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Independent 6771/Nestor (28-06-08)

Posted by neildubya on July 4th, 2008

neildubya.

I found this very easy but very enjoyable, as always from Nestor.

Across
1 (BANAL MINUTIAE N)* – UNMAINTAINABLE. Had to UNsomethingABLE really.
11 RE,CU in SQUAT
12 A RANT in TELL,A
17 (MINOR YET)* – ENORMITY
19 IS,TA(N)BU,L – good clue, with a convincing surface reading.
22 alternate letters of “tElEpLaY” – the definition is, I think, a reference to the other meaning of the word: a devious or evasive person.
26 OV(ERR)A,TED – this had to be right but I didn’t understand why TED would seem to be “spread”. Just looked it up and it’s a verb meaning “to spread out (newly-mown grass) for drying”.
 
Down
3 A,NERD(going up),A LINE
4 (N for K)OSHER
5 QUI in A LINE – the slightly wacky surface reading made the definition quite easy to spot (for me anyway).
6 hidden in “doNER Kebab” – a new word to me. A cross between a nerd and a jerk perhaps?
8 (EARTHINESS UGLY)* – ESTUARY ENGLISH.
9 LET THE SIDE DOWN – don’t understand some of this: “forgetfulness” is LETHE, and “teen’s initial” is T so that explains LET THE. So where does SIDE DOWN come from?
14 (CUP MERRIER)* – PREMIER CRU.
21 H[end for AR]Y – very cleverly done this: ARE (unit of land measurement) is A, first of “readers” is R. Both are replaced by “end” in “Harry” to give (Stephen) HENDRY, the snooker player.
24 CAR,ON – had to guess this as I’d never heard of Leslie CARON.

2 Responses to “Independent 6771/Nestor (28-06-08)”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I think its SIDE’D OWN insolence would have

  2. ilancaron says:

    I’m glad that the CARONs are getting the cryptic recognition we deserve.

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