I’m not usually a big fan of Tees, but did enjoy this one, especially with the theme of 1 downs which helped matters. Having said that, I got badly stuck in the NW corner, where there seemed to be a surfeit of obscurities. Less than fond of 7d too, which is nigh on impossible. Lots of ticks, though, too – notably 12ac, 24ac, 3d, 6d and 20d, with 24ac getting a narrow win. ‘Loss expert the receiver for chemical company (7)’.

The 2008 blog is, thankfully, complete, as there were quite a few I didn’t fully understand.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/14/crossword-no-6706/

Good stuff as always from Dac, with a couple that gave me problems, in particular 7d. COD? 19d – ‘Sleep, maybe, for one of Santa’s team (6)’.

Here’s the 2008 blog, and clues missed.

Across

4 DE(SPOT I)C
12 GR IS H AM
21 ALL ENDEd http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Allende
22 NEST EGG – GETS inside GEN, all reversed.
24 CREAM HORN – RE (ham)* inside CORN
25 A PING
27 WHIT BY

Down

2 SEA BIRDS – (Bread is)* + S
3 Hidden in appreciatED I THink
7 TIT FER<- ‘Brit slang a hat’ apparently.
9 FLY ME TO THE MOON – A nice easy CD that helped me no end.
15 BANANAMAN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bananaman
23 SLASH – Double Def.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/16/independent-6708dac/

Quite difficult, I thought, with a subtle theme based around C. There’s no Fifteensquared blog this time, so here’s my best shot. Bit rushed, I’m afraid. COD? The very well hidden 5d – ‘Harvests displayed in shelving at her supermarket (7,2)’. It was only the ‘her’ that alerted me…

Across

4 CAUGHT – Double Definition.
6 GEOMANCY – (Ego)* MAN(C)Y
9 BOTTOM LESS
10 Hidden in SciencE MUSeum
11 WIFE
12 CENTURIES – From the C in Copyright.
14 CEES, I think. SEAS. See comments.
15 SEIZE – Sounds like C’s.
16 SEES – Sounds like C’s.
18 CO(P)Y RIGHT (Sounds like WRITE for ‘author’?)
19 A BET
20 CROCk – A mugger can be ‘A large short-snouted Indian crocodile’
22 T(OR)RENT I AL
24 RAIL ROAD
25 CARBON

Down

1 C(ANON IS)E
2 ITEM – Double Def.
3 CAPE – Double Def.
5 Hidden in shelvinG AT HER SUPermarket
6 GREEN FINGERED
7 OBSCUREST – O (bus)* about C + REST
8 CLUBS – Double Def.
12 CASH RATIO – (Charts is a)* + O
13 INSTANTER – (Transient)*
17 ELEVATOR
18 First letters of Crosswords In Rebuses Conundrums And
21 C OLD
23 Hidden in tEACHers

Very easy, I thought, but very satisfying to solve, with wordplay that fell nicely into place. Just right for a Monday. COD for me 1d – ‘Car’s exterior could shown this element (8)’. The old Fifteensquared blog is missing just the one clue, given below.

15d SANTIAGO – (A tango is)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/24/independent-on-sunday-949-by-quixote-20-apr-2008/

A little more difficult than usual for Phi, I thought. Apologies for the terse blog, but it’s been several days since I solved this, and can’t remember much about the (late night) solve… COD though 13d – ‘Against the whole thing with partner? Then do this after … (10)’.

As ever, the old 2008 blog and clues missed.

Across

9 DEN I A(B)LE
10 A M(US)ESs
15 SP(L)IT
18 VAN CO(U)VER
24 I CE (C)AP <-
27 STRAT <- EG Y

Down

4 RALLY D(R)IVING
13 CON SUM MATE
21 kCIRC A <-

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/18/independent-6683phi/

Writinghawk seems to be MIA, so here’s a quick blog. Sorry for the delay! COD for me 2d – ‘King rises in fury during } row (5)’.

Only the one clue missing from the old 2008 blog, given below:

13d SCOTCH PIN E – a PIN can apparently be ‘a cask of 4.5 gallons’ according to Chambers.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/11/independent-6677-glow-worm-time-of-the-month/

Quixote makes his occasional twice weekly appearance, to give us some respite in what’s been a difficult week so far. Nothing controversial here, just good, solid clues, with lots to appreciate along the way. The old 2008 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD, 10ac – ‘Roadside cafe facing east and west (4-2)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/20/independent-on-sunday-944-by-quixote-16-mar-2008/

Yikes, this was hard, especially for Dac, with a number of unknown words in there (notably 14ac and 19d). Today, though, gettable with a nice variety of clue types, and some lovely surface readings. The old blog is missing but one clue, given below, so it’s just left to nominate a COD. I’ve gone for 14ac, with honours to 9ac and 8d. ‘Female must find us full of excitement (11)’.

15d FIGURE OUT

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/26/independent-6690-by-dac/

Didn’t like this one at all, I’m afraid… Know next to nothing about the subject matter, which the copious double definitions did nothing to aid. Don’t like the use of ‘invites’ for ‘in vites’ in 12ac. 28ac was impossible if you didn’t know the answer, or couldn’t get to Google. On the other hand, I did like 23ac and 29ac, the latter being my COD – ‘Daddy abandoning tot joining dirty great family (7)’.

The old Fifteensquared blog is, once more, complete.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/24/independent-no-6688-by-punk/

The usual gentle Monday fare, apart from 25ac which defeated me, not knowing either of the two definitions. The Fifteensquared blog is complete apart from one clue given below, so it’s just left to nominate a COD… 21d – ‘The God Squad’s trial broadcast (5)’.

22d B(L)OAT

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/03/independent-on-sunday-946-by-quixote-30-mar-2008/