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Independent 6729/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on May 16th, 2008

neildubya.
Across
11 TESTAMENTS – the definition is “more than one will” and I think the wordplay is suggesting moving the TE from STATEMENTS to the front.
12 TARS,US
14 GIN< in THE,NO (also reversed) – ONE-NIGHT. “Mother’s ruin” is GIN.
17 ASPIRIN[-g]
20 PROA in (CHAP)*
23 ASS,I,N in STATS – in physics I is the symbol for an electric current.
24 ALTO[-gether]
25 BILLET – fits with “quarters” as a definition but I can’t work out the rest of the clue: “Quarters a log for fuel”.
26 (IS S TITLE)* – ELITISTS. I think the definition must be “pick? They think they are”.
 
Down
1 IT,IV in TATE – SA (“sex appeal”) is IT. I liked “looking at art in London” to indicate [something] in TATE.
2 hidden in “puT IT On” – with “bottles” as the hidden indicator.
3 TITO<,IS
4 BR,ISTO,L – shouldn’t BR be “old/former/ex transport organisation”
6 REPETITION – Don’t know if this is right as I can’t work out the wordplay for this one either: “Pardon the request for it getting on a little bit charged”.
13 PERT,IT,L in SUE – if you’ve been a foreign language opera you’ll know what these are, although I think they’re more commonly called “surtitles” in this country.
16 HAS,T in CITY
18 IT in I,DENT,Y

3 Responses to “Independent 6729/Nimrod”

  1. Testy says:

    6D The definition is “Pardon the request for it” (saying “pardon” is a request for the person to repeat what they said) the wordplay is “on”=RE “a little”=PETIT and “bit charged”=ION

  2. Testy says:

    25A is a double definition (a BILLET is also a log used for fuel)

  3. nmsindy says:

    One clue that I really liked, not mentioned in the blog above, is “Playwright who doesn’t do things by halves?” PINTER.

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