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Independent on Sunday 945 by Quixote (Easter 23 Mar 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 27th March 2008

nmsindy.

Slowed up by 7 down which was new to me and had to look for help even when I’d all the crossing letters and knew it was an anagram. Solving time, 25 mins.

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Independent 6691/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 27th March 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 (TURN TAIL HOME VIA)* – ITALIAN VERMOUTH, otherwise known as IT as in “Gin and It”. But how can “orbital” be an anagram indicator?
9 RY in TON – not difficult given the definition “test clothes” but I didn’t understand why “style” was TON until I looked it up.
10 T,W (AFTER [-n]OO[-n])* – TWO FOR TEA. Mostly an &lit, although “no names” only works in the cryptic reading I think.
11 EQUUS – Peter Shaffer’s play about a boy who has “issues” with horses.
12 RUGBY BALL – the clue refers to 15 but it’s nothing to do with the answer at 15a as there are 15 players in an RU side.
13 (THIS GREY E)* – EYES RIGHT.
15 BOLUS – which is a “mass” but I don’t understand “heading for the pit”.
18 (VOICES DID)* – VIDEO DISC.
24 POT OF GOLD – got this from the definition as the wordplay is lost on me: “Rainbow’s end/coq-au-vin/corporation?” (setter’s italics). OR is “gold” but that’s all I can work out. Also, what happened to the idea of the surface reading of a clue making at least some sense?
25 BATIK – had to use the Reveal button to get this, another one I don’t get: “Dyed fabric article with which kitbag’s two thirds filled up”.
26 TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN – 24(a) is where you’ll find POT OF GOLD and 7(d) is ULTRA (“extremely”).
 
Down
1 (I TEMPT NEON LIGHT)* – IN THE MELTING-POT.
3 INN IS FREE – a reference to the Yeats poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”.
5 (LEG AND TOE)* – ELONGATED. Why could “and” appear in the clue instead of “&”?
7 hidden in “adULT RAcy”
16 (TOILET VIM)* – LEITMOTIV.
20 SETAE – another one where I had to “Reveal” and which I don’t understand: “Stalks top-class babe, just looking at rear!”.
22 (HAD US)* – SADHU.

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Guardian 24347/Logodaedalus

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 27th March 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A fairly straightforward puzzle with a small amount of word play en clair. There were a couple of tougher clues in here too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,726 (Gozo)

Posted by diagacht on 27th March 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 LAST WORD: &Lit
5 ABIDES: AB (sailor) + IDES (fateful date)
9 BUTTER UP: BUTTERcUP without the ‘c’ (top of carpel)
10 TISSUE: anagram of SUITES
13 DISCARDED: DISC + anagram of DREAD
14 MORSEL: MORSE (detective) + L
16 OKINAWA: O (duck) + KIN (family) + AWA (nearly away, as in left)
18 IN DEPTH: IN (trendy) + DEPT (department) + H (leading Hounslow)
22 ASCERTAIN: AS CERTAIN
23 TIGER: TIER (row) about G (first of games)
24 TURBOT: TURBO (boost) + T (time)
25 PALETOTS: PALE (anaemic) + TOTS (little kids)
26 RASCAL: hidden
27 ATOMISER: anagram of A MOISTER
Down
1 LIBYAN: LIB (politician) + NAY (reversed)
2 SETTLE OLD SCORES: which is what one does when looking up Wisden
4 ROUNDEL: ROUND (patrol) + EL (the French, reversed)
6 BRIGADIER: anagram of BIG + RAIDER
7 DISADVANTAGEOUS: anagram of DAVIDS GOT NAUSEA
8 SPEEDWAY: &Lit
11 OSLO: hidden
15 SUPERNOVA: anagram of PROVE A SUN
17 PILASTER: PLASTER (screed) about I
20 CONTACT: CON (Tory) + TACT (diplomacy)
21 ERASER: ERAS (times) + ER (Queen)
23 THERM: hidden

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Financial Times 12,717 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 27th March 2008

Pete Maclean.

Some snazzy clues here but also one that I could not solve (11D)!

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