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Independent 6623/Virgilius

Posted by John on 8th January 2008

1 LATIN AMERICAN – (certain animal)*. This suggests the theme – all the across answers are Latin words, many of which have an American connection. I think this is all.
9 CAPITOL – (topical)*. It used to be a Roman temple but now it’s a US government building. Virgilius (unlike Azed) has the view that nounal anagram indicators are OK (I rather agree with him), and takes advantage of this here.
11 ABSCISSAE – (CIA bases)*. Cunningly concealed noun, when one was expecting a verb. An abscissa is the x co-ordinate (see here).
12 CO rev. TAD I think. An octad is a collection of eight, but how nine is connected with the Supreme Court I’m not sure.
14 E PLURIBUS UNUM, a motto that appears on US coins
18 (CARESS A)* PAL ACE. Caesars Palace is a famous Las Vegas hotel.
26 EXPA(R)T E – I think “exile” is a noun here
28 I think this is PER CENT, but I don’t really see why, beyond the fact that a percentage of something is a proportion of it
29 SEMPER FIDELIS, the motto of the US Marine Corps; in English it means “always faithful”.
1 LAPPS – “Lapse”
2 T in (ATTIRE)*. Lovely simple good &lit.
3 (LL) in SUN rev. Not a very common word used as a verb, but it’s there.
4 MASSEUSES – I think this is just a cryptic def.
6 CAT is hidden in each of the words
7 NO-SIDE – Edison rev. A strange word – you never hear football commentators use it, but it is I think used in rugby.
8 SCRA(P)PED – it took me ages to see why; I couldn’t understand “scred”.
16 BE AWARE OF – (Arab foe we)*
17 SECRETE – simply two meanings I think
19 E (UP TREE)* – Euterpe was one of the muses
20 ADMIRAL – Pinkerton was a naval officer in Madam Butterfly. The butterfly reference is to the Red Admiral and the White Admiral.
21 DIVERS – two meanings
25 TRESS – a forTRESS is a secure place. Good clue that took me some while to understand.
27 P AM

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Guardian 24,279 – Gordius : Dead Bodies

Posted by neildubya on 8th January 2008


This was a fairly straightforward puzzle, which I initially made more difficult by insisting that 16d was TATTLER and 23d was ACRE. They aren’t.

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