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Independent 6649/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 7th February 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 A BIT OF ALL RIGHT – OK being another word for ALL RIGHT.
8 LET THEM EAT CAKE
9 (SO ONE ENCHAINED)* – CHEESE AND ONION. The capital R in “Rolls” is not needed in the cryptic reading but adds a bit of deception at the surface level.
10 B,READ AND B,UTTER – I thought this was very cleverly done: “Ordinary con, say, registering at B&B”.
14 ENTERTAIN,MEN,ST (reversed)
15 (EYED MATERIALLY)* – TIME DELAY RELAY.
19 (BRIDAL COAT)*,LOTH – BROADTAIL CLOTH was new to me.
21 LEFT SPEECHLESS
 
Down
1 APE[-x]
2 (HE LOST RESTRAINT)* – IN THE LAST RESORT
4 A,LEX,AND,RAP,A,LACE
5 LUTED – guessed this from the minstrel reference as I didn’t understand what “clay overcoat” was about. Turns out that lute is “a substance, such as dried clay or cement, used to pack and seal pipe joints and other connections or coat a porous surface in order to make it tight”.
6 (AT ALL IN ELECTION)* – I CANNOT TELL A LIE. The definition – “Does one fib? No” – was a bit tricky to spot
7 H?E ?O – couldn’t get this one; might be HIE TO but I don’t know why. Full clue: “Quickly head for digitally-reduced celebration, so to speak?”
13 R,IT,Z,Y
16 I’M B[-l]UE
18 hidden in “geneRAL PHilosophy” – this seems like a bizarre way of doing a hidden word clue: I can’t decide if the definition here is meant to be “His” or “I’m”.
20 T?S – couldn’t get this one either. Full clue: “Terriers paid renewed attention”.

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Independent on Sunday 938 by Quixote (03/02/2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 7th February 2008

nmsindy.

I found this one fairly straightforward, solving time 15 mins.

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Financial Times 12,685 (Jason)

Posted by diagacht on 7th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
10 REFRAIN: double definition
11 X RAYING:X + RAY + IN + G
12 SCENE:sounds like ‘seen’
13 USUALNESS: anagram of UNLESS USA
14 BOTTLE OPENER: &Lit
18 ELECTRIFYING: ELECT + anagram of (FRYING + I)
21 ULAN BATOR: anagram of A BURNT LAO
23 AISLE: IS in ALE. An aisle is where a marriage (union) takes place.
24 LIGHTER: &Lit. A lighter is a barge.
25 NEPTUNE: PEN (reversed) + TUNE
26 CUDGEL: CLUED + G (good). To cudgel as in to brain.
27 SHOEHORN: HOE in SHORN
Down
1 PARISH: PA + (i)RISH
2 RAFTER: RAFT + ER
3 SCAPEGOAT: SCAPE + GO AT
4 TONGUE TWISTERS: &Lit
6 EMAIL: I AM (reversed) in EL
8 REGISTRY: anagram of ITS GERRY
9 EXCUSE MY FRENCH: another &Lit
15 PINEAPPLE: PINE + APPLE
16 REPUBLIC: PUB in RELIC
17 DERANGED: anagram of GREEN DAD
19 PSEUDO: DUES (reversed) in PO
20 SEVERN: SEVER + (autum)N
22 BATHE: BA + THE

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Financial Times 12,675 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 7th February 2008

Pete Maclean.

A fine, fairly easy (for me) puzzle. I especially liked 1D, 8D and 16D.

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