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Independent 6750/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 4th June 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 MAT,THE,W – not sure which writer this is referring to; perhaps the author of the Gospel of MATTHEW?
5 DEFACED – the letters of which are all musical notes.
10 OB,[-a]VIATING
11 DE,CLARE – I didn’t understand “nun, poor woman” when I filled this in but a bit of Googling reveals that it seems to be a reference to Clare of Assisi, who founded an order of nun known as the Poor Clares.
16 PROPOSITION – not really about this one. A PROPOSITION is an invitation to have sex, which kind of fits with “call girl’s job” but why does the clue end “is to —“?
18 ERE in THIN
24 [-m]INI,GO
25 (ENTRIES)* – a reference to the schools founded by STEINER Waldorf.
 
Down
2 TOUT COURT – this was new to me also. Literally means “very short” (I think) in French but has come to mean “briefly”.
5 VID (going up) – DIV is a shortened form of “divvy”. Nice (and somewhat surprising) to see that a bit of playground slang from my childhood has made it into the dictionary. The COED has, tantalisingly: “-ORIGIN 1970s: of unknown origin”.
6 RAG in FILE
7 hidden in “lunCH IN Eatery” – a cut of meat, usually pork I think.
8 DIG,IT,A LIN[-e]
12 (TO S COU[-n]TRIES)* – ECOTOURISTS.
13 DIP,”Styx” – a reference to the mythological river which separated Earth from the Underworld.
14 (TRAIN LINE)* – TRIENNIAL, or once every three years.
19 hidden reversed in “determinED AVEnger”
21 E,POXY
23 alternate letters of “rEpAiRs”

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FT crossword no. 12,785 Set by SATORI, June 4 2008

Posted by Octofem on 4th June 2008

Octofem.

Some clever clues by SATORI.  I especially liked 21a, 7d. and 14d.
Would appreciate comments on 20d.  Boards made me think of theatre, but the anagram seemed clear.

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Guardian 24,406 Quantum

Posted by neildubya on 4th June 2008

neildubya.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Eric Burge, who I’ve “only” known through his Quantum crosswords in The Guardian.

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