Another gentle start to the week, with only the partial anagram in 20ac causing any issues. I wasn’t too fond of 5ac – I’m never fond of AN being used to clue A, perhaps because it trips me up every time.

The 2008 blog linked to below is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 24ac. ‘Just one drug – more than enough to get this? (6)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/29/independent-on-sunday-954-by-quixote-25-may-2008/

Back to normal this Saturday, after last week’s excursion from Morph. Nothing too difficult or controversial, I thought, only 11d and 25ac causing me any real issues. COD? Nothing really stood out, but I did like 20ac – ‘Sullied female framing good church window? (7,5)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/09/independent-6728/

Well, this was rather good! Always inventive, and just the right side of difficult – just when you thought you were going to get stuck, something leapt out at you.

COD – 10ac. ‘Southern town’s DNA? (7)’.

Below a link to the 2008 blog, and clues missed.

Across

1 MOLE STING
16 COUNTER CULTURE
20 HA(L)VE
23 SWAHILI – (his wail)*
24 OSTRICH – (Torch is)*

Down

6 MEDIAEVAL – (availed me)*
15 SEA(R) CHESt
19 THE SIS

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/23/independent-6735morph/

This took a while to get into, with several clues that were difficult to get a grip on. Always inventive, but perhaps a little too obscure at times to be truly satisfying? The 2008 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 19d. ‘School item kept by girls at Cheltenham (7)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/03/31/independent-crossword-no-6694-by-hypnos/

A little more difficult than usual for me, not managing any across answers until 21ac. In retrospect, I think I might just have been a bit rusty today. COD 6d – ‘You’ll need a day to consume Irish rum (5)’.

Link to the 2008 blog below, plus clues missed.

Across

10 E M(IS S)ARY
18 SCRAPS – Double Def.
24 WHITE HORSEs

Down

6 WE(IR)D
17 ON PAPER – Double Def.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/14/independent-6732dac/

An entertaining 1ac that indeed often left me 26ac. 🙂 Slow but steady progress, frustratingly so as I spotted the theme very early, but still struggled with some of the cryptic defs. The 2008 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 1ac. ‘Expression of irritation – you’re starting it! (9)’.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/13/independent-6731virgilius/

A nice gentle start to the week, with the Don’s ever elegant, precise clueing. COD – 5ac. ‘Car seat is adjustable – it goes up and down (9)’.

The 2008 blog linked to below is complete:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/05/22/independent-on-sunday-953-by-quixote-18-may-2008/

Well, until I went to look at the 2008 blog, I wouldn’t have realised that there was a theme… Struggled somewhat with this, solving in fits and starts, and took an age to get going. Whether that was the 10ac I drank last night, I couldn’t possibly comment. As always, though, highly entertaining from Morph – challenging, but with plenty of laughs.

COD? 28ac, with 26ac a close runner up. ‘Point and slash with this (4)’.

Here’s the old blog, and clues missed.

Across

1 eQUIP
11 TUR(GI)D
18 KEENER – Cryptic Def.
22 GAME SHOW – (swag home)*
28 E PEE

Down

7 DOT C O M
17 SPIT<- FIRE
20 WAR HOLe
21 ScEPTIC
23 HAM hAS

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/18/independent-6705morph/

This rather poor puzzle was first seen in the Independent in 2008 and blogged, with all clues included, here. For example, ‘X undressing’ to mean ‘anagram of X + UN’ (5d)? This would be borderline but amusing if ‘dressing’ were an anagram indicator, preferably a very clear one, but as it isn’t one at all, it makes nonsense of the clue.

Oh well. Clue of the day for 12d: ‘Facilities established on extensive plant (11)’, following the nice Ximenean principle of easy clues for difficult words.

I found this a little more difficult than the original blogger, especially the southern half, and it took me a while to get started. The sometimes unfamiliar answers were, though, to be fair always very fairly clued, so no complaints.

COD 5ac – ‘Very angry with a doppleganger? (6,7)’.

Only the one clue missed from the 2008 blog, which is linked to below.

Down

5 B(hARBOUR JACK)ET

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/04/11/independent-6704-by-phi/