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Independent 6710/Phi

Posted by John on April 18th, 2008

John.

The usual sound and enjoyable stuff from Phi – there don’t seem to be many novels here and I wonder if I’m missing anything.

Across
9 TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, one of the four 20s
10 REP LET (sal)E
11 REBECCA – rebe(l) acc(rev.), the second 20
12 TUDOR – d in rout(rev.)
13 T(A RANT)AR A
15 THE SHIPPING NEWS – the third 20
18 AN TIP AS TO
20 NOVEL – I don’t understand this. New OK, but the rest of it?
22 TH(e) ROUGH
24 EARPLUG – (Elgar up)*
26 COLD COM(FORT FAR)M – the fourth 20
   
 
Down
1 STAR(kers). I think the ‘possibly’ goes with ‘actress’, since a male actor can also be a star.
2 STU(PI)D(y)
3 RE(SE)AR CH
4 VIDEOTAPES – (pose TV idea)*
5 THOR(n) – I think this is it, although a thorn is arguably not a sore point but a point that makes one sore, which isn’t quite the same thing.
6 THE BAN
7 PUR(CHA)SE
8 MET A TAR’S AL(l)
12 TETRASTICH – (that cries)* about (poe)t. Not a word I use every day, but easy enough once there are some checking letters.
14 RHINOCEROS – (horn is core)*
16 (g)ENT(IRE)LY I think.
17 GENE RATE
19 P(A)UNCH
21 V U L G(athering) A(ctual) R(ecords)
23 HUM P
25 GAME – 2 mngs I think

5 Responses to “Independent 6710/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    NOVEL I think it’s NO VE(I)L. I agree with you about GAME. Excellent from Phi as usual

  2. Testy says:

    I think that you could argue that a THORN is a “sore point”, as in something that annoys. I also agree with your interpretations of 1, 16 and 25. Being a bit of a heathen I struggled with the novels and had to wait until I had nearly all the checking letters. But an enjoyable solve. I particularly liked 18 and 25.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    The novels are all by women, so a slightly tighter theme perhaps.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Good spot, Colin, not sure if there was anything else in the puzzle which led to this, but suspect it’s not pure coincidence!

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