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Independent 6505/Dac

Posted by bensand on August 22nd, 2007

bensand.

This seemed like a harder crossword than a standard Dac. Looking back I can’t quite see why though although three words being new to me slowed me down (1ac, 27ac, 20d)

Across
1 CALASH – CA(LA)SH
4 SPANKING – definition with a pun on smart (as in “spanking new” as well as a stinging pain)
10 PLUMPEST – PLUM + PEST, curiously satisfying!
12 CHLORINATE – (IN CLEAR HOT)*
15 OPERA SINGERS – (IGNORE A PRESS)*
18 SIX OF THE BEST – My last clue. I’d thought crackers (as in nuts, bananas etc) was the definition right until the end but it’s the sound of a cane strike by the look of it.
22 PACE BOWLER – ACE BOWLER after P(LAY)
24 LEGAL AID – LEG + A + LAID &lit
25 MADRAS – (DRAMAS)* Chennai nowadays isn’t it?
26 POUNDAGE – double definition
27 PLUTON – P(L)UT ON Another new word to me. Gathering is, I think, part of the definition which made it a little harder to break down
 
Down
1 CHOW-CHOW – double definition.
3 SATURNALIA – SAT + URN + ALIA
5 PULL TOGETHER – PULL + TO GET HER, very neat
11 INVIGORATING – IN VIGO + RATING Thank heavens for football. I’ve heard of Celta Vigo but not the city in any other context
16 CELLARET – C(LE<=)LARET
19 FILLIP – sounds like Philip.
20 CONGOU – CONGO + U. I’ll have to ask if that’s what they serve at my local caff!
23 ALED – AL(ARM)ED Got the answer before the explanation and spent a while putting weapons before ALED to try and find a word for worried. DAGGERALED, CLUBALED … had to stop when I got to ASSEGAIALED

2 Responses to “Independent 6505/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I too found it harder than usual for Dac – some slightly unfamiliar words. In PLUTON took gathering … round as a container with put on = staged
    Re SIX OF THE BEST, I took best = crackers (top quality)

  2. neildubya says:

    Definitely a bit trickier – the last three I filled in were the ones you mentioned in your intro. We have a tea shop (think Starbucks but for tea) near where I work but they don’t sell 20D.

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