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Independent 6331 / Dac – Tougher than usual

Posted by tilsit on February 1st, 2007

tilsit.

Apologies for the lkate post – my briadband went down and I couldn’t let anyone know!

Thanks to a very patient BT person (and no thanks to half a dozen complete incompetents), I have just managed to get back on line and all working OK.

Solving time: 39 minutes.

 I am a bit under the weather at the moment, and my solving times seem to have gone up, but this did seem quite a tricky puzzle.  The two big clues were not obvious phrases and that made life none too easy.   However, it didn’t detract from the enjoyment and  evenutally things fell into place.

ACROSS

1  PUCKER  -  This was one of the last clues I solved, while watching Jamie Oliver on a recording of Top Gear.  Homophone  PUKKA /  PUCKER = to purse as in lips

4 PRIORESS   RIO in PRESS

9 NORDIC  hidden answer

10  AGRIMONY  ON inside A GRIMY

11  LABOUR INTENSIVE  -  anagram

13  PATHE  -  Another head-slapper  -  completely threw me yet everything was there – and yes, I am old enough to remember PATHE News!

18  WINNIPEG  Not sure about this clue – and would welcome suggestions!  W = Wife  Singl measure of spirits  =  NIP and then I lose it!

19  PAL UP   The news of the passing of the setter Crispa reminded me that one of her favourite anag indicators was “Dicky” meaning faulty.  

20  GROSVENOR SQUARE  -  Anag of Governor’s plus SQUARE =  old fashioned.

25  ROSSETTI  -  SET in ROSTI

26  OKAYED -  O = Old  +  homophone of (Jack) CADE

DOWN

1  PENELOPE   Writer = PEN + East European -  E  POLE (rev)

3  EPICUREAN  Anagram of A U Recipe +  N = Noon.  Probably the weakest clue for me, a bit contrived.

5  RIGHT WINGER  -  A Right Whinger without aspiration (H) -  Lovely clue!

6  ORION -  I + ON after  OR (Gold)

7  EMOTIONAL  E + MOTION + AL ( “almost” everyone)

12  INDEPENDENT -  Enough said!

14  TRICORNES   CORN inside TRIES

16  PIP SQUEAK  -  Philip = PIP  confess = SQUEAK

17  APPENDED  -  A P P =  A couple of pages – ENDED =  called it a day.

21  VENUE  -  AVENUE minus  A

22  AGONY  -  Go inside A NY  = a state

Thanks to Dac for a stiff challenge!

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