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Independent 6517/Dac – About a boy

Posted by neildubya on September 5th, 2007

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I don’t think this was as tough as some recent Dac puzzles but I have a feeling that 9A will trip some people up…

Across
1 COMMOD[-or]ES
6 SHREW,D
9 BADLY DRAWN BOY – I can’t imagine that this clue would be anything other than difficult if you’d never heard of Damon Gough. The wordplay is certainly not as helpful as it could be, given that the answer is not a familiar phrase.
10 FELL ON – sounds like “felon”.
11 (LARG[-e] IPOD)* – PRODIGAL. I suppose Apple’s ubiquitous digital music player was bound to make it into crosswords sooner or later.
14 T,ALKIE
16 RE[-d]CENT – I filled this in from the definition and crossing letters as I didn’t get all of the wordplay. I think I assumed that “old” and “penny” were indicating two different things, rather than just D.
20 CARIES in ST
22 EUROPA – “you rope a”. A reference to Europa and the Bull
24 (T[-h]E LOST VAMPIRE)* – SPLATTER MOVIE. Excellent clue with a great surface reading.
 
Down
2 [s]OMBRE – this one really had me puzzled until I got 1A and checked O it provides as I thought I was looking for a a card game beginning with S. I interpreted the wordplay as “[a word for "serious"] after S”
4 YE in DONNE – another one that held me up because I parsed the clue incorrectly: I thought the definition was “respected” and that an F would feature somewhere.
6 (TWO WARS)* – SAW WORT.
7 hidden in “aRAB BIllionaire”
17 TREATED – I found this quite tricky too, although I’m not sure why now.
19 (REARMED)* – DREAMER.
21 K in RILE – Rainer Maria RILKE.

2 Responses to “Independent 6517/Dac – About a boy”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    BADLY DRAWN BOY

    You can see why The Times doesn’t mention living people.

  2. Paul B says:

    If ever I see VAMPIRE in The Times I’m going to write in and complain.

    While not strictly living, undead crosses the line in my view.

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