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Independent 6726/Dac – Elegant stuff

Posted by tilsit on May 7th, 2008

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Solving time:  15 mins

A nice enjoyable puzzle from one of the Indy’s stable of fine setters.  Several really excellent clues including 14 across, 17 down (hope he doesn’t sue!) and 23 across.

ACROSS  (*) = ANAGRAM   (CD)= CRYPTIC DEF    (R) = REVERSAL

1  BEDS   B.EDS  To run a school, you’d need at least a Bachelor of Education degree.  (CD)

4  REPUGNANCY   RE (About) +  PUG (Dog) +  NANCY (Bill Sikes’ companion in Oliver Twist – see BBCTV weekends ad nauseam)

9  HEARD OUT   Homophone for “her doubt”

10  OUTSET  Double def with one cryptic

11 COUPLE    L in COUPE

12   OVERCAST  OVER + CAST (Use too many players)

14  SEVEN DAYS IN MAY   Nice CD of a film.

16  TROUBLESHOOTER    BROTHER LOSE OUT*

19  PROFILES   PRO (In favour of)  +  FILES (Records)

20  RAISIN     IS inside RAIN

21 UNSAID    UN’S (United Nations’) + AID (Assistance)

22 BUMP INTO   BUM + PINT + O

23 COME ON DOWN   DO CON WOMEN*

24 NERD    (CD)  N.E. RD  (A way to Newcastle would be so described)

DOWN

2  EYESORE   homophone for I Soar

3  STRIPPED OFF   ST (Good man)  + RIPPED OFF (Cheated)

4  RHONE     RH (Royal Highness)  +  ONE

5  PIT PONY     P (vERY LITTLE MONEY) +  IT  +  PONY (Slang for twenty-five quid)

6   GLOBEFISH   F inside BIG HOLES*  A new fish to me.

7  ACT   Hidden answer

8  CREASEY   John Creasey was a famous notable detective fiction writer, creating amongst other characters The Baron turned into a seminal 60’s TV series starring Steve Forrest.  Can’t you tell I have been setting quiz questions all day!

13 COMPOSITION   M  inside CO-POSITION

15 DABBLED IN   D  +  AND BIBLE*

16  TORONTO   Hidden answer

17  EUSEBIO    E USE + BIO.  Outrageous but funny clue!

18  EVICTOR   E + VICTOR

20  ROMAN   Double def

22  APE      APSE (part of church)  minus  S 

 

Thanks to Dac for seriously enjoyable fun! 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “Independent 6726/Dac – Elegant stuff”

  1. Testy says:

    I feel bad that there wasn’t any additional feedback on this puzzle. It is probably a reflection of the clarity of cluing. I enjoyed it a lot.

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