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Independent 6519/Phi – Land of the Long White Cloud

Posted by bensand on September 7th, 2007

bensand.

This made a quick solve for me – possibly because two of my grandparents were from New Zealand and I’m more familiar with the cities than I might otherwise have been. I think it will have been fairly straightforward for most people anyway although none the worse for that! On a family note I was slightly disappointed, although obviously unsurprised, not to find Otautau and Invercargill as solutions which would have made my day! 24 is CITY and 18 is TOWN so theme answers were NZ cities and one town.

Can’t see a nina unless it’s a prediction and NZ beat England 65-19 in the World Cup?

Across
1 ROTORUA – ROTOR + U A (Us All initially)
5 FIBROMA – F + (MORBI(D) <=) + A (hope that notation is clear!)
9 CLIENTELE – (EXCELLENT)* but with I replacing X
10 LEVIN – “remarkabLE VINeyard the only NZ place I didn’t write straight in but it looked likely even before the checking letters were in
11 WHEW – W + HEW, my last answer which felt appropriate after a quick solve
12 AUCKLAND – A + (D)UCK + LAND
15 NEW ZEALAND – NEW ZEAL + AN + D. I thought this was a little easier than theme keys usually are
23 MESMERIC – ME + ME + RIC(H) around S
27 CROSS – (A)CROSS
28 GEOMETRIC – (GET MORE)* + I + C
30 DUNEDIN – DUNE + DIN
 
Down
2 TRISHAW – (THIS WAR)*
4 APEX – one of those phenomenally cheap fares you can allegedly get if you know what train you want to catch many months in advance. I don’ think I’ve ever got one.
7 OBVIATE – (ABOVE IT)* easy anagram but a pleasing word
14 FLEETINGLY – FLEE + TINGLY
17 ON SCREEN – one slides down a mountainside ON SCREE naturally (+ N)
22 NELSON – NEON around L(IGHT)S

2 Responses to “Independent 6519/Phi – Land of the Long White Cloud”

  1. nmsindy says:

    11 across – I think was P HEW P = power. Wondered if this was timed for the opening day of the Rugby World Cup for which NZ are short-priced favourites, though their track record is poorer than their reputation.

    Excellent puzzle as always from Phi

  2. bensand says:

    Oops. Yes, PHEW is better. But WHEW seemed to work with W for Watts being the power. However Chambers has WHEW as wonder or dismay rather than relief so I suppose it doesn’t work really.

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