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Independent 6451/Dac

Posted by bensand on June 20th, 2007

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A fair and satisfying crossword but I’m still missing an explanation (25) which always niggles! No theme as far as I can see.

Across
1 RANSOM – RANSOM(E) refers to Arthur Ransome, famous for writing Swallows and Amazons and marrying Trotsky’s secretary
5 SLOGGING – with letters 3, 5 and 7 in I briefly considered BLOGGING but it doesn’t really count as working hard let alone striking!
9 PATERFAMILIAS – (TAPE + FILM ARIAS)*
12 VLAD – V + L AD. Probably referring to Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), prince of Wallachia but possibly a matey abbreviation for Putin?
14 APPARENTLY – A + P(PARENT)LY
16 PROMOTIONS – MOTION in PROS(E)
20 COMANCHE – CO + MAN + C(AMPAIGN) + HE
24 DETERMINATION – DETER NATION around M1
25 FRANKLIN – My last answer. Actually I didn’t even get it, my ever-loving better half looked over my shoulder and nicked the last one. Bah! Anyway, neither of us can explain the second half, any offers?
26 EXTENT – EX-TENT, wasn’t 100% convinced about extent as area at first so I didn’t put it in until I had all the letters
 
Down
2 APPAREL – (APPEAR)* + L. Not the most satisfying anagram with the first three letters the same
4 MARCH PAST – Good thing the crossword appeared in June but perhaps the editor would just have changed the number to suit if it was in in July?
5 STAND-UP COMEDIAN – (PUNS DOMINATE DAC)*
6 ORIEL – hidden word reversed in simp(LE IRO)n
8 NOSTRIL – SON <= + TRI(A)L
13 DUMBARTON – DUMB (P)ARTON
15 RESURFACE – double definition
17 REORDER – tricky wordplay. Recorder (court official) with c for about taken out
19 CHIGNON – Pleasing definition, I hope no-one more knowledgeable than I am about hairstyles (not difficult) objects to bun = chignon. G(ATEAU) in CHINON
21 CAROL – CAR(O)L. A carl being something like a peasant, no offence to Jung and other Carls

2 Responses to “Independent 6451/Dac”

  1. says:

    25A – I think it’s a reference to The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. One of them is the “Franklin’s Tale”. Can’t remember if it’s one of the rude ones though.

  2. says:

    I did the Franklin’s tale for A level a LONG time ago. Strangely I can still reel off the first 12 lines by heart, tho’ I certainly couldn’t spell it. Mind you, neither could Chaucer :-0)
    It’s all about knightly honour, so has a very low sauce factor, I’m disappointed to report(!)

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