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Independent 6567/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 2nd November 2007

neildubya.
Across
1 hidden reversed in “BritiSH CASt” – Hans SACHS is a character in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and, I was surprised to discover, an actual real life person.
4 KEW,IS in LIE – I really should have got KEW quicker than I did, given that I only 15 minutes away from it.
8/10 (ENSURE ACCIDENTAL VICTIM)* – CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. I wasn’t looking forward to working out an anagram of that length so it was lucky that I stumbled on the answer with a few letters filled in.
18 YES in E,TRAIN
19 [-t]EAK in CRY – took me a while to work out what was going on here and I nearly filled in “croaky” until I realised it wouldn’t work with “failing to open wood”.
21/24 POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION – always a relief to get really big answers filled in early on.
25 A,USE in NOUS
26 TRESS – almost filled in “steam” (because of head of steam, pressure etc) but held back until I got a couple of crossing letters. Had to think again when I had ????S. Quite a clever &lit clue: “What’s head lost from emotional pressure?”
 
Down
2 CERTITUDE – with all the crossing letters in place I filled the answer in because it was the only thing I could see that fit. Just worked out that “moral behaviour” is “rectitude” so you just have to flip the first three letters.
3 SAUCE – the “next answer” (4D) is LOST CAUSE, which you could also write as (CAUSE)*.
5 KO,AN – this was new to me but easy to get from the wordplay. I’ll let Wikipedia explain it and mention that a famous KOAN concerns the sound of one hand clapping.
9 I,LT in MONKEYS,NES[-t] – MILTON KEYNES. Almost got into a pickle with this one as I thought I was looking for an anagram of “brat’s home” minus the “t”.
14 SUET,I in ONUS
16 (I BET SAILS)* – STABILISE.
20 [-n]ATIVE (reversed)
22 I,NAP,T – the last one I filled in, mainly because I thought I was suppposed to be looking for a word for consignment with the last letter missing.
23 F,IDO

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Guardian Friday 2.11.07/Chifonie

Posted by John on 2nd November 2007

John.

Solving time : 22 minutes.  This is a fairly quick time for me, which is probably why I quite enjoyed this. I wonder about some of the assessments under the tab “Setters” above. Tees the other day set the most difficult Indy crossword I’ve ever done and he’s “medium”. Chifonie is “hard”. Perhaps these were just exceptional days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6562/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 2nd November 2007

neildubya.
Across
8 PEN,PUS,HER – I don’t understand what “Caribbean estate” is and how it links to PEN, if at all.
9 NO,TED – “observed” is the definition, the rest of the clue is another way of saying that the death of TED Hughes resulted in Andrew Motion becoming Poet Laureate (“Poetry in Motion”).
10 hidden in “reUBEN Died”
11 THE BOWERY – an area in Manhattan. “Those people” is THEY but that leaves either EBOW or BOWE for “lady’s private room” – can anyone explain? [Edit: my mistake. As Beermagnet says in the comments, BOWER is the remaining bit]
12 DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT – a ref, I think, to Kit Carson.
13 (SPACED OUT MIND AN)* – STAND-UP COMEDIAN.
16 (ROMANIAN BY HEART)* – ERYMANTHIAN BOAR. My first thought was that this might be something to do with childbirth but the capital L in “Labour” made me think again. Eventually, the Labours of Hercules suggested themselves and Google did the rest.
19 LOOKS,MART
20 GAMIC – “magic” with the M and G swapped round.
21 N[-p]IECE – definition is tucked away in “my sister’s young [man].”
22 COT,ILL,O in OS – very tough I thought, especially “not 100%” for ILL.
 
Down
1 A,N,GEL,IC,A
2 SUN,DRY
3 THE TRUMPET-MAJOR – a novel by Thomas Hardy.
5 EEL,LORN,E – filled this in without giving it much thought. Only just seen LORN, which is an archaic term for “lost”.
7 EDDY’S TONE ROCKS – luckily I’d heard of the EDDYSTONE ROCKS so I got this with a few checking letters filled in. “I don’t wanna dance” was a song by Eddy Grant. Here’s the full clue: “Reason why we bought I don’t wanna dance? Seeing the light would help you avoid us” – does anyone else think those two sentences don’t really belong together?
8 POUNDS STERLING – the cleverly hidden definition is “ready to exchange”. I don’t really know why “reports of the” is needed in the clue – unless it’s to help the surface reading?
14 hidden in “glaD RAGS TERrific”
15 (OILMEN OR)* – IRON-MOLE.
17 YE,OMEN
18 NOG,GIN

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Inquisitor 43 – NAIRO by Loda

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 2nd November 2007

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: 1.5 – 2 hours – Chambers used for 25D only

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