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Independent 6318 by Virgilius – couples

Posted by nmsindy on January 16th, 2007


Whether it was deliberate after the Bannsider debut yesterday, this was very straightforward.   I’d everything, except one, solved in 12 mins, but that took me another 10 mins to get so solving time was 22 mins.

4 couples around the perimeter and another linking 11 across and 24 down 

 * = anagram


1  When I saw this I thought the theme was going to be movies, which I know very little about, missing Math’s recent theme on James Bond.    But I knew this one.


9  ANTIPODES     (AS POINTED)*   Where a cricket match was finally won.


21 I AM BUSES   An alternative plural to iambi

25  ref Prisoner of Z END A   Looked first at n and l as extremes in novel, but the novel is part of the definition.

26  TWO FOR TEA   The second recent reference by Virgilius to the oldish song – also in his F-themed puzzle.    “Tea for two, two for tea”.


1  BRAHMS AND LISZT  Rhyming slang – two composers.

3 I’M P (pawn) ASS gam(E)

4   ANDY   My ten-minute clue, thinking also of AIDE.     Then I got it, William of NORM ANDY.


6  LA (as in LA Galaxy) + SCAR

8  WILLIAM AND MARY    Ruled jointly – not too difficult, that.


19  PIBROCH    Cryptic definition, though not far off a straight one, if you were familiar with it.

20  A U PAIR

23 UTTER   Double definition  (sometimes think this is the most common answer in crosswords, usually with a clue just like this).

4 Responses to “Independent 6318 by Virgilius – couples”

  1. says:

    19 PIBROCH Cryptic definition, though not far off a straight one, if you were familiar with it.

    And completely impossible if you weren’t! I wasted so much time on this with P-B—- thinking I should surely be able to get it, but eventually left it to the end and gave up on it having decided I definitely didn’t know the word.

  2. says:

    I couldn’t get it either. Should have had some easy wordplay I think, even though it’s in COED.

  3. says:

    There was some song from way back – Andy Stewart (Scottish), I think – from which I remembered “Pibroch sad to play” – so I got it straightaway! May be a generation thing.

  4. says:

    Pibroch: I guess it’s just one of those words you pick up somewhere. At least it’s easier to spell than the authentic “Pìobaireachd”. At school, our music master once decided to get everyone in the class who played an instrument to do a quick demo. I don’t think he’d realised that the class contained a bagpiper. Proper Scottish pipes played in a classroom are probably the loudest thing I’ve ever heard.

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