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Independent 6766 by Punk

Posted by NealH on June 23rd, 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

An excellent mix of clues from Punk as usual, with some relatively easy and some quite difficult.   I had a couple of goes at completing it – got most of the way through this morning but had to come back and finish it this evening.

Across
1 Venture capital: (lucrative + a pent[house])*.
9 Vital Statistics: cryptic def.
10 Vagabond: VD around a Gabon.
12 Keeper: Reference to the World Cup goalkeeper, Gordon Banks.
13 Behind: Bind around he<.
16 Sawbones: Seas around Now around B all <.
18 Bewilder: be wilder.
19 Tweedy: T[off] + weedy.
20 Push up: Pup around us + h.
22 Gorillas: Go rill as.
25 Mistress Quickly: M + I stress quickly.
27 New balls please: topical CD.
Down
2 Evita: [N]ative<. Had to press reveal to get this one, for which I’m a bit annoyed. The “mother” bit really threw me – I convinced myself it must be Erica, with something to do with dropping the AM (ma<) from America.
3 Tiara: Tara around I – a tiara is half of a crown.
4 Responded: Reed around S pond.
5 Cha: Cha[p].
6 Prink: Pink around r. A word I’ve never come across before, so I had to check the dictionary.
7 Title Role: (Little or)* + e.
8 Lickey End: Licked around yen. Can’t say I’ve ever heard of the place.
11 Dishrag: Drag around his*. Pants here is being used in the colloquial “it’s pants !” sense.
14 Execution: (on cue + exit)* + &lit.
15 Irish Stew: Iris + h[i]s + wet<.
17 Water jump: (a wet)* + rump around J + &lit.
21 Pieta: Pi + ETA (est time of arrival).
23 Lucre: Lure around c.
24 Atlas: A salt<.
26 Sol: hidden in mausoleum.

2 Responses to “Independent 6766 by Punk”

  1. Michod says:

    I thought 27ac was going to indicate a topical themed puzzle for the opening of Wimbledon, but if there’s a Nina, I’ve missed it – three Vs top left? Vital Statistics an anagram of Vitas Gerulaitis (apart from the odd letter)? Or am I making a prink about nothing?

  2. Susie says:

    11d – ‘pants’ is anagram indicator for ‘his’, the bit about women’s clothing is the ‘drag’ part.

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