Posted by twencelas on February 2nd, 2013
So it’s a snowy day in January and for those with some time to kill a Saturday puzzle from the enigmatic Bannsider.
Quite a work-out it was too. Some wonderfully inventive devices, as always from Bannsider, in use in this puzzle.
All with sound explanations, I think, when you see why. But as usual, it can take some time to see the reason. Marvellous surface readings too.
There are several liberties taken, if my parsing is correct.
- OPs – For Original Poster in internet slang
- for one – for example (eg)
Neither are confirmed by Chambers but I would accept as clear enough indicators. I suspect there may be contrary views here.
And many uses of words with alternative/dialectal meanings to throw one of the scent
- diet for parliament
- sub for subordinate
- jolly for trip
- sex for six
- Da for dad
- Relay for staged event
- gas for talking
- making waves to define a sea
There is one, I would quibble – Moi for I – Moi is me in French and thus would become Mich in German and not, I would argue, Ich.I appreciate Moi is commonly used in English, but would further argue it does keep its original meaning of me.
Many thanks Bannsider – probably the hardest workout for a blog of an Independent Crossword for me so far.
I await comments on how others found this with interest.
Rev. (Reverse); * Anagram; Underline – definition
1` Some sandwiches in meal spoiled diet
Part (some) around (sandwiches) (in meal)* = PARLIAMENT
7 It’s rare for Scottish pacifist to follow french one
Un (french one) + co (pacifist – conscientous objector) = UNCO
9 Regret Ken’s girl talking like a fool?
Homonym of Rue (Regret) + Barbie (Ken’s girl) = RHUBARBY
10 Agents coming to take pressure of jolly lass
CIA (agents) to replace p in trip (jolly) = TRICIA
12 Royal grant distributed with haughtiness
(royal grant)* = ARROGANTLY
13 Cardinal sending back couple after CD about sex
Reverse(EF (couple after CD) around VI (sex – six)) = FIVE
15 Songwriters who can read lines keeping shtum at the outset
Palmists (who can read lines – fortune tellers) around s (shtum at the outset) = PSALMISTS
17 The present is something Santa delivers which father opens
Toy (something Santa delivers) around Da (father) = TODAY
19 Second rate waiter’s place to pull large empty cracker?
B (second rate) + limbo – l(large) = BIMBO (empty cracker as not too bright beauty)
20 Military vessel in harbour reversing original posters welcome
op’s (Original Posters) + hi (welcome) in Rev. (Port (harbour)) = TROOPSHIP
22 Bank staged event without head of accounts
Relay (staged event) – a (head of accounts) = RELY
24 Hold semi finals in Craven cottage well before second leg
Half(semi)+ last letters of “Craven cottage well” + s (second) + on (leg) = HALF NELSON
26 Colourless individual’s refusal to back Scottish team
Albino (colourless individual) with no (refusal) reversed = ALBION
29 Temperature fluctuating a lot constrains family to make do with gas
T (temperature) + (a lot)* around kin (family) = TALK INTO (gas as in talk)
30 Scottish resort that’s non-stop
O (Non) + ban (stop) = OBAN
31 Pet stores on reflection by no means lacking
Stroke(Pet) around rev. (By no) = STONY BROKE
2 Her unsocial flaws show
(her unsocial)* = A CHORUS LINE
3 Put up money to purchase accomodating area for posh tree
Lob (put up) + lolly (money) + buy (purchase) replacing u (posh) with a (area) = LOBLOLLY BAY ( an American tree (Gordonia lasianthus) of the tea family)
4 One in court to show lawyer up making waves
Rev (ct (court) around I (one) + air (show) + da (lawyer)) = ADRIATIC
5 International team training sub for one year
EG (For one) + y (year) + Pt (training) [indicated by sub – under]= EGYPT
6 Moon about snubbing irritable son
Tetchy (irritable) c (about) + s (son0 = TETHYS
7/16/28 Churchman from unionist Ulster with dark, heavy coat – Paisley?
U (Unionist) + NI (Ulster) + tar (dark, heavy coat) + Ian (Paisley) = UNITARIAN
8/11 Pretentious? Moi? If turning to German in Greek letter
Ich (I in German as in Moi – me in French) in Chi (Greek letter() = CHICHI
13 One pays more experienced guards, being not up for the fight
Foots (pays) + I (one) in older (more experienced) = FOOT SOLDIER
14 Five died in developing vast oil well for Asian city
(vast oil +vd (five died))* + ok (well) = VLADIVOST OK
18 Don’t make a lot of time to tour private place
Day (time) around [own (private) + pl (place)] = DOWN PLAY
21 Children wearing abnormally large trousers
Ch (children) + in (wearing) + os (abnormally large) = CHINOS
23/27 At Roland Garros the British doubles seeds are in this
La (French for the) + B doubled = LABLAB (a tropical bean (Dolichos lablab) with edible pods)
25 What’s not to like about contracting that involves house calls?
Hidden reversed nOT TO Like = LOTTO