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Independent 12-Aug-2008 (On-line only) / Virgilius

Posted by beermagnet on August 13th, 2008

beermagnet.

There was a different crossword in the paper to that on-line – see blog for no. 6809 for details.
In a comment on that blog Eimi mentions that this is also a Virgilius puzzle, from before the Feb-2008 inception of the on-line offering, but I can’t find a posting here that fits it so here is one.
I didn’t get very far with this on first attempt and had to put it to one side when real life got in the way. So when I looked at this site to find out it had been a different puzzle in the paper, and it was gone midnight, I was forced to finish it off on my own.
I had taken a print so if anyone wants more clue reminders I have them.
There seem to be many Cryptic Defs. (CD) in this puzzle ranging from the very easy to head scratchers.

Across
7 COMEDIENNE DIE inside MEN inside (ONCE)*
9 EMUS hidden sciencE MUSeum
10 PANDA CAR (A PC AND A [drive]R)*
11 BROACH B ROACH
12 LIBYAN hidden tripoLI BY A Native
14 HIGH JUMP CD
15 HORIZONTAL BAR DD Reference to this being an across clue thus horizontal
18 STUDIOUS STUD I.O.U.S
20 GURKHA “High born” referring to Nepal’s Himalayan heights
22 FAIRLY DD Last one I got Full clue:
In accordance with justice? Quite! (6)
23 UNSOLVED CD I think – what do others
When the answer to this clue’s discovered, it won’t be (8)
25 MENU MEN U
26 EXHAUST FAN DD
 
Down
1 IONA I ON A
2 HEYDAY Possibly – I’m not sure this is right, or how to describe the clue:
Say rhymes, like “Prime time”? (6)
3 PINCE-NEZ CD but for me, the literal definition was clearer than the cryptic other meaning especially given the letter count:
Gripping spectacles (5-3)
4 BEDBUG CD
5 GENOA JIB (J[ack] A ONE)< inside GIB I had to look this up to check (not a sailor)
6 QUICK MARCH CD I liked this one:
Music for the army or the fleet? (5,5)
8 NORTH AND SOUTH Novel by Mrs Gaskell. I suspect there may be a number of possibilities for this clue given the propensity for the book title style “something and something-opposite” e.g. War and Peace, Night and Day etc. (Can’t think of any other (5,3,5) though.) Full clue:
Novel partnership of opposites (5,3,5)
13 IN HOT WATER DD I had begun to write in “In his bath” before I realised it didn’t fit and had to wait until I got a few significant crossing letters before the correct answer appeared:
Disgraced, like the assassinated Marat (2,3,5)
16 RYDER CUP Not an equestrian event
17 AUGUSTUS AUGUST US
19 OXYGEN CD I liked this:
Symbolically it may be nothing, but it’s vital to life (6)
21 RELATE R ELATE
24 EGAD Alternate letters in EnGlAnD

4 Responses to “Independent 12-Aug-2008 (On-line only) / Virgilius”

  1. Barbara says:

    16. This could also be Ryder Cup, a golf championship event.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    I read an underlying bridge reference in NORTH AND SOUTH that distinguished it from the other opposites quoted further than by enumeration.

  3. Richard Palmer says:

    22A is 2 definitions not CD.

  4. beermagnet says:

    Thanks everybody I agree with you all.

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