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Independent 6529 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on September 19th, 2007

nmsindy.

Some easy clues and some very tricky clues in the usual excellent offering from Dac.

Solving time: 22 mins

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 WHO OPS I remember these two songs by the Who very well so this went in straightway – ops being musical works (though I’m not sure if that term would have been used very often for Who numbers!)

9 MIT HER Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A new word for me that I worked out from the wordplay, verifying after.

10 AMARETTI (not AMORETTI) Learned today, when verifying, about Amoretti (later:Amaretti!)  cookies for the first time – eatables. A little puzzled with “talked of” in the clue as it seemed a double definition without a homophone element, but I may have missed something (Later: I did!). “Lover boys talked of these Italian cookies” (Later,  Answer is AMARETTI, I think as “these” Italian cookies so there is a homophone, the lover boys “talked of” as Colin has explained, thanks to him)

11 NOIS(om)E Tricky – out of order means take away OM = Order of Merit

12 MINOR SUIT “Miner” Clubs is a minor suit in the card game bridge.

13 SLEEVE NOTES ! Favourite clue.

17 R ((ASTAF) ARIA) N Good misleading context with RN = Royal Navy as the service, not one you pray at. (a fast)*

22 GIG UE EU gig< though gig, as a palindrome, does not change, the clue is perfectly sound.

23 DOORNAIL i = one in (Orlando)*

24 SIR I US I = (electric) current

26 SHO(t) GUN

DOWN

1 W (OMAN) ISH tour is a containment indicator

6 CARER Would need extra energy (=e) to give career = long-term work.

12 MINIS(T)ERIAL Lead for Tony = T Miniserial an adj from miniseries.

15 SING SING Notorious prison in New York sing = inform

16 ANDERSON Hidden – Anderson air raid shelters (WWII)

18 T (RADE) R Mostly ready = (read)* tr (abbrev) = transactions

19 ON FORM Or is it “in form”? After some thought settled for the former, but it’s a close-run thing and won’t know till tomorrow. I think both would fit “well” (Concise OED confirms) but “on” might fit the second part “where people often write personal details” just a little better, perhaps.

21 YONK(er)S Monarch = ER Yonkers a city of New York

4 Responses to “Independent 6529 by Dac”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    I thought the biscuits were AMARETTI (named after the almond liqueur) in which case it is a homophone clue.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Incidentally, like ?N FORM I don’t know which AM?RETTI goes in the grid.

  3. nmsindy says:

    I think it’s AMARETTI as “these” Italian cookies – I’ve amended entry in original posting. Thanks, Colin.

  4. nmsindy says:

    The solution confirms AMARETTI and ON FORM. My Concise OED also confirms AMARETTI and AMORETTI as homophones. Chambers shows the vowel sounds as different, however. Doctors differ…

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