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Independent 6478 (21-07-07)/Nimrod – Ant-sy.

Posted by neildubya on July 27th, 2007

neildubya.

Something of a novelty for me, this – a Nimrod puzzle where I understood everything (almost).  Original choice of theme too; it’s not National Anteater Day or something is it?

Across
9 EMANATE – which is MANATEE with the final E moved to the beginning; indicated in the wordplay by “circling”.
9 CURT,(tr)A(in),IN – had to check with Google that this was right before filling it in – sure enough, Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case was the last Poirot novel.
11 BODE,GAS – I knew the word but thought it was a bar of some sort.
12 EC,(HAD IN)* – this was new to me but I had E?H????, which was enough to find the answer. I guessed that “City” might be EC (the postcode for the City of London) – Chambers did the rest.
13 hidden reversed in “pecuLIAR Territory” – the reversal element is indicated by the answer at 15A.
14 W,CH in O,O,DUCK – “How much wood would a WOODCHUCK chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Another name for the 20A.
15 MAKING A COMEBACK – a reference to Groundhog Day (I’m guessing it’s a ref to the film rather than the actual day itself, which seems to be about predicting the weather).
20 GROUNDHOG – “hound grog”, as Spooner would say.
24 hidden in the full version of ET: “extRA TERrestrial”.
25 TB in A,NEAR
26 NAHUATL – another new word but fairly easy to get from the wordplay. It was either going to be (A HUT L)*,N,A or N,A (A HUTL)* – I had N?H???? filled in so I checked the NAH… entries in Chambers (there weren’t very many).
28 DRIVE-IN – I don’t really get this. I suppose it’s a cryptic definition but I’m struggling to see why.
29 U in G,S – potentially a tough clue, for such a short word. “Practical Cat” gave it away for me because I knew that GUS was one of the cats in T.S.Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. “All may see” = U (a ref to the film classification) and “Pinafore etc” refers to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.
 
Down
1 (AMBIVERT)*
2 AA,RD,V,ARK – super clue. Can you believe that my first thought when I looked at this one was “”Motor mechanics”? That’ll be RAC then – AA doesn’t appear in a word that I know of”. D’oh!
3 (LONG)* in PAIN – somehow, I knew PANGOLIN, but don’t ask me how. Probably from another crossword, as I’m unlikely ever to have used it in real-life.
5 ECCE HOMO – I know this is right but I can’t get the wordplay. The full clue is: “Religious representation, flash imitation outside church, mounted“.
6 PHI in ORC
7 hidden in “ApriL AND AUgust”
8 MAS in (h)UNK – very nicely done.
17 (GRAPHITE)* – I don’t think I’ve heard of one of these but it wasn’t too tricky to get from the wordplay.
19 (spelun)KER,L in PUNK
20 LASS in G(u)Y – I did wonder what “now” was doing in the clue but I think it’s supposed to indicate “instead of” – that is, LASS instead of U.
22 NEE,D(e)ED – NEE indicates a married woman’s maiden name.
23 G (AND SO)* – a clue that Cyclops would have been proud of. The setter I mean, not a mythological one-eyed giant.

2 Responses to “Independent 6478 (21-07-07)/Nimrod – Ant-sy.”

  1. nmsindy says:

    ECCE HOMO Mo = flash (a moment) with CE in ECHO on top i.e. mounted.

  2. neildubya says:

    Of course it is – don’t know how I missed that. Thanks NMS.

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