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Independent 6668/Phi

Posted by neildubya on February 29th, 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”.

4 Responses to “Independent 6668/Phi”

  1. Testy says:

    I really liked “low intelligence” for MOO NOUS (I really must get more used to thinking MOO whenever I see “low”).

    My only real quibble was with CREDIBILITY being clued by “confidence”, are they the same?

  2. Jon says:

    Bit more difficult than usual for Phi, I thought? 12ac caused me far greater problems than it should have…

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    I had the same doubts as Testy over the equivalence of credibility and confidence. And yes an unusually difficult Phi, I thought. It took me ages to get 4A, 5D (my writing in AUREOLE didn’t help), 10A and 6D.

  4. Wil Ransome says:

    The fact that in 11A you called him Tolkein and not Tolkien hasn’t in this case been a problem. Lots of people call him Tolkein.

    Sorry to be pedantic. Just thought I’d point it out.

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