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Independent 6626/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on January 11th, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

I raced through this puzzle much more quickly than usual for Phi. Then I hit the buffers with 11 and 13. I’m sure I’m missing something very simple.

Across
1 RHODES SCHOLAR — RHODES + CH in SOLAR — US students studying in Oxford might be Rhodes Scholars if their lucky/clever.
8 WOOF — WOO(d)+F — good surface here losing the definition well.
12 TEA-TABLE — (i)T+EATABLE &lit
13 ???WOMAN — ? — The full clue is “Wife embraced by excellent old Italian member of armed forces (8)” The only answer I can see fitting is BATWOMAN, a female servant in the armed forces.
16 SHALOM — SH + initials —
20 HELSINKI — H + SIN in LIKE*
23 FLAT RACING — ALF< + TRACING — I had my doubts about this one, it fits but I did wonder if a man other than ALF might provide another solution.
24 URDU — oUR DUty
Down
1 ROO — ROO(m) — bounder is ROO as in kangaroo rather than cad or rat.
2 ORFEO — OR+FE+O — that underworld chap.
4 SPLIT INFINITIVE — SPLIT + INFINIT(y) + I’VE — excellent ref to Star Trek.
11 F???H ?E?L?R — ? — I’m sure this is a cryptic definition, FAITH HEALER fits the grid but not the clue. The full clue is, “One keen to get hands-on experience of suffering (5,6)”
17 MUNDANE — UND in MANE — German and = und.
22 SQUIB — SQUI(d)+B — ref. damp squib.
25 DIE — DI(m)E

3 Responses to “Independent 6626/Phi”

  1. tuck says:

    I think 13ac is AI + R(W)OMAN – Old Italian=Roman

  2. Testy says:

    I think 11D is just a cryptic definition referring to faith-healers wanting to lay their hands on the suffering to cure them.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks to both. I don’t know how I missed AIRWOMAN, and the, now, obvious ROMAN. With FAITH HEALER I think my judgement was affected by my inability to reconcile the checked I. The laying on of hands is as clear as they come.

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