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Independent 6833 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on September 9th, 2008


Another excellent themed puzzle by Virgilius with almost every answer or clue having some reference to birds.   Solving time, 21 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed


1 BEEFEATER    Refers to the guards of the Tower of London and the ravens there.   ‘beef/eater’ in word structure is equivalent to ‘ox/pecker’ which is the name of a bird.

6 GUL L   lug<

8 B LOT   The three answers referred to may all be abbreviated as B.

10 LOO N

11 DI P(a)PER    I’d <

12 IN THE AIR     current, prevalent.    Where 4 down are found.

13/9  SNOW GEESE   (go and 7 directions)*

15 EIDE R    Edie<

16 ERNE   “Urn”

17 I B IS

19 C(H) ATS

21 EMUS    Alternate letters

23 FIRE (BIR) D     rib<     by Stravinsky

24 OUZELS   (zealous)* less a (third letter)

26 KIWI   Double definition

27 GREET     e moving in egret

26 BOO K    Kings = book of the Bible

29 SH A G

30 OSSIFRAGE    (forages is)*



2 ESTOP   hidden

3 E N GARDE   (gander)*


5 RE-ENTER    (ree tern)*

6 GOLDENEYE     A James Bond movie, also the name of a bird – not sure why the clue says ‘birds’

7 LAOTIAN   (Tail on a)*   cuckoo is anagram indicator

14 WESTERING   (wren e.g. it’s)*

18 BRITISH   (this bir)*    My favourite clue

19 C LING T O   c = caught   ling = fish  t = last (letter) of trout  o = duck

20 S (H) ORT OF

22 U NLOO SE   (loon = 10 down)*

25 ZEBRA finch    Hidden

3 Responses to “Independent 6833 by Virgilius”

  1. Testy says:

    I wasn’t sure of the “birds” in 6D either but apparently the plural of GOLDENEYE can be GOLDENEYE or GOLDENEYES. So it’s perfectly fair, although “bird” would have worked just as well and been less confusing (but maybe that was the point).

    I’m never terribly happy with clues like 13/9 but at least directions limit the possiblities more than notes.

    Otherwise brilliance as usual.

  2. NealH says:

    I really enjoyed this one – 1 across and 19 across were both excellent.

  3. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    Aren’t the three ‘B’ answers referred to by 8A the thematic fulfilment of the Bees in “The birds and bees”?

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