575 Dac

December 12, 2012

Good stuff as ever from Dac, with only 8d and 12ac causing me any really issues. COD 20d – ‘Danger that lurks round about (6)’.

Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

5   hAVe o WED
11 Hidden in TrAP HIDden
14 ENCHAIN – (N + E China)*
19 BON I TO – NOB back, as in head honcho presumably.
21 COMPLAINT – (clam in pot)*
25 THE(IS)M
26 PRO S(P)ECT

Down

1 COMB A T
7 W HIS T
15 AFTERCARE – A F + (terrace)*
18 GRI(N)DS
20 THREAT – TH(RE)AT
22 MAEVE – AM reversed and EVE for evening.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/11/14/independent-6577dac/

574 Virgilius

December 11, 2012

I found this unusually difficult for Virgilius, with one or two I don’t quite understand. COD 3d – ‘Transport historically from Paris to Istanbul, say (7).’ Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

1 TWEEd
12 STERNA, I think, but if so is this anything other than a straight def?
17 S(CO)T – CO is Carbon Monoxide.
21 BE(FE)LL
25 ST(R)EAMER
26 AMEERS – ER in (same)* – Another spelling of Emir, it would seem.
28 bLoOdShEd

Down

7 SOL(V)ENT
8 I N CENT IVE
14 ORCHESTRA – (her actors)*
18 THESE(U)S – ‘the mythical founder-king of Athens.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theseus
24 NORMS for Standards, I think, but don’t get the rest.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/11/13/independent-6576virgilius/

573 Quixote

December 10, 2012

A nice gentle start to the week, and I learnt a thing or two, perfect for a Monday when I should really be out Christmas shopping. COD 4d – ‘Somebody very hungry, not half (4)’.

Across

9 PRO TEC TORy
10 mOTHER
11 TOAST – Double Def.
12 RADIOGRAM – (ma dig roar)* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiogram_(furniture)
13 APPLE T
15 TREADLE – (altered)*
17 MINISTER OF STATE – (trite manifestos)* Very good… 🙂
19 C(ALDER)A – ‘a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldera
20 Hidden in ThE MET I Claim
22 REF RAINED
25 dANGER
27 Hidden in withOUT DOubt
28 ON THE WING – (nothing we)*

Down

1 SPAT – TAPS reversed
2 SOLAR PANEL – (All reason + P)*
3 VE(ST)AL
4 STARving
5 CREDIT NOTE – (Co. tender it)*
6 COR(O)NERS
7 CHAiR
8 PREMIERE – (Empire)* about ER
14 THE RAINBOW – by DH Lawrence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rainbow
16 DRAWING PIN – Cryptic Def.
17 M(A CAR)OON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moon_is_made_of_green_cheese
18 SHERATON – (North Sea) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sheraton
21 E(LATE)D
23 F ATE – Atë is ‘the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, and folly.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At%C3%AB
24 DAnTE
26 R AGE – as in ‘all the rage’.

566 Phi

December 10, 2012

Apologies for the lack of a blog on this one. The finished grid ended up with the food recycling the next day. If anybody has saved it, and fancies doing a blog?

571 Merlin

December 7, 2012

I made heavy weather of this I suspect, and failed to spot the Nina until I checked the Fifteensquared blog. A few unusual answers in the grid today… COD 6d for the very clever misdirection at the start – ‘Georgian city hosting Conservative lot (5).’ There I was thinking I didn’t know any Georgian cities, whether in the country or state. 🙂

Here’s a link to the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

21 THIN KING – Groans…
22 PLEA T

Down

3 OCTETTE – Reverse hidden in motETT ETC Of
4 LAB LAB – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lablab_purpureus
8 IN DIE
16 LONG-TERM – Cryptic Def.
17 NIAGARA – A R AGAIN, all reversed.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/18/independent-6554merlin/

570 Math

December 6, 2012

A very 1ac puzzle from Math today, lots of fun, nothing too difficult, lots of ticks beside the clues. COD for me though 23ac – ‘Delivered from either end of Brighton (4)’. I’m a sucker for a smooth surface reading.

Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

1 SPIRIT ED
18 CENT – Sounds like SENT
26 LET(S-ON)
27 DARK AGES – Cryptic Def.

Down

5 DOUBLE-BARRELLED – Not so Cryptic Def.
6 S(CEN)E – The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Exhibition_Centre reversed
8 EL ECT – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroconvulsive_therapy
17 IGNORANCE – (cairn + gone)*
22 CAIRN – (in car)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/22/independent-6557math/

569 Dac

December 5, 2012

A very good puzzle from Dac today, though I’m struggling to unravel 10d. Explanations welcomed as always. Got it now…

COD 16d – ‘Dad’s on the mend, having eaten most of breakfast portion? (8)’. I can’t find a Fifteensquared blog for this, so here goes:

Across

1 HOW’S YOUR FATHER – Cryptic Def.
8 GNARLED – (L+danger)*
9 E YE SPOT
11 R ON DO
12 kNIGHT MARE
13 SET OFF
14 SOR(BONN)E
17 FL(AUNT)ED
19 POM-POM
22 ANTEATERS – Cryptic Def.
24 A S PEN
25 Hidden in WelSH ALLOTment
26 I(CE BOA)T – CE for Chemical Engineer
27 ST(E(WART)G)RANGER – Never heard of him… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Granger

Down

1 HIGH-RISE FLATS – (is + a fresh light)*
2 WHATNOT – (that now)*
3 YELLOW FINe
4 fUND ONE
5 F(EEL-G)OOD – Glee, reversed
6 THE FT
7 EXPLAIN – Sounds like EX PLANE.
10 THE TERMINATOR – THEaTER MINATORy from ‘Minatory – Expressing or conveying a threat’.
15 BUONA SERA – (on a bus are)*
16 B(EGg)ETTER
18 A T(TRAC)T – Cart reversed, TT Races.
20 P(OP-S)ONG – Very well hidden def.
21 AS KING – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr
23 A L LOW

Edited to add:

A bit of nifty googling has finally uncovered the old Fifteensquared log, should you wish to compare and contrast:

http://fifteensquared.net/2007/10/24/independent-6559-by-dac/

568 Virgilius

December 4, 2012

Very clever and, once I’d twigged the theme, not too hard, with the at-first-sight quite difficult 16/22/15/13/11 swiftly falling into place, which is also the COD – ‘Poet’s tautologous and divisive line.’ Fifteensquared is playing up for me at the mo, so a full blog again, though the link is below should it begin to work properly again.

Across

1 HEARTS – Double def.
7 NO-TRUMPS – NOT RUMPS
9 LON(DON)ER
10 CLUBS – Double Def.
12 HALF-BUTT
16/22/15/13/11 EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_East_and_West
20 DIAMONDS – The field in question is the diamond-shaped baseball field
24 SUITS
25 UP ST(R)EAM
26 REP ROACH
27 SPADES – (passed)*

Down

1 TENON SAW – ONE inside WASNT, all going up.
2 BRIDGE – The game, and this man? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bridge
3 STICKLE – Sounds like STICK’LL. Must admit I’d heard of ‘a stickler’, but never thought about where it came from.
4 SUBURBIA – A cryptic def. presumably.
6 SANITY – (Stay in)*
7 NORTH AND SOUTH – Cryptic Def.
8 POS(I)T
14 SUM MI TRY
17 TE STATE S
18 ONE-STAR – (senator)* – Texas is the Lone Star State.
19 MISS US
21 ISSUE – Double Def.
23 EAR WAX – Did you know that ‘wax’ could mean ‘old-fashioned (Brit) a fit of rage or temper: he’s in a wax today’? I didn’t until now.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/23/independent-6558virgilius/

567 Quixote

December 3, 2012

Another fairly easy start to the week from Quixote, but with a couple I didn’t understand fully. Probably just me being dim on a Monday. Explanations welcome! COD 15ac – ‘Eve’s wrongdoing – a terrible act to ensure personal downfall (3,4,3,5)’. See comments for explanations of the ones I didn’t understand. Thanks all!

Across

1 VAN I LLA (ALL around)
8 BUFF O ON
10 CONSONANT – Double Def.
11 cAROUSER
12 OVERDUE – Sounds like DEW.
13 CONSTRAIN – I can see where TRAIN comes from, but not CONS.
15 DIG ONES OWN GRAVE – (Eve’s wrongdoing a)*
18 SPAGHETTI – (GP Eat this)*
22 TYPe HOON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Hoon
24 E MP ERrOR
25 OBE ISANCE – (in case)*
26 TREAD ON (a rodent)*
27 SPOTTER, presumably, though I can’t see why?

Down

1 VI CT OR
2 N ANTE S
3 LLOYD – (Dolly)* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Lloyd
5 O B(TA)IN
6 BO(T SWAN)A
7 ENTRANCE
9 F RON T AGE
14 AN(CHORE)D
15 DES(S)ERTS
16 GRAPPLES, presumably – I can see APPLES, but why GR?
17 W AI TRESS
19 THe wRONG
20 H OR NET – Where OR is the heraldic symbol for Gold.
21 END EAR – Ear drum.
23 PEST O

560 Phi

December 1, 2012

After a fast start, I struggled to finish at the end, particularly with 2d, 17d and 24ac, though looking back now I can’t think why. COD 21ac – ‘Study computing? One in moving elevator has expression of indifference (4,2,2,5,2)’. Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

7 ENTWINE – TWIN inside middle of scENEry
12 LEMON PEEL – (omen)* inside LP and EEL
14 STYMIES – IM back inside STYES
23 C(LASS)IC

Down

1 PA(ROD)Y
4 ANTECEDE – (decent AE)*
15 TOENAILS – (to aliens)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/10/19/independent-6555phi/