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Independent 6408 by Virgilius – all the colours

Posted by nmsindy on May 1st, 2007

nmsindy.

Another excellent themed puzzle by Virgilius – four colours with in many cases linked clues.

Solving time: 16 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 ROSE BUSH Very good

5 JAFFA First letters

10/11/12 LILY WHITE MEAT

15 UNCL(e) AD barely = naked

17 U in CIRCS

19 S (succeeded) AWING

22 NILE GREEN BELT

28 SUSIE (Issue)*

29 DESSERTS Fools = gooseberry, apple fool etc.

DOWN

4 SEE THE D

7 A VESTA

13 BLACK HOLE You can’t get out of it

18 SURETY Hidden

20 SNAKES (and ladders) – game cf ADDERS

21 ST AS IS

22 B ESS

4 Responses to “Independent 6408 by Virgilius – all the colours”

  1. says:

    Thanks to nsmindy for picking up the baton when I dropped it!

    The obvious place to look for a theme when picking up this puzzle was the overlapping of the entries on two of the across rows. I got NILE GREEN early and then LILY WHITE. BLACK and BROWN were then fairly obvious given a couple of checking letters. What surprised me is that the colour-columns didn’t use the overlapping idea even though BOOTBLACK and BROWN BESS are both in Chambers. Perhaps eimi can enlighten us.

    Incidentally, the main diagonal reads: REDSSS. probably a coincidence.

    Great puzzle from Virgilius, as ever, though tougher than average maybe.

  2. says:

    17A – I can see the U from ‘university’, but why is CIRCS ‘financial state’?

    Jon

  3. says:

    CIRCS = Reduced circumstances.

    I found this harder than the average Virgilius, not helped by me entering FATHER CONFESSOR where KING OF THE BEASTS should have been! I also had JOHN BLACK and BLACK BESS to start with.
    I too was puzzled by the lack of a full set of linking clues. I guess that it doesn’t really spoil the theme. And maybe Virgilius is paid by the clue :-)
    Maybe Nimrod is too, come to think of it, to judge by that shirt he was wearing in the pub last week (!!)

  4. says:

    Here is the explanation Virgilius submitted with the puzzle:

    “Theme is the 4 colours at 11, 23, 13, 14 and their before and after connections. However, I did not clue BOOTBLACK across 3 and 13 down because it’s not hyphenated, and for symmetry did not clue BROWN BESS together.”

    I’m afraid I have no explanation for Nimrod’s shirt.

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