A little more difficult than usual for Phi perhaps, but after yesterday this comes as positively light relief. 🙂 The old Fifteensquared blog is lacking but one clue, given below, so I’ll just name my COD – 22d – ‘Strong inclination to rush forward? Not at first (4)’. Yes, it’s an easy one, but beautifully done.

20ac – LAUGH OUT OF COURT

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/07/independent-6674-by-phi/

An enjoyable seasonal crossword from Eimi, first seen on Good Friday 2008, reasonably gentle given even a modicum of relevant erudition. The old blog is here. Like the blogger then, I didn’t know the American hymn at 18 but it was easy to infer. (Unlike that blogger I had no trouble finding the answer to 25a in Chambers.)

All the clues were covered in the original blog so there is little to add. Clue of the day is perhaps the nice thematic anagram at 28a: ‘Important day in diary of God, possibly (4,6)’. 20dn is also worth a mention: ‘Offering poor definition, clue ran contrary to expectation (7)’. No such nasty surprises awaited solvers today – though ‘performers’ as an anagram indicator in 3d is a trifle on the duff side.

Amusing coincidence in the counter-thematically diabolical number of today’s puzzle.

As the original blogger noted, a real mixture of easy and much harder clues. I had similar queries regarding 1d and 24ac. COD for me 2d – ‘Absurb taxmen cut practically everything (10)’.

As ever, the old Fifteensquared blog and clues missed.

Across

9 ELAPSE – (please)*
16 STUN – Double Def. No it’s not. See comments. It’s NUTS backwards.
20 FA BLED
21 ETHICIST – (It itches)*
28 CAMERA – Anagram of AMERICA without the I

Down

5 VENEREAL – (ale never)*
7 ASS AILED
13 LAT(H)E

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/02/25/independent-crossword-6664-by-mordred/

A little more difficult than we’re used to on a Wednesday, with a few definitions that caught me out. eg. 4d. The old Fifteensquared blog is complete, so it’s just left to pick a COD. For me, 6d – ‘Broke, like Mark Knopfler (2,4,7)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/02/26/independent-6665dac/

Crikey, that was quite difficult. Lots of nice clues in there, but too many I threw in on a wing and a prayer, without understanding the cryptic, for it to be truly enjoyable. The original blogger seems to have had similar problems. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come as we begin to run short on Virgilius puzzles to republish. COD for me 8d – ‘First part of 13 or last part of 20 (4)’.

As ever, the old blog, plus clues missed.

Across

9 A(CHILL)ES – SEA reversed.
10 PA’S TIT
14 OP EN(EYE)D
19 LIE – Double Def.
23 EVEN T
26 MUTINEER – M + (retinue)*
29 WHITTLE R – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Whittle

Down

1 BRA INCH I LD
7 IN THE GROOVE – (Oh I never got)*
15 A D(VENT)URER – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_D%C3%BCrer
22 REI(G)N
24 Hidden in perhAPS Education
27 EEL – Apparently there’s a River LEE in Ireland.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/02/04/independent-6646-merlin/

Nothing too difficult this morning. Made steady progress, finishing with 3ac and 10ac / 8d. Was I the only one who spent far too much time on 3ac because they couldn’t get ..PROSE out of their mind? COD? 5d – ‘Bulbs operating with electrically charged particles (6)’.

Across

3 DEPLORE – Sounds like DEEP LORE.
7 PICKETS – PICK + (set)*
9 UNWILLING – UN WILL (gin)*
10 RED POLLy
11 N(ONE)T
12 DEMOCRATISE – (Moderate C is)*
14 GRANULATED SUGAR – (and a regular guts)*
19 ME GAL O MAN I A
22 TONG A
23 P(A PILL)A
24 PROGNOSIS – (prigs soon)*
25 ESSEN CE
26 STAND IN – (Dan isn’t)*

Down

1 A CA DEMIA<-
2 HE(ROw)I C
3 DI WAL I all reversed.
4 P ALE NESS
5 ON IONS
6 EIGHT – Sounds like ATE.
7 PARADIGM – P + (diagram)*
8 SULTANA – Double Def.
13 GREAT APE – Sounds like GREY TAPE.
15 UNMANNED – M ANN inside (nude)*
16 ECLIPSE – (pieces)* with L inside.
17 G ANGLING
18 ANGOLA – A N (gaol)*
20 GR I SON
21 M OP IS H
22 TAPAS – from PASTA.

In the end this was straightforward enough, after the momentary concern at the beginning of not getting a clue until 11ac. COD for me 14ac – ‘West anxious, having lost ship in fight (7)’.

Here’s the old blog from 2008, with no clues missed again today:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/02/22/independent-6662phi/

I’m off at a conference and confess to having looked up the old blog for this crossword to save time. Like the original blogger I found it tough but with many brilliant clues, so I rather regret not having time to do it fuller justice. A tough jostle for clue of the day but I’ll go for “Cure occupant of bed? (6)” at 20a, though 9d is certainly in the running.

Previously unblogged lights below.

Across

12. MAN FRIDAY: {DAMN FAIRY}.
18. PUSHOVER: UP< + SHOVER.
23. CUPID: PI in CUD.
25. MINCEMEAT: MINCE + A in MET. ‘Balanced’ for ‘met’ seems tenuous, but I don’t have a dictionary to hand.

Down

3. LAMBRUSCO: LAMB + {COURS(e)}.
5. DANNY BOY: (N + N) in DAY BOY.
6. NICHE: H in NICE.
7. LONG AGO: (N + GAG) in LOO (‘John’).
9. BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY: {MAY BEST COMPUTE}.
17. LET ME SEE: {MEETS} in LEE.
24. DELVE: V in DELE, the proof-reading mark to delete (strike) a word or section.

As tricky as you’d expect for Punk, with lots of lovely clues to enjoy, in particular 10ac, 12ac, 2d, 5d, 7d. My COD though is 2d – ‘Tess perhaps going topless, her reputation dubious (5,4)’.

The old Fifteensquared blog has, bizarrely, omitted just the one clue today:

Down

11 LEMON SQUASH

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/03/independent-6670-by-punk/

I was a bit rushed today, so didn’t have a chance to appreciate this properly, but all up to the usual Dac standard. Again, though, we have one clue (3d) that makes no sense in 2013… COD for me 7d – ‘Andy’s missus free to visit a US state (7)’.

As always, the old Fifteensquared blog and clues missed.

Across

10 GOLDEN DELICIOUS – (In Leeds I could go)*
13 TUITION – (U into it)*
16 SHOW DOWN
18 ISSUE – Double Def.
21 AT LARGE
23 PICK UP THE PIECES
24 DENUDE – DEN and (due)*

Down

8 RE(SE)NT
9 FLATIRON – (Latin for)*
14 PROJECTS – Double Def.
17 HEl I CON
20 tRAPPED

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/01/23/independent-6636-by-dac/