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Guardian 24,339 Taupi – Varmint

Posted by neildubya on March 18th, 2008

neildubya.

This is a place-holder as I haven’t yet given this excellent puzzle the time it deserves

ACROSS

1 PLEA(SURE)T-RIP
8 U-(c)RANIUM
9 ?
11 NET-B-ALL
12 ?
13 DIRGE = (E.G RID) <
14 ?
16 APPLECART
19 VERGE
21 EVIDENT
23 INT(EG)ER
24 ROTUNDA – sounds like “wrote under” (subscribed)
25 VAR-MINT
26 BELLIGERENCE

DOWN

1 P(L)ATTER
2 EMIR(g)ATE
3 SIMULACRA – “arc alum is” reversed
4 ?
5 TOM-BOLA(s)
6 ?
7 TURN A DEAF EAR – as opposed to the blind eye that Nelson would have turned presumably
10 ?
15 RETR(I)EVER – “reverter” reversed with an “i”
17 ?
18 ETERNAL – anagram, hold the “v”
19 VETERAN – anagram, hold the “l”
20 RAG-TIME – “emit gar” reversed
22 T(W)ANG

6 Responses to “Guardian 24,339 Taupi – Varmint”

  1. conradcork says:

    12a PR + (m) osaic
    14a rag inside careen, carrageen
    4d Pacer (rev) = recap
    6d Iterate, hidden word
    10d cut the a in deacons ec=city rate=rank. deconsecrate
    17d p+hilt=re (for has to do with. philtre

    More than excellent, Stan, this one. Bloody marvellous.

  2. conradcork says:

    Sorry, missed out 9ac

    m (many) men inside cod. commend.

  3. Berny says:

    Can someone explain the final part of the build up for 12 across?

  4. Berny says:

    Got it now! Ta Conradcork.

  5. Colin Blackburn says:

    It was pointed out elsewhere today that not only did The Times have the same grid as the Guardian but that 12a was also PROSAIC. Different clue though.

  6. diagacht says:

    9a COMMEND: M MEN in COD

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