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Independent on Sunday 1,183 by Glow-worm

Posted by Simon Harris on October 28th, 2012

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the tardy post, and thanks to Gaufrid for the welcome prod in the right direction!

Quite a tough solve, this one, I thought, though to help us there’s a nice Battle of Trafalgar theme going on. This is a nod to the day of publication – the 21st of October – being the 207th anniversary of the event. Glow-worm’s customary inventive wordplay was very much in evidence, so I hope I managed to explain things. My understanding of 13dn in particular feels a bit wobbly.

Across
1 TRAFALGAR Mariner admitting flagrant loss of trust transformed battle (9)
FLAGRA[nt]* in TAR. The “loss of trust” signals the removal of the National Trust from the anagrist 
6 HEATH Moor as PM (5)
dd., referring to Edward Heath
9 ASSET Nineties account returned with advantage (5)
TESSA<. For youngsters, or those from outside these Isles, the TESSA was a type of tax-efficient savings account, a precursor to the ISA
10 BUFFET CAR Coach expert to cater innovatively (6,3)
BUFF + CATER*
11,28 KISS ME HARDY Last request from X tough on setter (4,2,5)
KISS (“X”) + ME + HARDY
12 IRRITANT Miss Hayworth’s aboard faulty train — a damned nuisance… (8)
RITA in TR[a]IN*
14 DISTRAIN … Requisition one on the Underground? (8)
DISTRAIN. Clever, Dis being the underworld, I think.
15 GUSTO Returning fillet of turbot suggests zeal (5)
[turb]OT SUG[gests]< 
17 NEGEV Origins of geological events seen in Nevada desert region (5)
G[eological] E[vents] in NEVada
19 NAUTICAL Like 8 21, and not a soft touch, by the sound of it (8)
hom. of “nor tickle”
22 ANARCHIC Revolutionary style by an Arabian (8)
AN ARabian + CHIC
24 TEE-HEE Steer sheep for shearing ? that’s a giggle! (3-3)
[s]TEE[r] [s]HEE[p]
26 IMBROGLIO Setter’s sibling beginning to get picture over quandary (9)
IM + BRO + G[et] + OIL<
27 IOTAS Jots heading down in strange patois (5)
[p]ATOIS*
29 RED ENSIGN New designer employed as standard (3,6)
(New DESIGNER)*
Down
1 TRACKS Trails of Connexion on TV coming up over weekend (6)
[wee]K in SCART<
2 ASSISTING Serving “Policeman” goes after lassie’s heart (9)
[l]ASSI[e] + STING. Sting of course being the bass player and drummer in popular beat combo The Police. 
3 ATTEMPT “Endeavour” is at provisional start of trip (7)
AT + TEMP + T[rip]
4 GOBY Fish move past (4)
GO BY
5 REFERENDUM Split in lower ranks of Lyceum after official vote (10)
REF + (REND in [lyc]EUM
6 HEELING Listing forwards’ duty? (7)
I assume this to be a dd., the second definition being a rugby reference, in that the forwards are the chaps in the scrum who use their heels to propel the ball backwards.
7 ACCRA Port bow rises with changeable current (5)
Alternating Current + ARC<
8,21 HORATIO NELSON Allowance in latitude he soon worked out – aboard 18? (7,6)
RATION in (Latitude + HE SOON)*
13 PAINKILLER Father Mark’s unfortunate – Casualty is anodyne (10)
PA + INK + ILLER, possibly, though I’m not 100% convinced I see how that works
16 SPAGHETTI Fare from Belgian town slum area reduced on 4th of April? (9)
SPA + GHETT[o] + [apr]I[l]
17 NEARISH Operation on hernia’s quite imminent (7)
HERNIAS*
18 VICTORY Endlessly failing Conservative achieves success (7)
VIC[e] + TORY
20 IBERIAN Former Caucasian secret policeman held in Indiana (7)
BERIA in INdiana. Apparently Beria were indeed Soviet secret police force.
23 AMBER “Proceed with caution” in child-free room (5)
[ch]AMBER
25 WOAD Colouring Woss’s way? (4)
from ROAD, as pronounced perhaps by Jonathan Ross

*= anagram; < = reversed; [] = removed; hom = homophone

2 Responses to “Independent on Sunday 1,183 by Glow-worm”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I think it’s ILL ER, Simon. Thanks to you and Glow-worm

  2. allan_c says:

    I agree with your reading of 6dn. Nice to see a reference to the oval ball game for a change. And I concur with nmsindy on 13dn – ER (for Emergency Room) is an American equivalent for Casualty.

    I didn’t find this too difficult, although the NW corner proved a little slow.

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