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Independent 6549/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on October 12th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Excellent stuff from Phi. I’m lost on the last one across though.

Across
1/10 THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE — double def. — the cryptic definition of the two refers to Life magazine.
8 LISZT — “list” — radio clues the homonym here.
9 RAS TAFARI — RA + (T in SAFARI)
11 MAPREADER — (PARADE)* in MER — sea at Le Havre is MER
14 RED DWARF — ED in (FWARD)* — Red Dwarf is a UK sci-fi comedy series.
22 HELOT — (t)HE LOT — a menial.
25 ROTHERAM — ROT HER HAM — nice simple charade that works well. And, my dad’s family are originally from Rotheram, not too far from Sheffield.
26 TENOR — double def. — Covent Garden, home of an opera house.
27 NOBEL LAUREATE — ? — I’m guessing this is a cryptic definition but I’m missing what laxness means here.
Down
1 TELL ME ANOTHER — TELL MEAN OTHER — William Tell provides the archer that starts this excellent charade with a hint at Lord Archer known for his stories and the One Foot in the Grave catchphrase.
2 EASY-PEASY — (qu)EASY + PEAS + (dodg)Y — lovely English term. This type of construction, like argy-bargy, shilly-shally, has a name that I can’t remember at the moment.
3 EXTREME — (t)EXT + REME — REME are the less common soldiers or engineers.
5 HOSE REEL — REEL + HOSE (reversed words) — nice reversal of words.
7 SPAIN — PA in SIN— similar to the Costa Del Sol clue the other day in its inference!
15 AFFLUENZA — A + F + (ZEAL + FUN)* — a neologism, the disease of having too much money.
16 TAJ MAHAL — T(o) + A + J + MA + HAL
18 POTHERB — POTHER + B(roccoli)
21 ANEMIA — AN + AIME(d)< — American is used to give the US spelling.

5 Responses to “Independent 6549/Phi”

  1. Nealh says:

    I think that the last one is something like “noble aureate” i.e. laxness say.

  2. Nealh says:

    Or, given that aureate doesn’t mean “to say”, it’s more like “nobly orate”.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Laxness was a Nobel Prize winner in the early days – topical with the awards being given out.

  4. stilt says:

    Not seen the puzzle, but Halldor Laxness was a Nobel-winning author, if that’s any help.

  5. Shirley says:

    2 D These type of phrases are called Rhyming reduplications

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