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Independent on Sunday 1182/Poins

Posted by Pierre on October 21st, 2012

Pierre.

I struggled a bit with this, mainly because while I was trying to solve it, the kids were in the front room screaming at the TV to encourage Andy Murray to convert four championship points before he finally managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  That’s my excuse anyway, but I did find that there was some tricky – but fair – clueing in this one.

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

Across

Inadequate gear replaced after I object
MEAGRE
Well, I found this tricky for a start.  ‘I’ is the subject pronoun; you need to put the equivalent object pronoun (ME) before (GEAR)* to get your answer.  ‘Replaced’ is the anagrind.

Bishop worn out after argument with bully
BROWBEAT
‘Bully’ as a verb: a charade of B, ROW and BEAT.

Not apparent in most recent books
LATENT
Another charade: of LATE and NT for the ‘books’ of the New Testament.

10  Poins, drunk on it, coming round before the end of the game
FULL-TIME
A further charade.  It’s ME for ‘Poins’ preceded by FULL for ‘drunk’ and TI for ‘it coming round’.  Can’t say I’m that familiar with FULL for being inebriated (although goodness knows, there are plenty of other options), but my SOED gives ‘drunk, slang, chiefly Scottish, US, Australian and NZ’.

12  Trapped in city church, Ugandan extremists give up
RENOUNCE
An insertion of UN for the outside letters of UgandaN in RENO for the Nevadan city and CE for ‘church’.

13  Overthrow annulment
DEFEAT
A dd.

15  A song about a song
ARIA
A charade of A and AIR reversed.

16  Confirmed version of trainee vet
INVETERATE
(TRAINEE VET)*  As in ‘he is an inveterate liar’.

19  Brutus was reportedly clever about entering some time earlier
HONOURABLE
ABLE for ‘clever’ preceded by an insertion of ON for ‘about’ in HOUR for ‘some time’.  From Mark Antony’s ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’ speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.   ‘But Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honourable man.’

20  A passage from Voltaire’s Candide to glance over quickly
SCAN
Hidden in Voltaire’S CANdide.

23  Jacob’s son’s son receiving money daughter left
SIMEON
SIMEON was one of Jacob’s sons, according to Genesis, and it’s an insertion of [D]IME in SON.

25  Reject performer on the spot
TURN DOWN
A charade of TURN for ‘performer’, but I’m not sure how we get from DOWN to ‘on the spot’.

Edit: Neil has been kind enough to explain this at comment no 1

27 Completely circular and having a great many uses
ALL-ROUND
A charade of ALL and ROUND.

28  Friendly spirit mostly seen near a lake
GENIAL
A charade of GENI[E] and A L.

29  Doctor, say, grabbing animal from behind at European equestrian event
DRESSAGE
This word has come up loads recently in the puzzles I’ve done, I swear.  Another charade of DR for ‘doctor’, an insertion of SSA (‘animal from behind’) in EG for ‘say’ followed by E for ‘European’.

30  Similar to accepting further capital
ATHENS
An insertion of THEN for ‘further’ in AS for ‘similar to’.

Down

Girl catching the French disease
MALARIA
‘The French disease’ is a British English term for syphilis; but this is nothing to do with that.  It’s an insertion of LA, one of the French words for ‘the’ in MARIA.

What students must pay for special treatment
ATTENTION
A dd.

Dismissal for not working after a sustained period
RUN-OUT
Cricket and cryptics, still best friends.  One of the ten ways to be dismissed in cricket is a charade of RUN and OUT.  If you have a sustained period in the 1st XI you have a long RUN in the team; and if you’ve withdrawn your labour and are not working, you’re OUT (on strike).

Arsenal’s second away defeat
ROUT
OUT gets another outing.  A charade of R for the second letter of ‘Arsenal’ and OUT for ‘away’.

Unrealistic of writer unknown to editor
WILD-EYED
A charade of (Oscar) WILDE, Y for the mathematical ‘unknown’ and ED.

One banished by king beheaded on French island
EXILE
[R]EX plus ILE for the French word for ‘island’.

Centre of operations
THEATRE
A cd.

11  Closely examine letter’s opening after lawyer indicateS something injurious to one’s reputation
SCANDAL
A charade of SCAN for ‘closely examine’ and L for the first letter of ‘letter’ after DA for ‘lawyer’ or District Attorney’.

14  Betrayal of the Spanish left revealed after Suárez’s inauguration
SELLOUT
Personally, I’d write this as two words – SELL OUT – or might even hyphenate it; but one word is fine.  Another charade: Poins is asking you to put EL for one of the Spanish words for ‘the’, L for ‘left’ and OUT for ‘revealed’ after S for the first letter of ‘Suárez’.

17  Short piece in newspaper under “TV presenter becomes religious recluse”
ANCHORITE
A word for a ‘religious recluse’ is a charade of ANCHOR for ‘TV presenter’ and ITE[M].

18  Funny bone by the sound of it
HUMOROUS
A homophone of ‘humerus’, which is one of the bones in your arm.

19  Article by Democrat after Bush failed to manage thriftily
HUSBAND
A charade of (BUSH)* AN for ‘article’ and D for ‘Democrat’.  ‘Failed’ is the anagrind.  As well as being the old man you’re married to, in its verbal sense it means ‘manage thriftily’ (SOED).

21  Put at a loss when finally close to something positive
NONPLUS
We’re not short of charades in this puzzle: ‘put at a loss’ is the definition, then it’s N for the last letter of wheN, ON for ‘close to’ and PLUS for ‘something positive’.

22  Lay out trendy underwear
INVEST
A charade of IN for ‘trendy’ and VEST for ‘underwear’.  And string vests are really trendy, as we know.  Or maybe that’s where I’ve been going wrong all these years.

24  Author’s explosive line retained
MILNE
An insertion of L for ‘line’ in MINE for ‘explosive’ gives you A A Milne, the creator of everyone’s favourite bear.

26  Catch on at last after son takes Georgia back
SNAG
An insertion of N for the last letter of oN in S and AG for a reversal of GA, the zip code for the US state of Georgia.

Thanks to Poins for this week’s Sunday puzzle.

4 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1182/Poins”

  1. NeilW says:

    Thanks, Pierre.

    Money DOWN = money “on the spot.”

  2. Pierre says:

    Thanks Neil. I’m sure that’s what Poins intended, although I must say it’s a bit of a stretch.

  3. NealH says:

    I found this very easy apart from Simeon, where I just got Samson stuck in my head even though I knew it couldn’t possibly be the answer, and defeat, where the second definition was a rather obscure legal one.

  4. allan_c says:

    Interesting that clues to 20ac and 11dn require one to interpret ‘scan’ in two different ways – a quick glance and a close examination.

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