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Independent 8125 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on October 29th, 2012

nmsindy.

Pleasing puzzle in the usual Quixote style, all accessible and clear, quite easy, I thought, solving time, 17 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 SLEEPY    lee in spy

4 RAMBLING    ram b (born)  ling (heather)

9 COPPERS      2 mngs

11 HALOGEN    a log in hen    I = iodine (symbol) which is one of the halogens

12 WATER ON THE KNEE   (not the weakener)*

13 CONSTRAINT     con (not in favour ie against)   train (coach) in st (street)

14 VERA    maiden over (cricket) not old (o) = ver   a      ‘senior songstress ‘is, I think, Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart from WWII, happily still with us, well into her 90s.    A puzzle based on her songs appeared in this series on the anniv of VE Day in 2010.

16 ESSE    hidden in distrESS Expostulates – definition (being)

18 ESCHEATAGE      cheat (trick) in E  sage     escheated estates are those that revert to the State when there is no heir

21 PHANTASMAGORIA     Anagram of 1st 5 words of clue

23 TAPIOCA   pi (very good) in a coat (reversed)

24 MEANDER   mean (nasty)  red (reversed)    snake (vb)

25 ABNEGATE   n (van’s rear) in ABE (Lincoln)  gate (entrance)

26 PATENT   patient less i

DOWN

1 SOCK      bash (vb)   sock goes into Oxford (a type of shoe)

2 EXPLAIN    Somewhat whimsical:   (ex-plain) so now a mountain.    Definition:  tell me why

3 PRESENTS    P  resents

5 A SHOT IN THE ARM     Anagram of 1st 3 words of clue

6 BULLET     bull – et  =  a small bull

7 INGENUE  (m)en  (d) ue after i (one)  ng (no good)

8 GINGER ALE   l (litre) in (agreeing)*

10 SHOP ASSISTANT  (pass is) in shot(fired)  ant (worker)

13 CLEOPATRA   (palace rot)*

15 PANORAMA   OR (other ranks) in Panama

17 SHARPEN    harp in sen(t)

19 ARIADNE    Greek mythology     Aria d(o)ne

20 STRONG   st (saint = good person)   (w)rong = flawed, leader (1st letter) leaving

22 GRIT   2 mngs   courage and a Scottish version of ‘great’ (enormous)

10 Responses to “Independent 8125 by Quixote”

  1. Quixote says:

    I have always enjoyed Niall’s generosity — and I thank him here again most warmly. But I wonder whether one can truly be both a poacher and a gamekeeper. I myself comment on other puzzles by coleagues from time to time, but I wonder whether the dual role of setter and lead blogger for the same paper shouldn’t be discouraged?

  2. Quixote says:

    colleagues, even

  3. allan_c says:

    Not quite as quick as nmsindy (18½ minutes) but nevertheless an enjoyable solve with the long anagrams easily unscrambled. ESCHEATAGE was new to me but easily got from the wordplay and crossing letters.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Thank you, Quixote, at #1. As you may remember I was an Indy blogger here before being a setter, and, yes, in those early days, in practice was the “lead blogger” in terms of number of Indy blogs written. As the site expanded however, this has changed significantly and I now write just one blog every three weeks. I’m happy to continue with this, esp having been involved with the site from the very start, unless admin felt it was not appropriate.

  5. crypticsue says:

    I found this slightly trickier than the usual Monday Quixote but can’t really put my finder on why. Thanks to him and nmsindy too.

    I wasn’t even aware that nmsindy was both setter and blogger until I met him back in May. His blogs always seem to me to be fair, accurate and as impartial as any other blogger’s work, and I don’t see any problem with him being on both sides of the ‘divide’.

  6. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks to nms for the blog. I never time myself, but this was a pretty quick solve for me – just right for a Monday morning. All clearly clued, with the only unfamiliarity being ESCHEATAGE.

    I personally don’t have a problem with nms being on the team for blogging the Monday puzzle, and you can never have too many Sunderland fans on 225, can you? I know not all setters are keen solvers, but as far as I know Niall is, and his blogs are always clear and helpful. I like the range of bloggers we have for the Indy, since everyone brings his or her own different perspective of that day’s puzzle.

    Thanks to Quixote for today’s.

  7. flashling says:

    I don’t really see a conflict Q, if NMS had been reviewing a Raich or Gurney then that would be a different matter.

    Back to today, the long anagrams just fell out instantly with no crossing letters and then overall probably in a similar time to NMS.

    Thanks both.

  8. Quixote says:

    While I have a great regard for Niall, I stick to my view. There are many more potential bloggers than setters, and blogs ought not to be (how shall I put it?) incestuous. We don’t want to be like the all-too-cosy literary world in which Martin Amis (say) might write glowing reviews of Julian Barnes’s books (and maybe vice versa). Independent Independent critics fo me, every time — but I’ll respect the proprietor of the blog if Niall stays on!

  9. Wil Ransome says:

    Good stuff from nms and the Don as usual — personally I can’t see that there’s a gamekeeper-poacher problem.

    I had one question: why in 1dn does Quixote say ‘Oxford maybe’? This suggests that he is being very careful to be ‘correct’ and avoid a definition by example. But if the clue simply says ‘one going into Oxford …’ surely that’s perfectly OK. A sock goes into an Oxford, a sock goes into a trainer, a sock goes into a boot, …

  10. Quixote says:

    Moot point — very few actual socks go into Oxfords. You’re right — I played safe!

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