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Independent 6613 by Tees

Posted by nmsindy on December 27th, 2007

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A very difficult puzzle, which I was not able to finish – clues I struggled with listed in full below – any help provided would be much appreciated. The theme is “The Scottish play” (Macbeth by Shakespeare) which also allows a reference to Hampden Park.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

9 ECLAMPSIA Ma< in (special)* Fitting = having a fit

11/12D THANE OF CAWDOR (Who can do after)* Thematic and it gave me the theme – it’s the Shakespeare play I know best.

12/23D HAMPDEN PARK (Ham pp darken)* Scotland’s equivalent of Wembley.

13 “Character must die” (5) ??U?D The 1st letter of this crosses 1 down at its 6th letter. (With that letter revealed as M, thanks Fletch, this is MOULD, I’d say – Yes, it is)

15 T(H)E SCO TTISH PLAY (this aptly)*

19 “Summon again where king quits, having grasped argument against Spain” (9) With ??C?N?E?E, it has to be RECONVENE – I can see the argument against (CON) and Spain (E), but not the rest of the wordplay. (Understand this now, thanks to Conrad – R E(CON) VEN E, even = quits)

21 CINNA “Sinner”. Killed in a mutiny.

22 MA (CBE) TH Math is an Indy setter.

23 PO (W) E RED Horrible refers to genre of Poe’s writing, I think (horror)

24 “Wanting wee (5)” ??O?T Think it may be SHORT as double definition.    (Yes, it is.)

25 AI R POTATO (taproot)*

DOWN

1 “22A’s line brings tungsten closer, boring through rock” (10). 22A is Macbeth and I have ?E?T???T?R, that R being from the slightly doubtful RECONVENE. Tungsten suggests there may be a W there (its atomic number), but I can get no further.

(Thanks, Fletch, for this PE (N TAME) TER – not sure I understand definition tho’)

4 ASIF As if

6 THE M INCH

7 PE (DD) LE

8 M ANN

14 LETTER HEAD

15 LA(d)Y H AND S ON many = D = 500

17 CONTENTS Excellent double definition

18 LUNARI AN (Urinal)*

22 “Sounder food from a standard pack(4)” M?(maybe an S from SHORT)? Have no idea what this is.

(Thanks, Fletch, it may be MAST hidden, indicated by pack – I completely missed that possibility.) (Yes, it is.)

6 Responses to “Independent 6613 by Tees”

  1. Fletch says:

    Could 22d be MAST (hidden)?

  2. conradcork says:

    19 across. I think quits is even, of which ene is a poetic form.

  3. Fletch says:

    1d could be pentameter, if Peter were the rock – not sure about the rest!

  4. Fletch says:

    Right I see it now, N = tungsten closer, tame = boring.

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    PENTAMETER: I had a quick look at Macbeth and it seems to be written largely in pentameters, so a pentameter could I suppose be argued to be Macbeth’s line.

    MAST: Very clever hidden, if you can accept “pack” as a hidden indicator – I missed this – but still don’t understand “Sounder”.

    Conradcork on RECONVENE: I’m sure it’s even, not ene. That gives the V, for it’s “argument against” = “con”. I don’t really like the “where”, though.

    Very good crossword – lots of excellent clues.

  6. davey b says:

    Sounder is a collective noun for wild boars. Mast is pig food.

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