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Indy 6543/Phi

Posted by John on October 5th, 2007

John.

Solving time: 22 mins 38 secs. I’m sure there’s a Nina there somewhere, there being all those “loose ends” round the outside, and much of the bottom line saying FOOLS, but I can’t see it. It must be quite difficult to produce a grid in which there are loose ends at the outside yet not contravening the “rule” about never having a word with more than 50% of its letters unchecked.

Across
7 WHEE(L)
8/1 Cryptic definition, I think. Can’t quite categorise this one.
11 (IF FED)* R
12 MAN TRA(P)
13 TIE [= Bond] BREAK [=rest]
15 (TRIBAL REVERIE)*
18 (PEDANTIC)*
21 L in (MODES)<
22 HORN I N
25 (A IS)< ROUND (ANTAMAR)
26 E YES; central areas as in”eye of the storm”
Down
3 (G PLAN) in GET*
4 (EG DOTS)<
5 (RE FLIP)<. Nicedefinition.
6 I(SOLATE)D L(ODG)E
9 Presumably a crypticdefinition, but I don’t really get it. Is Phi saying that tohim it is particularly shocking that the US put people todeath at all?
16 V(CRIES)*AL
19 T O around (TUNE)<
20 DO around (LOTS)<. Is it inelegant to have two clues of similar type next to eachother?
23 Hidden reversed
   
   
   
   

3 Responses to “Indy 6543/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    9 Down – yes, that’s the way I read it with death penalties abolished in many other countries. Having seen a Nina that was not there and missed one with Phi in recent weeks, I’m reluctant to be dogmatic about whether there is one here. I did notice FOOLS along the end quite early on, but can see nothing else.

  2. petebiddlecombe says:

    Didn’t keep this one, but it did have “Great minds think alike” near the top, so ‘NEVER DIFFER’ may be in there as well as FOOLS.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    It’s, ‘… fools seldom differ’, and SELDOM and DIFFER appear in the grid. So FOOLS on the bottom row looks like a deliberate Nina.

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