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Independent 6542 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 4th October 2007


Built around a 41-letter anagram. Solving time: 52 mins.

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Guardian 24199/Orlando – four Ms.

Posted by ilancaron on 4th October 2007


A good puzzle with consistently high quality defs and wordplay (the latter providing clear direction to answers in some cases even when the def was unknown to me). Incidentally had I not known it was by Orlando I would have guessed Paul given the slyness in some cases (e.g. 24A, 11A). Dick Emery is a name I’ve heard of though couldn’t begin to tell you what he’s been in. Mold, Manchester, Menton and Motown are four far-flung and different towns.

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Independent on Sunday 920 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 4th October 2007


Fairly easy puzzle, I found.     Solving time: 15 mins

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Financial Times 12,570 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 4th October 2007

Pete Maclean.

1. VERBATIM – anagram (terribly) of BRAVE + TIM (little chap)
6. CUCKOO – double definition
9. SPRUCE – double definition
10. NO LONGER – anagram of GO ON LNER. LNER was the London and North-Eastern Railway, one of four big railway companies in Britain in the early 20th century. If memory serves you will see the letters LNER on many a train in old British movies. And what a truly splendid clue! A Cincinnus classic.
11. STUD – T (beginning to travel) in SUD (the south of France)
12. PHARMACIST – anagram (is painful) of HAS CRAMP IT. Some may think “is painful” makes a poor anagram indicator; I am okay with it.
14. WHERE AM I – anagram (about) of WE HEAR + MI (military intelligence)
16. EGGS – EG (for example) + G[unner]S. For those who may not know, Spurs and Gunners are nicknames for two football teams.
18. URDU – hidden word
19. OPPOSITE – OP (work) + PO (Post Office) + SITE (location)
21. HORSE DRAWN – HORSE (Arab possibly) + DRAWN (portrayed)
22. BONN – BON (good for Frenchman) + N (Pole)
24. WALTZING – WALT (Disney) + ZING (animation). This was the most difficult clue for me. I am not sure that the question mark belongs.
26. APACHE – PA backwards (old man retiring) + ACHE (long)
27. KENYAN – ENYA (Irish singer) in [dar]KN[ess]. This is the second or third clue I have come across recently that used Enya.
28. SIDE DRUM – SIDE (arrogance) + D (duke) + RUM (odd). I had to use my dictionary to confirm this as I did not know that “side” can mean arrogance.

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