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Guardian 24,448 – placeholder

Posted by diagacht on July 23rd, 2008


(From Neildubya: I’m not sure if today’s blogger is available today so here’s your placeholder for you to start discussing the puzzle. 

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20 Responses to “Guardian 24,448 – placeholder”

  1. muck says:


  2. mhl says:



    In 5 down, can anyone explain where the C comes from? I assumed that ‘”0-0 at half-time”‘ is NIL+O+TI, but I’m not sure how you get the C from “sent in radio report”.

  3. David says:

    Not sure if you’re asking for help, Muck; but if so…

  4. David says:

    Mhl, I assumed it to be C= cent, homophone of SENT

  5. mhl says:

    Ah! Thanks, David.

  6. beermagnet says:

    I can’t help with that 5D MHL, but I will ask about 23A:
    Fix return of best pan (7)
    I’ve put in STEWPOT from “pan” but can’t properly parse it.

    Talk about a grid of two halves – I was sailing away with the left hand side, then had to grind out the right hand side due to tricky answers such as 5D, 6D, 12A, 15A, 23A and in particular 16D. I think I’ve got there in the end (with crossed-fingers on 23A).

  7. David says:

    Beermagnet, STEW = fix (in a fix, stewing, etc) and pot = rev of top

  8. Peter Chambers says:

    My guess is that Muck isn’t asking for help.

    Beermagnet: Fix = Stew, Return of best = top

  9. beermagnet says:

    Thanks, it was the Fix/Stew relationship I just couldn’t see.

  10. Tom Hutton says:

    Can anyone give me a helping suggestion on 16dn? I’m completely baffled. Just a hint in the right direction would do.

  11. Andrew says:

    Tom, it’s a mangled French phrase..

  12. muck says:


  13. beermagnet says:

    Tom: Inky-Pinky

  14. Tom Hutton says:

    Grateful thanks. It was driving me mad.

  15. Tom Hutton says:

    I take it that “during sex” indicates putting f for feminine in the anagram. Is during a fair indicator?

  16. Andrew says:

    I think “on the contrary” means you have to reverse the sense of the preceding bit – i.e. “sex? during undies off”.

  17. Dave Ellison says:

    I’ve got them all ‘cept 6 down. Can’t get the sense of it; any hints?

  18. beermagnet says:

    6D Type of mayo(nnaise)

  19. Andrew says:

    I think the wordplay is slightly unsound – “visitor” should be “visitors” (which of course would mess up the surface reading).

  20. Dave Ellison says:

    Thanks, Beermagnet and Andrew, got there at last with a bit of googling. I struggled earlier with “regular” letters starting in Mayo, to find a visitor, clearly without success. County Mayo, Simon Mayo and the Mayo Clinic didn’t help, either.

    I liked 1d. Having got that the other long ones followed quickly.

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