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Independent 6618/Merlin

Posted by neildubya on 2nd January 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 (DID GO FOR)*,AY – an &lit and a reference to the GOOD FRIDAY Agreement but I see no anagram indicator…
6 [-n]OTIC[-e]
9 WARS,A,W,P,ACT – another &lit, and a good one too, but a tough clue to parse I thought.
14 (REPENT LATER)* – a “plane” is a large deciduous tree, a fact which didn’t occur to me until very late on.
18 (A R[-e]D HEN IS OLD)* – a RHODE ISLAND Red is a breed of domestic fowl, something which I only know from watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage series (he keeps Rhode Islands, amongst other breeds). I’m assuming “could” is both an anagram indicator and part of the definition?
21 LAYMEN in A,LT
23 F,LUTE – this is very good: “Glass requires fine stringed instrument”.
25 RISK in A STEED – I saw STEED quite quickly but RISK took longer to get.
27 (HARM BLEEPS)* – I think this must be an &lit with “undoes” as the anagram indicator?
 
Down
1 GO WEST – which can mean “die” but I don’t really understand “disorientate literally”.
2 OR,RE,RY – the last one in for me. An ORRERY is a clockwork model of the sun and its revolving planets.
3 TBA in FLATTERY – “sort of charge” must be either TBA or BAT but I don’t understand either really.
5 A,C,AfRiCa (going up) – again, this looks like it has to be an &lit because “A city” serves as the definition and part of the wordplay.
7 TOURISTY – filled this in with a blank look on my face but I’ve now worked out the wordplay. URI (Geller) is the spoon BENDER (20d) and STY is the “filthy place”.
13 STAND,OF,FISH
15 RATTLER in PS – the definition – “such utter nonsense” is quite deceptive here as it seems to suggest a word for nonsense, rather than the people who speak it.
19 BUNK,UM
20 N,D in BEER

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Guardian 24274/Paul – fish or fowl?

Posted by ilancaron on 2nd January 2008

ilancaron.

Neither fish nor fowl — can’t tell if there’s really a theme here or not: do fish and chips and grouse and chickens and pecking qualify? A couple of wordplays that I’m still struggling with… sometimes I manage to work them out as I write up my notes. If not… please have at them. Updates from comments below…

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Independent 6617/Virgilius

Posted by John on 2nd January 2008

John.

It’s New Year’s day, and it’s Virgilius. That means that his crossword must contain some wonderful Nina, especially as the grid is a bit odd. But I can’t see it.

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