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Independent On Sunday 905 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 21st June 2007

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Solving time: 26 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 CU POL(e) A

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Independent 6452 by Monk

Posted by nmsindy on 21st June 2007

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Monk is among the toughest setters, with some very original treatments, and very rigorous logic in the clues. Usually his puzzles in the Indy are themed, but I cannot see one here. (Later found the theme – I am now amending the review to include info on it, but have put it after the clue explanations so, if you have not found it and want to look further, you can) Also major difficulty with 6 across, again anyone who can enlighten me, please do so. (Thanks to all those who pointed out that it’s a cryptic definition to MITTEN)

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Guardian 24108/Orlando – nippy

Posted by ilancaron on 21st June 2007

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Some nice well-disguised wordplay here – especially wrt use of head and tail letters – while preserving good surfaces. Two identical nippy clues here which are well-handled.

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Financial Times 12,480 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st June 2007

Pete Maclean.

Across
1. PAWNSHOP – PA*(SHOWN)P. I had to look up “uncle” in a dictionary to learn that it has a slang meaning of pawnbroker.
5. SPLEEN – *(SLEEP)N
10. EXTRA – EX + ART backwards
11. TIT FOR TAT
12. TURBOPROP = *(ROBOT + R + U)P. I take issue with the definition part of this clue, “part of an aircraft”; turboprop, as I understand the term, refers to a kind of aircraft or the type of engine an airplane has but not exactly a part of it.
13. GARBO – *(BRAG)O
14. BOO BOO
15. REMORSE – RE + MORSE. A real cruciverbalist’s clue!
16. SPLIT UP – double definition.
20. SINGLE – SING(L)E
22. OUSEL – LOUSE with the L moved to the end.
24. SMALL BEER
25. SPAGHETTI – SPA(GHETT[o])I[n]
27. LEGUME – LE(GUM)E[k]
28. CACHEPOT – CACHE(PO)T. I had to search my dictionary to find this word.

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