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Archive for January 2nd, 2008

Independent 6618/Merlin

Posted by neildubya on 2nd January 2008

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?
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?
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”.
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.
20 N,D in BEER

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Guardian 24274/Paul – fish or fowl?

Posted by ilancaron on 2nd January 2008


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


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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