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Guardian 23918/Gordius – A reasonable amount of 11A.

Posted by neildubya on 8th November 2006

1 QUAKERS – r, square (anag). The formal name for the Quakers is the Religious Society of Friends.
5 PELISSE – a long cloak, often with a fur lining. Homophone clue as the word is pronounced to sound like “police” (force).
9 Us in Atria – an atrium being a hall.
10 PLUMBER – p=soft, lumber=wood but the definition appears to be at the beginning and end of the clue – “worker” “with pipes”. Can’t really be an &lit as a plumber doesn’t work with softwood. Not without an outrageous callout charge anyway.
11 TOUGHNESS – anag. and &lit.
12 r in dive (“disreputable resort”) – I think some xwd eds come over all peculiar when they see “r” as “redhead” (or Peterhead for “p” etc) but the Guardian ed is obviously made of sterner stuff.
15 MAZE in anag of “at men”.
17 SOUTHWELL – which is a diocese or “see”. S(outh)well – see?
23 CANTONESE – hidden in “can’t one see” (which took me a while to spot for some reason) but I’m not sure how “how to make a start” indicates that it’s hidden.
26 TEACAKE – very good. Misleading surface and good homophones – “teak” (hardwood) and “ache” (pine).
1 QUARTER – as in “show no quarter” and “hung, drawn and quartered”.
2 As,sa(u)lt – a sailor in a crossword is usually AB, Tar, RN or salt. And one or two others that I’ve forgotten.
6 La,undress – I was expecting a French word here because of “give them a wash” and the clue having already referred to “the French”.
7 SUBLIME – ref “Unter den Linden”, a street in Berlin which translates as “under (sub) the lime trees”. Nice clue I thought.
8 EARNEST (anag) – ref “Importance of Being…”
17 SUMMERS – saucy.
18 Up,is(rev),lon(g) – the 20th letter of the Greek alphabet.
21 PRECESS – new word to me. Precession is the “motion of a spinning body…in which it wobbles so that the axis of rotation sweeps out a cone”. “Ce” is Church of England (establishment) in “press” (media), although strictly speaking the press are just one part of the media, aren’t they?

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Independent 6260 by Dac – Excellent, varied, fair

Posted by nmsindy on 8th November 2006


This had all the attributes I associate with Dac – flowing clues, variation, trickery, always accessible in the end.
Average in difficulty for a Dac for me – solved in 17 mins.
1 HALF-INCH Rhyming slang for “pinch” = take = appropriate . V good.
5 PAST IT Asti in Pt (Little point)
10 ALCOCK Hidden – nice touch to use “cockpit”. Alcock and Brown, first to fly across Atlantic (1919)
11 Lawrence OATES (1880-1912) Antarctic explorer. Oases = fertile parts of desert change of heart (middle letter) = s becomes t for “this” explorer, confirmed by a crossing down word
14 ACUTE ACCENT a cute accent
18 INATTENTION cf inner tension (”it’s said”)
26 SILVER Long John Silver (Treasure Island)
27 PESTERED st in peered – cleverly misleading in that I looked first for a word meaning “standing” around st. Whereas it is the containing indicator.
1 John HUSTON (1906-1987) US film director of The Maltese Falcon and much else. anagram of south then n = north
2 LOLITA – guess most know this book – amusing surface. largely coarse = lo(w) + reading matter = lit (literature) + a
3 INCESSANT Hidden = clever to hide such a long word (did not get it first time around). Indicator is “eating”
4 CONSEQUENCE (cf the game consequences)
6 ALLOA = familiar to those who follow the football results. allow less w (wife) +a
13 AMERICAN PIE a + anagram of marine epic
15 CONSCRIPT cript = crypt “say” underground room
17 MANDRILL a baboon man dr ill attends is a link
19 ARBOUR cf (h)arbour

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