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Independent 6802 by Nimrod

Posted by NealH on 4th August 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

A clever but tricky puzzle which played on one of the crossword setters’ staples, the doh, re, me notes (the proper name of which is tonic sol-fa). Most of the four letter entries were created by running two of the notes together as in do-me and la-te. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,458 – Rufus

Posted by golgonooza on 4th August 2008

golgonooza.

If it’s Monday, it must be a Rufus day! And thank the Lord for that! I always enjoy Rufus – his puzzles are often easier to solve but never boring. This one has lots of Cryptic definitions or riddle style clues, which is typical of Rufus. This was done quickly (for me) but it wasn’t without its puzzlement – see 2dn.

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Private Eye/Cyclops Crossword 370 – Descent …

Posted by beermagnet on 4th August 2008

beermagnet.

… of the one-armed pedant

Across
1 KOWTOW K[ens] O[ffice] WOW around T[ime] 1 Across is last to go in again.  I think it must be that my brain cell is not warmed up when I start then I get convinced I can’t get the answer to that first clue.
5 BUNGALOW BUNG, AL[l]OW
9 HECTORER (H CORE T[ense])* ER Anagrind “Kinky”.  Odd word I felt
10 CHESTY DD Naughty capitalisation again: Hawking Ref. chesty coughs.  The other def. comes from e.g. Chesty Morgan (though I suspect DD was an underestimate for her)
11 ARSE [he]ARSE
12 COUNTED OUT COUNT (DUE TO)* Anagrind “shakes”
14 ESTATE AGENTS E STATE A GENTS
17 KNEE-TREMBLER (BERK ELEMENT)* R[esistance] Anagrind “stirred”
19 LEBENSRAUM (NUMERABLE [Anschlus]S)* Anagrind “moves”
20 SHAG DD What would we do without that cormorant.  Nice concise DD.  Favourite clue:
Roger’s bird (4)
21 BARSAC BAR,SAC[k]
23 GET A LIFE Hmm. Cherie’s book is not called “A life” so I suppose it is simply referring to the fact that it is an autobiography – or am I missing something? Full clue:
Buy Cherie’s book? Don’t be a nerd! (3,1,4)
24 ST GEORGE Ref. George Brown the bespectacled labour Foreign Minister in Harold Wislon’s time.
25 RATTLE RAT (LET)* Anagrind “out” Ref. Simon of that ilk, now rattling out tunes with the Berlin Phil.
 
Down
2 ONE-ARMED ([c]AMERON)* ED Anagrind “screwed up”
3 TITHE TIT HE
4 WIRE-CUTTERS CD I suspect you need chunkier tools than wire-cutters to strip lead.  An empty house nearby has had all lead and copper removed – the resulting damage shows that crowbars, picks and sledgehammers were the tools of choice.
5 BERMUDA TRIANGLE (A BUM RED)* Anagrind “with agitation” There’s been a marked disappearance of stories about the Bermuda Triangle lately …
6 NBC NB,C I found this really hard for a 3-letter word though I suppose if it had been enumerated (1,1,1) it would have been too obvious. I needed both crossing letters (the C was a long time coming) and then an alphabet trawl to spot it.
7 ANECDOTAL (CODE)*, t[echnique’s] inside AN-AL Anagrind “breaking” Anecdotal evidence isn’t that unreliable so I’ve heard …
8 ON TOUR (TURN O O)* Anagrind “somersaults”  The two Os from Balls
13 THERMOMETER (MOTHER)* MET ER Anagrind “turned”
15 TENNESSEE TEN,NESS,E[ast] E[uropean] Ref No.10 Downing St., and Eliot Ness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Ness
16 DREADFUL (DEFRA DU[a]L)* Anagrind “reorganisation”
18 PEDANT DAN inside PET 
No!  ED inside PANT
20 SPLIT L in SPIT
22 CUR CUR[e]

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