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Independent 6,794/Math – KAPOW!

Posted by Ali on July 25th, 2008

Ali.

So now we know why Phi was ousted from his usual Friday slot. Today sees the release of the much-advertised new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and the completed grid here has a number of references to title, cast, etc. Lead actors Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger have names which can be nicely dealt with across multiple clues. (Gary) Oldman gets a nod too, but Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart understandably don’t get a look-in!

Across
1 DARK – D,ARK – Not one for the strict Ximeneans out there, with “3,500″ mixing part of the wordplay and the definition (which is in itself referring to another answer), but I think that this was nicely misleading
3 BRUNETTE – RUN in BETTE – “It’s not fair” is a nice definition
9 CARTLOAD – Hidden reversal in useD AOL TRACking
11 HEATH – E in HATH
12 LEDGER – L,EDGE,R
14 VALE – V,ALE – “cryptically tee-total” presumably being “versus ale”. Possibly also a reference to Kim Basinger’s character in the Tim Burton Batman movie
16 CHRISTIAN – (HIS TIN CAR)* – “One believes” and “boy” do double duty as the definition here
20 BALE - HIdden in herBAL Esssence
21 BATMAN – ATM in BAN – Our theme!
22/25 BRUCE LEE – (CRUEL)* in BEE – BRUCE is of course 21′s real first name
24 OLD MAN
25 LADYSHIP – (DISHY LAP)*
 
Down
1 DEATHWATCH – DEATH,WATCH
2 RAT RACE – RA,TRACE
5 NAKEDER - (RED KEN A)*
6 TRICEPS – TRICE,P.S
8 GOTHAM – GOTH (one who wears black!),AM – The fictional home to our themed hero
13 PSALTERIES – (LET’S PRAISE)*
19 NOBODY – NO,BODY – A cipher is also a non-entity or thing of little value
20 BRUISER – I in BR USER (an old train traveller!)
23 ALOE – Alternate letters in fAlLs OvEr

3 Responses to “Independent 6,794/Math – KAPOW!”

  1. neildubya says:

    1a was very sneaky. Good puzzle though. I’d almost filled the grid before spotting the theme and it didn’t occur to me that VALE and OLDMAN might be part of it.

  2. nmsindy says:

    I think, as one who’d favour the Ximenean approach, I could live with 1 taking the , in 3,500 as a misleading break. Though knowing very little about the movie, I solved the puzzle in the end. When I saw Math was in today, I thought ‘film’.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    It looks to me that there is a spelling mistake in 15ac: surely it should be ‘envelops’? I can’t find any support for the longer version in either Chambers or the COD.

    Is 1ac really so un-Ximenean? It seems perfectly OK to me: the definition (’3′) is separated from the rest by a mere comma. The Azed crossword of July 6th seems to contain a clue that is far closer to the edge (although it also seems fine to me): ‘Page 3 of 25 …’ as wordplay for PREP, where 25 is REPECHAGE.

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