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Independent 8162 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on December 11th, 2012

duncanshiell.

It’s the end of civilisation as we know it.  Dac doesn’t set crosswords on Tuesday, does he?

 

 

 

Whatever the reason for Dac appearing on a Tuesday, solving the puzzle was a pleasant way to spend some time.  Dac doesn’t usually do themes, pangrams or messages hidden in the grid and today seems to be no exception.  Solvers just get well crafted clues that depend on a fairly mainstream vocabulary and an acceptable range of general knowledge.  The clues can also be parsed without ambiguity.  While solvers may not often see LUMMOX, LEGATE, CHARON and ANGELENO in the same sentence very often, none of those words can be considered to be outrageouly obscure.

I worked steadily through this from top left to bottom right.  My favourite clues were those for APOLOGIST, INDISCRETION, PARADISE, VACATIONISTS and CHARON

Across
No. Clue Wordplay Entry

1

 

Drink you passed round after game (6)

 

HOCK (wine; drink) + (YE [{old} version {passed?} of you] reversed [{passed?} round])  I am not sure whether ‘passed’ is qualifying ‘you’ or ’round’.  It seems to me that it could qualify either (or both)

HOCK YE<

HOCKEY (ball game)

 

4

 

Usain Bolt dashed out of old city (8)

 

Anagram of (dashed) USAIN BOLT excluding (out of) O (old)

 

ISTANBUL (largest city in Turkey)

 

9

 

Fool cut head of fox (6)

 

FLUMMOX (perplex or puzzle; fox) excluding the first letter (cut head of) F

 

LUMMOX (stupid clumsy person; fool)

 

10

 

Mending torn nightcap (8)

 

Anagram of (torn) NIGHTCAP

 

PATCHING (mending)

 

12

 

Group of people entering club unchecked (5)

 

BUNCH (hidden word in [entering] CLUB UNCHECKED)

 

BUNCH (group [of people, for example])

 

13

 

Someone arguing a point about sport (9)

 

(A + GIST [main point or pith of a matter]) containing (about) POLO (example of a sport)

A (POLO) GIST

APOLOGIST (one who defends a situation  by argument; someone arguing)

 

14

 

Tennis official heard in trial?

 

COURT MARTIAL (sounds like (heard) COURT MARSHALL which could describe an official on COURT at a tennis tournament)

 

COURT MARTIAL (a court held by officers of the army, navy or air force for the trial of offences against service laws)

 

18

 

Careless Whisper – popular record with unusual intro, at first enthusiastically received (12)

IN (popular) + DISC (record) + (an angaram of [unusual] INTRO containing [received] E [first letter of {at first} ENTHUSIASTICALLY])

IN DISC (R (E) TION*)

INDISCRETION (an imprudent or injudicious action; e.g. a careless whisper)

 

21

 

A study by church about woman’s devotion (9)

 

(A + DEN [study] + CE [Church [of England]) containing (about) HER (woman’s)

A D (HER) EN CE

ADHERENCE (faithfulness to a party or leader; devotion)

 

22

 

Solemn German view regularly expressed (5)

 

GRAVE (letters 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 [regularly expressed] of GERMAN VIEW)

 

GRAVE (solemn)

 

23

 

Bill enters capital city, wanting ecstasy: here’s where it’s found (8)

 

(AD [advertisement; poster; bill] contained in [entering] PARIS [capital city of France]) + E [ecstasy tablet])

PAR (AD) IS E

PARADISE (the place [intermediate or final] where the blessed dead go; any place or state of bliss; one may find ecstasy, in its sense of exalted pleasure, in PARADISE)

 

24

 

Secret prison in area near Rome (not the centre) (6)

 

CAN (slang for prison) contained in (in) (A [area] + RE [first and last letters of {not the centre} ROME]

A R (CAN) E

ARCANE (secret)

 

25

 

In French theatre, ultimately, employment… for her?

 

DANS (French preposition meaning ‘in’) + E (last letter of [ultimately] THEATRE) + USE (employment)

 

DANSEUSE (female dancer, from French; one who may well be employed in a French theatre)

 

26

 

Poetry group meeting over in Spanish city (6)

 

(ODE [piece of poetry] + [meeting] LOT [set; group {of things offered for auction}]) all reversed (over)

(ODE LOT)<

TOLEDO (Spanish city, some 70 Km south of Madrid)

 

Down

1

 

Check previous book penned by writer (4,4)

 

(OLD [previous] + B [book]) contained in (penned by) HACK (literary or journalistic drudge; writer)

H (OLD B) ACK

HOLD BACK (check)

 

2

 

Rising Chinese family involved in seizure of power (6,2)

 

MING (Chinese dynasty [1368 -1644]; Chinese family) contained in COUP (a violent or subversive action resulting in a change of government or state policy; seizure of power)

CO (MING) UP

COMING UP (rising)

 

3

 

Fellow keeps collar turned up for some time (5)

 

(HE [male; fellow] containing (keeps) (COP [arrest; collar]) all reversed (turned up; down clue)

(H (COP) E)<

EPOCH (an age in geological or historical terms; some time)

 

5

 

Pass group of sailors maybe acquired using credit card? (6,6)

 

SEA SET (group of things/people associated with the sea; group of sailors, perhaps) containing (acquired) ON TICK (on credit; [acquired] using credit card)

SEA S (ON TICK) ET

SEASON TICKET (a pass)

 

6

 

No charge abroad to reserve a place to moor vessel (9)

 

Anagram of (abroad) NO CHARGE containing (reserve … place) A

ANCHOR (A) GE

ANCHORAGE (place to moor vessel)

 

7

 

Bachelor meeting stern woman (6)

 

B (bachelor) + RIGID (unbending; strict; stern)

 

BRIGID (Woman’s name)

 

8

 

Representative, say, coming in late (6)

 

EG (for example; say) contained in (coming in) LATE

 

LEGATE (ambassador; delegate deputy; representative)

 

11

 

Holidaymakers from the States arranged an Ascot visit (12)

 

Anagram of (arranged) AN ASCOT VISIT

 

VACATIONISTS (North American [of which the United States is part] term for holidaymakers)

 

15

 

Grand saved by desperate debtor in Kentish town (9)

 

G (grand [$1 00]) contained in (saved by) an anagram of (desperate) DEBTOR IN)

TONBRID (G) E*

TONBRIDGE (town in Kent, not to be confused with Royal Tunbridge Wells, also in Kent)

 

16

 

A storm after endless corruption exposed in cleric’s place (8)

 

VICE (corruption) excluding the final letter (endless) E + A + RAGE (storm)

 

VICARAGE (residence of a vicar; cleric’s place)

 

17

 

Californian backer, one turning up to give support (8)

 

ANGEL (investor, especially in a theatre production; backer) + ONE reversed (turning up; down clue, hence it gives support to the ANGEL)

 

ANGELENO (native or citizen of Los Angeles, California)

 

19

 

Complained about Communist seizing power (6)

 

CA (circa; about) + (RED [communist] containing [seizing] P [power])

CA R (P) ED

CARPED (complained)

 

20

 

Ferryman has fish cooking (6)

 

CHAR (fish) + ON (cooking)

 

CHARON (In Greek mythology, CHARON is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead)

 

22

 

Player worked up over card game (5)

 

(O [over in cricket scoring notation] + BRAG [card game like poker]) all reversed (worked up; down clue)

(O BRAG)<

GARBO (reference Greta GARBO [1905 - 1990], film actress [player])

 

 

8 Responses to “Independent 8162 / Dac”

  1. MikeC says:

    Thanks d and D. An enjoyable puzzle, indeed. I ended up f9aed by CARPED, persuading myself that the answer was “ramped” (apparently ramp can mean rage). The real answer is so much more precise!

  2. Rowland says:

    I am suspecting 12.12.12 already. What is the betting?

    Rowly.

  3. flashling says:

    Have to agree Rowly, won’t complain about having a Dac to do though, even if I did spend a little longer than usual looking for themes than I normally would with one of his.

    Carped was my last but fortunately didn’t fall into the trap that MikeC did.

    Thanks Duncan and Dac.

  4. allan_c says:

    A little harder than usual from Dac, needing a little help. Needed the blog to parse APOLOGIST – I was fixated on A plus PT (= point) containing ‘ologis’ which no way could I make sense of – obviously, now that I see it.

    Thanks, Dac and Duncan

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks Duncan and Dac. Another fine puzzle, just got held up a bit in the NW corner. LUMMOX I had heard of, but couldn’t think of the synonym for ‘fox’. I thought INDISCRETION was particularly clever.

    I too had thoughts about tomorrow’s date, but wasn’t going to mention it since it could be a spoiler …

  6. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Ooh, the new site is whizzy fast!

  7. Bertandjoyce says:

    Took a little longer than usual but we didn’t have time to finish it in one sitting.

    SE corner was the last to be filled. We needed a search for card games for 22d before the penny dropped – ‘player’ seemed to be a rather loose definition for the answer.

    No other complaints though – certainly none about the new site!

    Thanks Dac and Duncan.

  8. Graham Pellen says:

    1A duncanshiell is confusing “past” with “passed”. It is “hock” + “ye” (you) passed round. If the clue were trying to draw attention to an archaic version of you, the word “past” would have had to be used.

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