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Independent 6330/Virgilius

Posted by neildubya on January 30th, 2007

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Got off to a slow start, then raced through most of the puzzle and ground to a halt with 5A and 2D. I also twigged one part of theme before even solving a single clue thanks “flier”, “duck” and “owl” in the first half of the across clues.

Across
5 CURL,E,W – this, and 2D, were the last two clues I solved. In retrospect, I don’t know why it took so long.
6 FLAMING,O
10 A,R,BORE,TUM – very nice (and misleading) surface reading, especially the use of “corporation” for TUM.
11 SWIFT – author of Gulliver’s Travels and other satirical works. “A Modest Proposal” is very funny and worth a read.
12 ANS in MERGER
15 HI,BACH,I – had never heard of this but with H?B?C?? BACH looked irresistible as the composer and HIBACHI seemed convincing as a word. It’s a portable brazier, apparently.
20 hidden in “cluB ONE Day”
21 GOLD,C,REST – excellent touch in this one: the “au” in “au contraire” leading to GOLD (AU is it’s chemical symbol), with “contraire, initially” leading to C. Brilliantly worded.
25 (PIE PEN PAL)* – PINEAPPLE just leaps out at you really.
28 MA,CAWS
 
Down
2 I in (OPERA)* – “comic opera” deceived me for much longer than it should have really.
4 hidden in both byzANTIum and constANTInople.
5/8 CHARM THE BIRDS OUT OF THE TREES – which neatly encapsulates the themes of today’s puzzle.
7 US in MISER – “employer” is deceptive, meaning someone who uses.
9 ASH in STING
14 RUSTLING – I guess this is supposed to be a cryptic definition but RUSTLING really does mean “to round up and steal cattle” so it’s a bit weak.
18 (DANCE)*,Z,A
22 CRAV(e),A,T – another ingenious bit of wording.

2 Responses to “Independent 6330/Virgilius”

  1. says:

    Raced through the lot. 10A, a bit of lucky guesswork from word lengths on 5/8 and I was off. Also found the top left corner the slowest bit. One or two old chestnuts (laughter), but plenty of the great clues we expect from Virgilius.

  2. says:

    Virgilius themed puzzles with, effectively, a “third way” to the answers, can sometimes be easier than the avarage puzzle – that’s what I found with this one. As with Peter, I liked a lot of the clues.

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