I admire Nimrod’s inventively misleading surfaces, but I found this difficult puzzle a bit of a chore. Sometimes the i.m.s.’s take priority over a strictly fair clue. My view is the other way round: if a clue is tricky it’s especially important that the pieces fit properly. However, no such criticism can be levelled at 17a which I nominate for clue of the day: “Revolutionary poetry circle having current status affected when the heat is on (4-8)”.

Original blog is here. Remaining lights below.

Across

9. RAIDER: A in RIDER.
12. HIGH POINTS: d.d.
13. ROCK.
19. PYRE: e.d. giving scope for my usual tirade against this type of clue. It could just as well have been HELL – which I nearly filled in when I first saw the clue.
24. SATNAV: SAT + <(VAN).

Down

6. DRESS REHEARSALS: {LESS RASH READERS}.

A friendly mixture of easy and harder clues. I got stuck for short moments here and there, but never long enough to get frustrated. As ever, lots of fun, inventive clues from Punk. COD? Lots to choose from, but I’ll go for 18ac. ‘Puzzle, if you can’t me more tame, _ _ _ ? (8)’.

The 2008 blog is complete:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/06/23/independent-6766-by-punk/

I found the SW corner a little harder, but the rest was a nice pleasant breeze. COD? 1ac, with 2d a close runner up. ‘Childhood as imagined? (7)’.

Here’s the 2008 blog, and clues missed.

Across

1 IN FANCY
11 E X A M
12/14 TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS
17 OUT FLY
18/20 PAST ONES SELL BY DATE
21 BOSS – Double Def.

Down

1 IS S UE<-
3 N EAR
5 PEELER – Double Def.
14 CROSS BEAM
22 S(LEE)P
23 G LAD

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/23/independent-6792dac/

The 1/10ac Returns! I quickly spotted the theme, which helped with one or two, but there was nothing here to hold us up for too long. Just right to pass some time in a busy A&E Department…

COD? 19d. ‘Cipher could make murder investigation difficult (6)’.

Here’s a link to the 2008 blog, and clues missed:

Across

10 K NIGHT
15 M(O TOR)IST S
26 EX PORT ED
27 RE<- OS

Down

4 R OD<-
7 EC HO
12 LATVIAN – (at anvil)*
17 ROAD MAP
18 SEMINAR – (remains)*

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/25/independent-6794math-kapow/

I was a bit rushed today, and made a bit of a hash of some of this as a result. Thankfully, spotted my errors and got there in the end. COD? I quite liked 1d. ‘Songwriter into moody language (5)’.

The 2008 blog linked to below is complete:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/31/independent-on-sunday-963-by-quixote-27-jul-2008/

A little more difficult than usual for Phi, perhaps because of the panagram (which I missed!) COD? 5ac. ‘I live in the sun with girl (6)’.

Here’s a link to the 2008 blog, and clues missed.

Across

9 AN(CHORE)T
11 S(L)AVE
21 BUD GE <-
22 WANtING
24 GUSt SET

Down

6 SOSTENUTO – S + (out notes)*
8 gLITTER
21 BRA(I)N

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/11/independent-6782phi/

A gentle end to the week, with only 14d causing me any real issues. COD? 13d. ‘Verb giving males acute wriggling? (10)’.

The 2008 blog linked to below is complete:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/04/independent-6776phi/

Oops

July 12, 2013

I forgot to pick up an i this morning and am at a meeting all day in the middle of nowhere, so have no way of picking one up … maybe jonofwales can come to the rescue?

A little more difficult than usual, for one of the Don’s periodic Thursday outings, with a few unfamiliar words / phrases. COD? 4d. ‘Day beginning to dawn is suffused with gold (5)’.

The 2008 blog linked to below is complete.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/10/independent-on-sunday-960-by-quixote-6-jul-2008/

Thankfully, as I was very rushed today, this was extremely easy, possibly fastest time of the year. Excellent as ever, though, from Dac. COD 1ac. ‘Attractive female in Neighbours, perhaps, one with role of bar keeper (4,4)’.

Across

13 TRADE – (rated)*
16 T(URN) IN
27 ABEd
29 BRASS tHAT

Down

8 R USHER
17 QUI E TEST

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/07/09/independent-6780dac-placeholder/