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Independent 6662/Phi

Posted by John on February 22nd, 2008

John.

Nothing very controversial I think – the usual excellent crossword from Phi.

Across
1 (a)UNTY PIC AL(l)
6 ONC(U [=for all to see])E
9 EV(OK)E
10 ARM STRONG. I think this is it: arm = power and strong = very significant. Louis Armstrong.
11 POST I’LL I ON. Not a word I’d heard much of until Dirk Bogarde. I think “My postillion has been struck by lightning” is an example of the way in which French schoolbooks tended to talk about things that were irrelevant to their readers’ lives.  Not absolutely sure where it originated.
12 AX(L)E
14 W RESTLE(SS)
15 NEWSBOY – n((web so)*)Y
17 NOURISH – (in hours)*
19 CON TEND
20 PUM(p) A
22 OVERSPREAD – over (drapes)*. I don’t quite see where the “excessive” comes from.
25 WATER POLO – (t(h)e Poor Law)*
26 (P)INTER
27 R(IT Z)Y. A long-standing gripe I have is with z as an unknown, which it only really is in higher maths. But I suppose it’s convenient, not an easy letter to refer to otherwise.
28 FLY AGARIC – fly (a cigar)*. A hallucinogenic toadstool.
 
Down
1 US E UP
2 TROUSSEAU – (a tour uses)*
3 PAEDIATRIC – a in (patricide)*. I made rather a mess of the grid, trying to write in “pediatric”.
4 CHAR[one who does] LIE
5 L(AMP)OON
6 (s)ORTS I think. Not I should have thought a daily broadsheet word and perhaps it’s something else.
7 CHOUX – “shoo”. I’d only ever heard of choux pastry, but this seemed pretty likely and was in due course confirmed.
8 E A GLEE (d)YED
13 S(WAN)UPPING. I knew this because of Flanders and Swann.
14 WIND POWER I think – it fits and seems a CD, so long as you can accept that wind power = a generator, which seems a bit odd but I suppose it is in a sense.
16 BE((d)EFEAT)ER
18 HIVE(s) OFF
19 CARR(O(ne’s) T(eddy))Y. What a good clue.
21 MOT ET
23 DIRAC – RA in CID rev.
24 FRAY – 2 meanings

4 Responses to “Independent 6662/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, the usual excellent puzzle from Phi – I found it a little trickier than some of his but all fit (and was understood) at the end.

    I’d be happy with z as a variable – it would conventionally be used where there are three unknowns in an equation. I don’t think you’d necessarily have to go into higher maths for that.

    ORT is an old crossword friend – that’s where I first learned it and I don’t ever recall meeting it in ‘real life’.

  2. Testy says:

    I guess you could argue that we generate energy using the power of the wind.

  3. Testy says:

    PS. I initially tried HAND OFF instead of HIVE OFF on the basis that HAND is most of “rasH AND” but I eventually realised my folly.

  4. Jon says:

    re: 22ac. Isn’t “excessive” just part of the definition? “to cover an excessive area” = OVERSPREAD?

    A little more difficult than usual, I thought, but enough of a mixture of easy and trickier clues that it didn’t cause too many problems.

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