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Independent 6363/Phi

Posted by bensand on March 9th, 2007

bensand.

A very enjoyable crossword if not very difficult. Mostly charades with partial anagrams and a couple of long anagrams thrown in. Quite a few containers and reversals but that didn’t really strike me until I came to write it up so it didn’t feel repetitive.

Everything very clearly clued so that the more obscure words, of which there were only a couple really, were easy to solve given the checking letters.

Across
1 MISCONDUCT – M (end of prom) IS CONDUCT. First of a few musical clues / answers
9 SIGNATURE TUNE – (AUNTIES URGENT)*
10 RENOWN – REN(T) outside NOW
13 NIACIN – This was the only word new to me but CAIN <= I N was straightforward once I had the pattern
14 CASTRATO – ART <= in (TOSCA)*
17 MASSENET – M + ASSENT around E
19 FOOTIE – FOE around I TO <=
21 RELIANCE – RE + LI (ANC) E
25 EASY LISTENING – (STAYING SENILE)* an anagram that raised a smile
27 FALSE ALARM – (ALL SAFE)* + A RM
 
Down
1 MEANWHILE – (WHEN EMAIL)*
2 SMUG – GUMS <=
3 OVERHEAD(S)
4 DATUM – D + A + TUM. I always like corporation for belly, not quite sure why
6 ASTRONOMER – (MOON STAR)* + ER. Don’t remember seeing moon and star to help build astronomer though it looks like it should happen often so it’s probably my memory at fault!
7 AGENDA – GEN in the ever-popular ADA. ADA may not have been in the top 100 names for a few years but it’s a perennial top ten for crosswords. I thought the definition was too tightly defined in this clue, “guide to meeting” doesn’t leave much room for uncertainty.
12 STONEHENGE – STONE HEN + EG <=
11 TRONDHEIM – TR + (S)ONDHEIM. Would have been tricky if there were more Norwegian cities to consider.
13 MEA CULPA – (PAUL CAME)* Surely not a Guardian compiler apologising in the Indie?
20 TWILIT – WIL(E) in TIT

3 Responses to “Independent 6363/Phi”

  1. says:

    I found this quite easy, but had one major doubt 23 “Counsel offering intrerpretation of excessive hype”. Was it ADVICE or ADVISE? I settled for the former on the basis of AD VICE but not quite sure. Rather unusual approach. There would be few setters better qualified to clue ASTRONOMER because Phi is one, per Azed’s recent book.

  2. says:

    Also plumped for ADVICE for the same reason, trusting Phi enough not to worry at all, and noting the question mark in the clue.

  3. says:

    I’d just like to point out that there was no collusion between Phi in setting this puzzle and me in composing the headline for Wednesday’s belated blog – Paul: Came unstuck, mea culpa. Mate grinds like a think!

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