Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Independent 8,273 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 20/04/13)

Posted by Simon Harris on April 27th, 2013

Simon Harris.

A challenging puzzle, as one tends to expect from a Bannsider, but I got there. It took almost the entire week, but I did manage to finish unaided, though one or two took a little longer to understand even once the answer was clear.

I didn’t spot any Nina-ish or thematic goings-on, though I’m sure more eagle-eyed readers will help me out if I’ve missed something.

Across
1 HALE-BOPP Oil company going about work on well, rapidly moving body of rock and ice (4-4)
HALE + (OP in British Petroleum)
5 BEEF UP Complaint associated with flying buttress (4,2)
BEEF + UP
10 FAIR-WEATHER Flying with one, the RAF are likely to take off in adverse conditions (4-7)
(With + I + THE RAF ARE)*
11 YES Agreed viewers need no introduction (3)
[e]YES
12 DIRTY WEEKEND Sat with Sun when away with Congress much of the time? (5,7)
cd.
15 NAIAD Fabulous spring being in Paris and retaining every second! (5)
[i]N [p]A[r]I[s] A[n]D
16 REAR LIGHT Whereby vehicle may be seen on land, crossing river (4,5)
RE + (River in ALIGHT)
18 LUFTWAFFE Fines imposed on airline once raiding dodgy fuel serving foreign planes (9)
(Trans World Airlines + Fine + Fine) in FUEL*
19 EATEN Sort of crop said to be used for food (5)
hom. of “Eton”
20 ROSETTA STONE Prize for penning university’s key text (7,5)
ASTON in ROSETTE
24 MOB Essential piece of information he passed on to press (3)
[infor]M[ation] + OBiit. Very challenging wordplay, I thought.
25 ORIGINAL SIN Reason for fall in grain silo when working (8,3)
(IN GRAIN SILO)*
26 SEETHE To boil pudding wife’s left out, light gas (6)
S[w]EETHelium
27 SKITTISH Hard to lie back after takeoff, becoming nervous (8)
SKIT (Hard + SIT)<
Down
1 HAFT Leads on hi-fi are fiddly to handle (4)
H[i-fi] A[re] F[iddly] T[o]
2 LVIV Where you’ll find Ukrainians mostly live long after fifty (4)
L + VIV[a]
3 BOW WINDOW Architectural feature home had in Barking (3,6)
(IN + ‘D) in BOW WOW
4 PLASTER OF PARIS Profile parts as unusual material for cast (7,2,5)
(PROFILE PARTS AS)*
6 EYRIE High spot of year in Ireland heading north (5)
Year in EIRE<
7 FLYWEIGHTS Boxers race with teams in boats (10)
FLY + With + EIGHTS
8 POSTDATING Not using present to mark courtship by mail? (10)
dd.
9 THE WEAKEST LINK Kate Winslet and he played card game on TV (3,7,4)
(KATE WINSLET + HE)* + King
13 UNCLE REMUS Fictional storyteller’s article culled from Obscure Birds (5,5)
UNCLE[a]REMUS
14 DIFFUSIBLE Uncertain if fluids be suitable for pouring (10)
(IF FLUIDS BE)*
17 LIE IN WAIT Be ready to surprise with spoonerised reason for being home after hours (3,2,4)
Spoonerism of “why in late”
21 TOOTH Maybe canine’s landmark birthday – extra stroke to head called for (5)
It took a while to see this, but it’s from writing “100th” and adding an extra stroke to the 1 to get a T
22 ASTI Italian drunk and over the hill, released from physical training (4)
[p]AST I[t]
23 INCH Nick that’s come away from top edge (4)
[p]INCH

* = anagram; < = reversed; dd = double definition; cd = cryptic definition

7 Responses to “Independent 8,273 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 20/04/13)”

  1. michelle says:

    Thanks for the blog, Simon. I agree that this was a challenging puzzle. I needed your help to parse 20, 27, 22 & 24.

    I failed to solve 1a & 2d.

    My favourites were 13d, 7d, 8d, 19 & 21.

  2. Rorschach says:

    This puzzle is a thing of great beauty. Thanks both.

  3. crypticsue says:

    I am going to whisper it very quietly but I do believe I am finally getting on Bannsider’s wavelength as unlike Simon I did manage to solve all this in one session (a thing that has never happened before – Bamnsider puzzles used to take me at least three days of on and off cogitation).

    Lots to enjoy so thank you to both setter and blogger.

  4. Monk says:

    Rorschach‘s comment seconded enthusiastically: another masterclass in clue 15^2 orchestration from R^2, whose constantly superb (anonymous) puzzles I think I can spot when they appear in another place. The device at 21dn reminds me of a clue long ago in which EUROPE became FURORE (or perhaps it was vice versa) by the repositioning of “a stroke”.

  5. Richard Heald says:

    The clue Monk’s thinking of is this one from the Times about 10 years ago:

    Uproar caused by the shifting of one line in Europe’s capitals.

  6. cumbrian says:

    Many thanks for the blog. I couldn’t parse 21, 22 and 24 but that wasn’t a hindrance to arriving at the answers. Lots to admire and enjoy; my favourite for no reason other than it made me chuckle and groan a bit was 3d.

    I’m sure it was Bannsider’s puzzles where I’ve experienced the same thing, but as yer average solver I found this puzzle was very daunting at first pass, then I gradually managed to chip away at sections. Very rewarding.

  7. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Simon, for the blog.

    Rorschach has summed it up beautifully but I just wanted to echo [very quietly] what crypticsue said @3. I can’t remember when I last finished a Bannsider in one go – and I really want to believe it was not because this one was easier!

    My favourites were 15 and 20ac and 9 and 13dn. [And 22dn - for a refreshingly new take on one of the most popular crossword drinks.]

    Many thanks, Bannsider. I look forward to the next one, with renewed confidence!

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


− 2 = one