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Independent 6486 by Virgilius – how does he do it?

Posted by nmsindy on July 31st, 2007


Another wonderful thematic puzzle from Virgilius.    All the across entries are synonyms, as explained in the last down clue (26 down).

Solving time: 24 mins

* = anagram


7 GAMMON   Double definition, with an excellent surface.


22 FLAPDOODLE   (paddle fool)*

25NO N(o)SE (twice = repeatedly)




3 KEEP   Double definition with excellent surface.

5 PARIETAL   (a pirate)* l    “Like” telling us it’s an adjective.

6 CHEERS  Double definition.

8 M(OP)ES(s)

13 (I)ago    From Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the Moor   (“on stage”)

14 L U CIA   I liked “people of intelligence” for CIA.

17 APPEALED    Double definition.

18 BID    “One diamond, say” is an example of a bid from bridge, I think.   I’ve never played it.

21 RHOMBI   (Rob him)*   Diamond shapes.

22 FIR(THe)S

25 N ER O   Because of the context, here, I think we’re getting King Edward VII (d.1910) as ER  rather than the Queen.

26 NO BS (bullshit)

4 Responses to “Independent 6486 by Virgilius – how does he do it?”

  1. petebiddlecombe says:

    A gem. This donkey got all the way to 26D before realising what was going on.

  2. neildubya says:

    How does he do it? A question I ask myself every week. Probably the only compiler around that could fill a grid with a load of cobblers and still attract praise.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Excellent puzzle though FLAPDOODLE got me despite knowing it was an anagram. I’d not come across the BS meaning of GAMMON either.

  4. Mick Hodgkin says:

    This was the dog’s (substitute appropriate synonym for all across clues).

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