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Independent 6323/Tees

Posted by neildubya on January 22nd, 2007

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I found this quite tricky after 4 or 5 clues and couldn’t make any impact at all. Maybe that’s what happens when you try to solve a puzzle at 6.20am. Anyway, once I’d woken up the rest fell into place. Another very entertaining effort from Tees and perfect for a Monday.

Across
1 (MAD SORT)* – “mad” or “out” could have been the anagram indicator here but you can’t do much with (SORT OUT)* so “out” it is then.
9 A,QUIVER – my first thought was QUIVERY but, not surprisingly, I couldn’t make it work.
12 hidden in “thE LITErati”
13 JE in E,CT – not 100% sure that this is correct. I’m justifying it the basis that Louis is a French name and I in French is JE.
15 SWORD-KNOT – have only just worked this out and I think it’s rather clever. “My latest” is S (last letter of Tees) + WORD KNOT for anagram. I hope that’s right…
17 ABLER,I in DIE – luckily I’d come across this word before. The wordplay is not too tricky though so I don’t think it would be too hard to get, especially with some checking letters.
23 HEARS in REAL
27 (TEA USER)*
28 D,IS,SENT
 
Down
1 SC(r)ABBLE
2 A,BUS,I’VE
4 ERG in MANSE,R
8 S in DECENT
16 (HAVE ORDER)* – I liked the definition here and the clue reads very nicely too.
18 AB,LATES(t) – I wasn’t completely sure about the definition for this one but the wordplay is quite straightforward.
20 SEAT in ROE
21 SOLVENT – nice double definition and nice surface reading.
23 hidden in “futuRE EVEnts – having “past and “future” in the clue is a great touch I think.
24 IE in ARS – ARS being the Latin word for “art”, as in Ars Poetica.

2 Responses to “Independent 6323/Tees”

  1. says:

    Yes, some of this was very clever and inventive – I did not understand SWORD KNOT till now – I think you’re right . Re EJECT where I flirted with EVERT at first, it’s JE (for Louis I) in E (European) CT (court), I think. Easier puzzle than average.

  2. says:

    You were both right with the E(JE)+CT parsing.

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