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Independent 6313/Dac – Mr Wednesday

Posted by neildubya on 10th January 2007

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Across
1 C,ROT,ON – I’d not heard of this before and “heralds” had me puzzled for a while but once I’d got C?O?O? the wordplay became more obvious.
9 (LIVE)*,ED – cleverly worded. I spent time thinking the definition was “live” and the wordplay involved a word for “broadcast” inside (covered by)”journalist”.
13 A in LEVE(l)
14 THOU in GUESSES
18 RABBI,T PUNCH – another one that had me going for a while as “teacher” is not the most obvious definition of RABBI, not to me anyway.
22 EVERGREEN – I’d never heard of this particular song but luckily my wife (sitting next to me on the train) had.
24 TOD in MASON – does TOD come from the Disney film, “The Fox and the Hound“? I didn’t know about this at the time of solving but with some checking letters in place and a straightforward definition I knew the answer had to be right.
25 (MOB)*,VIE – the enumeration (1-5) is probably the biggest clue in this clue, if you see what I mean.
26 (EINSTEIN)*
 
Down
1 COVE,RAGE
2 (IMPOUND,E)*
5 (SUCH A ROLE IN)*
7 I in TAP,AN – luckily this word came up in another puzzle fairly recently so I already knew it. Nevertheless, the wordplay is quite straightforward and gives you a good chance even if the word was new to you.
8 hidden in “usING REStored” – smooth surface reading.
12 ROUBLES in TOME
16 C in ONE,OVER
20 (SCOUT)*,N
23 G,EMMA – the book being the one by Jane Austen.

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Guardian 23,970/Rover

Posted by loonapick on 10th January 2007

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Rover has presented us with a good mix of clues, many of which use clever wordplay. I solved this crossword very quickly (less than five minutes), but didn’t always know at first reading why the answer I had put in was right. In at least one case, I’m still not sure that I have the right answer, but one of the advantages of writing a blog is that it forces you to think about the answers rather than blindly throwing in any old words, hoping that they are right.

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