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GUARDIAN 24,332 – RUFUS : Toothless

Posted by neildubya on March 10th, 2008

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I didn’t have a lot of spare time this morning but this still didn’t fill it. I don’t usually give my solving time – but I managed to complete it during a 15 minute tube journey, which is a third of the time I usually takes me. Either I got smart over the weekend or this was the easiest crossword I’m seen for a while. 7 down was a lovely clue though.

ACROSS

1 ARTICLE – (RECITAL)*
5 SHOWER
9 KANGARO
10 WEASEL – reference to “Pop goes the Weasel”
12 ACCELERATION
15 VIBRATIONS – (BORIS IVAN T) *
17 GEL – (LEG)<
19 Omitted on purpose
20 CLASSROOMS = (SCHOOLMASTERS minus THE )*
22 HABIT-FORMING
26 ORATED
27 CALLED-UP
28 Omitted on purpose
29 SADDLER

DOWN

1 AUKS – (SKUA) <
2 TIN-(holida)Y
3 CHAR COAL
4 ELOPE
6 HYENAS – (HES ANY)*
7 WASHINGTON – A pleasant clue – reference to the apocryphal cherry-tree incident (SAW NOTHING)*
8 RELENT-LESS
11 FEINTS
13 OVERTHROWS – some cricket knowledge seems compulsory with UK crosswords
14 ABOVE BOARD
16 IGLOOS
18 IRONCLAD – (COLD RAIN)*
21 AT TEST
23 Omitted on purpose
24 IDOL = I’d + (LO)<
25 SPAR

6 Responses to “GUARDIAN 24,332 – RUFUS : Toothless”

  1. Barbara says:

    27. Called up
    Is there a typo in the clue?
    I suspect ‘imagines’ should be ‘imagined’.

  2. Berny says:

    Online version has ‘imagines’ and like you thought it ought to be ‘imagined’

  3. Garry says:

    Agree with Barbara and Berny re imagined. Considering the mismatches between paper and online etc etc, is this the return of The Grauniad?

  4. Berny says:

    Yes Stan – was straightforward – as was the Times relatively speaking – Indy was a somewhat more challenging theme puzzle. After the delights of Saturday’s Araucaria’s jigsaw with its rhyming couplets, I suppose one has to go along with the run of the mill.

  5. muck says:

    The Scottish paper edition had 27ac with ‘imagines’ too. It may have been corrected in later editions.

  6. Ygor says:

    As it happens, 13D works equally well for baseball fans.

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