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Independent 6716 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on April 25th, 2008

nmsindy.

As usual, an excellent puzzle from the ever-reliable Phi. Solving time, 21 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 (PIPPED) (AT THE POST) Tempted at first by the 15 letters after ‘stoned’ which suggested an anagram.

9 L ((r)A SCAL) A

10 P (ROT E.G). E

11 COO (l)

12 A U CONTR (AIR) E (counter)*

13 COR ROSION (so iron)*

15 P (AYE) E Complicated. A couple of pence = PEnce AYE = certainly. On the contrary = rather than put PE inside AYE, do the opposite.

16 Thomas N ASHE(s) from the late 1500s

18 TRUCELESS (ulcers set)*

20 TREAC (HERO) US (act sure)* Join at deceitful/act was cleverly misleading.

22 GYM Cryptic definition   (More to it than this, thanks, Rayfolwell for comment 2 below)

23 B (ALAN) CE BCE = Before the Common Era, same as BC

24 A MATE (yoU) R Tip-top surface

25 ESCHERICHIA COLI (choice chilis are)* Better known as E COLI

DOWN

1 POL (lop<) ICE CONS TABLE

2 P IS SOIR (evening in French)

3 ERA Hidden Another good join period/furniture

4 AN (ARCH IS) T

5 TA P-IN

6 E GO TRIPPERS

7 OBE (SIT) Y

8 THE S (EVEN S) AMURAI (amateurish)* nmsindy is normally weak on films, but, not only knows this one but saw it around 1960, I think.

12 A DOLE SCEN (C) E

14 NEUROPATH (upon earth)*

17 S (HELL) AC

19 EL G(a)R Exciting CO

21 ELEMI hidden< Ain’t seen this word, so familiar in crosswords, for quite a while now.

25 ADA I think this appears in datA DAta i.e. repeatedly

3 Responses to “Independent 6716 by Phi”

  1. Testy says:

    I thought that ADA was tricky and had to cheat (I’ve never come across the programming language before). Only quibble really was with “a sedentary position” indicating SIT (one is a noun and the other a verb). Perhaps this is why the question mark was there. Otherwise a good puzzle for me.

  2. rayfolwell says:

    22A was the last letters of “developing body form” &lit.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    Luckily I had come across ADA and saw that one straight away—an indirect hidden clue! Incidentally, Ada was named after Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, mathematician and assistant to Charles Babbage.

    SIT does have a noun definition in Chambers.

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