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Independent 6648 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on February 6th, 2008

nmsindy.

Not too difficult today. Solving time, 16 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

10 BUTTONED UP Double definition

11 AN (G) ORA (k)

17 BEST OWER

21 CIVIL (I) TIES I = electric current

22 CORK Double definition

23 IS OLD (getting on) E

DOWN

2 RAVEN Double definition

3 CON (against = not giving support) SON ANT

4 IN BLACK AND WHITE Entered it immediately from the definition “Clearly stated” and the enumeration but I do not understand the wordplay “how women have appeared in West End productions” (Thanks, rightback, for explaining this in comment 3 below – that’s quite good)

5 Gloria EST (is in French) E FAN

6 AROMATHERAPISTS (Paris star at home)*

7 ODE ON(e) Typical cinema ode = episode (Not so – Thanks, Conrad, for explaining that this is a hidden: EpisODE ONe (abridged) so you deserve to appear in the crossword – 22 ac)

8 Penelope CRUZ E(I)ROS

16 FOR MING

20 TUR(n) IN Collins confirms turn = walk (noun)

3 Responses to “Independent 6648 by Dac”

  1. conradcork says:

    nmsindy – not sure I understand your comments on 7 down. It’s just a hidden word isn’t it? Abridged ‘episode one’.

  2. Jon says:

    I struggled with this more than yesterday’s! I’d not come across 10ac meaning ‘tense’ before, or ‘raven’ meaning ‘hunt’, and 8d was quite tricky…

    I’ve never thought of an anorak as a jacket – always thought of them as coats (that we’d be routinely forced to wear as children during wet summer holidays, despite them being completely ineffectual, and sweaty / uncomfortable to boot…) Notice, though, that Collins and Chambers both define it as ‘jacket’. Mmmm…

    Is 4d a reference to the type of costume a dancer might wear in a musical – I’m thinking of the female tuxedo / top hat and tails look, with tights instead of trousers???

  3. rightback says:

    I think 4dn refers to The Woman in Black and The Woman in White, both West End shows.

    ‘Raven’ = ‘hunt’ was new to me too.

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