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Independent 6837/Phi

Posted by neildubya on September 19th, 2008


I wonder if Phi was deliberately targeting the Saturday puzzle by including words and phrases like 11,12,17a and 6d?

6 STO(I)C[-k]
9 SLOP,E – I did wonder at first whether “movement of water” was “flow” but I couldn’t do much with that. I have to admit that I don’t think I would ever have considered SLOP but it’s a reasonable enough definition.
11 (REASSERT A NATION)* – SAORSTAT EIREANN. From the definition I guessed that the second word could well be EIREANN but didn’t know what the first word might be. Googling EIREANN didn’t really help so I had to wait for all the checking letters and then try out all the possible combos. Apparently it’s Gaelic for “Irish Free State”.
12 RE(B)BE[-l] – guessed this from the wordplay and on the basis that it might have been another word for “rabbi” (which indeed it is).
15 WHISK,AMY<,C – a WHISKY MAC is a drink made with whisky (oddly enough) and ginger wine.
16 hidden reversed in “secRET ACtivity”.
17 (YOU CAN H)* – a CHANOYU is a Japanese tea ceremony.
18 AI(R)M,AN
22 H[-ast]Y P[-hot]O
1 LAST,WARTS (going up)
2 F(ROD)O – a character in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
4 A CRIC[-k] (going up)
6 (HIS RUM G)* – SIMURGH is a modern Persian name for a fabulous flying creature. I didn’t know this so again I had to wait for crossing letters and then Google the combinations.
8 SA in (CARTOONS)* – COSA NOSTRA. “It” is Sex Appeal or SA – quite how that become a well-known abbreviation I’ll never know.
14 CH in (MAKE UP)*,A – KAMPUCHEA is now known as Cambodia.
17 CEDED – sounds like “seeded”.
18 ANGE[L for R]
19 OTTO – an indirect hidden clue I think as “base” could be bOTTOm.

4 Responses to “Independent 6837/Phi”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Bit surprised to see 11 across in – I got it only after I had a lot of crossing letters – good that it was clued with an anagram.
    It’s the Irish language version of the historical IRISH FREE STATE. saor = free stat = state Eireann = Irish (literally – of Ireland, the genitive case of Eire = Ireland). Forgive absence of accents. This was the name of the State from 1922 to 1937 when following legislative and constitutional changes both in Ireland and Westminster, it was no longer a Free State, but became Ireland (Republic in 1949).

  2. eimi says:

    Very unusual grid, with which Phi supplied the answer ‘Oh yes it is!’ before I’d got around to asking the question.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Eimi, I see this now, I think, but certainly did not when solving.

  4. eimi says:

    It is, as he says, 21A (or 16A/16D) 5D.

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