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Independent 6584 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on November 22nd, 2007


Phi usually appears on Friday rather than today (Thursday).      Wondered if there was a date-specific reason for this, but cannot see a theme.    Quite an easy puzzle, I found.   Solving time, 15 mins

* = anagram   < = reversed


1 FLIP S IDE(a)      Favourite clue.   The B side of a record.

5 WE (I’M) AR

10 GO  (T – rear of Baptist CH – church) A     Cleverly worded to make the solver wonder at which end of the clue the definition lay.

12 A S(SAY) ABLE     “Ready for trying time, perhaps, in a fur coat”     I think it’s ‘say’ = perhaps surrounded by a fur = a sable ie in a fur coat, but ‘time’ seems  to have no function so I may have missed something.

17 MAN OF THE MATCH   Excellent pun on striker and match in two separate contexts ie football (striker = attacking player) and those you find in a match box.

20 DON (put on) CARLOS   (carols)*

21 SO (very much) NAR       ran<     ran = organised

23 MODE RAT(i)O     ref music

25 HEL(P) D ESK    p = paratroops’ initial.    The last I solved.


1 FE (D) E RACY     Definition = allied forces

2 I ASK YOU     “What I do to get your opinion, really!”    A cracking clue.



16 S HER LOCK  Holmes

18 TON (NAG) E

19 (Comm.)ODIOUS


4 Responses to “Independent 6584 by Phi”

  1. Nealh says:

    I thought “assayable” was “assumable”. That seemed to make sense because “assume” can mean to put on an item of clothing and “sum” could be short for “summer”. I don’t see how “say” can be mean “time”.

  2. nmsindy says:

    I don’t think it could be ASSUMABLE because the Y comes from 6 down ECOSYSTEM. ‘Ready for trying’ does seem OK as definition for ASSAYABLE but not so much for ASSUMABLE, i’d say.

  3. Nealh says:

    Yes, obviously I realized it wasn’t correct. I’m just saying that I thought it made more sense than the actual answer.

  4. nmsindy says:

    I see what you mean. If it was clothes though ‘try on’ might be more accurate that ‘try’ – also not sure if sum = summer is a standard abbreviation. It might not get past a crossword editor.

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