565 Bannsider

November 30, 2012

As hard as we’ve come to expect from Bannsider, but very rewarding, with lots of devious clues and very well hidden definitions. I put ticks beside lots of these, but COD for me 1ac – ‘Virginia’s private dance moves left one drained (2,3)’. Here’s the link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones not covered there.

Across

11 INSCRIPTIVE – (Crisp invite)* This was my first and only clue in for a while.
19 HEAD ON – Cryptic def.
29 T(R)ICK – Jiffy as ‘in a tick’.
31 ONGAR, that well known place hidden backwards in ouR AGNOstic

Down

2 JO NES(E)S
4 STOPPERS – Raised POTS, PER S
7 EN(LACE)D
18 TOMMY GUN – Raised GYM in (Mount)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/09/28/independent-6537-by-bannsider/

564 Punk

November 29, 2012

An excellent offering from Punk, quite tough, but lots here to like. COD 27ac – ‘Trader, agoraphobic, beefeater, vegetarian or diuretic addict? (4,6,5)’. Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

9 hAIL
12 E QUIP
13 UP SET
15 PRIESTLEY, sounds like PRIESTLY. This man – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._Priestley
26 ORB – BRO knocked back.

Down

3 EG GB EATER
7 RED MULLET, presumably a reference to Anne Robinson’s hairstyle?
16 S(PEED)TRAP
17 BOMBAST – I can see the definition, but don’t really get the rest of the clue.
19 ROSE BAY
23 U(N TI)L, the point being North.
24 A MON G

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/09/27/independent-6536punk-all-the-way-home/

563 Dac

November 28, 2012

More goodness from Dac, with only 21d giving me any real grief. COD 28ac – ‘Writer, one erasing page about me.’ Again, a link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

1 HEAD OFF – Cryptic def.
15 P(AIR)
17 Hidden in reseARCHer
23 COVENANTi
26 GERALDINE – (re-dealing)*
29 A IR PLAY – Doh, A U RALLY – see comments.

Down

2 A(IR)MAIL (sounds like MALE)
5 DrOwSiEr
6 BLOWER – Double def.
14 CHAMP A GNE (ENG raised)
18 CALORIE (coal ire)*
24 TUN NewlY

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/09/26/independent-6535dac/

562 Virgilius

November 27, 2012

Another very impressive theme, quite easy if you have a smattering of French. As it turned out, I only needed help with 1ac. As ever, a link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the clues not covered there.

Across

8 BEAU GESTE, which is apparently “A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.”, as well as being a famous book.
15 AVANT-GARDE (advantage + R)*
26 SAL ON

Down

5 O WE
6 GRO(W) UP
7 UNDER C OVER
10 TREASURY – TRY around (a ruse)*
12 AIDED – (idea)* + D
13 BASELESS – Cryptic def.
16 The rivers AIRE and R
27 VAN – Double def.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/09/25/independent-6534-by-virgilius/

561 Quixote

November 26, 2012

One or two unfamiliar words I had to Google, but apart from that a gentle start to the week. COD 10ac – ‘Author always fresh but avoiding extremes (5)’.

Across

7 CHRYSOLITE – (Hostile cry)*
8 A(L)I
10 eVERNEw
11 TAHITIANS – HIT inside (a saint)*
12 NAB(OB) – “A Muslim official or governor under the Mogul empire”.
14 GREEN CARD
15 DE(COD)ER
16 sMOOCHES
18 ABOLITION – (boot nail)*
20 TANnerGO – A sixpence was called a tanner.
21 ROCAMBOLE – (bloom care)*
23 CHARitY
24 MARs
25 OVERS(HOOTS) – Maiden overs…

Down

1 CH ER(hUB)IC – the trickiest construction today, I thought.
2 HYDE
3 CO(O)T, or C(O)OT 🙂
4 LIGHTERMAN – Very nice cryptic def.
5 BEATEN TO IT – (Tito) beaten…
6 PAPA(AY)A
9 IN(SIDE S)TORY
10 VENN DIAGRAM – VEN + (grand aim)*
13 BODMIN MOOR – (Minor do mob)*
14 GARRISONED – (dire groans)*
17 HEN PARTY – The Rev Spooner’s Pen Hearty, presumably.
19 O(SCARS)
22 EAST – Harry “Scud” East in Tom Brown’s School Days.
23 C(H)OW

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/04/independent-on-sunday-920-by-quixote/

554 Phi

November 24, 2012

A bit of a trickier proposition this week. The combination of 18d / 27ac and 22ac in particular held me up for quite a while. COD 27ac – ‘Laxness, say, associated with Churchill, Shaw or Heaney? (5,8)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/12/independent-6549phi/

559 Hypnos

November 23, 2012

I found this harder than the original blogger, with a few odd words in the wordplay (BRUME, for example, in 22ac) and answers. COD 26ac – ‘Cheer in west Linz possibly? (6,9)’. Here’s the link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones they missed out.

Across

10 ENC(LAV)E

Down

1 NUT(HATCH)
2 WAFER – W and (FARE)*
3 Hidden in pastA WE SOMEtimes
5 EYESTRAIN – (RETINA YES)*
7 TRADESMAN – (MASTER AND)*
8 DR(mESSY)
16 E(SPECIAL)
22 BOSCH – Sounds like BOSH.
23 MAINZ – M+(NAZI)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/15/independent-6551-by-hypnos/

558 Monk

November 22, 2012

Quite a few tricky clues in this one, especially 26ac as noted in the original blog. COD 7d – ‘On the other hand, straighten out how one could cut deal, say (7,3,5).’ Below a link to the Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones that were left out.

Across

15 DROVE – Cryptic def.
18 PROMPTS – Cryptic def.
25 T(EAT)REE

Down

4 P(REP)OSSESS
6 M(sOiL)ARS
15 DEPO(SI)TS
21 SWAN(EaglE)

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/26/independent-6556monk-20-10-07/

557 Dac

November 21, 2012

More good stuff from Dac, with a cheeky message across the centre of the grid. COD 17ac – ‘Scene of much brooding during Thatcher years (8)’. All ably blogged by Fifteensquared at the link below back in 2007, apart from the following:

9 IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Cryptic Def.
10 LIFE MEMBER – Cryptic Def.
11 NIP(A)
19 AMI(S)
20 PROF(I)TABLE
23 PAINLESS – (SPANIELS)*

3 L IS LEft
6 L(ONER) – Reverse of Reno
18 RELIEVE – RE and soundalike of LEAVE
20 PIECE – Sounds like PEACE

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/17/independent-6553dac-cheeky/

556 Virgilius

November 20, 2012

Another 18ac crossword from Virgilius, where I thought I must be missing something in the way of a theme, but it appears there is nothing beyond the four (6,3,6) phrases. COD 10ac – ‘They control the market not just flexibly, but also damned badly (6,3,6)’, with 2d and 16d close runners up.

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/16/independent-6552-by-virgilius/