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Guardian, 24317 (Gordius)

Posted by diagacht on 21st February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 JETSAM: SAM (American) after JET
8 ITCHIER: anagram of RICH TEa + I; you need to replace the “a” with an “i” (one for a)
9 HACKSAW: HACK (reporter) + SAW (has a point)
11 SWEEPING REFORMS: &Lit
13 SUPERSONIC: SIC (so) around U (classy) and PERSON
17 IDLE GOSSIP: anagram of PIGS SOILED
18 ESAU: USE (reversed) around A
20 CARBON FOOTPRINT: FOOT in CARBON PRINT
23 PINTADO: PINT (beer) + ADO (trouble); a pintado is a kind of sea bird
24 IN FANCY: a kind of double definition; to dream is to hold in fancy
25 BETTER: double definition
26 LAYMEN: anagram of MEANLY
Down
2 ECCLESIAL: I don’t get this one. I think it is ECCLESIAL; it fits and is connected to church.
3 STIRPS: STRIPS with the “I” and “R” swapped to follow the change of heart
4 MERINGUES: anagram of MINERS + GUESs (without the final “S”)
5 EPHOR: EP (record) + H (hard) + OR (other ranks?). An ephor was a magistrate in ancient Greece.
6 PACIFIST: CAP (reversed) + I FIST
8 ITS A FAIR COP: &Lit
10 WEST COUNTRY: anagram of COWS YET TURN
14 EDITORIAL: sounds like EDDY and TORY and AL (does it?)
15 NESCIENCE: anagram of NICE SCENE, meaning ignorant
16 IGNORANT: I GRANT around NO
19 SPIFFY: SP (childless, sine prole) + IFFY (dubious)
21 RONTE: presumably referring to Bramwell Bronte, a brother of Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. The initial “B” needs to be dropped. Ronte is another word for runt, although it’s a new one on me.
   

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Independent 6661 by Eimi

Posted by nmsindy on 21st February 2008

nmsindy.

Some very good and varied material here – quick progress early on, but slow to finish.

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Independent on Sunday 940 by Quixote (17 Feb 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 21st February 2008

nmsindy.

I found this a little harder than usual from Quixote. Solving time: 27 mins.

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Financial Times 12,687 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st February 2008

Pete Maclean.

Another beauty from Cincinnus. Don’t you love 27A? Also great are 12A and 26D.

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