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Guardian 24.420/Auster: Down under

Posted by bridgesong on 20th June 2008

bridgesong.

Auster is Australian by origin, which may explain some Antipodean references in her puzzle today.  Unusually, there is only one full anagram, and only a few partial ones.  I’ve left out one or two of the more straightforward clues.  With two clues unsolved (19 across and down) it took me about an hour and a half.

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Independent 6764/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 20th June 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 (MATERIAL SNAG)* – MARGINAL SEAT.
9 ORPHANAGE – I think this is a reference to Wilde’s line from The Importance of Being Earnest: “to lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness”.
11 S in THIRTY
12 SQUARED – 12 SQUARED is 144, which is a gross.
15 A,FOR,E S,AID
17 PS in PIQUE,A,K – I knew the word but didn’t know it could mean “minor functionary”.
18 TWINS – don’t get this one: “Women apparently preserved offspring”.
19 EIRE< in QU,D
23 T,(LUCK)* in ROAD
24 I,N,TELL,GEN in ICE
 
Down
1 PHI in (HELPS ONE MATE)* – MEPHISTOPHELEAN.”Setter of Beelzebub” is a nice touch, although something of an in-joke, as Phi does actually set the Beelzebub crossword (along with ex-Indy compiler Columba).
4 R in AYES,ROCK
5 US (going up),CU,L in CENT – SUCCULENT. I think this is a great clue, with a very well hidden definition.
6 ALTERNATIVE VOTE – another way of saying (VETO)*.
8 B[-arel]Y,R[ecorde]D
14 AC,QUIESCE[-nt]
15 (ONCE DATA)*,L
16 A D in D,ISSUE
20 W,RUNG – W for “weak” is not in the COED or Chambers Online but it may well be in proper version of C but I don’t currently have access to it so I can’t check.
21 TO,KEN

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Independent 6759/Phi (14-06-08)

Posted by neildubya on 20th June 2008

neildubya.

I’ve always had something of a fascination with the 7 for 28 (maybe because I did my degree in English Lit) so this was fairly easy for me as I’d heard of all of the authors.  Some are definitely more obscure than others (12, 16 and the author in 23 spring to mind) but a list of all the winners is just a Google search away so I expect this wouldn’t have held up most people for too long. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,799 – Flimsy

Posted by Uncle Yap on 20th June 2008

Uncle Yap.

Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram
An extremely easy puzzle which shouldn’t take much time to solve
Across
1 SUDOKU cd
5 PITCHERS dd
9 MOUSSAKA MOUS *(sumo) SAK(e) A Sake is Japanese rice wine
10 IMPUGN *(dumping minus d)
11 STARCH ha
12 EXPERTLY *(try expel)
14 COMMONWEALTH simple charade
18 CLOSED SEASON cd of a time of the year when it is illegal to kill certain game or fish, usually the breeding season
22 SCAVENGE Cha of S (second) ins of ENG (engraving) in CAVE (underground chamber)
25 BATTEN bat (club) TEN (rev of net)
26 OBJECT dd
27 EXACTING Ex – acting
28 EXISTENT Ins of IS in extent (reach)
29 DESPOT D (head of department) E (drug) +*(opts)

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