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Independent 6469/Dac

Posted by neildubya on July 11th, 2007

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Across
1 IT in A,GATES – I wasted some time thinking that “a software giant” was A,MS (Microsoft) rather than A,(Bill) GATES.
9 ISLA – “I’ll”,A
12/13 ITCHY AND SCRATCHY – I’d like to know how non-Simpsons fans got on with this clue. It’s the show-within-a-show which usually appears as part of the Krusty the Klown show and is also a parody of violent cartoons like Tom and Jerry.
15 CATKIN – this would be difficult if you didn’t know 12/13A as you have to know that SCRATCHY is a cat. If you’ve got all the checking letters then that would help but it’s still tricky.
17 P,LUTON – had to guess this, although I had ?L?T?N so LUTON looked a fairly safe bet for “Bedfordshire location”. It’s an igneous rock, apparently.
18/19 (HATE MEAN CRITIQUE)* – THE QUIET AMERICAN. Haven’t seen it but I remember it coming out and I have read the book. Slightly forced anagram I thought.
21 S,CHA in US – last one to go in. Quite a tricky clue as “for example” is not an obvious definition.
23 UNI,T – another tricky one with “one” as the definition.
24 hidden in “fineST ONE Saw”
 
Down
2 (LOSING MUSIC POST)* – nice anagram.
3 A in (STARTLED)* – TRADE-LAST. Another guess. With all the checking letters in it was either going to be TRADE SALT or TRADE LAST. Explained here.
8 CON,SIDE in RE,RATION – “helping” is slyly deceptive in the surface reading.
16 TOUT COURT – I’ve never heard of this before but I’ve heard other French phrases that begin TOUT so it felt like a confident guess. Wordplay is pretty straightforward too, which helped.
18 (ONES GUT)*
20 hidden in “gastRIC INfection”.
21 (MEATS)*

3 Responses to “Independent 6469/Dac”

  1. conradcork says:

    Well you said you’d like to know…. I’ve never seen The Simpsons, know nothing about them, and, not having a TV, don’t expect enlightenment any time soon. But the cross-checking letters in 12/13 were enough, along with the giveaway definition. Ditto 15.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Exactly the same story for me, though I think the names were in some recess of awareness. I do have a TV and have been in rooms where “The Simpsons” was turned on. Familiar with French, so knew TOUT COURT but a little surprised to see it – the wordplay was friendly which I’m sure was deliberate. Excellent from Dac, as always.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Re 8, I think support is not a container but a link word in a down clue i.e. RE RATION (to support) CON SIDE

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