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Independent 6867/Phi (Prize puzzle 18-10-08)

Posted by neildubya on October 24th, 2008

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One of the easiest Saturday puzzles we’ve had in a long time but no less enjoyable for that. This would be a great puzzle for beginners to try as the cluing is rock-solid and precise, leaving little room for doubt about each answer.

Across
1 COG,CAN< – I think I would have got this quicker if the definition was just “French liquor” as the word “production” made me think there was something more going on.
4 WEE in (PEATS)* – SWEETPEA
10 PE,I in EDICTS< – PESTICIDE
11 TRAM,P
12 MOOD (reversed)
13 T(ASK,M)ASTER
15 T(RACE)RY
16 R,H,O,MB,I
19 S,EXI(S)T – I thought this was very good. Great wording and surface reading.
21 DUG,I in LEG (all reversed) – John GIELGUD
23 POST,HUMOU[-r]S – “Pole” is often N,E,S or W, but not here.
25 ST[-a]IR
27 I,CI[-d]ER
28 LOG TABLES – double definition.
29 TO(POLO,G)Y
30 HERE’S,Y
 
Down
1 CUP,I’D,IT,Y
2 GAS,(ONE CAD)* – GASCONADE. One of a couple of clues that held me up for a while. A new word to me but a fairly easy one to guess.
3 [-d]AVID
5 (CREW)*,KER[-b] – WRECKER.
6 EXTRA COVER – a fielding position in cricket.
7 PLAN,T – T is the twentieth letter of the alphabet.
8 A,S(P)IRE
9 BIG,A,MY
14 (HELP REPAIR)* – PERIPHERAL
17 BA(GATE)LLE[-t]
18 (IS READY)* – I DARE SAY.
20 TIM,GALE (going up)
21 G,RUDGE – the Dickensian hero is Barnaby RUDGE.
22 U,P(L,IF)T
24 SKI(M)P – I thought this was cleverly worded as my initial parsing of the clue was “bit of material” as the def with a word for “avoid” with “a” inside as the wordplay.
26 VALE[-t] – this was the other clue that held me up although I’m not really sure why as it looks easy enough now.

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