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Guardian 24436 – placeholder

Posted by neildubya on July 9th, 2008


I haven’t heard from today’s blogger so I’m going to assume he can’t post for some reason. So feel free to start discussing the puzzle now…

14 Responses to “Guardian 24436 – placeholder”

  1. Andrew says:

    Mostly pretty easy, I thought, but I was puzzled by 5ac:

    Indirect strike only half completed (5-2)

    to which the answer must be KNOCK-ON, but “strike” seems to be doing double duty in the definition (“Indirect strike”) and the wordplay (“strike” = KNOCK, plus half of ONly). or am I missing something.

    Also in 29ac:
    Different girl, one in Italy, to approve of (7)

  2. Andrew says:

    Oops, finger trouble there. Was going to say, in 29ac “girl” and “one in Italy” both define UNA in the wordplay, which is a bit unusual.

  3. Thiefinni says:

    If KNOCK-ON is an adjective, then ‘indirect’ is a good definition on its own.

  4. conradcork says:

    5 across. ‘Indirect strike’ could be a way of describing a knock-on effect.

  5. muck says:

    Fairly straightforward puzzle.

    29ac has duplicate indciations, ‘girl’ and ‘one in Italy’, for UNA.

  6. muck says:

    Gosh. 4 comments came in while I was typing mine!

    5ac: KNOCK-ON means indirect as in ‘knock-on effect'; strike=KNOCK + ON(ly)

  7. Rich says:

    I think the girl reference in 29a is to specify una rather than uno both are one in Italy

  8. Rich says:

    Can anyone explain 7d to me? I have corkboard as the answer but don’t get the ‘C’ the rest is perhaps OR K(ING) and BOARD is food as in board and lodging, but really don’t see it yet!

  9. manehi says:

    Rich: CARDBOARD – with kings and queens being playing cards

  10. Eileen says:

    7dn: I had CARDBOARD

  11. beermagnet says:

    7D I have CARDBOARD as “(food) without substance” from “Maybe king or queen” giving CARD then “food” for BOARD, though as you see it relies on “food” doing a linky kind of double duty.

  12. Andrew says:

    Rich, it’s actually CARDBOARD
    Def: “Without substance”
    CARD (King or Queen) + BOARD as in Board & Lodging

  13. Eileen says:

    Sorry, Manehi, you just beat me to it. we seem to be all falling over each other today!

    So 29ac would work perfectly well without ‘one in Italy’, though a bit weak.

  14. Rich says:

    Thanks All, feel pretty daft not seeing that!

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