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Independent 8157 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on December 5th, 2012

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Dac continues to produce high quality puzzles.

 

 

 

As ever, there were many well crafted clues with excellent misdirection.  I particularly liked the use of Ain’t Misbehavin‘ in 15 across.  Having said that, I came up with the wrong lady initially.  I had TANIA in the grid for sometime before it became obvious that ANITA was the required entry.

The wordplay in OINKS was quirky.  This was my last entry and it took a while for the penny to drop.

It was good to see UPSET used as anagram fodder in 20 across, rather than playing its usual role as an anagram indicator or reversal pointer.  The HEART THROB clue conjured up clear images of jealousy.

The logic behind ellipses across consecutive clues usually passes me by, but I could see the church and missionary theme flowing through both 3 and 4 down.

For 13 down, I thought the anagram fodder of THAT’S as well as C was well hidden.. It was only while writing the blog that I saw fully what was going on.

If there was a weak clue, it seemed to me that ‘campanile’ in 17down just screamed BELL-TOWER.

Long may DAC continue to entertain us most Weekdays.

Across
No. Clue Wordplay Entry

1

 

Line added to song in simple musical piece (10)

 

(CAROL [song] + L [line]) contained in (in) BARE (basic; simple)

BAR (CAROL L) E

BARCAROLLE (a musical composition similar to a gondolier’s song)

 

6

 

Hospital cleaner was sacked by head of Barts (4)

 

Anagram of (sacked) WAS + B (first letter of [head of] BARTS [St Bartholemew's Hospital])

SWA* B

SWAB (a bit of cotton wool or the like for mopping up blood or discharges, applying antiseptics, cleaning a patient’s mouth, or taking a specimen of a bodily secretion for examination; hospital cleaner)

 

9

 

Dalmation is sweet (7,3)

 

SPOTTED DOG (a Dalmation is a SPOTTED DOG, white with dark spots)

 

SPOTTED DOG (another name for ‘spotted dick’ [a pudding or loaf with currants.])  double definition

 

10

 

Language once used in Spain (Catalan) (4)

 

INCA (hidden word in [used in] SPAIN CATALAN)

 

INCA (the language of the South American people of Peru, prior to [once] conquest by the Spanish)

 

12

 

Cinema chain in area near the Wash can screen English monster film (12)

 

(RANK [reference the entertainment and cinema business founded by J Arthur RANK] contained in [in] FENS [reference area of East Anglia near The Wash]) + (TIN [can] containing [screen] E [English])

F (RANK) ENS T (E) IN

FRANKENSTEIN (reference the central character [monster] of the book by Mary Shelley, also made into a film)

 

15

 

Woman in Ain’t Misbehavin‘ given top rating (5)

 

Anagram of (misbehavin’) A’INT + A

ANIT* A

ANITA (ladies’ name)

 

16

 

Statesman perhaps waving banner when king enthroned (9)

 

(AS [when] + K [king) contained in (enthroned [installed]) an anagram of (waving) BANNER

NEBR (AS K) AN*

NEBRASKAN (a man, perhaps, [could be a woman] from the American stae of NEBRASKA)

 

18

 

Red colour of rock split by deep fissure (9)

 

COAL (combustible carbonaceous rock) containing (split by) CHINE (ravine; deep fissure)

CO (CHINE) AL

COCHINEAL (scarlet dyestuff; red colour)

 

19

 

Grunts, providing description of an Aegean island? (5)

 

Put an O IN KS is a description of how to spell the Greek [Aegean] island of KOS

 

OINKS (grunts)

 

20

 

Unexpected upset, to group’s great astonishment (12)

 

Anagram of (unexpected) UPSET + FACTION (group)

 

STUPEFACTION (great astonishment)

 

24

 

Rebel is hgeld by Republican leaders (4)

 

IS contained in (held by) RE (first two letters of [leaders] REPUBLICAN)

R (IS) E

RISE (rebel)

 

25

 

MORI employee’s camera attachment? (10)

 

Ipsos MORI is a polling organisation seeking people’s views. One of their employees could be considered to be a VIEWFINDER

 

VIEWFINDER (camera attachment)

 

26

 

Peel fruit that’s picked up (4)

 

PARE (sounds like [picked up] PEAR [fruit])

 

PARE (to cut or shave off the outer surface or edge of; peel)

 

27

 

Handsome fellow, threat potentially to Henry and another fellow (5-5)

 

Anagram of (potentially) THREAT + H (Henry) + ROB ([another] boy’s name, after Henry)

 

HEART THROB (handsome fellow)

 

Down

1

 

Ex-footballer spotted in tube station (4)

 

BEST (hidden word in [spotted in] TUBE STATION)

 

BEST (reference George BEST [1946 - 2005], footballer who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland)

 

2

 

Cross threshold after turning up (4)

 

DOOR (threshold) reversed (after turning up; down clue)

 

ROOD (cross or crucifix)

 

3

 

Options to succeed as missionary perhaps … (12)

ALTER NATIVES (the aim of missionaries is to convert [ALTER]  local people [NATIVES], to Christianity usually)

 

ALTERNATIVES (options)

 

4

 

… or, with much noise, lead a new church order (9)

 

OR + DIN (a lot of [much] noise) + A + N (new) + CE (Church [of England])

 

ORDINANCE (byelaw; order)

 

5

 

Film director, extremely likeable individual (5)

 

LE (first and last letters of [extremely] LIKEABLE) + ONE (individual)

 

LEONE (reference Sergio LEONE [1929 - 1989], Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his work on Spaghetti Westerns)

 

7

 

Clever young person’s work supervised by family doctor initially (10)

 

W (work;  an abbreviation used in physics) + UNDER (supervised by) + KIN (family) + D (first letter of [initially] DOCTOR)

 

WUNDERKIND (child prodigy; clever young person)

 

8

 

Money, I figure, can be invested: intelligence needed (10)

 

( I + NINE [figure]) contained in (can be invested) BRASS (money)

BRA (I NINE) SS

BRAININESS (intelligence)

 

11

 

City defender tackles small chap who’s becoming unrestrained? (12)

(EC [the high level postcode for the City of London] + APOLOGIST [defender]) containing (tackles) S (small)

E (S) C APOLOGIST

ESCAPOLOGIST (chap who’s becoming unrestrained)

 

13

 

Bracelet that’s the ultimate in chic, folded into parcel (10)

 

(Anagram of [folded] THAT’S and C [final letter of {ultimately} CHIC]) contained in (into) WRAP (parcel)

W (ATCHST*) RAP

WATCHSTRAP (a form of bracelet)

 

14

 

Nightclub employer installing right kind of speaker? (10)

 

DISCO (night club)  + (USER containing [installing] R [right]

DISCO U (R) SER

DISCOURSER (one who talks about or speaks about a topic; speaker)

 

17

 

Loud speaker perhaps placed round top of this campanile (4, 5)

 

BELLOWER (roarer; example of a loud speaker) containing (placed round) T (first letter of [top of] THIS)

BELL (T) OWER

BELL TOWER (campanile)

 

21

 

Accept a newlywed has to forfeit right (5)

 

A + BRIDE (newlywed) excluding (has to forfeit) R (right)

 

ABIDE (comply with; accept)

 

22

 

European banker and do-gooder?  Not half (4)

 

DO-GOODER excluding the first  four [of eight] letters [not half] DOGO

 

ODER (European river;  ‘Banker’ is often used to clue rivers in crosswords as a river has two banks)

 

23

 

Horse, one jumpimg obstacle (4)

 

A + (BAR [obstacle] reversed [jumping; down clue])

A RAB<

ARAB (a horse of a native Arabian breed popular for its grace and speed)

 

6 Responses to “Independent 8157 / Dac”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Indeed, Dac always produces an enjoyable crossword for our Wednesday mornings. Favourites today were OINKS (now you’ve explained it, Duncan), VIEWFINDER and WUNDERKIND. I too had TANIA, and I think this works as well; so perhaps a bit ambiguous, which is unusual for Dac. And is a WATCHSTRAP a ‘bracelet’?

    But other than that, a fine puzzle.

  2. flashling says:

    Thanks Duncan/DAC. Wordplay for OINKS beat me but otherwise perfectly suited for my morning commute.

  3. allan_c says:

    All good stuff as usual from Dac, though I completed the puzzle without being able to parse all the clues – OINKS, ESCAPOLOGIST and WATCHSTRAP among others. So thanks for your masterly blog, Duncan.

    K’s D @ 1: One can have a watch on a bracelet rather than a leather strap, so I suppose one can stretch a point to call a watchstrap a bracelet.

  4. togo says:

    Hi all. Looking forward to the hosting transfer: 225 has been grinding to a halt on my machine anyway! Thanks duncanshiell for the usual clear blog. K’s D – a bracelet strap or bracelet is a frequently used expression for a wristwatch strap, I think you’ll find.

  5. Bertandjoyce says:

    Thanks Duncan – we needed your help for the parsing of 19ac. It seems we were not alone!

    Thnks Dac for an enjoyable puzzle.

  6. phitonelly says:

    My first attempt at Dac and I enjoyed it. 13 was very good. I had Tania too and it held me up a while. Some unusual indicators – folded, jumping, tackles – produced some good surfaces. The wordplay for 3 was a bit of a stretch, but I liked it nonetheless.

    Thanks for the blog, Duncan and to Dac for the puzzle.

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