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Independent 6803 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on August 5th, 2008

nmsindy.

I found this quite an easy puzzle, solving time 14 mins.   I spotted a Nina (i.e. a hidden message) in the grid. In case solvers wish to look again first, I refer to this after the clue explanations.

* = anagram   < = reversed

ACROSS

1 SUS SEX

4 STUBBS   “Stubs”

10 HEALTH INSURANCE    Cryptic definition I got straightaway which helped.

11 MAY OR

12 M U L(a)TITUDE

13 PARSE C

15 EXISTS   Sexist with the first s moved to the end.

16 ST AN CE

18 BU(r)YING

21 I R R IT ATE D

22 LEHAR     Rachel< less c (about)

23 THIN ON THE GROUND     I think this refers to an ad from way back for muscle building (Charles Atlas).  Definition = rare

24 NERVES    (Severn)<  with the er not reversed, I think

25 SHRE(W)D

DOWN

1 S (C HEM) A

2 S (EA(r)LY) HAM TERRIER   r = king

3 (c)ENTER

5 T U R(i)GIDITY

6 BAN QUETING HOUSE    (question huge)*

7 SW (ED) EN   news<

8 FIL(l) MIC

9 IS OLDE(n)

14 SUNSTROK E    (trunks so)*

17 E STATE

18 BAD GER(m)

19 MI(L)T ON

20 E (ROD) ED   Dee<

22 LURCH   Double definition

NINA:   look in sixth and tenth rows

4 Responses to “Independent 6803 by Phi”

  1. Barbara says:

    Please explain the wordplay for filmic. #8
    Reduction in satisfaction over microphone used in cinema (6)

  2. Pat says:

    I assumed it was satisfaction = fill (as in “had one’s fill”), reduced (by one letter), on top of mic = abbreviation for microphone, giving filmic, meaning cinematic

  3. Quixote says:

    How pleasant to have a straightforward puzzle from a fellow-setter that lasted for exactly the time the bus took to take me three miles in the pouring rain to the centre of Oxford!

  4. nmsindy says:

    Presumably all puzzles that you do, Quixote, are by a fellow-setter…

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