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Independent 6698/Phi

Posted by John on 4th April 2008

John.

This took a little longer than usual because so far as I could see there were some rather unusual words and meanings, and I also got one answer wrong, which threw me for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6693/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 4th April 2008

neildubya.

This seemed quite a bit easier than previous Scorpion puzzles but still provided lots to chew over. I liked 23a and the definition in 17d is excellent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24354/Rover

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 4th April 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A straightforward puzzle with, and I apoligise for becoming boring on this, too many cryptic definitions. Most of the omitted answers were, for me, common words with good word play but please do comment if you are stuck or baffled.
* = anagram
< = reversal
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
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Financial Times 12,733 (Orense)

Posted by diagacht on 4th April 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 NEEDLEWORK: NEEDLE (niggle) + WORK (operation)
7 COVE: most of a COVE(N)
9 CHIC: H (hotel) in CI (channel islands) + C (west of Cuba, i.e. first letter)
10 CASHIERING: anagram of CHARGE IS IN
12 REHEARSE: REHEARS (tries again, in court) + E (energy)
13 PLETHORA: THOR in PLEA
17 IBEX: BE (live) in XI (reversed, being a team)
19 INUNDATE: anagram of UNITED AN
22 WIND-DOWN: WIN (gain) + D (David began) + DOWN (as in down tools)
23 DEFINE: FINE (penalty) after DE (outside letters, case, of delicate)
25 MICROPHONE: PHONE after MICRO
26 NIGH: inside of KNIGHT (answer to 6dn)
27 AHOY: every second letter (i.e. regularly) of (e)A(c)H(b)O(d)Y
28 AUTOPILOTS: anagram of UP TO IT ALSO
Down
2 ETHICAL: anagram of THE CIA L (left)
3 DACHA: hidden in switzerlanD A CHAlet
4 ESCARGOT: anagram of STORAGE C (Cold without ‘old’; thanks to Rishi for pointing this out).
5 OBSERVATION POST:&Lit
7 CURTAILED: TAILED (followed) after CUR
8 VENISON: VE (victory in Europe) + IS in NON (French refusal)
14 TAXIDERMY: TAXI + DER (German ‘the’) + MY (motorway borders)
18 BRITISH: anagram of BIRTH IS
20 TONIGHT: ON (working) in TIGHT
21 HOOP-LA: POOH (reversed) + LA (West coast city)
24 FINAL: FAL(l) (fall finishing early) around I N (1 November)

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