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Independent 6676 (Mass): For Whom the Bell Tolls

Posted by NealH on March 10th, 2008


* = anag, < reversed

A neat themed puzzle based on the unusual subject of bell sounds (clued by 16 across using a different interpretation of the meaning).

5 Peal: soundalike of “peel”
6 Terrapin: p in terrain
8 Crotchet: double def
10 Single: double def
11 Chimerically: “Chime” + (lyrical)*.
13 Nailed: N + ailed.
15 Stodge: (E.G. + Dot’s)<
16 Sound as a bell: (laudable songs – g)*.
20 Poplin: Pop + l + in
21 Garrison: (Roaring + s)*
22 Ding Dong: Double def making use of the bell sounds theme.
23 Clan: clan(g).
1 Bantam: Double def (I assume the “aggressive little fellow” is a reference to a batamweight boxer).
2 Peptic: Soundalike of “pepped” + i c. Cryptic def based on “settling on the stomach” i.e. digesting.
3 Proselytiser: (ie RL sport yes)* + &lit.
4 Open Eyed: O + pen + soundalike of I’d.
5 Parching: P + ch in a ring.
7 Nell: homophone of knell.
9 Harlequinade: (had real equin)*
12 Well born: Well + hom. of “borne”.
14 Insolent: Insolvent – v.
17 Dog end: Cryptic def.
18 Bridle: double def.
19 Told: Tol(l) + d.


2 Responses to “Independent 6676 (Mass): For Whom the Bell Tolls”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Great puzzle for the MASS-ter which reminds me of the early days of the Indy crossword. Few better to exploit the various meanings of words.

  2. Ali says:

    Mmm, I’m not sure if this was hard or if I was just off form this morning. I had the letters for the 16A anagram from the get-go, but didn’t work it out until quite far in. The related answers went fairly quickly after that, but harlequinade and the second meaning of crotchet were new to me, and I was never doing myself any favours by having ‘wild-eyed’ at 4D!

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