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Independent 6850 by Math

Posted by NealH on September 29th, 2008

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*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

A neat, not too difficult puzzle by Math with some good surface meanings. The borders of the grid were formed by 4 fifteen letter anagrams, which is quite an impressive effort on its own.

Across
1 Chocolate Mousse: (ace clue so smooth)*.
9 Acerbic: Ace + r[ed] + bic.
10 Peerage: Page around eer.
11 Trawl: Lt around war reversed.
12 Tarpaulin: Paul on I in tarn.
13 Reminisce: last letter of anger + EMI + nice around first letter of soundtrack.
15 Tidal: Odd letters in “third rail“.
16 Niche: Nice around h.
18 Reservoir: Re + (rover is)*. Reservoir Dogs was a Quentin Tarantino film.
20 Vandalism: V and A + l + is m[essy].
23 Tiara: T + rai[sed]< + a. T is apparently an accepted abbreviation for both Tuesday and Thursday, although I’m not sure how you would distinguish between the two.
24 Realist: Re A-list.
25 Coating: Acting* around o.
26 Entente Cordiale: (ton need elite car)*
Down
1 Chapter and verse: (Revs preach at end)*.
2 Overarm: O Vera + RM. Jolly as slang for a Royal Marine is one that I’ve seen a couple of times before in crosswords.
3 On balance: double definition.
4 As cot
5 Ex porters
6 Opera: Hidden, reversed.
7 Small ad: S + lam< + lad. Lam meaning to flee was a new one to me – I’m more used to it meaning “to beat”.
8 Eternal Triangle: (rattle in general)*.
14 Serviette: Serve around “i.e. + tt”.
15 Tarot card: Two halves of “carrot” (car + rot) moved around and put inside “tad”.
17 Contact: Contract – r. Excellent surface reading.
19 Ocarina: (an Ir A co)<.
21 Alien: A + Neil<. Ref to Neil Diamond, the singer-songwriter.
22 Micro: soundalike of “Mike Rowe”. It refers to microcomputers, which is a word that has somewhat gone of usage now but meant smaller computers like PCs.

3 Responses to “Independent 6850 by Math”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    I liked some of the cryptic definitions used in clues here. “It’s often covered in breadcrumbs” had me thinking of food item, trying to find something like ‘noisette’ rather than SERVIETTE.
    In 25a the very slight anagram as well indicated with ‘subtly different’.

  2. Mick h says:

    Just a typo, but 25a COATING rather than COASTING – ACTING subtly becoming CATING, as you say.
    I thought 22dn was going to be about “Michael Rowe the boat ashore, Hallelujah”, but maybe that’s because there was someone at my school with that name.

  3. NealH says:

    Coasting corrected.

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