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Independent 6373 / Dac

Posted by bensand on March 21st, 2007


I think I must be getting more used to the Independent and to Dac because this was very quick to solve, especially since the long clues were very clearly signposted and went in first. No complaints though, I enjoyed it and weekday crosswords ought to range from those that are fairly easy for regular solvers to those that lead to chewed nails and dictionary searches. All the clues were fair and accurate but generally the first reading turned out to be the correct one.

9 STOPPAGE – double definition, smooth surface
10 CONFAB – CON + FAB, the last one I got
11 PROSIT – PROS + IT. A german toast of the “cheers” sort rather than the bread sort.
The only clue I couldn’t fully justify without checking and lo, “it” is short for Italian vermouth in Chambers! I’m surprised that doesn’t come up more often.
12 OVERSEAS – sounds like overseize
13 MAID OF HONOUR – Not a pastry I’ve come across but as it looked like it had to be a member of a wedding party and as none of the others fitted it was easy enough.
19 CO-WORKER – (wore frock)* without the f
22 TIRADE – homophone for “Thai raid”
25 TINGLE – wri(ting le)tters, “something sensational” is a physical sensation rather than a melodrama in this case. Tingle was probably fresh in my mind as spine-tingling appeared in the clue two above.
2 WATERMAN – “A TERM” in WAN. Only two Sweeney actors it could refer to and I’m old enough to know them.
3 TAPAS – this was my favourite clue. Initial letters of first five words and whole definition. Beautifully simple although simple to solve too.
4 HEART OF DARKNESS – (thanks readers of)* My favourite clue was followed by my least favourite. The anagram was very clear, one word was even the same, though it was only “of”. I think specifying Conrad makes this a little too easy. In fairness though I’m better at literary references than some other kinds – given an equivalent clue for a musical work I’d probably have heaved a sigh and waited for reinforcements in the form of checking letters
6 PICKED OUT OF A HAT – double definition
17 WORKSOP – WORKS(H)OP, this one had to wait for checking letters. I had no idea where Worksop is but I’m confident now!

7 Responses to “Independent 6373 / Dac”

  1. says:

    I got completely stumped by 10 ac because I had put in ‘Pulled out of a hat’ instead of picked….

    Excellent site by the way, very recently discovered it. Keep up the good work!

  2. says:

    6D: Initially wrote PICKED, then decided PULLED was better! So same trouble as SKG.

  3. says:

    Ditto for PULLED/PICKED but otherwise a fine puzzle.

  4. says:

    I picked pulled as well at first. My minority view of 4D was the use of novel as the anagrind and as a definitional hint compensated for the “of” repeat.

  5. says:

    Count me in for PICKED/PULLED also.

  6. says:

    I suppose the first part of the double definition in 6 Down favours PICKED and the second PULLED and only the checking letters resolve the dilemma.

    By the way, nice to see some new names appearing in the comments.

  7. says:

    This “old name” had PICKED/PULLED too, but still found it one of the fastest solves of the year.

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