Mmm, interested to know what others thought of this. I found it a slog from start to end, and had to cheat to finish. I usually enjoy Morph, but not at all today, sorry. As I’m feeling so grumpy, I’ll leave it to others to pick a COD. 🙂

Here’s the 2010 blog:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/09/09/independent-7457morph/

I took an age to get going with this one, made very quick progress, then came unstuck on 21ac at the end. Not the most auspicious start to the week.

COD? The very nicely done 5d – ‘Being able to control output in trade? (5-7)’.

Autumn already on Fifteensquared:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/09/19/independent-on-sunday-1074-by-quixote-%E2%80%93-12th-september-2010/

Saturday 9th May 2015

Naturally my eye fell first upon the multiple clue starting with 12ac which finished ‘…in work by 28’. 28ac (alongside it on the page) started ‘Composer’.  Back to the enumeration of 12ac etc: 1,5,5,8,2,3,3,2,3,5 – which now had to be an opera or some such, but with a ridiculously long title, so more likely to be a musical, erm… ‘A funny thing…’ (etc)?  It fitted!  Add in ‘Stephen Sondheim’ and half the crossword done in about 5 seconds!  I was so shocked, I had to go and have a lie down!

Well the rest of it took quite a bit longer than that, but it was still rather easy by Indy standards.  On the other hand of course, when these super-long answers are impenetrable, they can cause a major log jam to the solver, so maybe (either way) I’m glad they don’t crop up too often.

COD?  Although I liked 10ac a lot, it has to be

5d:  2 not 1? It’s usually 3, 4 or 5 (3)

Original blog with all the answers here

A fun, interesting puzzle to end the working week. This struck me as being on the easy side for Nestor, time about par for the i.

COD? 18d – ‘Visible penetration (7)’.

Here’s the July 2010 blog:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/07/09/independent-7399-sat-03-jul-by-nestor/

So today we had a crossword and a half for the price of one, with yesterday’s clues for anybody who didn’t spot them online.

Lots to tax the little grey cells today, as you’d expect from Nimrod, though this was quite accessible for him. I guessed 8d from H, the enumeration, and the definition, but still managed to miss the Nina. As ever with this setter I had lots of answers, but lots of question marks by the wordplay too.

COD? 12ac – ‘Ahead of time, ordering a new cured ham? Certainly not! (8)’.

More here:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/07/01/independent-7397-by-nimrod/

In case you were wondering what answers might fit into that empty grid you have today, here’s the blog for it from 2010. If only we had the clues to go with it. The typesetter is on fine form this week. I have asked if they’ll put a proper version up online, but I’m not holding my breath.

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/06/30/independent-7396-by-dac/

Edited at 13:40 to note: Thanks, Francois! The clues can be found online here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/corrections/i-cryptic-crossword-wednesday-13-may-10246197.html?origin=internalSearch

This felt harder than usual for a Wednesday, but it felt strange solving with the grid in the paper, and the clues on screen beside it, so difficult to tell really. COD? 10ac – ‘What’s sometimes associated with a prayer is overwhelming (5)’.

A very welcome return for Virgilius, after too many weeks absent! A very nice theme that probably took a lot of work when constructing the grid, but I only noticed when I reached the SE corner. Wasted on me! 🙂 I presume I wasn’t alone in having the added challenge of the last clue being chopped?

COD? 32ac – ‘Something man can’t get – power on the throne (8)’.

June 2010 today on Fifteensquared:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/06/29/independent-7395virgilius/

A bit slow to start, with only a couple of the across answers falling, but a few of the long down answers fell in quick succession, and it was plain sailing from there. Last in 20ac.

COD? 2d – ‘A way to make money? (4,4)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/07/08/independent-on-sunday-1064-by-quixote-%E2%80%93-4-july-2010/

Saturday 2nd May 2015

For some reason I spent 10 minutes at the end of this one scratching my head over 17down before the penny finally dropped, but apart from that, this was a pretty straightforward solve for me – well clued and enjoyable as ever.
Then I went to the fifteensquared blog and discovered one of the best hidden Ninas I can remember!

COD : 3d Nothing to touch this newspaper – got it straight away! (2,3)

Original blog here : http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/08/09/independent-7430/

A misspent youth listening to Marillion and reading Tolkein finally came into its own today with 23ac, though sadly there wasn’t a link to our theme. Vera Lynn appeared in the unchecked middle row, and her two most famous songs are referenced in the top and bottom rows. Sadly, with all the election excitement, I’d forgotten that today marks VE Day. Bit wet for street parties though.

On the whole a fairly straightforward, enjoyable solve. At the end I needed to cheat on 26d though.

COD? 11ac – ‘Parade test by soldiers trainee can’t finish (9)’.

We’re back to May 2010 on Fifteensquared today:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/05/14/independent-7351-sat-8-may-by-raich/