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Independent 6381 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on March 30th, 2007

nmsindy.

After yesterday’s super-difficult Bannsider, this was easier from Phi, with some pleasing clues and all is clear.

Solving time:  22 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1  BIRDSEED       Excellent cryptic definition punning on “peck”

9 TEA (TOWEr)L     teal = blue-green

14  BARREL-CHESTED   Favourite clue – excellent cryptic definition exploiting meanings of “butt”

17  PERSIAN CARPET   (cries apparent)*     Excellent misleading definition “unexpected flier”

20 TEA SINGLY

23 ROOT BEE R   Worker = bee  watch out also for ant

24 REF USE   use and ref  “switched”

DOWN

1 BA (THROw)BE

4 EYE-CATCHING   eye of the storm

5 HERBAL TEA  (the arable)*    Ground can be a very useful anagram indicator for setters

13 SWEENEY TODD  (doesn’t dye we)*    The Demon Barber of Fleet Street who murdered his customers and rhyming slang for the Flying Squad

17 P LAY-OFF

18  POMP EI  I (i ie reflected)

19  STUP (Puts up)  OR = other ranks = soldiers   Worth remembering

21 L U TON  (all reversed from “upset”)

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