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Guardian 24305/Paul – Stub

Posted by beermagnet on 8th February 2008

beermagnet.

I’m putting this short post in place to carry the chat requested by others elsewhere.
I, too, would like explanations for a few answers here.
I’ll remove this post on request.
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Independent 6645/Morph

Posted by neildubya on 8th February 2008

neildubya.
Across
8 FAST FOOD – I think this could be considered an oxymoron because fasting means not eating at all.
9 NET,(LET)* – “stingy” is made all the more deceiving because of the money reference in “tax deducted”.
10 W,HIP – in Parliament, a WHIP is a note sent to MPs requesting their attendance to vote on a particular issue. The definition in the clue – “Persuade MPs” – suggests that it can also be used as a verb.
11 FRIEDMAN – first name Milton, and an economist, like J.M.Keynes.
13 SNITCH – for those who have managed to avoid the books and films, Harry Potter plays a game called Quidditch; one of the objects of the game is to capture a small flying gold-coloured ball called the SNITCH. Doing so ends the game, I believe.
14 ARNI[-e],CA – Good clue, with a great surface reading.
18 WAS A BI
27 MORPH in (ATOMISES)* – METAMORPHOSIS. One of our Australian readers told me recently that the Independent crossword is syndicated to his state paper but with one detail missing – they don’t publish the name of the setter. So the “me” in this clue won’t mean much to him (or people solving the clue online) but it’s a common enough word and the wordplay is straightforward so hopefully it wouldn’t have stopped anyone from solving the clue.
 
Down
3 EGOS – I liked this one a lot: “When they clash, you’ll ‘ear either ____ or I go!” EGOS sounds like “‘e goes”.
4 UNDER THE WEA(THE)R – this is very nicely done: “ill fitting” looks like the definition but it’s actually definition plus a key wordplay element.
12 BUTS (reversed)
15 (MAY DREAD)* – DAYDREAM.
17 (BOW OAR T)* – ROWBOAT. “All found at sea” seems to be doing double-duty as the anagram indicator and definition, unless I’m missing something.
19 BACCHUS – “back us”.
20 A,DON,IS – the previous clue had “God, he’s drunk” for the definition and this one has “God, he’s gorgeous…”
22 LOC[-k],UM

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Financial Times 12,686 (Sleuth)

Posted by diagacht on 8th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 GAINSBOROUGH: the town profits; the borough gains
8 IBERIAN:(l)IBERIAN, African country without left (l)
9 BEARS UP: E in BAR + SUP
11 DONNISH: IN NOD (reversed) + SH
13 NADAL: N (new) + A + LAD (reversed)
14 RESONATES: SONAT(a) in REES
16 SERVIETTE: VIE in anagram of STREET
19 MABEL: M (beginning of malign) + ABEL (biblical character)
21 ESSAYER: anagram of YES (i)DEAS, where (i)deas is ideas without the disowned ‘i’
23 PERUGIA: GI between PERU and A
24 SATSUMA: SA (appeal) + A MUST (reversed)
25 ORIGAMI: O (old) + RIG + AMI
26 NOTHING DOING: NOTHING DO + IN + G
Down
1 GLEANED: LEANED in GED (a kind of fish)
2 INITIAL: I (island) + I (one) in LATIN (reversed)
3 SANDHURST: &Lit
4 ORBIT: R in OBIT
5 OVATION: (inn)OVATION
6 GO SHORT: OR in GOSH (as in goodness me) and T (first letter of truth)
7 FIND ONES LEGS: anagram of DESIGN OF LENS
10 PENNSYLVANIA: referring to American Presidential election, I think
15 SHEEPFOLD: Jacob is a breed of sheep
17 RISOTTO: SIR (reversed) + OTTO
18 IVY BUSH: IVY + BUS + H (hotel)
19 MARTINI: ART in MINI
22 DRAIN: RA in DIN

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Guardian 24306/Logodaedalus – when’s Shrove Tuesday?

Posted by ilancaron on 8th February 2008

ilancaron.

A pretty easy and pedestrian puzzle. I had to look up the Tuesday ref in 2D and there were a couple of weak clues in my opinion — unless I missed some subtlety.
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Independent 6650 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 8th February 2008

nmsindy.

I found this easier than usual, solving time 10 mins

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Inquisitor 57 26 ACROSS by Phi

Posted by Hihoba on 8th February 2008

Hihoba.

After three pretty difficult ones, this was a bit of relief.
Most of the “normal” clues were pretty strightforward. One piece of wordplay eluded me for a long time – “Fourteenth place on the crawl” for barn. I’m still not entirely convinced about my explanation below (21A).

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