Fifteensquared

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Independent 6299/Phi

Posted by neildubya on December 30th, 2006

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Slightly trickier than usual offering from Phi, with an appropriate mini-theme.

Across
1 S,WIPED
5/10 THE FIRST NO,EL
9 N in DISCO,TENT
12 B,I,RE,ME – new to me but I’d come across TRIREME and the wordplay is straightfoward enough.
15 (BREAD)*,ARE
23 A,N<, SC(i)ENCE – tricky clue to parse and reasonably tricky word too.
25 BAS(i)S
26 TREAT, T ROPY< – surface reading seemed a bit strained here, “Handle tense poor backsliding…”
27 “sin”, (MY SON)*
28 hidden reversed in In ItalY LIRE Eventually
 
Down
4 DUN,BAR – I spent some time trying to put INN in a three-letter Scottish town to get a word for “dingy”.
6 TABLE in EAS(y)
8 (MAIN STORE)* – clue reads very smoothly.
14 AR in (VERY SAD)* – timely clue, given the soon-to-be-released Rocky movie.
16 STEM in (PRIDE)*
20 SETS in T,E
22 P(r)ESTO

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