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Independent 6800 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on August 1st, 2008


Themed puzzle based on 24.    When I saw HAWK hidden in the 2nd across clue, 6, I went straight to 24, and worked out BIRD.     Bullet-proof clueing as always from Phi.   I worked out quite a few words, new to me, from the wordplay.    Solving time, 17 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed

1 R (ENT-A-MOB)    (boatmen)*

6 HAWK   hidden

9 TO (M) T IT

10 VER AND A   i.e. Vera


12 GO T (CH) A    IVR code for Switzerland


16 CAPER C (about) AIL LIE

19 L IN EAR    Good misleading context in surface


22 E (ND) MOS T (time)   some<    Good seamless join of two clue parts at “Last/time”

23 A V (OC) ET

24 BI (R) D

25 DO TTEREL   (letter)*


2 EMOTI (CO)N  (no time)*

3 TO (TA) L   lot<

4 MOTHER S UP  ERIOR   i for r in error

5 B A VARIA(tions)   (a b)<

6 HAND TO (W) EL    (load then)*

7 W (HAT) HO     A loud summons, dict tells me

8 GREGORIAN CHANT   (gracing another)*

14 S (U CC) EEDED     Clue of the puzzle for me.

15 TI (ROLE) SE   (site)*

17 R (OAST) ED    oast in red not red in oast as ‘on the contrary’ tells us

19 L I GET I    Austrian composer, born 1923.    Got it from the wordplay

21 NO (p)OSE

2 Responses to “Independent 6800 by Phi”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    What Ho!

    Does this mean ‘I say!’? ‘A loud hail or summons’ is what Chambers says. I had always thought it was a form of greeting, but in any case it doesn’t seem to be a general exclamation.

  2. nmsindy says:

    I’d never heard of it, but worked it out from the friendly wordplay, verifying later.

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