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Guardian 24324/ Araucaria Friday Fun

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

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I thought this was a terrific crossword, witty, entertaining and erudite. The bad news was that though I solved it I feel that sometimes I had answers without full understanding. So, more than usual, I look forward to comments and explanations from those that have them and would be good enough to post them.  
Across
1  SEANCES – amusing clue which was just the start of a really entertaining puzzle.

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Independent 6668/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

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Across
1 (WAS)* in DON – Les DAWSON, my favourite comedian when I was young.
10 WING,C,HAIR
11 TO[-l]KE[-i]N – Tolkein was the first name that sprung to mind when I saw “fantasy writer” but I thought that “bumping off a couple of characters” meant taking two from the beginning or end of the clue so I dismissed it and started thinking of alternatives.
13 NOT in MOO,NOUS – MONOTONOUS doesn’t look like a word you could do an awful lot with so I think Phi has done really well here: “Dull, low intelligence, not internalised”.
15 MATE in AU,R
16 A,PEELS< – another good clue with a smooth surface reading.
19 OR in MASS – we’re used to seeing “men” indicate OR but “standard servicemen” does the job and also helps with the deception in “bog standard”.
25 PI[-p]ER
29 (EVEN)* in NERD
 
Down
1 DOWN,O in LAD – shouldn’t the definition be “podcast, say” as a podcast in one of many types of DOWNLOAD?
2 (NEW IN)*,BAG,O
5 (O,A[-s],A,RULE)* – AUREOLA. Looks easy now but at the time I had all sorts of problems parsing this.
14 (DANE I REACT)* – DERACINATE. Not an easy anagram.
17 [-cr]EDIBILITY – another one I had problems with as I thought I was looking for a word beginning C,R followed by something meaning “lacking in confidence”
21 I,C in POLY
22 BIG (going up),BON[-e]
26 hidden in “capitaL IM Assured”.

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Independent 6663/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

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I have a number of crossword wishes waiting to be carried out by the crossword genie and one of them is for Scorpion puzzles to appear more often. Yes, they are very tough but I find them very satisfying to solve. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Scorpion puzzle I’ve solved and this was no exception. Lots of great clues to savour here but, for me, 14d is simply brilliant, and brilliantly simple. Read the rest of this entry »

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