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Independent 6476/Scorpion – Eric and Ernie

Posted by bensand on 19th July 2007

bensand.

No two ways about it, Scorpion’s tricky. Thursday is also the day of the week I have least time for solving and blogging so apologies that this is a little late.

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Financial Times 12505/Dante

Posted by neildubya on 19th July 2007

neildubya.
Across
1. OTT,A(W)A
9. PRO FIT
12. PLAYGOER
13. STANCE – A golf ref.
16. SCARECROWS (soccer wars)*
19. SPRING ROLL
20. FETA – fate*
23. MEADOW (a mowed)*
25. RE(LAPSE)D
27. TIDEMARK
28. B,EAGLE
 
Down
1. ON PAPER
2. TROJAN WAR
3. WRINGS – “rings”
5. A DAM
6. DIPSTICK
7. UNION
11. MERCURY – used in some thermometers
14. GRILLED – girl*,led=went ahead
17. OVER(SIGH)T
18. INFORMED
19. SYMPTOM (Tommy’s p)*
26. BRER as in Brer Rabbit

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FT 12513/Cinephile – south of the border

Posted by ilancaron on 19th July 2007

ilancaron.

(Finally showed up on the FT site — couldn’t find paper copy).

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Independent on Sunday 909 by Quixote – a problem or two

Posted by nmsindy on 19th July 2007

nmsindy.

Some difficulties, with this – any help appreciated – all covered below. (thanks Neildubya for explaining it)

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Financial Times 12514/Jason

Posted by neildubya on 19th July 2007

neildubya.
Across
5 CREW in SS – I hesitated about filling this one in because I couldn’t see how “props” could be a definition for SCREWS. I’ve just looked it up and found there is such a thing as a screw propeller (for which “prop” is a shortened form).
10 RAV(e) in CAT – I don’t know where “jazz fan”= CAT comes from (I can’t find it in Concise OED or Chambers online) but I’ve seen it before and I think it’s now standard crossword-ese.
11 (COSTLIER)* – another one I hesitated over before filling in as I didn’t think “arcade” and CLOISTER could have the same definition; turns out though that they can both be covered walkways.
13 SCHOONER – double definition. I started off looking for A[a word for glass] before I remembered that a SCHOONER is a large beer glass.
19 LANDLADY – this was nicely deceptive, especially “pension rights”.
22 (GENERATE)* – fairly simple &lit. The question mark at the end of the clue is needed because TEENAGERs aren’t necessarily messy but it’s usually a quality we associate with them.
23 IMP,ALE – the capitalization of “Sprite” (to make us think of the soft-drink) is a bit of a liberty but I don’t think it renders the clue unfair.
26 PUT THE CLOCK BACK – I’ve always heard this phrase as “put the clocks back” (plural rather than singular).
 
Down
1 T(-r)OPICS
2 EXTRA – triple definition (I think).
5 S,MALL PRINT – I wonder if there’s a mistake in this clue because the word SMALL appears in both the clue and the answer (it actually indicates the initial S). That can’t be right, can it?
7 (WINDS BART)*
12 (FUN DECLINE)* – looking at it now, INFLUENCED seems so obvious but it seemed to take ages to get it when I was solving.
14 CARP,ENTER – In the Concise OED and Chambers online, “chippy” (not “chips”) is slang for CARPENTER. Maybe other dictionaries have this definition or it could be that the setter found “fish and chips” too hard to pass over and hoped that solvers would link chips and chippy to arrive at the answer (which is what I did).
20 L,A MB,KIN – lots of crossword-ese in this clue.
21 (c)HECK,LE – Not quite sure what the surface is on about here: “Dismiss the start of the test on the French badger”.

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Guardian 24,133/Araucaria – well content to finish this one!

Posted by loonapick on 19th July 2007

loonapick.

A typical Araucaria crossword, which hinges on being able to solve one key clue.  In this case the key answer was the one at 19ac.  Once you have that worked out, the rest (almost) falls into place.

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Conforming to type

Posted by michod on 19th July 2007

michod.

Has anyone else notice that the FT bloggers are always first to post, bright and early and reliable as a Swiss train, followed by the Indyites, while the Guardianistas (myself included) roll up haphazardly at any time of day?

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Financial Times 12,504 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 19th July 2007

Pete Maclean.

Across
1. BACKFIRE – BACK + FIRE
5. ARCTIC – C in ARTIC (artic being an abbreviation of articulated lorry)
9. PECTORAL – anagram of CLEOPATR. One of the breast anagram indicators I’ve come across in a while!
10. ASCENT – AS + CENT
12. SHOW TRIAL – anagram of IS WORTH A + L
13. WHOLE – homophone
14. GRIT – R in GIT
16. POTTAGE – OTT (for Over The Top) in PAGE. I guessed this from the common French word “potage” and verified the English word in my dictionary.
19. ROUNDER – double definition. Rounders is an English children’s game with a slight similarity to baseball; I assumed that “rounder” can mean a run in this game although I don’t recall ever hearing the word used like that.
21. PARR – double definition (Catherine Parr was Henry VIII’s last wife)
24. ADIEU – A[ustralian] + DIE + [yo]U
25. SCALLYWAG – ALLY in SWAG
27. ICICLE – hidden word &lit
28. TIA MARIA – A in TIM + ARIA
29. MINUTE – double definition
30. REDOLENT – DOLE in RENT

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