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Independent 6786/Dac

Posted by John on July 16th, 2008

John.

One runs out of superlatives. Every clue here is pithy, elegant and utterly fair, and my slowness in completing some of the clues in the bottom half of the grid is only the result of incompetence.

Dac seldom seems to have hidden words in his clues. Yesterday, on the other hand, Virgilius had three. They both, however, like to use complete anagrams.

Across
1 HOM(A G(randee))E
4 GAS THA(t) US, a German word. No doubt there are gasthausen (actually I’m told it’s gasthauser; gasthauses anyway) in Augsburg
9 R A REST
10 I NUN DATE
12 BLUE – 2 defs
13 INF(L)ECTION
15 CASTLE HOWARD – (watches a lord)*
18 UN(CLASS)IFIED
21 EUROTUNNEL – (route)* un n el – a quite brilliant &lit.
22 ZEN O
24 AUGSBURG – Aug (grub’s)rev.
25 KUWAIT – (UK)rev. wait
26 S(URGE)ONS
27 HAVE(O)N – def. ‘wear’
 
Down
1 HARDBACK – ‘bard hack’ Spoonerised
2 MARQUE SS
3 GA(astronaut(S))P
5 ARNOLD WESKER – (Landseer work)*
6 TONY CURTIS – (runs to city)*
7 A TAXI C(abby)
8 STERNE – “stern”
11 IN THE LONG RUN
14 PLANET ABLE
16 LIB E RATE
17 E(D MON)TON
19 P(rovid)E CANS
20 KRUGER – “crew” Ger
23 J(o)UR A

One Response to “Independent 6786/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, a brilliant puzzle. There was a pangram too (every letter of alphabet used). EUROTUNNEL was my favourite too.

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