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Independent 6874 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on October 27th, 2008

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

An enjoyable puzzle with nothing very controversial. Only one clue I didn’t entirely follow (19 down).

Across
1 Toll: To L[iverpoo]l.
3 Able Seaman: (Same banal)* around e.
9 Antic: Ant (of Ant & Dec) + i c.
11 Enactment: Cane< + men in TT.
12 Small Fry: double/cryptic def.
13 Ablaze: A blaze[r].
15 Philadelphia: (Hali paid help)*.
18 Go pear shaped: phrase* + aped after go.
21 Anorak: A Nora + k.
22 Schedule: Clues* around he[a]d.
24 Dalai Lama: Admi[r]al* around a l a.
25 Title: double definition.
26 Pot Bellied: I’ll bet dope*.
27 Grit: Git around r. I’ve never been convinced about “git” for “fool”, but the dictionary seems to agree with it.
Down
1 Transept: (Past rent)*.
2 Lothario: Lot + H + a rio[t].
4 Bleary Eyed: By around Lear + hom. of I’d.
5 Exam: Axe< + M (as in James Bond).
6 Establishment: (that’s MBE’s line)*.
7 Maenad: Ma + dane<.
8 Nutmeg: tune* around m + g.
10 Collaborative: Collar around Bo + ate around I’ve.
14 Appreciate: A pate around price*.
16 Splutter: S putter around l.
17 Adherent: (heard)* + [g]ent.
19 Hard up: Clue is “Raise cheer before party is starved of resources ?” I suppose “starved of resources is the definition” but can’t quite see the rest.
20 Goblet: Cryptic def.
23 Sail: hom. of sale.

4 Responses to “Independent 6874 by Hypnos”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    19d RAH (cheer) reversed DUP (party – Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland)

  2. mhl says:

    Lots of very nice clues in this puzzle. With GENT, RAH, BLAZER, etc. making appearances I was rather surprised when “fellow” turned out to be BO rather than “cove”, “chap”, “bird” (or something similarly Wodehouse-esque)…

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    I enjoyed this, several good clues. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was ‘followers’ = ‘men’ in 11ac. Perhaps it’s hidden in the depths of some dictionary, but how are they equivalent?

  4. eimi says:

    ‘Follower’ is in Chambers as a definition of ‘man’ – I think it’s in the context of something like Robin Hood and his merry men.

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