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Independent 6774 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on July 2nd, 2008

nmsindy.

The usual, excellent, well-crafted, puzzle from Dac with good variety of treatments. Solving time, fast for me, 17 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 SLIGHT Double definition

5 S (EAR) CH liked ear = something essential for listening in the context of the surface

8 SEND IN THE CLOWNS

10 REIN STATE

11 STILL Double definition Excellent surface with the divide at moving/picture

12 TOGGED (d e.g. got)<

13 MONS IE UR Mons (WW1 battle) Ur from Bible, well-known to solvers

16 HA (John) MILTON

18 DR OP IN Another brilliant clue

21 INLET Hidden

23 TAXIMETER (extra time)*

24 OPENING CEREMONY No 1 means first (in Greece m on pony)*

25 BEADLE How an American might say Beatle, I guess

26 TES TER(m) set< Very good, as containment is misleadingly suggested.

DOWN

2 LANCING

3 GAIT S KELL(y) Labour leader to 1963 Ruth Kelly, Cabinet member, I guess

4 TE TRAD

5 SKELETON (leeks not)*

6 ARLES hidden

7 COW (HID) E (s)

8 STRETCH L(I’M)O Lo = look one of those two-letter staples it’s worth getting to know.

9 SOLAR ENERGY (green)* in (royals)*

14 S TRUMPETS Good fun

15 MONTAG (U) E One the families from Romeo and Juliet

17 MO LIE RE French dramatist from the 1600s

19 PO (THO) LE (hot)*

20 EX TENT ‘of’ is a wordplay to definition link

22 THIRD if Alan Bennett = A Bennett Thora Hird = T Hird.

2 Responses to “Independent 6774 by Dac”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    When I blog I usually feel that I’ve been a bit inadequate if few people respond to it. It’s 12.43 and nobody has so far posted. However, in this case I’m sure it’s simply because this was such a perfect well-crafted crossword that there were no loose ends.

  2. Testy says:

    Exactly.

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