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Independent 6433/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 30th May 2007

neildubya.
Across
1 R,(A DIPS)*
4 I,MIT(t) in SCAR – excellent &lit clue.
9 (A SLAVONIC VIRTUE)*
11 SHELLAC – tricky one this, and a guess for me. SHELLAC is a US word meaning “to defeat convincingly” and it’s also the stuff used to make gramaphone records.
12 (b)OLDNESS
13 TEMP in CO,NT – NT for “books” (New Testament) is a well-established crossword convention.
22 E in (HAS UK)*,P
24 I’S,ADORA – “adorer”. A reference to the dancer.
27 S,TREE,P – the “old actor” is this chap. Don’t think I’ve ever seen P for “poise” before but it’s in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (where “poise” is a unit of viscosity – something else I didn’t know).
 
Down
1 REV,IS,E
2 PICKED OUT – not really sure what “albeit tentatively” is doing here…?
6 ME,(w)ANDER
7 C in TRUE
8 (SPOTTERS)* – excellent clue, very deceptive. It was too early in the morning for me to notice straightaway that it was “train spotters” (i.e. “train” as an anagrind) rather than “trainspotters”.
15 (NOBLE EMU R)*
16 ROSS,ETTI – “Etty”, a reference to this person. I guess ROSS could be Jonathan Ross?
18 EYEBOLT – “I bolt”
20 BRA,VEST

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Guardian 24090, Brendan: botanical females

Posted by jetdoc on 30th May 2007

jetdoc.

A particularly appropriate one for an inaugural blog by a female gardener, being themed around women and plant names. Quite a mix of clues — mostly pretty easy, but one or two more challenging ones, and two I don’t quite understand. Read the rest of this entry »

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