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Independent 6828/Dac

Posted by John on September 3rd, 2008

John.

As usual an apparently perfect crossword from Dac — nothing remotely controversial, strong anagrams, sound clues with good surfaces. How he does it week after week I just don’t know.

Across
1 RUMP US
5 VISCONTI — (is con) in ITVrev.
9 AGATHA CHRISTIE — c in (Hair a stage hit)*
10 (p)REPARATORY
11 cOPY That — hidden rev.
12 HAG GIS
14 IN DEB TED — I suppose the woman is a debutante rather than Deborah, since she’s young
16 RE W RITES
18 P(L)AYER
19 FIRE — 2 defs
21 PEARL WHITE — a silent movie star of whom I’d never heard
23 CAST LES(IN)S PAIN — utterly brilliant
24 R AS PUTIN
25 P(ELM)ET
 
Down
2 UKASE — “UK’s”
3 PHALANGER — a in (Help gran)*
4 S(CH)NAPS — I’d thought it had a double p, but Chambers gives both spellings; Google gives 2.2 million entries for Schnaps (despite questioning whether I meant ‘Schnapps’), but only just over 1.5 million for Schnapps. It seems there are other references with one p.
5 VICTORIA STATION — (visit to Croatian)*
6 STRAYED — St (ready)*
7 (c)ONSET(t)
8 TAILPIECE — “tale peace”
13 AMERICANA — a in (rain came)*
15 B EACH BALL
17 TIP PETT(y)
18 PULLS UP — 2 defs
20 ESTOP — (topes)*
22 writTEN SEntences

3 Responses to “Independent 6828/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I read FIRE is F IRE strong criticism but I think your explanation may be right. Good puzzle, as always from Dac.

  2. John says:

    This never occurred to me. I’m not sure which is the right explanation, since both seem OK. Perhaps the 2 defs one is marginally more likely, since f is more ‘loud’ than ‘strong’, and ire is more ‘anger’ than ‘criticism’, and these are the sort of slightly off-key synonyms that I don’t associate with Dac.

  3. nmsindy says:

    I think you’re definitely right, John.

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