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Independent 6311/Hypnos

Posted by rightback on January 8th, 2007

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Solving time: 6:44

Apologies for the today’s brevity. There’s one clue I don’t understand (8d).

Across
9 BEER AND SKITTLES; [moder]N in (LIKE BEST TRADES)*
10 LAUNDERER (cryptic definition)
14 TIC-TAC (cryptic definition) – the system of hand signals used by tic-tac men at racecourses to relay betting information.
17 S(AR)ONG
18 RUNNER-UP – N (= name) inside rev. of PURE (= modest?) N.U.R. (= National Union of Railwaymen).
20 IN DUS[t]
24 FIRE IN ONE’S BELLY; E inside (ONLY BRIEF LINES)*
25 [chine]SE LECT[urers] – curiously, my penultimate solve though ‘of’ as an indicator of a hidden word is weak.
Down
2 P + RE + CURSOR – the question mark is justified for ‘flasher on screen’ = cursor, and improves the surface reading by making it read as a question.
3 ELAN + D
6 EXTORTION; EX + rev. of (NO 1 TROT)
8 BULL MASTIFF – baffled by this, though I don’t have a dictionary with me: is it BULL MAS[s] + TIFF?
9 SEARCH PARTY (cryptic definition)
13 LANDSLIDE; (LAD IN DEALS – A)* – ‘wanting’ in the sense of ‘lacking’.
15 (L[eft] UP AT RAIN)* – almost a very good clue, but the cryptic reading doesn’t quite seem to work; ‘stormily’ is required rather than ‘storms’ (as either a noun or a verb).
21 DIRGE; rev. of D(GRI[m])E – ‘piece at end’ suggesting a funeral march.

4 Responses to “Independent 6311/Hypnos”

  1. says:

    8 dn BU(n) + SMALL* + TIFF. Good puzzle, well-crafted clues, 17 mins for me

  2. says:

    In INDUS, why is “dust” = “neglected”?

    And I agree, “pure” = “modest” (18A) seems doubtful.

    Wil Ransome

  3. says:

    It’s IN DUST that means neglected I reckon

  4. says:

    I’d doubts about “dust” too. Though it was a change from try coming off industry. I think pure = modest = chaste, say.

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