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Independent 6470/Nestor — some of it’s Greek to me!

Posted by Colin Blackburn on July 12th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

A challenging puzzle in parts with some superb charade clues that inventively stitch together the component parts and at the same time have very good surfaces. One word was new to me and I had to check it, another clue hasn’t left me satisfied but I might be missing something.

Across
1 GAELIC FOOTBALL — (BALLETIC GOAL OF)* — I got this straight-off without reference to 23 and so got 23 instantly.
10 OATER — trurO A TERrible — a new one for me, apparently an oater is a Wild West film, a “horse opera”.
11 NISSEN HUT — (THUS ENNIS)*
12 COCTEAU — “cocked toe” — I assume Cocteau was notably gay as well as notably surreal.
13 TWO-INCH — O in T WINCH — excellent surface.
14 RUN ITSELF — R UNIT’S ELF
17 SWARM — S+WARM — this was very clever, between S+HOT and S+COLD!
18 OXFAM — OX+FAM(e)
20 PERONISTA — (AT SIN O’ REP)< — excellent reversal that I had to work hard to understand once only Peronista would fit.
22 ROYAL WE — W in RO(d)+YALE
24 AEROBIC — (CARB IE O)* — very nice &lit
26 SNOWDONIA — (WOODS IN AN)* — Snowdonia is one of the UK’s National Parks. It’s not quite a nature reserve but the definition is close enough without giving the game away too easily.
27 FLOCK — DD — this is a very clever double definition that took me a while to fully appreciate. I initially read it as a simple definition, then I realised that a flock of geese in flight is a skein. Flock is waste wool.
28 OPENCAST MINING — (ETC MAN’S)* in OPINING
 
Down
2 ATTIC — (h)ATT(r)IC(k) — yet another excellent charade building a great (cricketing) surface.
3 LARGEST — LAG overlapping REST — and again!
4 CONJURE UP — JUR(y) in ONE in CUP — ref to film “Twelve Angry Men” = JURY, thus nine angry men = JUR.
5 ONSET — ON SET
6 THE TOPS — to get BEST one takes THE TOPS of the four words in the clue. Thanks to Niall for that one.
7 ATHENIANS — A(sk) THEN I ANS
8 LET THEM EAT CAKE — (L+TEETH)* MEATCAKE
9 CONCERTO GROSSO — ONCE in CR + ROSS in TOGO
15 NO-FLY ZONE — (FLOOZY)* for I in NINE — again, inventive wordplay providing a good surface.
16 FIRE ALARM — REAL A in FIRM
19 MELODIC — cinematiC IDOL EMerging <
21 NUROFEN — NUR+OF(t)EN — Nurofen is a brand of the anti-inflammatory drug Ibuprofen
23 ENNIS — (d)ENNIS — Dennis the Menace, UK comic strip character. Ennis is the county town of County Clare in Ireland.
25 BJORN — (JOB)* tuRNip

5 Responses to “Independent 6470/Nestor — some of it’s Greek to me!”

  1. nmsindy says:

    THE TOPS Look at first letters. Thanks for SWARM. Magnificent, inventive, puzzle.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Nope, still none the wiser. I think you’ll have to spell it out in words of no more than one syllable.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Okay, it just dawned on me! Doh! Too clever by half.

  4. rightback says:

    One of the best puzzles I’ve solved in recent memory.

  5. petebiddlecombe says:

    Good stuff as you’d expect. In 20, BA = Buenos Aires was new to me, but turns out to be in the Concise Oxford, so fair game. Fairly slow on the left-hand side until CONCERTO GROSSO dawned on me.

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