A reasonably stiff challenge from Punk, as you’d expect really, though with a nice write in at 1ac to get us started. As usual, the old Fifteensquared blog plus clues missed.

Across

10 Reverse hidden in aparthEID NIcely
12 ELEMENT – Though I don’t like the definition by example.
13 GEE – Double Def.
25 COM(B)O http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Como

Down

1 W(ADD)ING
4 MOUSETRAP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mousetrap
5 FUDGE – Double Def.
14 COUNTyDOWN
16 IND(ONES)IA
19 G(ARM)ENT

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/01/18/independent-6627punk-12-01-08/

616 Dac

January 30, 2013

I found this a little harder than usual for Dac, but all as fair and above board as usual. Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, and the ones missed.

Across

6 LOCUST – (Clouts)*
9 TRACKS DOWN, or TRACK’s DOWN. 🙂
17 FOUNDING
23 SNAP
26 UNSEEN – Sounds like UN SCENE

Down

4 Hidden in AngLESey
5 T(R)OWELS
8 SAT URN ALIA
13 MINOR CANON – Sounds like MINOR CANNON.
18 GUILDER – Sounds like GILDER, I think, someone who gilds?
21 MA(P)LE
25 AD O <-

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/28/independent-6614dac/

615 Virgilius

January 29, 2013

Another nice crossword from Virgilius, with a theme that this time I did spot in time to help me with 15ac, signalled by 18ac. As ever, the original blog plus clues missed.

Across

6 CORPSES – (process)*
12 CONTAIN – (I cannot)*
13 Pa(RAW)N
23 CRAWL – Double Def.
25 GEN ERIC
30 SERVICE – Double Def.
31 PAGE ANT

Down

1 Hidden in prICE-CAPping
3 CIRC(US)ES – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circe
4 A MEN
5 ARE A<-
16 INDICaTING
17 A TRIAl
22 Hidden in dodgiEST OPeration
24 L(O LIT)A
26 NORM
27 R AID

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/18/independent-6606virgilius/

614 Quixote

January 28, 2013

A few here got me. I had to lookup 10d, and I can’t see the wordplay for 12d. Here’s the old Fifteensquared blog, and the clues missed.

Across

1 YAWNER – (new year)* without one of the e’s.
4 A TRIUMphant
9 T REASON
10 E RECTOR
13 TIE-IN – I inserted twice into TEN
15 DARTMOUTH – (thro’ mud at)*
16 A(R TEM<- I)SIA
18 GLE(A)N
19 GIRD ONES LOINS – (Idling son rose)*
22 TRIP LET
23 CU(STAR)D
25 MY OP IA<-

Down

1 YE TI<-
2 WREST – Sounds like REST.
3 EASTER N
5 THE(ORE)M
12 STRAIGHTEN – I think, but why?
14 EX TORT I ON
17 MO O N(L)IT
18 GAINSAY – Spooner’s version of SANE GAY.
20 S HARP
21 IDEAl

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/01/10/independent-on-sunday-934-by-quixote/

607 Phi

January 26, 2013

I felt less bad about having to cheat on 6d after reading the old Fifteensquared blog… 🙂 No problems with the rest.

Across

13 TITiAN
21 H(A)IT A
24 TUR(I)N

Down

4 TrEND

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/07/independent-6597-phi-o-god/

612 Quixote

January 25, 2013

A nice gentle end to the week. As ever, the old Fifteensquared blog plus the ones missed.

Across

1 lEARNER
5 SUM A CH – CH for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Companions_of_Honour
9 fUNFAIR
12 FA(N)T ASIA
14 THES IS – Slightly outdated now, as the Supplement has been dropped from the title of the Times Higher Education Supplement, apparently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Higher_Education
20 HAN(G)OVER
22 ADO RED
23 D(O TAR)D

Down

2 AGAIN ST
3 NARCISSUS – (c + Russians)*
4 RO(SET)TA
5 Hidden in guSTO I Cannot
6 ME R(M)AID
7 CLEARING THE AIR – Cryptic Def.
8 AN IDEAL HUSBAND – Cryptic Def. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Ideal_Husband
13 ALCHEMIST – (St Michael)*
15 S(W)INGER
16 LAY ERE D
17 GAP YEAR – GEAR around (pay)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/01/03/independent-on-sunday-933-by-quixote/

611 Nestor

January 24, 2013

Not the hardest Nestor we’ve had, but a few chewy bits. Here’s the Fifteensquared blog, plus the ones missed.

Across

14 V(AM)P
21 C(A LEND)AR
23 PELTED – A slightly yucky double def.
25 BE(REF)T

Down

4 UN SUP PORT ED – I did question UN for ‘one’ without any further indication.
6 Hidden in CoRnY
15 PIECEMEAL – PEAL around IE and MEC reversed. ‘Mec’ apparently is French for ‘guy’.
19 C(UR)ACAO
24 LIMBO
26 TAP – Double Def.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/21/independent-6604nestor/

610 Dac

January 23, 2013

I’ve been unable to find a copy of the ‘i’ this morning. If anybody has, and fancies doing a blog, please comment below and I’ll post up the finished article for you. Cheers!

Many thanks LP!

Previous: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/12/independent-6601-by-dac/
Lots not covered here:
1a: DEFECT (deflect minus l)
4a: MAKING UP  (MA + KIN + GUP, odd letters of grumpy)
9a: SALUTE  (Salvation Army + LUTE)
10a: PARAMOUR (PARA =soldier, MOURN minus the ending)
13a: SILENT MOVIE (anag: semi-violent)
24a: PIRATE (P =power, IRATE =mad)

1d: DE-STRESS (EST = Parisian is,  in DRESS= costume)
5d: AT ALL EVENTS  My favourite clue, “missing no part of sports day, come what may”
7d: GROTTO (GR= Greek, OTTO = German man)
14d: EGLANTINE (anag : IN ELEGANT)
15d: PONYTAIL (anag: INTO PLAY)
16d: FRESHEST  (FRET= worry, around SHES=female creatures)
18d: TERMLY (anag: MYRTLE)

609 Virgilius

January 22, 2013

This one took more time than usual for Virgilius, with a few unfamilar names in there, but all getable, if with a little care and attention. A fairly well flagged theme. COD for me 15ac – ‘East, roughly speaking, is turned to West, as presented in articles (4)’, with 12ac, 24ac and 22d close runners up.

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

Across

7 MINUET – (Tune I’m)*
8 F(L)AVOURS
10 MAT
11 GAP E
12 S(E)IZABLE
18 Hidden in biG IDEa
23 Hidden in femaLE ARrogance
25 MYELIN – (Emily)* + N
27 STU(R)DY

Down

16 SHE BEARS – H. Rider Haggard’s novel makes yet another appearance…

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2007/12/11/independent-6600virgilius-the-man-killers/

608 Quixote

January 21, 2013

Probably my fastest time in a while, so I’m putting this well towards the easier end of the scale. Just what we need for a (cold) Monday morning.

Across

1 S AMOS A
4 SNACKING – CANS backwards and KING
10 BERMUDA TRIANGLE – (gun barrel made it)*
11 THis UNDER
12 HA(N)G SON
13 ROSE WINDOW – (Rowdies now)*
17 OFF THE WALL – Cryptic Def.
21 TO(RN)AD O
22 tEMPER OR
23 GREENHOUSE GASES – (George has seen US)*
24 ALL THERE – Cryptic Def.
25 CIC hERO

Down

1 SOB STORY – (Boss)* + TORY
2 MARQUE SS
3 SHUT DOWN – (snow)* around HUT and D
5 NORTH NORTH bEAST
6 CR(ANN)Y
7 INGEST – Sounds like IN JEST.
8 GLEANS – (angels)*
9 MATRON OF HONOUR – I think this is just a Cryptic Def, unless there’s something I’m missing?
14 RESPIGHI – (shire)* around PIG – This man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottorino_Respighi
15 L(A CROSS)E
16 ALFRESCO – (close/far)*
18 ST I G MAn
19 ORDEAL – ED reversed in ORAL.
20 L(A)UNCH