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Independent 6465 / Phi Mr Dependable

Posted by tilsit on July 6th, 2007

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Solving time: 20 minutes

Another enjoyable puzzle from the Mr Dependable of the crossword world.

Plenty of terrific clues to keep the mind taxed with 11 across a particular favourite,
 along with 5 down, 20 across and 7 down which I had to use TEA to identify, which also informed me that the phrase was used by 17 across!  Nice to see that where anagrams are used in a clue, they are appropriate to the definition/answer.  Some setters (including yesterday’s FT setter!) should take note!

ACROSS    * = ANAGRAM  (R) = REVERSAL  CD = CRYPTIC DEFINITION

9   MARXIST X IS inside MART
10  OPEN AIR Split definitions
11  SAN ANDREAS FAULT  UNSAFE LAND A STAR*   A clever anagram suggesting the geological fault that runs through California.
12  DATE STAMP TEST A inside DAMP
14  AGAIN A inside A GIN (a type of trap)
15  GALLANT GAL + L + ANT (Soldier often used in crosswords to define ‘ant’)
16  OIL CAKE OI + C in LAKE
17  LOCKE I think this is LOCKE(T) rather than LOCKE(R).
18  ISINGLASS I ASS with SINGL(E) inside
20  DAME EDNA EVERAGE   DEAD MEAN* E inside (A)VERAGE  Nice clue and clever definition
23  STRIGIL RIG inside  STIL(TS)
24  COTERIE COT + ERIE

DOWN
1   AMUSED A M + USED
2   GRIN GRIN(D)
3   LIONS’ SHARE SS inside LION + HARE
4   ETERNAL TRIANGLE   Nice Cryptic definition.
5   SOLAR PROMINENCE   MOONS PALER NICER*  Another nice clue. 
6   BEEF  Double definition
7   TABULA RASA AS A BRUTAL + A* 
8   PRETENCE RET in PENCE
13  TELECAMERA CREATE MEAL*
14  ALLEGRETTO ALL + EGRET + TO
15  GOLD DISC CD of Sun  –  This held me up for a while as I was looking at Dawn
(as in Tony Orlando as well!)
19  SEE RED Split definition
21  EIGG I inside EGG
22  AURA AU + RA

Thanks again to Phi for a superb puzzle.

2 Responses to “Independent 6465 / Phi Mr Dependable”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, this was a good puzzle, a little harder than usual from Phi. Azed’s recent book on setters reveals that Phi is a trained astronomer so 5 down I thought would be something he was familiar with. It was a great pleasure to work it out from the wordplay though it was new to me. Thought there was a good chance the first word was SOLAR which narrowed it down. ALLEGRETTO was nicely misleading as you finally discovered no “part of bird” was involved. Like you, I’d pencilled in DAWN for 15 down thinking I was very clever. The two different mammals in 3 down was good too i.e. not just the expected plural. 17 across refers to LOCKET as a small container, I think – this was good because you could think it might be a philosopher with a letter short so I got it only near the end after finding LIONS SHARE.

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    23A (STRIGIL, of which I’d never heard): I think “almost all of steps” is “stil(e)” not as suggested. Certainly it is if he uses Chambers, which he seems to do.

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