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Independent 6765/Tees (21-06-08)

Posted by neildubya on June 30th, 2008

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Apologies – I wrote this up last week and then forgot to publish it.

Across
9 (CULT AWARE)* – CATERWAUL. I liked “heated call” as the definition.
11 (ON ISLAM)* – OSMANLI
12/15 NOTHING LIKE THE SUN – 22a’s brilliant novel (more of a fictional biography really) about Shakespeare’s love life. The title is from Shakespeare’s sonnet “My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun”.
14 BRIDE,WELL – London’s first “house of correction”.
16 (THINK THAT GROCER)* – ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
19 KIN,KIN,E,SS – I thought this was a great clue with a nice surface reading and a clever bit of deception in “closer to some” for E.
21 HEART – “earth” with the H moved to the front.
22 URGES in BS – “nonsense” is B[ull]S[hit]. A reference to the marvellous Anthony BURGESS.
23 S,X in (I FEEL)* – great &lit for SEX LIFE.
24 RE,A,DS – DS (in music notation) stands for Dal Segno, literally “from the sign”. I think I only knew this because it appeared in a recent puzzle, somewhere.
25 MP,MP in (IN OUR)* – IMPROMPTU. Very cleverly worded clue for an unpromising looking word.
 
Down
1/3 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – 22a’s novel and later an infamous film by Stanley Kubrick.
4 hidden in “bacK A LIttle” – in Hinduism, KALI and Durga are manifestations of the Mother Goddess Devi.
5 L in BAN,DISHES
7 VENI,CE – a reference to “veni, vedi, vici”.
17 PI in (SLEEPY)* – EPILEPSY.
18 NIP in A GAPE – AGANIPPE is a fountain and the naiad associated with it.
20 R in NO WAY – not sure I understand the definition: “Taters here”.
21 H,X in OT,ON – HOXTON is an achingly trendy area of East London, popular with media types.

One Response to “Independent 6765/Tees (21-06-08)”

  1. Fletch says:

    20d, Taters are Norwegian gypsies.

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