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Independent 6624 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on January 9th, 2008

nmsindy.

Fastest Indy solve of the year so far for me, 13 mins. Unusually got many answers first from the definitions. Some excellent clues as always from Dac.

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 KIRS CH (irks)* church leaders = 1st 2 letters. It’s a brandy.

4 Robert BROWNING Excellent surface.

10 NO M (I N) ATES ref Billy no mates.

12 A-STREAM (as a term)* Favourite clue – a great &lit “Pupils likely to achieve highly as a term develops”

14 C LEAR SIGHTED “Cited”

17 DEMONSTRATOR Though it looks like there’s some wordplay, it’s a double definition.

20 DELI BES(t) (idle)* George Best ref musical score i.e. a composer. ‘briefly’ means ‘omit last letter’

22 TAG LINE (e.g. Latin)*

23 LINDA Cunningly hidden – indicated by ‘clothes’

DOWN

1 KEN DAL(e)

3 CANN(EL)LINI BEANS El = the Spanish in (nine cannibals)*

6 WAITING FOR GO (DO) T Samuel Beckett play do = party forgot = neglected circulate = go outside in container and contents

9 S (society) T (A MP) ACT Not sure if the surface is in line with the history of that tax in America.

15 STAR T OUT Another top drawer clue.

17 (D)ID(D)LER “Cheat and wastrel having hat encrusted with diamonds”. A little elaborate, this. I think it means the wastrel = idler has a hat of diamonds (D, from cards) – this is a down clue and also a second D included i.e. encrusted. Definition = cheat

(Testy’s note in comment 1 below explains this correctly, I’d say)

18 PI G OUT Pi = very good (from pious) Taste at Maxim’s = taste in French = gout.

21 SUPPE pp for it in suite 19th century composer.

3 Responses to “Independent 6624 by Dac”

  1. Testy says:

    I think I interpret 17 slightly differently. “I” is the “hat” for the word IDLER (i.e. the top when written downwards) so encrusting it with Ds for diamonds gives (D)I(D)DLER.

  2. Jon says:

    I was making excellent progress until the ‘new’ in 17ac convinced me that there was at least a partial anagram to solve, swiftly followed by a pencilled in FIRST for the first word in 15d, and I got a bit stuck. By the time I’d got DEMONSTRATOR, lunchtime had come and gone…

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    KENDAL (1D)

    This seems to be as explained by nmsindy. But if so, it seems a bit odd: “…overlooking valley appears endless” arguably doesn’t give DALe, for the grammar is wrong for that: “valley” is the object in “Range overlooking valley” and the subject in “valley appears endless”. And why didn’t Dac simply say “Range overlooking endless valley …”? I suspect I’m missing something.

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