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Independent 6795/Nimrod (26-07-08)

Posted by neildubya on August 1st, 2008

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Across
1 JACK,INK<,FED
10 (A QUIET COVE)* – EQUIVOCATE. “Divers” is the misleading anagram indicator here as it’s another spelling of “diverse”.
11 SU(NB)ED
14 PETER SELLERS? – haven’t the faintest idea if this is right but it’s the only thing I can think of that fits. Full clue is: “Purveyor of regular good line and short length Lancashire opener’s hooked across Lord’s”.
17 (POETRY CIRCLE)* – PYRO-ELECTRIC.
20 AFFORESTED – another one I can’t explain: “Unable to see the wood for the trees, upstart defeats pro, getting break”.
22 AR in TAIL (reversed) – LARIAT
23 I,COS,A[-s],HE,A RD< – “function” gave this away from me as once you’ve got ICOS- there aren’t that many alternative answers.
25 EASY STREET – which was also an answer in last week’s prize puzzle.
 
Down
2 ACQUIRE – sounds like “a choir”.
3 hidden in “worK EITHer” – I did wonder what “not out of” meant but I guess it means that “he’s” inside – i.e., that “not out” is a containment indicator.
4 (ONE’S COVER)* in NATIVE – NEOCONSERVATIVE. I’m a bit unsure about “unsophisticated” for NATIVE – surely “naive” means unsophisticated but in that case where does the T come from.
5 FLANNELLED FOOL,S – Kipling is the “linesman” in question – from his poem “The islanders”: “With the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals.”
7 INN,ERSE in DT
8 (GREEN C[-it]Y)* – REGENCY
15 EX,DIE in PENT – tricky one to parse this, but I think “one cast” must be DIE and “lock up” is PENT (the past participle of pen)
16 JAM in (PAYS)* – PYJAMAS
18 (FIERCE)*,E – ICE-FREE
21 SM,EAR – SM is “Sergeant-Major”.

5 Responses to “Independent 6795/Nimrod (26-07-08)”

  1. Oliver says:

    For 14a, (TERSE + L + L[ancashire]) inside PEERS?

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    Oliver beat me to it on 14a but here is 20a:

    FOR (pro) in *(DEFEATS)

    Anagrind ‘upstart’, ‘getting break’ indicating the insertion.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Very small point – in REGENCY, I think the anagram refers to ‘green’ with the C(it)Y following.

  4. neildubya says:

    Yes, you’re quite right. Thanks to Oliver and Geoff for their explanations.

  5. Richard Palmer says:

    I understand the wordplay in 20A but can’t see any way the definition can be justified.

    In 4d native = unsophisticated is OK. It’s one of the definitions of native in Chambers.

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