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Independent 8131/Eimi

Posted by Pierre on November 5th, 2012


Eimi has arisen from the player-manager’s seat in the dug-out, from where he normally barks instructions at his team, and donned his setting shirt to provide us with the Indy puzzle today.  As they say in Barry Island, what’s occurring?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot …  I was on the lookout for an appropriate nina, and thought that with the grid shape, it might be something around the perimeter.  But no, as far as I can see (which isn’t that far these days, either ophthalmologically or cruciverbally), all the acrosses are types of firework or firework effects, apart from FIRE and TIME, and isn’t the 5th of November FIRE TIME?  Where’s flashling when you need him?  I haven’t put links to them all, but check them out online if you like.

I always enjoy an eimi puzzle, partly because his general knowledge is a squillion times wider and deeper than mine, so I usually end up with my head in the dictionary to learn something new.  Apart from the pyrotechnics, we were treated today to a bit of history, religion, architecture, geography and music.

Let’s light the blue touchpaper and retire …

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


Israel hot and bothered with Turkish standard
With an eimi crossword you always know you’re going to have to root around to find some definitions.  My SOED says: ‘Formerly used in Turkey as a decoration, a military standard, or a symbol of a pasha’s rank’.  (ISRAEL HOT)* with ‘bothered’ as the anagrind.  And a firework.

Spell “discharge” backwards
A reversal of EMIT.

10  Said to check the weather
A homophone of rein for ‘check’.  RAIN for ‘the weather’?  If you must.

11  A novel of the Eternal city
The ‘Eternal City’ is Rome, so if you’re from there, you’re ROMAN, which is the French word for ‘novel’ that English has nicked so we can use it in Frenchified phrases like roman-à-clef.  Add this to 13ac and you’ve got your firework.

12  Part of one’s used to make a cross sometimes handed out in Papal Mass
Christians on Palm Sunday will indeed use one to make a cross, to remember that Christ came into Jerusalem on a donkey and that palm leaves were scattered in his path.  Hidden in PaPAL Mass.

13  Front of negligee laced wrongly – that’s wicked!
An anagram of N for the first letter of Negligee and LACED.  ‘Wrongly’ is the anagrind, and a CANDLE could be said to be ‘wicked’, since it has a ‘wick’.

14  Former princess made to abandon crown
Heartfelt thanks to the setter for referring to her as a ‘former princess’.  Abandoning her entirely would be ideal, but anyway, it’s DI plus (MADE)* with ‘to abandon’ as the anagrind.

16  Chat with Henry’s mum about plant
(CHAT HENRYS MUM)* with ‘about’ as the anagrind.  It’s a plant, for sure, but it’s also another firework.

19  Web designer beginning to swallow pride perhaps
Anarche, where art thou?  Her arachnid alter ego is a charade of S for the first letter of Swallow and (PRIDE)*  ‘Perhaps’ is the anagrind.

22  Boy and girl in former Indian province
A charade of BEN and GAL.

24  That’s awful about minister finally getting sack
An insertion of R for the last letter of ministeR in FIE! for the archaic word for an exclamation of distaste.  The Bard used it a bit.  And FIRE is what will be going on in towns and villages around the country tonight.  Who will be on the bonfire in Lewes this evening?

25  £25 found outside energy plant
An insertion of E for ‘energy’ in PONY for the slang word for £25.  Another firework.

27  Weatherman’s angle
Well, perhaps in the spirit of 14ac, this should have been ‘former weatherman’, but it’s a dd, referring to Michael FISH of ‘there will be no hurricane’ fame.

28  Buzz Aldrin generally contributes
‘Buzz’ is the definition; it’s hidden in AldRIN Generally.

29  Architectural feature of very large place included in credit note
I couldn’t find this in my SOED, but online dictionaries give it as ‘a return in one of the corners of the architrave of a door or window’.  And it’s yet another firework.  An insertion of OS and SET in CR and TE.


Plan beach excursion as part of healthy regime
When faced with (2,7) as the enumeration, PH wouldn’t be the first two-letter word to spring to mind, but it’s (PLAN BEACH)* with ‘excursion’ as the anagrind.

Thoroughfare going around north in rocky hill or volcano in the Andes
I was chuffed to get this from the wordplay and confirm afterwards.  An insertion of N for ‘north’ in ROAD for ‘thoroughfare’, all inserted in TOR.  It’s the name of an extinct volcano in the Southern Andes.

Unique, unlike ‘another place’
On this thread, ‘Another Place’ usually refers to the Grauniad crossword blog; but eimi’s referring to the House of Lords, which is called that by members of the House of Commons, which has no ‘peers’ and would therefore be PEERLESS.

Froth on liquor a third of pub staff removed
A new one on me, but the SOED confirms ‘the froth on top of fermenting malt liquors’.  It’s BARM[EN]; two of the six letters are removed.

Composer making a connection between two notes a tone apart
Once I’d convinced myself that there wasn’t a composer called BLINKA, this one went in easily enough.  An insertion of LINK in G and A, which are indeed a tone apart in the musical scale.  Referring to Mikhail GLINKA, the Russian composer.

Commodity past its best without smallest amount of preservatives
Another insertion, of P in STALE.

Suggest one politician’s extremely lazy
A charade of I MP and LY for the outer letters of LazY.

14  Deserted Iran perhaps in Iraqi capital
A charade of D and (IRAN)* to give the Iraqi currency.  I can’t find D for ‘deserted’ in my SOED, but happen it’s in other dictionaries, presumably as an army term?

15  Missions to find fish that is seen in German river
An insertion of BASS and IE for id est in EMS, the river.  Eimi’s being kind to us by telling us it’s in Germany.

17  One enjoying pursuit with bicycle getting gold medal place
A charade of HOBBY and IST (first) for ‘gold medal place’.  My dictionary gives HOBBY as equivalent to HOBBY HORSE in some senses, so I think the setter is referring to this.

18  English translation of French novel somehow bringing Stan fame
(STAN FAME)* with ‘somehow bringing’ as the anagrind.  André Malraux’s 1933 novel La Condition Humaine is given this title in English, I now know.

20  Promise to turn record over on side
A reversal of LP plus EDGE.

21  Show a large-scale work in Design and Technology
An insertion of EPIC in DT for the abbreviation for the school subject.

23  Black and blue Roman numerals
More often used to mean ‘angry’ it also means ‘discoloured as by a bruise; black and blue’.  It just seems that the word is made up of Roman numerals (L, I, V and D) so the clue imho requires a bit of indulgence on the part of the solver, but since it’s a fine crossword, I personally am in indulgent mood this morning.

26  Steer close to English county shortly
The abbreviation for Oxfordshire is a charade of OX for ‘steer’ and ON for ‘close to’, as for example in Henley-on-Thames.

Many thanks to eimi for a coruscating November 5th puzzle.

5 Responses to “Independent 8131/Eimi”

  1. crypticsue says:

    Thanks to Eimi for the crossword – never heard of 8a and 4d which held me up a bit. Thanks to Pierre for the review – btw Mr Fish still does the weather for the BBC South East.

  2. Bertandjoyce says:

    When we saw that it was Eimi we thought there would be something going on! We solved CANDLE, looked for ROMAN but couldn’t find any other fireworks. Nothing in the perimeter either so we thought that he may have started out on a firework theme and then given up!! It wasn’t until we came here that we realised how wrong we had been.

    We were quite happy with LIVID and managed to guess the volcano but even the architect amongst us had never heard of CROSSETTE!

    A better start to the week than we had first thought! Our apologies to Eimi and congratulations to Pierre for spotting them all.

  3. Flashling says:

    Here pierre, finished setting up for tonight so did this. No diadems tonight but all the others. Alarm went off in my head after first across went in. many thanks eimi and pierre. Oddly this was a very quick solve can’t think why :-)

  4. eimi says:

    Merci bien, Pierre. As the regulars hadn’t submitted anything thematic for either Halloween or Guy Fawkes, I thought I’d cobble something together myself, with our friend Flashling in mind.

    I’m no expert so I just got a list of firework effects off Wikipedia and fitted them jigsaw-fashion into all the Acrosses. Bengal goes with Fire and Time with Rain, as Roman goes with Candle.

  5. Flashling says:

    Aww thanks Eimi. All bits still intact, if a little deaf.

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