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Independent 6,834/Dac

Posted by Ali on September 10th, 2008

Ali.

Busy busy today, so apologies for the late (and quick) blog. I found this fairly tough in places but, as ever, some lovely clues from Dac, with some nicely misleading surfaces.

Across
1 THE X FACTOR – T[-alent],HE,X,(FOR ACT)*
6 SPAS – Hidden in timeSP Ast
10 IN TRAIN - IN,TRAIN
11 PAT RICE – PA,TRICE
12 CONJUROR – CON,JUROR
15 MENAGE A TROIS – (AGNES,TOM,I,ARE)*
18 ALIMENTATION – A LIME + T in NATION
21 ALEXIS – ALE,SIX rev. – I needed to check this one online. ‘Six’ for ‘several’ threw me for me for some reason
24 CREMONA – C[-harts],REM.ON,A
25 ADORING – A,DO,RING
26 NUDE - Hiddden reversal in seemED UNcomfortable
27 CONFUSEDLY – (FENS CLOUDY)*
 
Down
1 TWITCH – TWIT,CH
2 EXTENT – EX,TENT
3 FEATURES EDITOR – (TRIED TO FREE A US)* – ‘Criminal’ is a nice anagrind here
4 CONSONANTS – SON in CON ANTS
5 OPPO – (POP)*,O
7 PAIGNTON - G (end of spring) in PAINT,ON
8 SWEETEST – S,WEE,TEST
14 BETTER HALF – TT in BEER,HALF – ‘Dutch’ is a good misleading defnition
16 JAMAICAN – JAM,AI,CAN(ada)
19 MONIED – (IN DOME)* – Another sly definition here (‘rolling’)
23 PAXO – PAX,O – Had to cheat with this one I’ll admit. Nothing wrong with the clue at all, but I couldn’t quite make the connection with Jeremy Paxman!

3 Responses to “Independent 6,834/Dac”

  1. Wil Ransome says:

    PAXO
    This is what Jeremy Paxman is known as. Not sure in what circles, but I’ve often heard it.

    As usual very good, although I wasn’t really sure about six = several in 21ac.

  2. mick says:

    2 down; what has tent to do with wine?

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi mick
    From Chambers under ‘tent’ – “a deep-red Spanish wine”.

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