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Independent 6672 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on March 5th, 2008


The usual excellent puzzle from Dac. Good variety, some easier than others as it should be, but all yielding in the end. Solving time, 23 mins.

* = anagram < = reversal


1 C (OP S) HOP Wordplay container-and- contents reverses natural order of words, but all clear in the end.

5 VIC TIM This film ignoramus got this from the wordplay, verifying after.

8 ALTO (a lot)* My last entry, and my favourite clue.

9 WIN E (European) CELLAR “Seller” Bordeaux means the wine, not the geograpichal area. Good.

10 MICHAEL CLAYTON (thy local cinema)* See 5 across.

12 TO XI CITY XI = Roman numerals for eleven = (football) team of which one is Birmingham (City) – sorry, Eimi.

13 AM-DRAM AM = early DRAM = drink. Abbrev for Amateur Dramatics.


17 TRI (B UN) AL

19 CO (N TOR) TIONISTS Excellent topical surface reading Co = business (so it isn’t)*

21 ADAM AND EVE Rhyming slang – Do you Adam and Eve it?

23 I (electric current) SAY (state) My! is definition

24 (Hilaire) BELL O C    Bell = inventor of telephone

25 S (TUCK) ON


1 CO (LU) MBO A TV detective series


3 HEW “Hugh” Gaitskell – Labour Party leader, never became PM – died suddenly in 1963.

4 PENALTY (Net play)* ? needed as fine is only an example of a penalty.


6 COLEY hidden <

7 I SA (DO) RA(band) Duncan Saraband being a dance and ID a famous dancer.

11 AN I MATRON IC New word to me that I worked out from the friendly wordplay.

14 D (RUM ST) ICK Dick meaning, among other things, a detective.


17 TO (IL) ERS IL in (store)* Roman numeral for 49 (L = 50) in the same way as IV = 4 and IX = 9. I think it was not in fact used by the Romans, it was XLIX for them, but it’s entered modern usage.

18 AB STAIN AB = sailor (able-bodied seamen). Bizarre surface.

20 T (AMI) L Ami = friend (French). borders = outside letters

22 E CU (Chemical symbol for copper)

4 Responses to “Independent 6672 by Dac”

  1. Testy says:

    When I saw the film references I wondered whether you would be blogging so it raised a smile when I found it was.

    As you say, excellent as usual and 19 was particularly brilliant:

    “They bend over backwards to get Northern Rock in business, so it isn’t going bust”

    18D I’ve done some occasional home dye jobs on clothes in the past and recall that it involves mixing salt and dye so the surface wasn’t so bizarre for me (although it would never have crossed my mind to try to drink it).

    It’s funny how everyone differs, ALTO was one of my first. The one that really caused me problems was BELLOC and to be honest I had to use the online “reveal letter” function to get the B. Otherwise a fairly straightforward but extremely sound and enjoyable puzzle.

  2. Jon says:

    I thought this was a really good crossword. Clear, precise wordplay, loads of nice clues. Favourites were 12ac, 17ac, 17d…

  3. Paul B says:

    That’s a bit classy, that Northern Rock clue.

    Nice one Dac.

  4. Wil Ransome says:

    Recently I blogged a Dac crossword and compared him to Mozart. Such a comparison is perhaps a bit grandiose, but in its way Dac can almost be called the Mozart of crossword setters – you look at the answer and think “how simple; why couldn’t I have thought of that before?”, just as you do with his music.

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