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Independent 6816/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 20th August 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 BE in (ANIMAL)* – LIMA BEAN.
10 MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD – I can’t decide if this is a cryptic definition or if there’s some aspect of the wordplay that I’m missing because I can’t work out what “long before that” might mean.
11 OZ in ALE,LIME (all reversed) – EMILE ZOLA was the first French writer to spring to mind, which was then confirmed by “Australia” (OZ) in the wordplay.
12 COMBS – I used Reveal to confirm this as I can’t find COMBS for “old-fashioned underwear” in either of the dictionaries I have access to. I expect it’s in the Big C.
13 PHRASE – sounds like “frays”.
15 EP(I)TOME
19 BEET,ON – a reference to Mrs Beeton, author of the Book of Household Management.
21 hidden in “chAP PLEasure” – I liked “a small portion will do” as the indicator.
26 N,(MEASLES)* – I have to say that it surprised me that NAMELESS could mean “too horrific to be described”. Seems like an odd meaning for such an innocuous word.
 
Down
1 L,UMBER
2 MIDNIGHT EXPRESS – the film directed by Alan Parker. “Sleeper” is a reference to sleeper trains, of which the midnight express might be one.
6 IMP,ACTIVE
7 T in (SOME COAL)*,(MOVE IT)* – STEAM LOCOMOTIVE. Cleverly done; I guess this must be an &lit as there isn’t a direct definition in the clue.
8 OD-[d] in (ITEMS)* – MODISTES was new to me but not too tricky to get from the wordplay.
9 DEB,AT,E – “treat” can mean to negotiate with someone to settle a dispute so I guess that could be the same as DEBATE?
14 GAME,M in ANON
16 SAS in (TRIED)* – DISASTER.
19 BUSH TEA[-m]
20 AMI,[-l]ENS
23 hidden in “BrowNIE CEremony”.

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,851 by CINEPHILE

Posted by Gaufrid on 20th August 2008

Gaufrid.

A tricky one from Araucaria in the Guardian yesterday and a similar offering from Cinephile in today’s FT. There was a gentle hint at the beginning that ‘the works are similar’ which helped to narrow down the choice of plays and having ‘a?o’ for the second word in 12a these all fell readily into place.
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Guardian 24,472/Logodaedalus

Posted by golgonooza on 20th August 2008

golgonooza.

A fairly enjoyable puzzle. The wording of some of the clues seemed a little odd to me.

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