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FT 12,875/Aardvark

Posted by smiffy on 17th September 2008

smiffy.

A puzzle of two halves for me. Gliding through the early stages, before having to shift down a couple of gears to negotiate a few uphill  stretches towards the end.  Aardvark plays a little fast and loose in places today but I’ll leave that for others to dwell on, should they desire. He more than atoned for that, in my book, with a couple of laugh (well chortle) aloud moments.

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Guardian, 24496/Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 17th September 2008

mhl.

An excellent crossword today with a Wagner theme and some great wordplay. (Apologies that this is later than usual; it was slightly more complicated than most to ‘blog about and I got up rather late. Please let me know in the comments if you think I’m overdoing the links, since it does make it take significantly longer to do the post.)

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Independent 6840/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 17th September 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 L,O,ON – which is another name for a diving bird.
3 NIGH,(HORNET)* – NIGHT HERON.
9 initial letters of “With Unusual Relish, So Tasty”.
11 A in TINGLING – a good clue I thought; simple but effective.
13 POPEYE – sounds like “pop aye”.
15 ART in (PRECEDING)* – CARTRIDGE PEN. Excellent choice of anagrind in “review”.
22 EP,(HEAR ME)* – EPHEMERA. The answer at 2 is ON RECORD, which becomes part of the wordplay here.
24 P,[-v]ICTORIA,L
26 (TEN SECRETS)* – SCREEN TEST.
 
Down
1 WREN in LACE – LAWRENCE.
4 IN,TIM,I DATE
5 hidden in “rubbisH IN This” – very cleverly disguised.
6 HE,A,DOVER,HEELS – “HEELS” sounds like “HEALS” (“is cured”)
7 RAIDER – the definition is “one charges” but I don’t understand “clergyman’s assistant to enter”.
10 (WHO LET VISITOR)* – TO SIR WITH LOVE, a film directed by James Clavell and starring Sidney Poitier.
14 METRO,POLIS[-h] – another film, this time one directed by Fritz Lang. METRO is the free paper which you can’t fail to miss if you live in and around London but I’m assuming it’s available in other cities as well otherwise this wouldn’t really be a fair clue.
16 SU(PERM,A)N
17 RE(MAINE)D
19 SUP,MAC (going up) – St Andrews being a university as well as a golf course.
20 hidden in “vigiLANCE Rarely”
23 P(IT)T – a reference to Brad PITT. PT is an abbreviation of “part”.

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