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Independent 6906/Dac

Posted by neildubya on December 3rd, 2008

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Excellent as ever from Dac but I’m not sure about 1d and 21.

Across
1 (TEACHER TRACKS)*,CH – CHARACTER SKETCH.
9 MOO’S,E
10 M,OMEN,TO,US
11 (TIES USA)* – AT ISSUE.
12 DR,OP’S,IN
13 ACTION – double def.
14 BAT,T(I)EST
17 TURN T,AIL
19 WELL,IE – as in “give it some wellie!”.
22 COMMEN(CE)D – I initially thought this was a container and contents type clue: a word for “begun” outside CE or CH.
23 READ,MIT – the University is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
24 S(AL)TATION – in biology this means an abrupt evolutionary change.
25 TEASE – sounds like “teas”.
26 EARLY RETIREMENT – “Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. So that’s where I’ve been going wrong all these years.
 
Down
1 COMBATANT – don’t understand this one: “soldier” is the def and CO is “commander” but I can’t see how “flagrant disregard for lost” fits in.
2 hidden in “protAGONISTs” – a muscle which contracts while another relaxes. New to me, but got it when I had a couple of letters filled in.
3 (PRIVATE OR NHS AYE)* – AVERSION THERAPY. I liked the definition here: “Off-putting treatment”.
4 TAMPER – sounds like “Tampa”.
5 REME,DIAL – “engineers” is usually RE but here it’s REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers), a corps in the British Army.
6 KING OF THE CASTLE – I think I’ve heard “noise” used to refer to someone important but I couldn’t find it in the COED or Chambers Online. Maybe it’s in Chambers proper?
7 TOO,I in (SET)* – TOOTSIE.
8 H,NOSY (going up) – HYSON, new to me, a type of green tea. Easy enough to get from the wordplay.
15 TREATMENT – double definition.
16 WILDLIFE – not really sure about this one but if “Wild life” was pure wordplay it would give FILE.
18 RAMBLER – someone who rambles and a climbing plant, usually a rose.
20 LI(MEAD)E
21 BRUNEI – can’t account for UN here: “Sultanate, eastern one, coming under British control”. Also not sure what “control” is doing.
22 C,AS,TE[-st]

6 Responses to “Independent 6906/Dac”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Neil

    Re 1dn: B[L]ATANT could = flagrant – but can ‘L’ be an abbreviation for ‘lost’?

    6dn: the expression is usually ‘big noise’, which is in Chambers.

  2. Testy says:

    L for lost could be as in games Won, Lost or Drawn.

    21D I think is EI (eastern one) under B for British and RUN for control.

  3. Geoff Moss says:

    1d ‘L’ = ‘lost’ is confirmed in COED but not Chambers or Collins.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Exellent as usual from Dac, with the SW corner by far the trickiest for me. I agree with you about WILDLIFE. I also agree with Testy’s explanations, curiously BRUNEI was the first clue I understood and COMBATANT the last. L = lost is in dicts (e.g. COED) from league tables, but I’ve not seen it used very often in puzzles.

  5. eimi says:

    I’ve learnt to forgo my usual Collins as first choice reference in favour of the COED when checking Dac puzzles.

  6. Jake says:

    Dac is cool and the gang.

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