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Independent 6873/Nestor (Prize puzzle 25-10-08)

Posted by neildubya on October 31st, 2008

neildubya.

Apologies for the comparative lack of commentary – I’m a bit pushed for time today.  Great puzzle, as always from Nestor.

Across
1 CH(I,N)ASE,A
6 alternate letters of sPaRsElY
11 A(DO)PTER
12 NAME,NIL (reversed)
13 ALL IN (WAYS DO)* ARK – ALL IN A DAYS WORK
14 COMMONN LAW – a cryptic def I think, with a play on the word “just”.
16 MA,EVE
18 SH,IRR – new word to me but the wordplay was reasonably straightforward. It means gathering in the sense of puckering or drawing in.
20 LA(S RUBS)ID (all reversed) – DISBURSAL.
22 TH(PEER<),(INTO)*,T,URN – THREE POINT TURN. A tough one to unravel. I got it from the def and crossing letters, then worked out the wordplay later. The last bit to mentally fall in place was THT, which I think must be Terence Higgins Trust, an HIV/AIDS charity.
25 WOLFR(I)A[-m] (reversed) – AIRFLOW. Was struggling with this until I remembered, from somewhere or other, that wolfram is tungsten.
26 GRIM,ACE – clever clue, using synonyms for bitter (GRIM) and sweet (ACE)
27 alternate letters of GrEaT, Z – I think this could be considered an &lit because, as a saxophonist, Stan GETZ would have stood as the (fore)front of the stage when performing.
28 (TO PRIDES)* – RIPOSTED.
 
Down
2 HOOD,LUM – LUM is a Scottish (hence “Borderer’s”) word for chimney.
3 N,(OUT ONLY RELY ON)* – NOT ON YOUR NELLY. Well-hidden definition.
4 S,DARTS (going up)’D,LED – STRADDLED.
5 ALL,EY[-e]
7 [-t]REMORS,E
8 YA(N)K
9 DAM,A S,CUS[-s]
10 (ANONYMOUS TWINS)* – SNOWY MOUNTAINS.
15 WAS H,(GUN)*,IP – WASHING UP. “Showed fashion sense perhaps” is WAS HIP.
17 (LEARN)*,GEN – ERLANGEN
19 IN,HER,IT
21 SA,USAGE
24 FAN,G

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