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Independent 6,818/Phi

Posted by Ali on August 22nd, 2008

Ali.

A mercifully gentle end to a tough week. There were one or two answers I wasn’t immediately sure about, but solid clueing as always from Phi.

Across
1 SACK – Straight DD to get us going
3 ABUTMENT – BUT,MEN in A,T
10 THE CHOSEN PEOPLE – Ref. the Israelites (Bible, 1 Chronicles 6,13 apparently)
11 SKEWWHIFF – S,KEW,WHIFF – Here we go again! Phi’s dealt with this much in the same way as Scorpion did last week. And, yes, it’s one word with no hyphen in Collins 2003!
12 NARK – N,ARK – Spent far too long assuming ‘navy’ would be RN here
13 DEFENCE – FEN,C in DEE – Great clue
17 ARREST – A,R,REST
20 ACTS – [-p]ACTS
21 ODALISQUE – DALIS,QU in O,E – Not a familiar word for me, but perfectly clued. An odalisque is a female slave in a harem
24 THE BACK OF BEYOND – ND being the back of [BEYO]ND and the state code (or whatever you call it) for North Dakota
25 HITHERTO – HIT + T in HERO
 
Down
1 SET ASIDE – (SEATS)* + IDE[-a]
2 CREWE – CREW,[-remot]E
5 THE ENTERTAINER – ENTERTAIN in (THERE)* – Needed to Google this one to understand the reference – Archie Rice from John Osborne’s play
6 EMPIRICAL - (CLAIM PIER)*
7 TIER – TI[-g]ER
8 THE WINTERS TALE – THE WINTER,STALE
9 ASPIRE – ASPIR[-in],E
14 FIRECREST – FIRE,C,REST – It wouldn’t be a Phi puzzle without a bird clue!
18 TOOLKIT – TOO,[-dea]L,[-oa]K,IT
22 QUOIT - O in QUIT
23 ITCH – [-h]ITCH

2 Responses to “Independent 6,818/Phi”

  1. Michod says:

    Thanks for explaining 5down… I was thinking of the tune rather than the play, then struggling to find Conddoolleezzaa entertaining!

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    14 FIRECREST – FIRE,C,REST – It wouldn’t be a Phi puzzle without a bird clue!

    Or a musical one (17ac).

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