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Independent 6551 by Hypnos

Posted by nmsindy on October 15th, 2007

nmsindy.

This puzzle by one of the occasional setters was a very fast solve for me.   Got quite a few answers by seeing definitions.     Solving time: 13 mins.

* = anagram    < = reversed

ACROSS

1 NEWCASTLE UNITED   Football club   (Clue in tweets and)*    Nicknamed the Magpies because of their colours, black and white stripes.     Which is why any such bird who has the temerity to alight at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on matchdays is roundly booed.

9 TAF FETA    fat<   feat with the t advanced

11 Shannon A IR P ORT    Ort = fragment = bit

12 THE SE US    Where you’d find Florida (on a map)

13 CREM E DE LA CREM E    merc< (RAC led me)*  + e (close to, ie last letter of, garage)

17 HAMMER AND TO(N)GS     More football   West Ham United nicknamed the Hammers.  inspiring = taking in eg inhaling.

21 ROO(k) FT OP    Man = chess piece.    One of two references to rival newspapers that the Indy generously allows in this puzzle.

22 BRUM (M1)E   Someone from Birmingham.

24   CRABBE  D     Buster  Crabbe  from the 1920s, 1930s.

25  SW A (H) IL 1     Westminster is in London area SW1

26 WIENER SCHNITZEL    (Cheer in west Linz)*    A veal dish, literally ‘Vienna cutlet’ so Linz (in Austria) chosen for the anagram.   Cheer in the sense of food.

DOWN

4 TRA (ns) IT

6 N (UCL) EAR    UCL = University College London

14 E  LABOR ATE    work in US as it’s the US spelling

15 EU RIP IDES     Greek dramatist

18 MU (TAB) LE    Muffin, the Mule, TV puppet in children’s programmes going back quite a bit.

19 T (SUN) AMI(l)     Newspaper reference No. 2

20 C (RACk) OW

5 Responses to “Independent 6551 by Hypnos”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    13 is E(uropean) MERC reversed, not sure if that was implied by your spacing.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Colin, you’re quite right – I missed that E in my explanation which was a letter short.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    It took me a while to find the thing when solving. The temptation is to see a Merc as a “European car” and assume there’s another E in the anagram fodder.

  4. nmsindy says:

    That’s what happened me, I should have counted the letters more carefully.

  5. Testy says:

    Muffin actually made a comeback (in an animated form) a couple of years ago.

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