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Independent 6462/Virgilius

Posted by neildubya on July 3rd, 2007


Easier-than-usual puzzle from Virgilius but with another clever bit of grid trickery – every down clue (except 9D, which reveals the theme) is a reversal of its (180 degree) symmetrical opposite . Of course, once you’ve twigged this it makes the puzzle very easy as you only really have to solve half the down clues.

6 RINGER – double definition. A “dead ringer” looks like someone else, so might be a “double”.
7 (RUN ONE)*
11 SUP(p)ER
12 IE in VW
13 (j)OCULAR – simple clue but a nice definition (“connected with viewers”).
22 O SOLE MIO – I thought that this might have been I SOLO MIO or E SOLO MIO or a couple of other variations but only O SOLE MIO works with the wordplay which is SOLE,MI in O,O
24 ELI in RCS – Eli is this priest.
26 hidden in “olDER Vehicles” – didn’t know this word but with ?E?V it’s easily gettable.
28 RINGS – a good opportunity to have a laugh at the 2012 logo
29 MO,PE
2 hidden in “mAN I MALigned”
3 DESSERTS – double definition.
5 A,N(o)TE
9 UPS AND DOWNS – which reveals the theme of this puzzle.
14 CAM(p)US
16 SUMAC – I’d never heard of this but I could be doubly sure it was right because of the straightforward wordplay and the fact that it’s a reversal of 14D.
18 DELI,VER(y)
27 odd letters from “EsToNiA”

3 Responses to “Independent 6462/Virgilius”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    Excellent grid but the theme meant that this was one of the fastest puzzles I have ever done. I saw LAMINA and RED RUM straight away noticed their reversals by accident and then checked their opposite clues. I was initially expecting a palindrome at 9dn.

    Good fun though.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Yes, it was easy, but great. Marvellous to fit the theme in and still find familiar words for the acrosses – and, as always from Virgilius, the clues were top drawer, reading so naturally.

  3. John H says:

    What my mum used to call a good meal – takes hours to cook but minutes to devour.

    I broke my own record for solving because I spotted the gimmick, but also broke the record for the number of (even non-crosswording) people to whom I’ve shown the puzzle’s solution. They were in awe.


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