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Independent 6420/Virgilius

Posted by bensand on May 15th, 2007

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Done in a slightly distracted fashion as I was in a soft play centre for children with half an eye on a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. Slick as ever from Virgilius without a widespread theme although Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge and A Christmas Carol all appear.

Across
1 A CHRISTMAS CAROL – double definition
9 CHARLES – CH + ARLES
10 DYNAMIC – MANY in CID <=
13 TRISTRAM SHANDY – (STIR)* + TRAMS + HANDY
17 LAWRENCE STERNE – (DH) LAWRENCE + homophone for STERN
18 RAILWAY – (WARILY)* around A, very elegant
25 DICKENS – substitute for devil as in “what the dickens”. This was unaccountably (given I’d already got A CC, Ebenezer and Charles) the last answer I got. I don’t think a childrens soft play centre provides ideal conditions for concentrating on a crossword!
26 EBENEZER SCROOGE – (ONCE SOBER GEEZER)*
 
Down
3 ILL-KEPT – (KILL PET)*
5 ADDRESSEE – ADDRESS + EE
6 CANTATA – CAN + TATA
7 REMAINDER – REMINDER for eg knot tied around A
8 LOCKER – LOCKE + R
14 INANIMATE – I + NAN + I MATE. MATE for “beat in board game” is nice but I’m not sure about NAN for girl, perhaps there’s a better breakdown
18 RAWHIDE – WAR <= + HIDE. RAWHIDE is untanned leather so needing treatment…
20 BROOKE – Move the R in Booker

2 Responses to “Independent 6420/Virgilius”

  1. says:

    INANIMATE was my last – Nan is given in Chambers as diminutive for Ann.

  2. says:

    14d. Nan is listed in Chambers as a diminutive of Ann so your analysis is correct. How many other names have diminutives that are also anagrams of themselves?

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