i506 by Phi

October 6, 2012

Sorrry can remember too much about this one http://fifteensquared.net/2007/08/10/independent-6495-by-phi/

 

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i506 by Phi

September 29, 2012

Sorry this a bit late my internet connection is playing up a lot.

Found this rather hard to put it mildly, old link here http://fifteensquared.net/2007/08/10/independent-6495-by-phi

 

I’ve finished it (I believe correctly) so if you want explanations not given in the blog please ask.

i488 by Phi

September 8, 2012

For once 15 squared fully documented this at the time, here’s Tilsits blog http://fifteensquared.net/2007/07/06/independent-6465-phi-mr-dependable/

Not much to add barring 8d should be RE(n)T in PENCE.

Alas I’ve been away from home for a few weekends and so not posted as I’ve binned the crossword and cannot get it on line, they’ve all been old ones so you should be able to find them at 15sq.

Number 500 due in a fortnight – wonder if that will be a new one…

i486 by Math

August 30, 2012

Again an oldie see here http://fifteensquared.net/2007/07/26/independent-6478math-affects-monty-burns-style-voice-excellent/ by NeilDubya.

Saw the theme very quickly and was looking for thematics.

Here’s the missing answers..

Across

1 MAD Double def, US comic with goofy kid on the cover
18 OVEREGG OVER EGG where you might hen(layer) to be
Down    
3 SELLOTAPE [SOLEPLATE]*
5 NO SHOWS CDD
6 FIBRE B(lack) in FIRE
7 EARLIEST CDD, not my favourite IMO
15 MASS MEDIA Service=MASS and CD
19 GRENADA ERG rev + NADA (Nothing)
22 LESSEE LESS (take away) + E(nvelop)E
24 LARCH L(arge) + ARCH

 

i 484 by Virgilius

August 28, 2012

Original blog here http://fifteensquared.net/2007/07/17/independent-6474virgilius-magic-numbers/

Missing answers

10 Range Double def

14 Curve – V in CURE

15 TERMS – DD

16 ADDITIONS -[I DID NOT]* in AS

20 SHAPE Cryptic def with 18

22 OMEGA – 0 + MEGA

Down

2 URN Hidden

3 THESEUS – U in THESES

4 PLACE NAME – Cryptic/Double def

8 NUMBERS – CD

18 GROUPED – [PROUP EG]*

20 SULTANA [NUT ALAS]*

21 EASTER – E + ASTER

i Prize no. 464 by Phi

August 10, 2012

This is an old Indy Phi from 2007 but due to the 15 Squared style of the time the old blog has a much sparser entry, I’ll enclose a link at the the end for you to see the difference in how the styles have changed.

Definitions underlined where approriate, * indicates anagram.

Across:    
1 Two expected economies have a reciprocal effect (3,4,4) CUT BOTH WAYS Cryptic definition.
7 Some chap hidden here? (3) PHI Hidden in chaP Hidden – See link
9 Take tortuous route around tor – effect of the breeze (9) WINDCHILL WIND(turn) + C(around) + HILL (tor)
10 Ready to blow up? Worry about end of fuse (5) MINED (fus)E in MIND
11 Whisper “Cartoons upset form of religion” (8,7) ANCESTOR WORSHIP [WHISPER CARTOONS]*
12 Judge, devoted but not initially possessive (7) JEALOUS J(udge) + (z)EALOUS
14 Is US lawyer engaged in racket displaying aloofness (7) DISDAIN (IS + D.A.) in DIN
15 Make bad recording at music party after start of dance (7) DEPRAVE D(ance) + E.P. + RAVE
17 Copper throttled by a male misbehaving in these spots (7) MACULAE CU in [A MALE]*
18 Excited mate, with four correct, aspiring to luxury item (7,8) CREATURE COMFORT [MATE FOUR CORRECT]*
20 Beat a combination of throw and lob (5) THROB THR(ow) + (l)OB
21 Conservative indications in government: removing the scum (9) CLEANSING C(onservative) + LEANS + IN G(overnment)
23 Port very exciting? Only somewhat (3) RYE Hidden in veRY Exciting. Initially I thought this would be RIO(t)
24 Substantial energy in the plane when flying (11) ELEPHANTINE E(nergy) + [IN THE PLANE]*
Down:    
1 Cover insufficient – keep down (3) COW COW(l)
2 Time kept in reserve not entirely a booster (5) TONIC T + ON IC(e)
3 Report not often heard about British item of furniture (10,5) OCCASIONAL TABLE B(ritish) in OCCASIONAL TALE
4 In-house working may be bad (7) HEINOUS [IN HOUSE]*
5 Granted nothing’s paid off (7) ALLOWED  ALL OWED
6 Ensure mini music broadcast displays old song (5,2,6,2) SUMER IS ICUMEN IN [Ensure mini music]*. Not the first time I’ve done a Phi blog containing this answer…
7 Booze, dancing – and what one feels like if groggy (9) PUNCHBALL PUNCH + BALL
8 Newspaper to start new paragraph about writer of French (11) INDEPENDENT (PEN + DE) in INDENT, not the i then.
11 “A  music provider abused court aid” – Judge (11) ADJUDICATOR A + DJ + [COURT AID]*
13 Computer program about horticulture finally providing something for orchard (5,4) APPLE TREE (horticulture)E in [APPLET + RE(about)]
16 Raised concern about a fellow’s pain (7) EARACHE A in CARE reversed + HE
17 Play’s live in broadcast of match MACBETH BE (live) in MATCH*
19 One pen’s set up for animal (5) ORIBI (1 + BIRO) reversed.
22 Climbing in tree – Grandpa? Crikey (3) GEE Hidden reversed in trEE Grandpa
The original blog is here    

 

i 468 by Mass

August 9, 2012

Another old Independent from 2007, the late Mass setting this one, the original blog by NeilDubya is here however as was the custom at the time it’s not complete. Lots of cryptic definitions which I don’t find easy.  * Indicate anagram.

Across:

1 ESSENE ESSEN(c)E
5 ALSACE S IN A + LACE (doctor)
8 KIDNAPPER Cryptic def.
9 ORLOP OR (gold) + LOP
11 NILE NIL + (ous)E
12 GOLD BEATER Cryptic def.
13 HARDSHIP S(ciatica) in HARD + HIP
15 OCTAD Unusual word, O.C. + TAD (a bit, a dash)
17 AMBER Double def.
19 BORDEAUX Homophone for BORE DOUGH
22 TELEVISION [NOVELIST IE]*
23 CHIC CHIC(k)
25 DRAIN D(ead) + RAIN
26 CARTWHEEL C(loudy) + WEATHER* + L
27 HEARSE HEARS + E
28 MONKEY As in Monkey on one’s back and colloquially £500
Down:    
2 SADDLER SADDLE + R(oyal)
3 EDAM E + MAD rev
4 EUPHORIC UP (riding) in HEROIC*
5 ABRADE A + BRAD + E
6 STONE COLD TONE in SCOLD
7 COLE TIT [COTE LIT]*
8 KIND HEARTED [HEATED DRINK]*
10 PARADOXICAL X(vote) in RADIO* all in PA + CAL (2 US states)
14 SCRIVENER CR(edit) in [IS NEVER]*
16 MONOGRAM Iffy Cryptic def.
18 BALLADE (A + L(iberal)) in BLADE
20 ATHLETE Even iffier cryptic def.
21 PSYCHE PSYCH (as in psych up get oneself ready) + E
24 SWAN S(aint) + WAN, there’s a swan Shakespeare theatre amongst other references.

              

i number 465 by Quixote

August 6, 2012

Well my unexpected debut here after spending the evening trying to de-flea six cats, as no-one else has posted, I will. This isn’t a new one but it doesn’t appear to have been blogged by 225 at the time or I just can’t find it, Quixote moans in today’s Indy blog about not being paid for these repeats.

It’s a bit late but here’s my reading folks, I’ve not proofread this too much  so sorry for typos or other cock ups.

If anyone can explain why 13a isn’t in error I’d be happy to hear from you.

* Indicates anagram – anything else please ask. I’ll try to make future blogs more helpful but this a late night job.

Across:

1 CUPOLA POL(e) in [CU + A]
4 SCRAMS (Steve) CRAM in 2 x S
8 SPARE RIB [BRAISE P(o)R(k)]*
10 ALEPPO ALE + POP* Syrian city in the news recently
11 PATHAN PA + THAN(e)
12 ERLANGEN GREENLAN(d)* City in Germany
13 DENMARK STRAIT [SAM TT DRINKER]* but it isn’t, looks like a mistake as there’s only one A in the wordplay.
16 PRE RAPHAELITE R.A. in PREP + HA (!) + ELITE.
18 PELL MELL Upper class accent of PALL MALL
20 VIAGRA 3 x 2 =6 = VI + AGRA
21 BODKIN BOD + KIN
22 WINNIPEG INN in WI + PEG (A small amount of drink)
23 SHRINE R in SHINE
24 PLANET PLAN + E.T.
Down:    
1 COPLAND C(omposer) + OP + LAND(arrive)
2 PERCHANCE PERCH + CANE*
3 LOREN LORE + (k)N(ight) (chess)
5 CHARLOTTE CHAR + LOT + T(h)E
6 ATE IN E in A TIN
7 SAPIENT SAP + IE + NT
9 BREAK THE LAW Cryptic indication to WEALTH*
14 AGAMEMNON A GAME M(a)N + ON (leg)
15 ANIMATION I’M in A NATION
16 PHENOLS [HELP SON]*
17 EARNEST EAR + NEST
19 (jim) LAKER LAKE + R
20 VENAL Hidden in eleVEN ALways