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Independent 6642/Dac

Posted by John on January 30th, 2008

John.

One of Dac’s easier puzzles I think, but none the worse for that. Consistently excellent clueing as usual.

Across
1 DOMINICANS. The islanders and the monks.
9 AMOROSO, which is both a lover and a dark sweet sherry
10 TOSTADO? I put this in as a result of the wordplay, which is possibly s (= small??) in tot ado, and although Chambers only gives “tostada” as a fried tortilla there is possibly a variant spelling (which there evidently is).
13/14 CATHERINE OF ARAGON – (to go in a French area)*
16 SPLI(N)T
18 RO(TUN)D
19/22 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Рcab (enters)* A(u)vignon. Very neat and elegant.
23 H AVER. I had wanted to put in “waver”.
25 B RING UP
26 RESERVE – 2 mngs.
27 (DO)YENS. This use of “avoid” always seems a bit odd, but I suppose it is roughly equivalent to “shun”.
28 ARCHPRIEST – (parish rect(or))*
 
Down
1 DIABOLO – i in (a bold)* o. Not a game I’ve ever come across except in crosswords.
2 MO(O)TS – good clue if you can accept shape of wheel = round = o
4 CHOW-CHOW
5 NOTATE – (at Eton)*, although it isn’t just maths in which you notate. Dac seems to go along with the trend for omitting “perhaps” or some such.
7 I NA(NI)TION.
8 SLOWEST – low in (sets)*
11 STEEPLECHASER – pl in (see the races)*. Excellent &lit.
15 AR(THUR)IA N. When this puzzle appears in book form “Thur” will be a problem.
17 F(A RN)ORTH
20 TOR RENT
21 SNI(P)PER
22 V ERNE(ST)

4 Responses to “Independent 6642/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    TOSTADO A new word to me, but I think yr explanation is right ie. S = small (as in clothes sizes) TOT “goes without” ADO. Not too difficult a puzzle, but good as always from Dac.

  2. Jon says:

    Made a right mess of this one, I’m afraid. A lot of unfamiliar words meant I struggled. I usually start with the anagrams and work from there – but couldn’t quite untangle either 28ac or 11d, which with the other problems left me with large gaps I couldn’t fill.

  3. neildubya says:

    Enjoyed this one a lot. I knew 10a but couldn’t work out all of the wordplay straight away so waited a while before filling it in. 7d was a guess for me but a reasonably confident one. I was also suprised by the Thur reference in 15d.

  4. Richard Palmer says:

    John queries the use oh ‘wheel’ to denote O. I’m not too keen on indicating letters by things of the same shape, but this is just a matter of taste and there is nothing unsound about it. I was much more concerned about the use of ‘ball’ to denote O in 1D. I don’t see how a 3-dimensional object can be considered equivalent to a 2-dimensional one.

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