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Independent Crossword 6664 by Mordred

Posted by NealH on 25th February 2008

NealH.

* = anag, < = reversed, () = dropped letter

A good mixture of clues, with some quite tough ones (like 8 across) and some fairly easy. I quite enjoyed it, but it might require a bit too much general knowledge for some people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,320 (Arachne)

Posted by diagacht on 25th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 TESTAMENT: the male organ is presumably STAMEN but I can’t get offensive from TET
9 THE BEGGARS OPERA: anagram of A BERG’S GREAT HOPE
10 ROUT: gROUT firing German (g)
14 DIARRHOEA: anagram of A HORRID + EA (is EA an abbreviation for enema?)
16 SASHA: SAS and HA (Hawaii); I think this must be right but I thought the abbreviation for Hawaii is HI
18 TOLERANCE: anagram of TO CLEANER
20 EGO IDEAL: EGO + ID (physchological concepts) + EA (each) + L (last letter of theoretical)
25 PUT ON A BRAVE FACE: &Lit
26 REEVE: hidden in raRE EVErglades
27 TIGERS EYE: TIGERS (those who are determined) + EYE (to look); tiger’s eye is a chatoyant gemstone (apparently)
Down
1 TUTOR: TUT + OR (ordinary ranks)
2 SPECULA: U (head of urology) in anagram of PLACES
5 THREE BALLS: clearly right as it is the pawnbroker’s sign but ‘over half shunned’?
6 MOONRAKERS: MOONRAKER (Bond film) + S (singular); moonrakers are sails that fly above the skysail
7 SLEDGED: SL (Sri Lankan openers) + EDGED (to play a poor stroke in cricket)
8 STARSTONE: STARS + T (ultimately covet) + ONE (a particular kind)
12 BREAK DANCE: anagram of BAD NECK EAR
13 PORT TALBOT: PORT (left) + TALBOT (breed of dog)
14 DISTEMPTER: D (doctor) + IS (lives) + TEMPER (alleviate)
17 SCOTTIE: S (small) + COT (bed) + TIE (like perhaps a dicky bow)
19 NEONATE: NEON (gas) + ATE (corrosive)
22 THEME: T (time) + HEM (edge) + E (energy)
23 YANG: hidden in malaYAN Gkossary

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