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Independent 6593 by Dac

Posted by NealH on December 3rd, 2007

NealH.

After a really tough puzzle by Tees last week, I was relieved to find this one was a little easier. I even had some time to read the paper (although most of the news was so depressing it made me wish the puzzle had been harder).

Across
1 Wapiti: “A pit” inside WI. I had to check this, because I didn’t know the word and wapoti was also possible. Apparently, it’s a type of North American antelope.
11 Later on: Hidden word reading backwards. Although I got this fairly quickly, it took me a while to understand it. “Circulating” as a way of indicating something reversing always throws me because I assume it means “going around”.
12 Pipped at the post: Very clever cryptic defintion clued by “officer on duty” (an officer being someone with pips).
13 Tatou: Hidden word. Another zoological answer I’d never header of. The tatou is Priodontes gigas, the giant armadillo.
23 Cowbell. (Simon) Cowell around “b”. Although I’ve never watched the X Factor, it’s difficult to avoid entirely hearing about Mr Cowell.
25 Eighteen: Cryptically clued as “the majority” (i.e. age at which majority status is attained) Also, (get in here)* minus r.
26 Cheesy: Reference to types of cheeses which also happen to be counties.
 
Down
3 Turned up the heat: Cryptic definition based on the use of that expression to mean put pressure on someone.
5 To let: Nice to see the old schoolboy trick of putting “i” inside “to let” getting an outing in crosswords.
6 Butternut scotch: This threw me for a while. It was clued by “vegetable spread put on loaf” + drink and it looked like butter (= vegetable spread) on top of “loaf” (= nut). But, of course, butter is not a vegetable spread. It’s actually “butternut” that’s the vegetable and spread=squash.
10 Slammer: Double def using “critic” and “stir” (prison). I’ve never actually heard of a critic being called a slammer, so I assume the first one was more of a cryptic def.
16 Severely: “Seve” (golfer = Severiano Ballestores) + “really” losing “a”.
20 Cloche: This was the only one I wasn’t really sure about. It’s clued as a “church across the water” offering protection from the elements. Protection from the elements refers to the horticultural cloche and I assume “across the water” refers to the Channel i.e. France. However, cloche in French means bell, not church.
22 Tilde: Clued as “foreign accent” (i.e. an accent character) and “d” (drawn) in “tile” (Scrabble piece).

4 Responses to “Independent 6593 by Dac”

  1. conradcork says:

    20 down. The water is ‘loch’ with ‘ce’ for church across it.

  2. nmsindy says:

    BUTTERNUT SQAUSH was new to me, though I’d worked it out from the wordplay which I read as butter = spread, nut = loaf (head), squash = drink. CLOCHE – I read as Conrad Cork – I took the definition referred to its meaning as a hat.

    I too found it an easy puzzle and wonder if something date-specific will appear on Wednesday from which Dac has been moved this week.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    12A (PIPPED AT THE POST)

    NealH says that this is a cryptic definition. Isn’t it a double definition (“Officer on duty is”: an officer is pipped and is on duty and so at the post, and “finally ousted from position”: beaten at the last minute)?

  4. NealH says:

    I’d say it’s a double definition with one of the definitions being cryptic.

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