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Independent 8266 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on April 12th, 2013

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It’s Friday and it’s a puzzle by Phi so all’s well in the crossword world.

 

 

 

There were some interesting clues in today’s offering.  

I remember a boring summer in the late 1960s when I was fairly apathetic about revising for a PURE MATHEMATICS [10 across] resit.  I struggled through it but then fortunately discovered computer science the following year which was far more interesting and appealed much more to a logical crossword mind.

The clue to LIBERAL DEMOCRAT [26 across] provided an appropriate anagram.

It was clever to bring Visa and ATM together in a clue for ATAVISM [6 down], given that the entry had no relation to financial systems at all.

I liked the repeated use of criminal in the clue for TASERING [8 down]

The linked clues at 9d [JETTISON] and 21 down [OFFLOAD] raise a question.  Is it OK for one entry to define another without there being a definition of either in any clue?  The wordplay in each case clearly leads to each entry and when you have solved one the other becomes much easier, but I am still left with a slight feeling that there is a clear definition missing.  Perhaps I’m just being old-fashioned.

Despite that minor personal concern, I enjoyed this puzzle which was a good solid Friday that commuters could solve on a one hour train journey.

Across
No. Clue Wordplay Entry

1

 

Think about mother’s source of perfume (8)

 

PONDER (think) containing (about) MA (mother)

PO (MA) NDER

POMANDER (a ball of perfumes, or a perforated globe or box in which this or a similarly perfumed preparation is kept or carried; source of perfume)

 

5

 

Magazine eradicated pest (6)

 

MAG (magazine) + GOT (killed; eradicated [Collins Dictionary,Chambers Thesaurus])

 

MAGGOT (legless grub; pest)

 

10

 

Apathetic summer working on science (4,11)

 

Anagram of (working) APATHETIC SUMMER

 

PURE MATHEMATICS (branch of science)

 

11

 

Conservative gathering man (old queen) to be a pointed symbol (7)

 

CON (conservative) containing (gathering) (HE [man] + VR [Victoria Regina [old queen])

C (HE VR) ON

CHEVRON (V shaped [pointed] symbol)

 

12

 

Equine in film?  Christopher Robin’s toy’s about right (7)

 

TIGGER (Christopher Robin’s toy) containing (about) R (right)

T (R) IGGER

TRIGGER (reference TRIGGER, Roy Rogers’ horse that appeared in a number of films)

 

13

 

Country folk imprisoning soldiers left a mess (8)

 

HICKS (country folk) containing (imprisoning) (OR [other ranks; soldiers] + L [left])

H (OR L) ICKS

HORLICKS (reference the phrase ‘to make a HORLICKS of'; to make a complete mess of)

 

15

 

Express sadness – it helps to confirm our niceness (5)

 

MOURN (hidden word in [it helps to] CONFIRM OUR NICENESS)

 

MOURN (grieve for a death or other loss; express sadness)

 

18

 

Mostly evaluate the dim bulbs? (5)

 

ASSESS (evaluate) excluding the final letter (mostly) S

 

ASSES (fools; I assume the phrase ‘dim bulbs’ can be used to describe fools, but it is not a phrase I have come across before)

 

20

 

US state in success?  That is a convivial feeling (8)

 

(NH [New Hampshire; US state] contained in [in] BOOM [period of expansion of the economy; success]) + IE [id est; that is])

BO (NH) OM IE

BONHOMIE (easy good nature; convivial feeling)

 

23

 

African country developed the school, not church (7)

 

Anagram of (developed) THE SCHOOL excluding (not) CH (church)

 

LESOTHO (country in Southern Africa)

 

25

 

Relative taken outside following America’s rejection (7)

 

REL (relative) containing (taken outside) (F [following] + USA [America])

RE (F USA) L

REFUSAL (rejection)

 

26

 

Politician showing moral credit, able to transform (7,8)

 

Anagram of (to transform) MORAL CREDIT ABLE

 

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT (politician)

 

27

 

Fish in river? On the contrary ditch (6)

 

R (river) contained in (in) TENCH (fish) – the opposite of (on the contrary) ‘Fish in river’

T (R) ENCH

TRENCH (ditch)

 

28

 

I’d Prince’s backing – had backing affecting nobility (3-2-3)

 

I’D HAL (I’D [Prince] HAL) reversed (backing) + HAD reversed (backing)

LAH DI< DAH<

LAH-DI-DAH (affectedly elegant or superior)

 

Down

1

 

Rapid in accepting Father’s religious role (6)

 

PACY (rapid) containing (accepting) PA (father)

PA (PA) CY

PAPACY (religious role)

 

2

 

Drink on the turn, badly soured? It’s lethal (9)

 

RUM (drink) reversed (on the turn) + an anagram of (badly) SOURED

MUR< DEROUS*

MURDEROUS (lethal)

 

3

 

Mostly senseless time preceding debut of Labour figure (7)

 

NUMB (having diminished power of sensation; senseless) excluding the final letter (mostly) B + ERA ([period of] time) + L (first letter of [debut of] LABOUR)

 

NUMERAL (number)

 

4

 

Taken in, defeated, beheaded (5)

 

BEATEN (defeated) excluding the first letter (beheaded) B

 

EATEN (taken in)

 

6

 

Reappearance of the old crumpled visa in hole in wall (7)

 

Anagram of (crumpled) VISA contained in (in) ATM (automated teller machine; hole in the wall)

AT (AVIS*) M

ATAVISM (the reappearance of ancestral, but not parental, characteristics)

 

7

 

Condition, of course, is fading (5)  - either underlined segment could be the definition.

 

GOING (term to describe the condiiton of a horse racecourse)

 

GOING (fading) double definition

 

8

 

Shocking criminal?  Angriest criminal (8)

 

Anagram of (criminal) ANGRIEST

 

TASERING (firing electrified darts as means of immobilising, stunning or shocking an alleged criminal)

 

9

 

21 aircraft?  One’s seen amongst 100 (8)

 

JET (aircraft) + ([I {one} + 'S {is}] contained in [amongst] TON [100])

JET T (I S) ON

JETTISON (OFFLOAD [21 down])

 

14

 

Wire binding rings with daughter included in collection (8)

 

CABLE (wire) containing (O [ring] + O [another ring, giving rings] + D [daughter])

CAB (O O D) LE

CABOODLE (collection)

 

16

 

Being without cover could be nude’s ruin (9)

 

Anagram of (could be] NUDE’S RUIN

 

UNINSURED (being without [insurance] cover)

 

17

 

Autumn apartment to offer no excitement (4,4)

 

FALL (Autumn, manly a North American usage) + FLAT (apartment)

 

FALL FLAT (have no effect; offer no excitement)

 

19

 

Day at weekend, one mostly well-supplied with comedic content (7)

 

SAT (Saturday; day at weekend) + I (one) + RICH (well-supplied) excluding the final letter (mostly) H

 

SATIRIC (conveying satire; with comedic content)

 

21

 

9 of diamonds held by woman with ace?  On the contrary (7)

(OF + D [diamonds]) containing (holding; opposite of [on the contrary] held by) (FLO [Florence; woman's name] + A [ace])

OF (FLO A) D

OFFLOAD (JETTISON [9 down])

 

22

 

Make off with champion cut of bacon (6)

 

FLIT (fly silently or quickly; make off) + CH (church)

 

FLITCH (a side of pork salted and cured; cut of bacon)

 

24

 

Time’s up, being pierced by British weapon (5)

 

ERA’S ([period of] time’s) reversed (up; down clue containing (beign pierced by) B (British)’

SA (B) RE<

SABRE (a curved single-edged cavalry sword; weapon)

 

25

 

Regretted a form of salsa (5)

 

RUED (regretted) + A

 

RUEDA (Cuban street dance; a dance performed to rhythmic Latin-American music; salsa)

 

 

7 Responses to “Independent 8266 / Phi”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Duncan.

    All is well in the world indeed when you get a Phi puzzle to start your day. Like you, I’m not sure what’s going on with JETTISON and OFFLOAD, but I have a suspicion that I’m/we’re missing something. Anyway, it was an excellent daily cryptic with plenty of clues to savour. I liked HORLICKS and TASERING, and LIBERAL DEMOCRAT brought a smile.

    Thanks to Phi.

  2. cumbrian says:

    Many thanks for the blog, comprehensive and helpful as ever. The linked 9 and 21 were my last two in, once I’d got all the crossing letters; it was, I suppose, a sort of mini-puzzle in its own right, but fair? Pass on that! I might have got it earlier but for being held up on 13 and thus the S in JETTISON. When I finally solved 13, it was one of those groan moments (which I enjoy….) Not an expression I’ve heard for a while . (Did dogs ever have Horlicks for breakfast?)
    Favourite was 8d, but lots of nice stuff – thanks Phi.

  3. Rowland says:

    Yes plenty of clues to savour! This is GOOD writing, and the surfaces are pretyy often polished to a shine, so very enjoyable.

    I would put LIBERAL DEMOCRAT at the top of a long list of goodies, for its sheer blarney!!

  4. Bertandjoyce says:

    Thanks Phi for another Friday tease. We also enjoyed LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.

    We needed the crossing letters to solve JETTISON and OFFLOAD but when the penny dropped it raised a smile.

    Thanks Duncan for another comprehensive blog!

  5. flashling says:

    Tricky, the jettison/offload was obvious once I realised it wasn’t off-road, Phi usually puts a little extra but can’t see it yet. More than a thirty min train ride for me, but no complaints, thanks Phi.

  6. allan_c says:

    Much the same experience as others, particularly with the 9/21 pairing. And a minor quibble about the ‘on the contrary’ device occurring twice.

    But a lot of nice clues to savour – too many to nominate a CoD.

    Thanks, Phi and Duncan

  7. Dormouse says:

    Didn’t think I was going to finish this. Had trouble getting started and then went out for the evening with only a quarter done. (Didn’t help that although I knew the word “atavism” I couldn’t remember how to spell it.) Got back an hour ago and started at it again and suddenly it all fell into place. 13ac was the last one in as I’d never heard the expression and had to look it up.

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