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Independent 6632 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 18th January 2008

nmsindy.

A quick post – harder than usual from Phi with a theme – referred to after the clue explanations.  Solving time, 29 mins.

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Independent 6627/Punk (12-01-08)

Posted by neildubya on 18th January 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 (MARIA FOLLOWING)*,E – WILLIAM OF ORANGE. “After the Reformation” is the anagram indicator so the capitalized R is more than a bit cheeky.
9 DUMB,FOUND – great definition (“stump”) but does “see” mean the same as “find”?
11 INGENUE – “genuine” with the IN moved.
14 CORPORATION – which is an informal or facetious word for “paunch”.
17 CONSUMPTION – great double definition clue: “Eating disorder…”
18 DIG – as is this: “…like mine”
20 TATA in RAT – RAT-A-TAT.
23 LAMINAR – the only way I can parse this is as R (last of “your”), ANIMAL (meat) reversed but that would make “reject” as the reversal indicator but “reject” doesn’t mean to reverse or turn something around so have I read this one wrongly?
26 REM (SINCE I)* – REMINISCE.
27 BED AND BREAKFAST – I guess that a “second” is a B here (second letter of the alphabet)
 
Down
2 LIME GREEN – a reference to the novelist Graham Greene and Harry Lime, a character in “The Third Man“, a film with a screenplay by Greene (who also a wrote a novella of the same name). Lime was played – famously – by Orson Welles. A brilliant film and possibly my favourite ever.
3 I, F in NUN
6 AI,SEC in RAIN – RAISE CAIN.
7 G in NUDE – “exposed” = in [the] NUDE.
8 EVERT,ON
15 O,AMM in RIFLE – ORIFLAMME always seems to crop up in crosswords, so much so that it’s the first thing I think of when I see “standard” in a puzzle.
17 CO,RN,COB
21 TUM,I’D – I liked “food processor” for TUM.
22 T,HR,[-y]OB
24 S in MINK

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Guardian 24288/Brendan

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 18th January 2008

Colin Blackburn.

The grid pattern and setter meant a theme was there somewhere. It took a while for it to work out but in the end it’s spelled out across the middle of the grid. All the across entries bar 9,10 and 23 (ANTISOCIAL) contribute to or hint at the theme of the Channel Islands. The CI are famous for their knitwear, their cows and their liberal approach to tax and financial regulation. Brendan sensibly tackles the first two topics. Read the rest of this entry »

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