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Independent 6759/Phi (14-06-08)

Posted by neildubya on June 20th, 2008

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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.

Across
7 (BRONZE PILE)* – NOBEL PRIZE.
9 (HAS)*,W – George Bernard SHAW, who won the 28 7 in 1925.
10 SINGER – Isaac Bashevis, winner in 1978. I nearly filled in PINTER here, even it didn’t fit the wordplay, as I was struggling to think of another name that fit.
11 (GRID MORE)* – Nadime GORDIMER, South African novelist who won in 1991.
12 BOLL[-ywood] – Heinrich, 1972′s winner. I think I’ve got the wordplay right – can’t think of how else it might work.
13 GALS,WORTHY – John, author of The Forsyte Saga and the winner in 1932.
14 LESS,IN,G – Doris, the most recent winner.
16 CANE,T,IT< – Elias, who won in 1981.
20 (ROLLED PAIN)* – Luigi PIRANDELLO, winner in 1934.
23 FO< in TU – Dario FO, won the Big One in 1997.
25 SIR< in MORON – Toni MORRISON, suddenly a lot wealthier in 1993.
26 ANE in HEY – Seamus, Irish poet, booked his flight to Stockholm in 1995.
27 hidden in “wronG IDEas” – Andre, had to write a speech in 1947.
28 LITER,[-n]ATURE
 
Down
1 DO,MINO[-r] – didn’t know that DOMINO could mean “mask”.
2 LUG< in SEALS – SEAGULLS.
3 I in DINGLY – Dingly Dell was an album by Lindisfarne but I don’t know if they coined the term.
6 CASES,HOT – CASE SHOT, which was new to me, is a collection of projectiles in a case (oddly enough), that are fired from a cannon.
8 P,A RAG,ON
15 (COPIES ID)* – EPISODIC.
18 (AT CENTRE)* – ENTR’ACTE
19 PLANETS? – not sure if this is right as I don’t understand the clue: “Fifth scheme turned up stone globes”.
22 (LASTED)* – DESALT, which means to remove the salt from sea water to make it drinkable.
24 FLEERS – refugees might be people who flee.

3 Responses to “Independent 6759/Phi (14-06-08)”

  1. Richard says:

    19D Could it be:
    Fifth scheme = Plan E
    Turned up stone = ST reversed
    Planets = globes

  2. neildubya says:

    I think it could, yes. Cheers.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Quite an achievement to fit all these writers into the grid – the list of candidates was much smaller than the total number of winners as some of those would be obscure by now. Well done, Phi!

    Re DINGILY, I had not heard of dingly but confirmed it in dict.

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