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Independent 6433/Dac

Posted by neildubya on May 30th, 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

2 Responses to “Independent 6433/Dac”

  1. says:

    Thanks for all those informative links, confirming the guesses I’d already made. PICKED OUT had me confused for a bit, but i see it as two definitions: 1) selected; 2) played (albeit) tentatively – as one might pick out a tune on a guitar.

  2. says:

    Nice puzzle.

    Agree with the confusion over “picked out”. I think Michod’s explanation is right, although I didn’t get it at the time.

    The only other clue I had a slight problem with has already also been mentioned.

    Since there is no justification for P being used as an abbreviation for Poise in Chambers, wouldn’t:

    US film star, singular old actor with power (6)

    have been a better clue for STREEP (P being a more accessible abbreviation for POWER)?

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