555 Quixote

November 19, 2012

A few chewy bits to this one, just enough to get the brain working over on a Monday. COD 6d – ‘Details of team changes? (3,3,3,4)’.

Across

5 BLAsTANT
7 W(HE)AT – The rebel is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Tyler, the explosive HElium.  HE = High Explosive, as highlighted (many thanks!) in the comments.
9 SNOOTINESS – (INSETSSOON)*
10 dREAM
11 (HARRIS)ON – The boater is Harris, presumably, from Three Men in a Boat.
12 (PI)KING
13 INTERNATIONAL – (ONTRIALINANET)*
16 WrANGLE
18 DISCO(U)NT – U for upper class, NT = National Trust.
20 BOOM, double definition.
21 CRUST(ACE)AN
22 F(IN)ED
23 (S)KILLED

Down

1 SAViOUR
2 PATISSERIE – (AREITSPIES)*
3 OfWaLeS
4 BEARSKIN – Cryptic Def.
5 BEN(GAL)I
6 THE INS AND OUTS – Excellent Cryptic Def.
8 TRAIN – Double Def.
12 POINSETTIA – (INTEAPOTIS)*
14 T(E)(GUM)ENT
15 LANeYARD
17 A(LOO)F
19 (OC)CULT
21 aCADEmia – Our second rebel this crossword http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Cade

548 Phi

November 17, 2012

A nice gentle puzzle for a Saturday when one pint too many threatened to handicap my efforts. As it was, I completely missed the mini-theme. COD 24ac – ‘Pwoar! Almost – almost – something of a looker (6)’.

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/11/09/independent-6573phi/

553 Nestor

November 16, 2012

A surprisingly accessible Nestor, with lots of lovely clues. As ever with him, a few I didn’t understand, most of which are explained in the old Fifteensquared blog. I’ve yet to work out how 2d (Notification of restricted carry-on – ADO, presumably) works.

COD 14ac – ‘Extremely ripe? And yet overripe apricot could be this (5,2,3)’.

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/12/independent-6544nestor/

552 Morph

November 15, 2012

Pretty tricky, with a whole host of excellent clues I really didn’t have time to do justice to today. COD 23ac ‘Dropped seal into sea thus? (4,3)’, even if my incorrect answer of ‘LEFT OUT’ caused me grief later with 21d.

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/08/independent-6545morph/

551 Dac

November 14, 2012

One of the harder Dacs we’ve had in a while, with a few unfamiliar words / terms. COD 20d – ‘Insignificant type with ambition, note, and energy (4-2)’.

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/10/independent-6547-by-dac/

550 Virgilius

November 13, 2012

Lots of fun here! Soon spotted that lots of elements were popping up as answers, which meant that working out 14/15 wasn’t exactly rocket science. Panicked at this point, given my dearth of knowledge regarding the same, but managed well in the end with the always fair clues. COD 21d (‘Gold is layered thinly, primarily, for this (4)).

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/09/independent-6546-virgilius-its-rocket-science/

549 Quixote

November 12, 2012

A reasonably chewy crossword to start the week. The Fifteensquared blog linked to below is far from complete, so here’s my best stab at one. COD 4d (Sort of school in which reformer has a change of heart (7)).

There also appears to be a bit of an Arthurian thing going on, with GRAIL, CAMELOT, and LANCE all appearing in the grid.

Across

1 SOD(A)
2 SCAR(FA)CE
10 G(RAIL)
11 EVALUATED – the L instead of a C, though does EVACUATED really = ‘thrown out’?
12 (P)RATTLE
13 MO(HICk)AN
14 STOKE-ON-TRENT (KENTSOROTTEN)*
17 (DI)STRICT LINE
22 TAN(AGE)R
24 THEE MP(Mounted Police) IRE (see The Empire Strikes Back for def.)
25 Hidden in severaLANCEstors
26 CRANNIES, from grannies
27 F(RAY)

Down

1 SIGNPOST – Cryptic Def.
2 DI(A PA SO)N
4 CRAMMER – Change of heart in Cramner – this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cranmer
5 ROUGH AND TUMBLE (HUG TROUBLED MAN)*
6 (ATTIC)A
7 lENDING
8 ALL THE KING’S MEN – I didn’t get the reference to Humpty Dumpy on solving
9 Hidden in desertS EVER Needed
15 MILL(IN)ER – Sienna Miller
18 Reverse hidden in mEN I BRUTally
19 wITCHES
20 STATIC Double Def.
21 AN(GEL)A – An Ana is apparently “a collection of the memorable sayings of a person”

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/21/independent-on-sunday-922-by-quixote/

547 Quixote

November 9, 2012

A few that tripped me up here. As I can’t find an old Fifteensquared post, here’s a quick blog. I’m still unsure of the wordplay for 2d, and the answers to 8ac / 5d, if anyone can help. I won’t post my fairly desperate entries for the latter two. 🙂

Across

6 MEDIEVAL – (DAME-LIVE)*
9 MOUSSE – Is presumably a soundalike of MOOSE
10 SLEIGHED – Sounds like slayed.
12 NITS – Sounds like knits
13 THE LAST DAY
14 GROUSE – G and ROUSE (get angry)
16 TOURER – (ROUTE + R)*
18 DISTRAUGHT – DIS (little girl’s) + TAUGHT outside R (reading, writing and arithmetic are all each one of the three R’s)
21 TOME – Hidden backwards in THE MOTEL
22 LAV(END)ER
23 ERRAND – Not sure of wordplay here. D = Daughter, not sure of the rest
24 AVON
25 RESETTLE – (TEST REEL)*

Down

1 IMPOSING – I’M + POSING
3 L(ASS)IE
4 SONGSTER – G+S inside (TENORS)*
11 ERATOSTHENES (SO EARNEST THE)*
15 ON THE BOX – Crypic Def.
17 REMINDER _ REMAINDER without the A
19 I B(AD)AN
20 GARDEN – GARAGE with the bottom half changed to DEN
21 T(A)ROT

546 Punk

November 8, 2012

Pretty tough, but doable, with a little help needed on 9d and 16ac. I liked 1ac as little as some of the original commenters. COD 7d (I lift roof from bricks (3)).

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/11/08/independent-6572-by-punk/

545 Dac

November 7, 2012

More good stuff from Dac. Solved while fielding phone calls, working, and trying to grab lunch while fending off a nose bleed, so it couldn’t have been that difficult. 🙂

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/11/07/independent-6571-dac-memo-to-self/