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Independent 6339/Phi

Posted by neildubya on February 9th, 2007

neildubya.

A nice puzzle from Mr Friday-but-also-occasionally-Saturday.

Across
1 HR in COME – “on the contrary” here indicates that you should do the reverse of what is indicated by the wordplay. Nice clue, reads very smoothly.
4 M in ADONIS,H
10 (WARES I LOV)* – “tailored” is something of a no-brainer as an anagind for a clue to SAVILE ROW.
11 hidden in “tOMAHAwk” – “quite the reverse” does the same trick as “on the contrary” in 1A.
13 I,(co)NFLICT
14 (p)ORTER< – I wasn’t completely convinced by the surface reading of this one.
18 ILL in PASTE – “It’ll do for a” seems like quite a lot of padding but I guess it’s the only way of making the clue read better.
23 R in EXCEPT – clever use of “bar”.
26 hidden in “hOUSELeeks”
27 (AT THE FARM)*
28 ROXY in (MAPS)* – the last one I filled in and even then I wasn’t completely convinced. So I looked up the word “access” and found that it can mean “a sudden and usually brief period of strong emotion”, so there you go.
 
Down
1 CASH,ME,RE
2 U,L in RIVET – I didn’t know that “gill” could mean a mountain stream but I had R?V?L?T so it wasn’t a tough call to make.
3 LAD in MAR,(t)O,IT
5 DOWN IN THE MOUTH – this is a bit daft really because when would you ever be served a meal of feathers?
7 I,TALI(b)AN
8 HE,ARTY
16 LO,HEN,GRIN – I’m sure this came up recently elsewhere (Orlando in the Guardian??) and was clued almost exactly the same way. It would be nice to see someone approach it slightly differently, or avoid it altogether if there’s no convincing alternative to “see woman/lady/girl smile etc”.
17 MASH in (THIS)* – the classic “war is hell” movie.
22 RE,COUP
25 LA in REX

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