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Independent 6674 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on March 7th, 2008

nmsindy.

Tougher than usual from Phi, but all understood as one expects from experience from this top setter.   Solving time, 37 mins.

* = anagram  < = reverse

ACROSS

9 PULSATE   Cunning as ‘salute’ looked like the definition  (salute p first of policemen)*

10 STAUNCH   Double definition

11 N (UCLEAR F) RE E Z ONE    (careful)*

12 MOR (T) AL S  IN

14 CIDER   Hidden reversal

15 SP LODGE

16 M (ART I) AN

17 RUN ON   cf Runyon

18 CORP(s) U LENT

23 CA (S SI) US      (Is s)<    Caus(e)

24 ALL EGRO   cf egro

DOWN

1 E PONY M    me<

2 BLOC   First letters

3 CASE-HARDEN   (search Dean)*

4 REFRESHER COURSE     Clue of the puzzle for me

5 ASTRONOMER ROYAL

6 WA(s) KE(pt)

7 IN GOOD TIME  beat (music)

8 SHEEP RUN  (pure hens)*

13 RELI N QUI(p) SH

14 CORPUSCULE   (cures couple)* less e

15 S (U R P) LICE   r = rector

19 TAT TOO

21 HAIL  “hale” = sound (healthy)

22 (s) URGE

4 Responses to “Independent 6674 by Phi”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    REFRESHER COURSE “Clue of the puzzle for me”.

    It may well be, but it would be interesting to see why it works. I’ve looked at it for ages and am completely at sea.

    I thought 12A (You’ll be displaying ethics in repressing it, ultimately) and 15D (Vestment with piece cut off holding up around rector) were both excellent.

  2. Testy says:

    I couldn’t understand REFRESHER COURSE either until I looked up “refresher” in the dictionary which turns out to also mean a fee paid to a lawyer so I think it was a kind of double definition (one of which was a pun).

  3. nmsindy says:

    “REFRESHER” COURSE Yes, that’s how I saw it, but I might have been lucky, in that, though not a member of that distinguished profession, I had come across it – it’s a further (lower) fee, say,if a case goes on or is reconsidered.

  4. Colin Blackburn says:

    I solved 16a even though I omitted the word ‘craft’ on parsing it. Thus I got A in MARTIN. It was only afterwards I realised my mistake. There can’t be many clues where that would work.

    Colin

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