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Independent 6507 / Phi Relaxing fare

Posted by tilsit on August 24th, 2007

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Solving Time:  23 minutes

The usual demonstration from Phi that simple clear clue writing can be elegant and humorous – and a delight to solve.

ACROSS    (*) = ANAGRAM  (CD) =  CRYPTIC DEF  (R) = REVERSAL

8  ELASTICITY  IT SALE (R) + CITY
9  TRIO   Hidden answer
11 PREMATURE  R (RECIPE) + MEAT* inside PURE
12 CLEFT  C + LEFT
13 LOGOPHILE  LOG + OLÉ with PHI inside
16 AIOLI  AI (Excellent) +  OLI(D)
17 HEIR PRESUMPTIVE     Nice (CD)
18 AISLE  A +  ISLE (of Man)
19 RESIDENCY  RE + SIDE (attitude) + C in NY
21 ALTAR  AL(L) + TAR
22 SCRIPTURE  Nice apposite anagram   RC PRIEST + U*
24 HYMN   Likewise  ends of HarmonY and ModulatioN
25 DREAM WORLD  (CD)

DOWN
1 PEN PAL  P (head of police) inside PENAL
2 RACE AGAINST TIME RACE (people) +  AGAIN + SET* with TIM inside
3 ETNA   Hidden answer
4 SCRUTINEER  RECOUNT RISE – O *
5 STYE   STY(L)E
6 PRAETORIAN GUARD UPROAR TRAGEDIAN*  Another nice clue
7 TORTOISE  O + IS inside TORTE
10 SCRAPPED  Double def
14 PUPPETRY  PUP + PET + RY (Lines, as in railway)
15 EQUESTRIAN  E + QUEST + RAN with I inside
17 HEADACHE  AD + AC inside HE + HE (“men”!)
20 YIELDS  Another nice clue  Y + (F)IELDS
22 SURF   SUR(E) + F
23 PAWN   W inside PAN
 

3 Responses to “Independent 6507 / Phi Relaxing fare”

  1. petebiddlecombe says:

    Found this tougher than usual Phi – about double the expected time, partly from taking ages on those guards. Thought “offers on computers” = “IT Sale” was good work.

  2. stevenhall says:

    Some beautifully constructed clues.

    A few ecclesiastical terms, three of which line up as the last three across clues on the left to give a nod to the old joke about the last three things a woman hears when she gets married, and repeats for the rest of married life: ‘Aisle’, ‘Alter’, ‘Hymn’. (Also linked to the clue for 23D?)

  3. stevenhall says:

    ‘Altar’*

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