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Independent 6483/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on July 27th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Good quality puzzle from Phi with a handful of great anagrams. One clue has left me foxed. I think the grid was pangrammatic too.

Across
8 DIPSOMANIA — (I SIP ON MAD)* + A — this is an excellent anagram &lit.
11 ALLIANCE — A in ALL IN + CE — exhausted = all in.
12 ECO-LABEL — E+COLA+BEL(t) — nice neologism and partial &lit.
15 BUTTERFLY KISS — cryptic def? — is there more to this
20 INTIFADA — (AND IF IT)* + A — another excellent anagram. The Intifada is the Palestinian uprising, the whole clue providing an augmented definition.
22 DEATHBED — cryptic def. — very nice cryptic definition.
25 KILOGRAMME — (EMMA OK GIRL)* — and another good anagram leading to the less common spelling of kg.
Down
4 LOLLOP — LL in LOOP — a lovely word!
5 PAGANINI — PAGAN+IN+I — …and another. Paganini was a great
violinist as well as a composer.
6 DISCOURSED — DISC+OURS+ED
9 PEARL OF WISDOM — (MOPED’S AIRFLOW)* — I didn’t know that gnome meant a pithy and sententious saying, I do now.
13 CYBERNETIC — BERNE in (CITY+C)< — Oddly Igor Aleksander, the father of cybernetics, had a letter published in the Independent yesterday.
16 TELETHON — ELE(ven) in ? — I’m lost on this one. I can see half of ELEVEN and H(our) but not much else of the word play.
TE(am) + H in LET ON — thanks to Niall and Will.
17 YATTERED — (infantr)Y + (b)ATTERED — not a word I knew but it seems to fit.
24 PUNY — PUN+Y — great surface to close the puzzle.

4 Responses to “Independent 6483/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, it was a pangram which made it a bit harder than usual from Phi. TELETHON – TE(am) LET (H) ON ie let on. Really liked the clue to Quaker, which made me suspect a pangram.

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    TELETHON: Te(am)+ h in let on, defn. ‘long programme’.

    I couldn’t see why it was a pangram since I couldn’t find a Q. But that was because I had a quite unjustifiable MUCKER instead of QUAKER.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks to both for the explanation of TELETHON. I convinced myself about ELE(ven) and so failed to see TE(am).

    Yes, the clue to QUAKER was good as were several of the ones I neglected to comment upon.

  4. neildubya says:

    Phi always seems to be on top form but I thought this one was especially good.

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