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Genius 46/Brummie – “having one too many”

Posted by loonapick on May 6th, 2007

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This was the least challenging Genius for a while, but it was an enjoyable solve, nonetheless. Once you solved the across clues, you were left with a fairly straightforward anagram, and the down clues weren’t overly difficult.

The “extraneous” word in each clue is in bold letters below.
ACROSS

1 B(oleyn)-ITCHY – OFF

4 KESTREL – hidden in “disliKES TRELlis” – GARDEN

9 DEAUVILLE – (alive duel)* – ultra-fashionable French resort – AFTER

10 R.A.-DIX – a base number in mathematics – the Dix referred to is Otto Dix (1891-1961), a German expressionist painter – NUCLEAR

11 org. + AN – ORIGINATED

12 INCUMBENT – (NBC minute)* – ONE

13 EX(PLO)IT – (lop)* in EXIT (“way out”) – HEAD

15 PUP-ATE – NEGLECTING

17 INGEST – homophone of IN JEST – INSECT

19 STIR((Ridge)UP – MCKINLEY

22 STAGE DOOR – (Dorset ago)* – YEARS

24 ACT ON – ETHNIC

26 PIG-G(a)Y – AGRICULTURISTS

27 A-MP(h)-LIFIER ((flier I)*) – TURBO

28 NO ENTRY – (one)*-N-TRY – VEHICLE

29 ANTHEM – (the man)* – NEW So, taking the first letter of each extra word and rearranging them, we get the phrase “HAVING ONE TOO MANY“, which can be inserted at 3dn and 18dn.

The best of the DOWN clues:

1 BEDSORE – nice use of two different meanings of “lie”

4 KNEECAP – double definition

5 SCRIM – “Mass crime” with the letters of the word “same” removed

6 RED SETTER – homophone of “read” and Paul the Guardian crossword setter

8 PL(I)ANT

16 PLICATION – (in coal pit)*

20 PANGRAM – a sentence with all the letters of the aplhabet in it.

21 US OPEN – (up nose)*

25 T-HIGH – “half a lap” is inspired

 

 

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