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Independent 6461/Hypnos

Posted by bensand on July 2nd, 2007

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Across
6 BORIS – SIR + OB =<
7 RETICENT – CITE <= in RENT
10 HOGWEED – ((L)OW HEDGE)*
13 DOWAGER – “DO WAGER”
14 STAGE FRIGHT – Cryptic definition
20 CARAMEL – Chlorine = CL around ARAME which was new to me
22 REDRUTH – E + DR in RUTH
24 MARQUIS – MAQUIS around R
 
Down
1 PROGRESS – PR + OGRESS
2 ASLEEP – One of three down clues where I can’t see the wordplay. Out = ASLEEP. LEEP = PEEL reversed. So old copper has to be AS? Is this AS the one?
3 BRIDGEHEAD – BRIDESHEAD around G minus S
4 STAB – STAB = Go and is half of stabling I suppose
5 ENDING – Wordplay in the answer, END IN G is a feature of THUG
6 BEHEST – Not sure of the wordplay. HE is probably diplomat but I can’t see where BEST around it comes from – if indeed BEHEST is right
9 THOR – sounds like (JOHN) THAW
16 TIMBUKTU – TIM + B + UK + TU. TU = Trade Union for workers?
17 GLOSSY – GLOSSARY – (A R). Cosmopolitan being a glossy magazine. This took me a long time, I hadn’t thought of glossary and was trying to justify classy to myself as an answer although it didn’t work for definition or wordplay!
18 PORT – Deal is a port in Kent
21 RARITY – Not entirely sure about this. RA for artist, if only ORITY, RIOTY, RITNILY or something like that was elegance I’d be home and dry but I can’t see it

2 Responses to “Independent 6461/Hypnos”

  1. nmsindy says:

    RARITY It’s RITZY, I think, z not shown as abbrev for zero in Concise OED, or Collins, but it is in Chambers. Do not understand fully the BEST in BEHEST either.

  2. eimi says:

    BE-HE-ST is right. Very misleading, but the ‘forward once’ is George BEST. Could also be West Ham United’s former striker Clyde Best MBE, I suppose.

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