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Independent 8252 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on March 27th, 2013


Most Independent bloggers cycle through Friday, Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday.  Crosophile seems to be on a monthly cycle on the last Wednesday of the month.  So if there are 4 weeks in the month, the Wednesday blogger will get Crosophile twice in successive months.  That’s a long way tound of saying this is my second Crosophile puzzle in successive months, but I’m not complaining.




There is more than a hint of theme here with many bread or breakfast related entries (SANDWICH, TOAST, COTTAGES [loaves], BREAD, GUERNSEYS [milk], GRANARIES [cereal], POP-UP [toaster], SOLDIERS [for dipping in boiled eggs] and ROLLS)  There is reference to dough and yeast in the clue at 24 down.

We also have entries and clues looking at families and pets (ISSUE, YOUNGSTER, goats, dogs, cats, baby-teeth)  If you stretch a point you might put ADULTERER and NURSERS in this category as well.

Finally there is the linkage of the first three across clues with the continuing references to double-decker buses and coaches.

However, none of this strikes me as full evidence of a theme throughout the whole puzzle.

My favourite clues today were those for SANDWICH (I liked the ‘dropping off one rider’), GRANARIES, BEMOANS and YOUNGSTER

Crosophile always produces a well constructed puzzle.  I enjoyed this without being too taxed on the vocabulary.

No. Clue Wordplay Entry



Maybe double-decker dropping off one rider in  Suffolk town for the beach? … (8)


SAND (beach) replacing (for) (I [one] + PS [postscript; supplement; corolllary; rider]) in IPSWICH (Suffolk town)


SANDWICH (it is possible to make  or buy a double-decker SANDWICH [maybe for eating on the beach])




..- Give way as double-decker returns with German … (6)


BUS (double-decker BUS) reversed (returning) + MIT (German for ‘with’)


SUBMIT (give way)




… coach reversing on ring road under one’s eye (10)


BUS (coach) reversed (reversing) + ORBITAL [road] (ring-road)


SUBORBITAL (below the ORBIT [the hollow in which the eyeball rests])




Spy chief to request disguise (4)


M (head of Military Intelligence in James Bond novels; spy chief) + ASK (request)


MASK (disguise)




In Yorkshire the oven cooked 13 (5)


T (in Yorkshire, people tradiitonally pronounce ‘the’ as T) + OAST (kiln or oven to dry hops or malt)


TOAST (cooked BREAD [13 across])




Housing too much crammed into animal coops (8)


OTT (over the top; too much) contained in (crammed into) CAGES (animal coops)


COTTAGES (type of housing)




Book studied for money (5)


B (book) + READ (studied)


BREAD (colloquial term for money)




US energy varies with sun – that’s neat (9)


Anagram of (varies) US ENERGY + S (sun)


GUERNSEYS (cattle; neat is another term for cattle)




"Food stores for Nanny Goat"? No, it’s a different sign (9)


GRAN (nanny) + ARIES (a goat epitomises Capricorn, one of the signs of the Zodiac.  The clue however is telling us to take a different sign and ARIES is one of the other sign of the Zodiac)


GRANARIES (food stores)




What 11 might do, a solemn dog (3,2)


PO (PO-faced; solemn) + PUP (dog)


POP  UP (what TOAST [11 across] might do in a POP-UP TOASTer)




Metal-worker is like a more contented cat? (8)


S (is) + PURRIER (if it existed as a word, PURRIER could describe a more contented cat)


SPURRIER (a maker of SPURS; a metal worker)




Making copy of number to access money in silver (5)


PIN (personal identification number, used among other things, to access Automated Teller Machines [ATMs] for money) contained in (in) AG (chemical symbol for silver)


APING (making copy of)




Several bits of information on cutting baby-teeth? (4)


BYTE (hidden word in (cutting) BABY TEETH)


BYTE (computer term describing a set of usually eight binary digits [bits])




Noxious chemicals distorted plants left out (10)


Anagram of (distorted) PLANTS, L (left) and OUT


POLLUTANTS (noxious chemicals are exampels of POLLUTANTS)




Possibly nude modelling class? (6)


LESS ON (people with LESS [clothes] ON may be nude if taken to the extreme)


LESSON (class)




Retailed high rise 11 divided up (8)


SOLD (retailed) + an anagram of (high) RISE


SOLDIERS (TOAST [11 across] cut into pieces create SOLDIERS [for dipping into the yolk of a soft boiled egg])





Away player might turn rude later (9)


Anagram of (might turn) RUDE LATER


ADULTERER (one who ‘plays away’ from his/her marriage by engaging in an affair)  The clue may well be an &Lit in some circumstances.




Theatrical work about Greek nymph seen in museum display (7)


DRAMA (theatrical work) containing (about) IO (In Greek mythology, IO was a nymph seduced by Zeus)


DIORAMA (a display of a stuffed animal, for example, in a naturalistic setting in a museum)




Broken top of saucepan? Bin it! (2,4)


Anagram of (broken) S (first letter of [top of] SAUCEPAN) and BIN IT


IN BITS (broken) &Lit clue




Hello, police officer.  Like a smartphone? (2-3)


HI (hello) + TEC (detective; police offer)


HI-TEC (high technology, a smart phone being an example of such technology)




Maltreated royalist’s not a Companion (8)


Anagram of (maltreated) ROYALIST


SOLITARY (alone; without a companion; not being a companion to anyone else)




Regrets doctor taking pulses?  On the contrary (7)


BEANS (pulses) containing (taking) MO (medical officer) – we have the opposite (on the contrary) of doctor taking pulses


BEMOANS (laments; regrets)




Point in dispute – Iceland to take action (5)


IS (International Vehicle Registration for Iceland) + SUE (take legal action)


ISSUE (point in dispute)




Employment vouchsafed on a regular basis (3)


USE (letters 3,6 and 9 [regular basis] of VOUCHSAFED)


USE (employment)




Child got nursery upset right away (9)


Anagram of (upset) GOT NURSERY excluding (away) one the Rs






Headcase ran in with bap that’s 4 (8)


Anagram of (in bits [4 down]) RAN IN and BAP


BRAINPAN (cranium; bones enclosing the brain; headcase)




They look after new naval officers with no power (7)


N (new) + PURSERS (ship’s [naval] officer in charge of cabins, stewards etc) excluding (no) P (power)


NURSERS (carers; they look after)




Are new fans of it welcomed to the fold? (7)


One of the definitions of FOLD is a church or its congregation, but I think it can now also refer to a group of like minded people or fans.  


ORIGAMI (the art paper folding to make figures of birds and animals [or any object])




Easy-going cellist mostly goes round playing for everyone (6)


(CASALS [reference Pablo CASALS {1876-1973}, Catalan cellist and conductor] excluding the final letter [mostly] S) containing (goes round) U (film classification that indicates the film can be played to any age group [everyone])


CASUAL (easy-going)




He gets the dough wet including a bit of yeast (5)


PEE (urinate; wet [verb]) containing (including) (A + Y [first letter of {little bit of} YEAST])

P (A Y) EE

PAYEE (one who gets the money [dough])




Posh car wheels (5)

The definition could also be wheels.

ROLLS (reference ROLLS Royce car; posh car)


ROLLS (wheels)  double definition



12 Responses to “Independent 8252 / Crosophile”

  1. allan_c says:

    I saw the puzzle as themed around BREAD rather than breakfast – leaving out GUERNSEYS but including GRANARIES – Granary being a variety of bread. Didn’t make any of the other connections, though.

    Thanks, Crosophile, for a pleasant breakfast-time diversion, and Duncan for the comprehensive blog.

  2. crypticsue says:

    A puzzle to make you reach for the breadbin… very enjoyable thank you Crosophile and Duncan. I particularly liked the different way of cluing 30 from the usual egg-related wordplay.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Duncan.

    I do like Dac’s puzzles, but always look forward to Crosophile coming off the bench once a month too. Pleasing crossword, with SPURRIER my favourite because it reminded me of the meaning of the word (it’s a work-related surname too, of course, like BAKER, BUTCHER, SMITH and lots more) and because PURRIER made me smile.

    Thanks for parsing SANDWICH – couldn’t see that one. Is there a theme? Maybe. Did it add to or detract from my enjoyment of solving this one? No.

  4. Andy B says:

    At first I didn’t like ‘high’ as the anagram indicator in 30a, but the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I would never have an issue with ‘drunk’ as an anagram indicator, so ‘high’ works just as well. I was held up for a few minutes longer than I should have been (in retrospect) in the SW corner. Although I enjoy Dac’s puzzles Crosophile’s make a nice change once every month or so.

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Andy, when it’s an anagram indicator, I usually take ‘high’ as a synonym for ‘gone off’ as in meat or game. But your sense works too, I think.

  6. flashling says:

    Rather liked 4dn, can’t really describe this one as half baked :-)

    I think I usually treat high as Andy B does, but equally get K’sD
    version. In 6d I wasted a bit of time trying to make it [ROY(a)LISTS]* ie “NOT A” looking for a companion.

    Thanks Crosophile and Duncan

  7. Rowland says:

    Very good puzzle, very enjoyable. Three very good ones today for me at least!

    Thank-you stetter and Duncan for the super-blog!


  8. Crosophile says:

    Really nice comments from everyone. Thankyou. And thanks, Duncan, for another masterpiece of a blog. We setters are spoilt!
    Yes, it was a bread theme. There’s still something undiscovered in the grid though… :-)

  9. allan_c says:

    Got it! Diagonally SW to NE. To whom? – Crosophile, of course!

  10. Crosophile says:


  11. flashling says:

    Good lord Chris, nice, I looked for ages but missed that!

  12. Bertandjoyce says:

    Started late again so a quick comment as all has been said. Spotted the diagonal when we were told we had to find something else!

    Liked 29ac!

    Thanks Duncan and 29 diagonal to the setter.

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