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Independent 6858/Dac

Posted by John on October 8th, 2008

John.

A typical Dac, full of elegant and tidy clues. I found most of it easier than usual, until I came up against 6dn.

Across
1 PATCHES UP — Pa (the cups)*
6 CIVIC — I think this is i/c rev., Vic, and the whole a rather tenuous definition of civic, hence the question mark
9 SH IRK
10 EXECUTION — (exit on cue)*, a nice &lit.
11 A N GERMAN AGE(ME)NT
13 RAREBIT — RA Tiber rev. — banker is part of the family of words like number, flower, and (in yesterday’s Times) Mister that don’t always mean what they appear to mean
15 ARIETTA — (arti(s)te)* a
16 C(oncert) ABBA GE — eg rev.
18 INSUL(t) IN
20 STICK TO ONE’S GUNS — stick (noon guests)*
23 ABASEMENT — (beaten Sam)*
25 S(ketches) TILL
26 SHE’LL
27 TARN 1 SHED
 
Down
1 goATS APparently
2 TRIGGER — two defs – Roy Rogers’s horse was called Trigger
3 HI KER(b)
4 SEE — two defs
5 PREPARATION — two defs
6 CAUSERIES — this caused problems, not least because I didn’t know the word, and I was also misled into thinking that ‘about’ meant that something was included in something else. It’s Ca u(nusual) series
7 V(A IN)EST — I wasn’t sure about this until I had all the checking letters, because it seems that ‘vain’ and ‘senseless’ are not that close in meaning. I suppose it’s OK, and both mean something like ‘pointless’
8 CONS TRAIN
12 A T(THEM OMEN)T
13 ROCK STARS — (Corrs task)*
14 BRACKNELL — ref. Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde
17 B(RIG)ADE
19 LOUT(I’S)H
21 S(US)HI(p) — now here, contrary to what I wrote in a recent blog, really is a definition by example: a cruise liner is an example of a ship. So the Indy is going the way of The Times, is it?
22 S O LID
24 TOR — rot rev.

3 Responses to “Independent 6858/Dac”

  1. nmsindy says:

    VAINEST Collins gives vain = senseless, so I think this is quite OK. Re SUSHI, I know convention has it sometimes that as all cruise liners are ships but not all ships are cruise liners, you, should have ‘say’ or something like that. Not convinced myself esp in such an obvious case as this. Agree with you re CIVIC, though I felt the ? and ‘London’ cover the point fully and I did not think it was too vague. CAUSERIES was my last also tho I did know the word.

  2. Al Streatfield says:

    ARIETTA was the last one I got. Haven’t heard of the song. Who sang it?

  3. nmsindy says:

    I’d to look up to confirm, never having heard the word, but the wordplay was friendly – it’s a short aria.

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