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Independent 6361/Dac — Fireworks!

Posted by Colin Blackburn on March 7th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Lots of fire and explosions today. The usual quality from Dac but with one clue leaving me perplexed as to its definition.

Across
1 AXING — A+XI+N.G. — team is often XI, as in a football eleven.
4 DEBATABLE — (A BED)<+TABLE
9 TRIMESTER — TRI(M)ESTE+R
10 KRAFT — “craft” — new one for me, kraft is from the German from strong and is a strong brown paper made from wood pulp.
11 LIGHTERS — double def.
12 MARTEN — M(ART)EN — the marten is related to the ferret, you should know all about ferrets by now.
14 AMERICAN EAGLE — double def — this symbol appears on the US emblem. Eagle is a golving term, a hole made at two under par I think.
17 SISTINE CHAPEL — S(IS)T+IN+(PLACE HE)* — after I had got the answer I had to parse the clue several times to get the saint and “is” in there. The “in” could be in the anagram but it makes no difference.
19 TO DATE — T( (s)O (goo)D )ATE — what would we do without the Tate Gallery?
21 PROROGUE — PRO+ROGUE
23 EGG ON — E.G.+GON(e)
24 ADORATION — A.D.+ORATION — AD is present day, as in 2007AD.
25 ENTREATED — (ENTER DATE)*
26 HEEDS — HE+EDS — journalist often resolves to ed(itor) but I wonder how many journalists are editors.
Down
1 ATTILA — ATTI(c)+L.A. —
2 ISINGLASS — IS IN GLASS — a substance derived from the sturgeon that is used to fine real ale. It somehow attracts the suspended proteins and then sinks to the bottom of the barrel.
3 GOES THE DISTANCE — (SECTION HEAD GETS)*
4 DETERMINER — DETER+MINER — I don’t know the definition here., is it “For example”? Determiner is a grammatical term, among other things, but I can’t see how that fits in.
5 BARN — BA(R)N
6 TAKE A DEEP BREATH — cryptic def.
7 BLAST — double def.
8 EXTENDED — EX+TENDED
13 FATHERHOOD — cryptic def. — I loved this for a cryptic definition. I solved the puzzle from the bottom up and so had the last letter and thought, “CARBONATED”. Not bad for CD I thought. Then it got better!
15 GELIGNITE — GEL+IGNITE — gel is how a posher person than me might say lass.
16 AS IT WERE — I in (SWEATER)*
18 KEYNES — “canes” — I guess this is how the economist is pronounced. I had assumed it was as in Milton Keynes.
20 DIGIT — DIG IT
22 TART — sTARTer

3 Responses to “Independent 6361/Dac — Fireworks!”

  1. says:

    4D: my thought on solving was that “For example, the” was the def. I think the word “the” fits the grammar-related meaning of “determiner”.

    18D: John Maynard “canes” it is. I knew that Economics degree would come in handy one day…

  2. says:

    Yes, you’re right. The Chambers definition gives examples but none are articles and I wasn’t sure that an article fell within the definition. Collins is more specific and mentions articles as being determiners.

    Milton Keynes, named after two great economists ;-)

  3. says:

    DETERMINER As this was a new word to me which I worked out from the friendly wordplay, I looked in the Concise OED – the end of definition 2 gives “for example a, the, every” so I understood it like Peter has.

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