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Independent 6807/Eimi

Posted by neildubya on August 15th, 2008

neildubya.

Nice puzzle from The Editor with an appropriate Nina for a puzzle that appeared the day after that amazing opening ceremony in Beijing: in the unchecked letters on the grid perimeter we see CITIUS,ALTIUS,FORTIUS (the Olympic motto meaning “faster, higher, stronger”) and OLYMPIC.

Across
8 C,O,C in (TENOR)* – CONCERTO. Cleverly done, with an excellent surface reading.
10 I,(MUD) in OPEN – OPIUM DEN.
11 LE VELO (reversed)
13 SHIFT KEY – excellent cryptic definition. I especially liked “Case worker” (because the SHIFT KEY changes a letter’s case).
17 (OF MALTS)* – FLOTSAM.
20 INFER,[-d]IOR
22 M in SCRIP – a SCRIP is a provisional share certificate issued before a formal one is drawn up.
24 UT,URNS – filled this in fairly quickly as the enumeration gave it away for me but I didn’t understand why UT = Do. Just looked it up and UT is the syllable that used to indicate the first note of a scale, like do (or doh).
26 SPITFIRE – “crate” is slang for a decrepit car or plane.
27 ASTI in MC
 
Down
1 L in COUPE – clever use of “item” as the definition (as in “they’re an item”).
2 IMP[-r]UDENT
3 TRAD,E[-p]S
5 (C[-or]IOLANUS)* – UNSOCIAL. I’m not sure why the definition is “a bad job?” Something to do with unsocial hours? But that wouldn’t necessarily make it bad would it?
6 SELE[-s],CT – the former tennis star is Monica Seles.
9 (ASH TREE)* – THERESA May, the MP as opposed to Teresa May, who’s a glamour model. Apparently. So a friend told me anyway.
15 WIN,GTI,P
16 MAINSAIL – Spooner would say “sane mail”.
18 I,I in US MART (going up) – TIRAMISU. “Dessert from Italy” would work as the definition but “Italy repeatedly” is part of the wordplay.
22 IM,ALAS (going up)
23 MO(RR)IS

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