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Independent 6900 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on November 26th, 2008

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Harder than usual for Dac, I thought – two brilliant &lit clues involving anagrams and a great puzzle overall – solving time, 36 mins

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 COLOURLESS   (school rules)* less h = hard      Excellent surface

6 GAFF   Hidden (indicated by ‘housing’) – another great surface

9 TO (CAP IT AL) L   last letter off ‘toll’

10 AC (H) E

11 OENOPHILIST     (in lots I hope)*     A brilliant & lit    In the cryptic reading supply is adv (in a supple manner – anagram indicator)

15 NUN C(I)O

16 CARDIGAN     Double definition

18 HARRID AN  “harried”

19 SCROLL    Double definition   move text as on a computer

21 B (RINGING) OUT

24 IRAQ    anagram of letters of ‘quatrain’ that are in odd-numbered positions

25 GRAND (OP) ERA    Op = work in (arranged)*   The second magnificent &lit

26 KLEE   (E elk)<

27 D (E PRESS) IVE

DOWN

1 CAT O  From ancient Rome

2 LUCE   “loose”

3 UN PROM I SING

4 LIT ANY

5 SALOPIAN  (Pianola’s)*

7 AC (CRINGe) T ON  Stanley    Football League club

8 FLEE TINGLY  (feel)*

12 I N (DIC) ATIONS   “dick”

13 ON THE BLINK   (n thin bloke)*

14 IN OR (DI) NATE

17 R AIN TREE    Aintree racecourse

20 JOINER   Cryptic definition

22 LEVI  Hidden

23 CAGE  pun on ‘score’ = compose music   Composer and ice hockey goal

3 Responses to “Independent 6900 by Dac”

  1. Testy says:

    I had trouble parsing 12D so thanks for that.

    I read 24A as a reversal of the odd letters rather than an anagram.

    I knew 11A would be an anagram but I’m not familiar with the word so struggled with that one.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Yes, you’re right about IRAQ, Testy. The letters are in correct order (reversed) so ‘about’ is a reversal indicator, not an anagram indicator.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Strange how it goes, Niall. Most days you are significantly faster than I am (today your time for The Times was half mine), yet this seemed to me to be one of Dac’s easier crosswords, and I was under 30 minutes.

    But it was right up there with the best of his offerings: repeatedly lovely surfaces, and not a single clue was remotely dodgy. What a shame that such a beautifully-crafted thing will soon be forgotten.

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