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Independent 6684 – Dac

Posted by tilsit on March 20th, 2008

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Solving time:  23 minutes 

Apologies for the late hour of posting, but a long day of hospital treatment left me rather zonked.   This was a typical enjoyable Dac puzzle with elegant surface readings and clever devices, although a couple of petty quibbles.

    (*)= anagram (CD) =  cryptic def   (R) = reversal

ACROSS

1   STRIDE   S + TIRED*

4   CRACKPOT  POT (Prize) +  CRACK (Expert)

9  ADAMS     ADAM + S  Adams was of course the second President of the US.

10  CHIMING IN    CHI (Foreign character) + MINGIN(G) – My first sighting of that word in a crossword. (I think!).

11 OUT TO LUNCH   Two defs.

12 MENU   Hidden

14  INSPECTORATE      P inside  IN SECT +ORATE

17  RECREATIONAL   CREATION inside REAL(M)

20 LYRE     Homophone for LIAR

21  HELICOPTER   THE POLICE* +R  Seen it before, but it’s still a nce clue.

23  MIDDLETON  I presume there was  a Royal consort called MIDDLETON – can’t remember one off the top of my head.

24  DOB IN       DO + BIN

25  STEM TURN   I’d just been writing the quiz questions for the local League and used the phrase STEM CHRISTIE so this leapt out at me.

26 GREENE   GREEN + E

 DOWN

1  SLAVONIC   VOCALS IN *   Another nice clue.

2  ROAD TEST    A in ROD TEST

3  DISCOVERED   SERVICE ODD*

5  REINCARNATION  REIN + CAR + NATION

6  CHIT  C + HIT

7  PIGLET    LEG* inside PIT

8  TONE UP     E inside  TON UP

10  COUNTERFEITER  Homophone of Counter Fitter

13  ATTIC ORDER  (CD)   New phrase to me

15  UNSTABLE     (T)UNS  + TABLE  Wouldn’t an “unopened” cask be a complete one and therefore a TUN?  Can’t make my mind up over “unopened” here.

16  CLARENCE   Double def.  Clarence House was the Queen Mum’s residence, and is now Charles’ town pad, I think.

18  CLAMPS    C (Close to Car – surely this should be R? – or is this just C “near to”?) + LAMPS

19  BRIDGE     BRIDGE(T) – as in Bridget Jones’ Diary

22  PLOT  A “P  LOT” would be a collection of coins.  PLOT is also a bed in gardening.

7 Responses to “Independent 6684 – Dac”

  1. Jon says:

    23ac Presumably Kate Middleton, Prince William’s girlfriend.

    One of the easiest we’ve had for a while, I thought.

  2. Paul B says:

    Not like you to take the surface (15dn) literally, Dave!

    The new puzzle’s up on the site, so can’t see Dac’s full clue at 18dn.

  3. Andrew says:

    In 18D the C is the end of TRAFFIC, not the start of CAR. CAR is part of the def.

    Full clue is:
    Thus immobilises car close to traffic lights (6)

  4. nmsindy says:

    CHIT 6 down I read this as double definition. “Note from impudent girl” Thanks for BRIDGE(t) – I never thought of that though I got the answer right, but it’s so obvious when pointed out…

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    14D (“In group, speak about power Ofsted shows” – INSPECTORATE): What is the significance of “shows”? It’s obviously there to make the surface run smoothly, but it seems a bit odd.

  6. Paul B says:

    I would justify it with a bit of juggling:

    Ofsted shows IN/ S(P)ECT/ ORATE

  7. nmsindy says:

    I thought ‘shows’ was a link e.g. the inspectorate ‘appears’

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