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Independent 6644 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on February 1st, 2008

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Theme – explicitly stated – 8 down – for those of us not too familiar with them, friendly clues made them deducible or guessable. Solving time, 31 mins.

< = reversed * = anagram

ACROSS

9 T (AU) RUS (t) Au = gold

10 PA V O

13 TEST-F(L)EW Test = international (cricket match). Though it had wider meanings in years gone by – what are now called ‘play-offs’ in football were known as ‘test matches’ in the 1890s before automatic promotion and relegation was introduced.

15 CLAUDE LORRAIN Never heard of him, but pleased to work it out from the wordplay and verify later (ruined a collar)*

17 FAN TA S(I)A SA = sex appeal = it

21 HOROLOGIUM (room oil ugh)*

23 CROW(d) the Latin version of which (Corvus) is an 8 down.

25 NOSE DIVE

DOWN

1 B (LEAR) Y King Lear

4 ST (Street) AS IS

5 MU(sic) TI (it<) A musical conductor.

6 E (U) ROP EAN (nae por(u)e)< u = university pore = study nae = no (Scottish)

8 CO (NSTE) LLATION (sent)* Clued subtly not to be too obvious – I was looking for an anagram of stars at first

14 FRATRICIDE (Terrific ad)*

15 C (YAN) O GEN (any)* co = company gen = information

16 RE (ARM O) ST

18 STOL ID Lots<

20 GROOVY Double definition

22 OM IT cf 17 ac

One Response to “Independent 6644 by Phi”

  1. Tilsit says:

    Niall

    Thanks for covering this for me. I spent a fruitless hour trying to fnd a copy of the Indy this afternoon.

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