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Independent 6609/Phi

Posted by John on 21st December 2007


As usual with Phi, everything very enjoyable. There doesn’t seem to be a Nina, but there probably is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6604/Nestor

Posted by neildubya on 21st December 2007

1 (SINFUL EFFECTS I)* – SELF-SUFFCIENT. SELF was obvious but the rest took a little time to make itself apparent.
10 YUP,PIE – if I had to pick a word to sum up the 1980s it would probably be this.
11 DE CAMP – I liked this: “Go and butch up”.
12 NEG OR TIN< – quite a difficult one to parse.
16 C in (BRAVE ONES)* – OBSERVANCE. Not a tough word by any means and a fairly easy anagram to spot but this still took me a while to get. At any rate, it felt like it should have been obvious, but wasn’t.
18 C in PEER<, C in TALE – cleverly constructed clue which takes one abbreviation – C – and gets us to use it twice.
20 [-qu]EASY – one of the last couple I filled in and only because I could see what else could fit. Have just seen that “green” = queasy.
27 IPM in CHUNK – “thirteen hundred” really held me up here and even when I filled the answer in I still couldn’t explain it. Finally, the penny dropped: 1300 = 1PM = IPM.
2 UM in [-g]ENERATE – the fact that UM and ER both appear made think that these were both indicated by “I’m hesitant” but that meant the rest of the clue didn’t work.
3 hidden reversed in “prAYERFul” – FREYA is the Norse goddess of love and beauty.
5 FRI[-day],ENDS
7 ESP,ION,AGE – “special intuition” for E[xtra] S[ensory] P[erception] and the definition was enough to get this.
8 T,WINE – “tent” is a deep red wine.
13 TURNER PRIZE – filled this in without understanding the clue but looking at it now, “lather” looks to be doing the deception work here as it means “some who operates a lathe”, which could also be a TURNER.
17 AS,HEWN in CUT – at first I couldn’t understand the wordplay here as I thought that “when chopped” was (WHEN)*, which left AS unaccounted for. Later spotted that “when chopped” is AS HEWN.
22 A,DEPT[-h]

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Guardian 24266 Pasquale – “We need a common enemy to unite us.”

Posted by neildubya on 21st December 2007


Condoleeza Rice (15d.) once made the quote in the title. Not her finest hour. Struck me that Pasquale’s puzzle is uniting quite a few people this morning – hope you’re all finding it as challenging as I am.

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