATUM Problem outside restaurant for rock band (7)
TRAT in SUM
9 GADFLY Guard’s folly, regularly missing provocative pest (6)
GUARD‘S FOLLY
13 MY FAIR LADY Musical West End girl’s self-description pre-elocution lessons? (2,4,4)
at a guess, I’d say this implies a dodgy – hence “pre-elocution lesson” – pronunciation of “Mayfair Lady”.
16 ALASKAN A woman may sound in a state (7)
hom. of “a lass can”
17 GO AWOL Run off with ball between posts? (2,4)
(With + O) in GOAL. Someone who’s in goal is between the football posts.
18 ANOMIE I am one broken by loss of purpose (6)
(I AM ONE)*
22 MEEK Setter and moose, left out among inheritors of the earth? (4)
ME + E[l]K
24 APEX Summit of Asia-Pacific forum’s talked about (4)
hom. of “APEC’s”

* = anagram; dd = double definition; hom = homophone; [] = removed

2 Responses to “Independent 8,094 by Morph (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 22/09/12)”

  1. Tatrasman says:

    Thanks Simon. Unusual to for me to complete a Morph, I usually struggle. Especially this time with 6 and 15 across and 24 down, so thanks for explaining them. I note the top row unches spell GRAIG which I think is Welsh for ‘rock’, also a major international shipping group, but I expect that’s completely coincidental.

  2. Dormouse says:

    Couldn’t quite finish this this week. I can’t believe I missed 6ac, which now seems so obvious once you pointed it out. And without the ‘i’ in that answer, I couldn’t work out whether 1dn was “grin” or “girn”. Is there anything in the clue which decides this? They are both facial expressions and I see Chambers gives the first definition of “girn” as “grin”.

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